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Jandek: What Else Does the Time Mean

What Else Does the Time Mean is wonderful for those who appreciate Jandek's form of anti-music, and utterly impenetrable for the uninitiated.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cursive: Happy Hollow

Omaha postpunkers get political, bring the horns, on 14 "hymns for the heathen".

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cheikh Lô: Lamp Fall

Mostly sunny, while still retaining the bite of musicians playing with intensity, and well-produced without any gimmickry, Lamp Fall is at the top of the Afro-pop ranks.

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Ben Watt: Buzzin Fly Volume III

On his annual mix, Watt features more of the chill but often chilly deep house that's made Buzzin' Fly's name -- and staves off a 'challenge', too.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

SCSI-9: The Line of Nine

This is fine, technically precise production quality from a Moscow scene that shows much promise.

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Various Artists: Live at KEXP, Vol. 2

KEXP fundraising compilation delivers quality performances from some of indie rock's hottest talents...but takes very few chances.

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The Lovekill: These Moments Are Momentum

The gritty, seedier side of power punk... straight out of Cleveland.

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Controlling the Famous: Automatic City

Sadly, the story of how the album title came to be is more interesting than the music itself.

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Carina Round: Slow Motion Addict

The UK singer-songwriter continues to find her own voice on the follow-up to the impressive The Disconnection.

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Test Icicles: The Dig Your Own Grave EP

The epilogue to the band with the ridiculous name is an engaging enough remix EP.

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Substance Abuse: Overproof

While Substance Abuse have something to say, they may need a little more than flow to do it right.

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21 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Prince Diabaté: Djerelon

Upbeat, but with a blue-toned soul, Prince Diabaté's latest CD is well worth hunting down.

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21 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Dagons: Reverse

While a two-gendered duo might look suspiciously calculated at first glance, the Dagons have been plying their trade for the better part of a decade

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Obie Trice: Second Rounds on Me

Obie goes all-the-way gangsta in an attempt to add a minute or two onto his rapidly expiring 15.

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21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Govt Mule: High & Mighty

Today's best all-around guitar player keeps moving laterally in the move toward being a great songwriter…'til then it's still music for musicians and jam culture, though it transcends both labels.

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You have to love a band that would dub the first song on any album “Evil Knievel”, and The Mouse That Roared does just that.

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Jennifer OConnor: Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars

It isn't hard to find a musician writing songs "from the heart", but how often do those songs feel genuinely heartfelt to you, and really hit you in your own heart?

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Vaux: Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice

Going the indie route, Vaux is banking on letting listeners into their own rock/punk/emo world. And it's definitely anything but cookie-cutter.

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Marc Leclair: Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes

Inspired by his wife and two of his friends' concurrent pregnancies, the work is Leclair's concept-album response to pregnancy, and it is suitably (though not entirely) developmental.

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Candi Staton: The Ultimate Gospel Collection

The great soul queen discovers god and disco... and puts them together with surprisingly good results.

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