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18 Oct 2006 // 5:00 AM

12twelve: LUnivers

The Spanish jazz/post-rock quartet delivers one of the year's most interesting -- and rewarding -- albums.

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New Salem Witch Hunters: New Salem Witch Hunters

Back in the garage with their bullshit detectors! 1986 Ohio classic reissued for 20th anniversary.

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18 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Tierra Santa: Mejor Morir en Pie

Tierra Santa is the top metal group in Spain. This is their eighth album, and it apparently puts a much higher emphasis on melody than

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Robert Pollard: Normal Happiness

Far from giving up the grape, Dayton, Ohio's greatest rockstar opts for consistency on sixth effort of the year.

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Weird Al Yankovic: Straight Outta Lynwood

Weird Al Yankovic's latest CD, Straight Outta Lynwood, will certainly appeal to nerds -- and the nerd in all of us (and perhaps even a few cool people, too).

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Alan Jackson: Like Red on a Rose

While it was Alan Jackson's idea to bring in Alison Krauss, it seems he may have got more than he bargained for.

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17 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kinky: Reina

It’s official: Kinky are now the Mexican Beck.

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The Panda Band: This Vital Chapter

This Vital Chapter is a huge-hearted, trippy adventure through spaced-out cacophony and endless melody; it's addictive, derivative, and immensely enjoyable.

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Jucifer: If Thine Enemy Hunger

Faster Amber Valentine, Kill! Kill!

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17 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Mercy Killers: Bloodlove

Decent release by a decent punk band that amounts to some decent music.

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17 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

White Whale: WWI

A land-locked indie supergroup finds the spirit of the sea.

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Polyphonic: Abstract Data Ark

That comparisons to obscure electronic artists come quite readily to mind could either add to the excitement or the frustration of listening to Abstract Data Ark.

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17 Oct 2006 // 7:00 AM

Pop Levi: Blue Honey

Pop Levi has had a stint in Ladytron, but Ladytron wouldn’t be caught dead doing this low-fi, primal, boogie-fied blues rock Mr. Pop has

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17 Oct 2006 // 5:00 AM

Harper Lee: He Holds a Flame

He Holds a Flame is an EP that draws you in, wraps you in blankets, and serves you hot cocoa.

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17 Oct 2006 // 3:00 AM

Judah Johnson: Be Where I Be

Recorded over a mere five days, Judah Johnson’s latest release is a tad more polished and refined than previous efforts. Songs like “Warm Air

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17 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Remote Islands: Smother Party

Owen Pate's one-man lo-fi orchestra concocts overstuffed, understructured ditties for half an album, then resolves into clarity near the end.

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16 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Guy Clark: Workbench Songs

Guy Clark is a man of deep feelings with strong powers of observation. He knows how to put across a line with a straight face and then follow it with a crooked twist to show deeper shades of meaning.

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton: Knives Dont Have Your Back

A softer delivery perhaps, but a message that is still sharp as nails.

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Jeannie Ortega: No Place Like Brooklyn

The good news? Move over J. Lo, it looks like Jeannie's on the block. The bad news? The block is hot, percolating, twirking, and full of haters who sport bling.

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Fandango, Duende y Taraf: Las Tres Orillas del Atlantico

This group of five musicians takes its inspiration from three kinds of music: Spanish (that’s the fandango part), Mexican (duende), and Moroccan (taraf). The

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