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10 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Comfies: Close to Me

The Comfies are comfortable, almost too comfortable on some of these songs.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Sprites: Modern Gameplay

Even if they write interesting lyrics, pop musicians will be destined for insignificance if their music is no good. Fortunately, Sprites demonstrate melodic gifts and

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:02 PM

Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter,

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Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.

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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: So Divided

The band with the awkward name and the killer back-catalogue's looking towards stadiums -- bigger, grander, more melodic.

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Shane Bartell: Too Soon to Say

Bartell defies the singer-songwriter blueprint in many ways, but damned if this album doesn't hit the spot about 12 ways to Sunday nonetheless.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Klaxons: Xan Valleys EP

Let's all bow down to pay homage to NME's latest rave, Klaxons

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

2pac: Pacs Life

Life -- it ain't too funky, unless it's got more Pac.

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

The classic studio meetings between Monk (teacher) and Coltrane (student), still tantalizing and uneven.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cul De Sac: ECIM

The arresting 1991 debut from these experimental Boston iconoclasts gets resurrected from out-of-print obscurity, and not a moment too soon.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.

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Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Cant Ride Anything

Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up turn in one of the spikiest, most energised albums of the year.

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Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead

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Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Phish: Colorado 88

Fairy tales, rock-star mythology, corny jokes and, occasionally, a miracle.

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Babyshambles: The Blinding EP

This EP is a reminder that before things started to get silly, and the ugly, gleaming spotlight turned on him, Pete Doherty was one of our most exciting songwriters.

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Various: The Revenge of Blind Joe Death

This respectful tribute to an irreplaceable giant of Americana throws in a few surprises and entertains from start to finish.

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Colleen et Les Boites a Musique: Colleen et Les Boites a Musique

A concept EP based solely around music boxes. Sounds gimmicky? Well, maybe it is a little…

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Darko Rundek and Cargo Orkestar: Mhm A-Ha Oh Yeah Da-Da

It can be blaring, cynical, adult -- sometimes harsh, but also rueful-sweet with a controlled undercurrent of idealistic humanity.

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