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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bob Dylan: Modern Times

Modern Times is being universally acclaimed as a work of genius, but trying to differentiate between a solid album from an undeniable master and an undeniable masterpiece is getting into Clintonian semantics.

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City

Whichever way you look at it, this is a landmark release in the nearly 40-year career of Chicago’s most important home-grown avant-jazzers.

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bombadil: Bombadil

Bombadil is nothing earth-shattering, but it's a very happy way to spend 20 minutes of your time.

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The Coral Sea: Volcano and Heart

Volcano and Heart is a bit of a guilty pleasure. It's not going to win many awards for innovation, but the band's attractive, atmospheric compositions have their own charm.

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Various Artists: The Best Mashups In The World Ever Are From San Francisco 2

Call me a mash-up snob, but I just don’t have time to listen to freshmen from Arizona State screwing Tapes n’ Tapes together with … with, whoever. Jim Croce. (Actually, that would be great. Bad example.)

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1 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Ensemble: Disown, Delete

The electronic recording project Ensemble is, ironically, helmed by just one man, Olivier Alary. If you possess an encyclopedic memory of liner notes, you’ll

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Joe Good: Hi, May I Help You?

Who knew there was so much talent in Kansas City? Joe Good and partner Mac Lethal set the record straight.

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1 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Astropop 3: Life

If an indie alternative to Lilly Allen sounds pretty good about now, Astropop 3 might just provide you with all the catchy summer pop hooks you require.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Shys: Astoria

Under their new moniker, the Shys struggle to bring their live energy to the recording studio, resulting in an up-and-down, but not dissatisfying, straight rock record.

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Method Man: 4:21… The Day After

Living among ghosts of MCs past, remembering every harsh word a critic ever uttered, Method Man races to prove his relevance.

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Dead Prez & the Outlawz: Cant Sell Dope Forever

Is it preachy? Sure it is, but this collaborative effort is dope. And when I say "dope", I mean "dope".

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Nights Like These: The Faithless

Forgettable name, forgettable music.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Johnny Dowd: Cruel Words

'Cruel Words' is an eerie treat of musical inventiveness from the dark hinterland of Americana. Exceptional!

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Easy Star All-Stars: Radiodread

The reggae collective responsible for Dub Side of the Moon reinterprets Radiohead's OK Computer, offering fresh perspectives on well-worn songs and creating a new vibe from an old atmosphere.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sex Mob: Sexotica

Steven Bernstein's jazz pranksters take on Martin Denny-style lounge exotica, mixing bold jazz with nostalgic bird-call texture. A mixed drink, for sure.

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Drop the Lime: We Never Sleep

Bangers & Grime impresario Luca Venezia conjures vast echoing spaces and strobe-lit throngs in his second full-length.

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Various Artists: Warped Tour 2006 Compilation

The annual summer punk primer gives the kids what they want: more of everything, for a cheap price.

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Ponies in the Surf: Ponies on Fire

Full-length release by Now Hear This! artist realizes all the charming moments of breezy promise.

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31 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

The Waylons: The Waylons

Despite the Jennings-invoking name, the Waylons are not a country band. They are, however, a meat-and-potatoes rock band. Their self-titled debut is a solid slab

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Patent Pending: Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine

Patent Pending keeps it simple and slightly stupid, but nonetheless fun.

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