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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pinmonkey: Big Shiny Cars

Pinmonkey's latest album is perfectly pleasant, but is so safe that it makes no inroads into the listener's mind, body, or soul.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dumptruck: Haul of Fame

A band with nothing close to a hit still offers a compelling case as one of the best bands of the '80s and beyond.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Harvie S.: Funky Cha

Serious fun, jazz and Latin in full joyful marriage, nothing superficial about it.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Loka: Fire Shepards

What happens when familiar Ninja Tune jazz and breakbeat elements get rewired for live instrumentation with a post-rock slant? Greater flexibility allows for arrangements that can seamlessly progress, but just as seamlessly lose focus.

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The Love Letter Band: Fear Not My Brothers Fear Not My Sisters, for I Have Seen the Future

Just about everything you might expect a band with this name, who release their album on Valentine's Day, might sound like.

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Klimek: Music to Fall Asleep

Guitars add a lot to Klimek's ambience, but their presence doesn't stop an album called Music to Fall Asleep from working a little too well.

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Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin: Lost John Dean

Take two of the finer singer-songwriters around, put them together for another album with a talented multi-instrumentalist, and what do you have? Nothing less than a fantastic record.

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Maurice el Medioni & Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental

It was pretty inevitable that these two culture-hopping nomads would find each other.

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13 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Radio 4: Enemies Like This

Though they claim the title of quintessential New York rock, Radio 4 has none of the continually sprinting-forward attitude that makes New York what it is.

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13 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Supersilent: 7

This astonishing concert performance from one of the world's most uncompromising and idiosyncratic improv outfits feels like a heavy workout for your mind, body, and soul.

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13 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Om: Miami

Like its namesake, this latest mix from the tasteful dance label is bright, groovy, and sometimes superficial.

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13 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mr. Lif: Mo Mega

Over the course of Mo' Mega's 11 tracks, Lif manages to fulfill just about none of our expectations.

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Maritime: We, The Vehicles

How Davey von Bohlen got his groove back.

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Roots Tonic: Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell

Once you get the big picture, a whole world of invention opens up and an intergalactic, space-age dub transmission awaits you.

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Ken Waldman: All Originals, All Traditionals

Double-disc offering of Alaskan poems and fiddle tunes, as big as the state itself.

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12 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Francine: Airshow

Third LP from intricate Boston band moves further away from power pop towards something more enigmatic.

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Elvy Sukaesih: The Dangdut Queen

Sukaesih's pop songs sit sweetly at the intersection of the Islamic religion that most of Indonesia's population follows, and the Hindi films they love to watch.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Kunitachi Kibun: Live 1984-85

Write music like your kid fingerpaints, record it from across a crowded room, and keep that recording buried for two decades.

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Mac Arnold: Nothin to Prove

Veteran Muddy Waters bassist Arnold can sing and lead a blues band, and very well too.

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Army of the Pharaohs: The Torture Papers

The beats are stellar, but the rhymes feel less and less so as the album progresses; all things considered, this is a good album that has the makings of greatness but fails to reach it.

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