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Aeon Grey: Primate Curriculum

Despite mixed results, this Iowa-based emcee is strong on ideas and concepts.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tanya Stephens: Rebelution

This album isn't just great, it's Album-of-the-Year HEROICALLY great.

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Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics

She seems to be self-involved in a way that her predecessors were not, and that can lead to occasionally bad music. However, Back to Basics is a challenging piece of pop that manages to look backwards and forward at the same time.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Dears: Gang of Losers

What makes the Dears a cut above, a band that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as its Canadian indie compatriots the New Pornographers or Broken Social Scene, is the voice of Murray Lightburn.

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Strapping Young Lad: The New Black

"Welcome to A&W, my name is Devin. Can I take your stinkin' order!!!"

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[The] Caseworker: When I Was a Young King

Dreamy but attention getting, [The] Caseworker is compromised of Conor Jonathan, Eimer Devlin, Will Waghorn, and Monte Vallier. And this quartet, led primarily by Jonathan

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Pan•American: For Waiting, for Chasing

Every single track on For Waiting, for Chasing oozes with the love that Mark Nelson harbors for his young son.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Robin Guthrie: Continental

No new continents explored by ex-Cocteau Twin Guthrie. A haunting and haunted release.

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Eri Yamamoto: Cobalt Blue

Clearly a very talented pianist, but with a tendency to get into what's not in the current sense a groove. Samey.

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25 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Raydar Ellis: Late Pass

What would you do if your label gave you a wake up call to deliver your album before you were finished? Raydar Ellis shows you how to deliver the goods.

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Sean Smith, Adam Snider and Matt Baldwin: Berkeley Guitar 2006

The Imaginational Anthem series that started by unearthing folk blues legends now focuses on upcoming West Coast stars in the Takoma finger-picking tradition.

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Hezikiah Jones: Hezekiah Says Youre A-OK

A disturbingly nice record that is just so simple you suspect that there may be more to it than meets the eye.

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The Eastern Stars: July 5, 1961

The Eastern Stars pick up where people like Beck and Low left off at some point in their careers. Led by Kaia Wong and Rob

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

J Dilla: The Shining

The problem is that while the whole of Dilla's first true posthumous release is incredibly solid and expertly crafted, it's for the most part unremarkable.

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Joe Lovano: Streams of Expression

Two suites of complexly orchestrated jazz that update The Birth of the Cool -- and two takes on the whole shebang.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Total 7

Seeing the label break out from a more rigorously orthodox understanding of techno feels a lot more natural than skeptics might expect.

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Roger McGuinn: The Folk Den Project: 1995-2005

Four discs of folk songs recorded by Roger McGuinn. Nothing more need be said.

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Otto von Schirach: Maxipad Detention

Drawing on sounds ranging from animal noises to construction sounds, manic producer Otto von Schirach has created an album that is definitely not for the squeamish.

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Arrington De Dionyso: Breath of Fire

If the throat-singing intervals from Old Time Relijun's 2012 left you jonesing for a whole CD of the same, your prayers are answered.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

David Enright, GD Mills, Jason Clohecy, and Lisa Walker are the Haywards, creating very barren pop that brings to mind Spoon in some respects, especially

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