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11 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Muallem: Frankie Splits

If this album gets into the right hands, Muallem could have a bright future as a beatmaker for the indie hip-hop world.

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0The Sound Dimension: Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1

The first collection to feature Studio One's house band will please collectors, but may baffle neophytes.

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Willie Big Eyes Smith: Way Back

He's not Muddy Waters, but a second line performer still performing, and people could be excused for supposing this standard of blues album impossible nowadays. But here 'tis!

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prototypes: Prototypes

The French electro-dance trio takes on America.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped

A graceful question-mark to round out the Geffen era for Sonic Youth.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ladyhawk: Ladyhawk

The latest in a rash of Neil Young-loving guitar heroes, these Black Mountain-affliated roots rockers spin fuzz-distorted tales of love and disappointment.

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Of Montreal: Deflated Chime, Foals Flower Sibylline Responses

With only two new tracks padded with a couple old favorites, this peculiar tour EP may be best examined as if it were a 7" single.

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8 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beans: Only

Like many previous attempts to mine similar territory, this meeting between Beans' avant-garde hip-hop and William Parker and Hamid Drake's avant-garde jazz is not the groundbreaking mash-up that it aspires to be.

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TV-Resistori: Serkut Rakastaa Paremmin

In its smart lumpiness, it has the same appeal as those ugly-adorable vinyl monster toys made for adult collectors.

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Billy Mackenzie: Transmission Impossible

Posthumous vault raiding has resulted in a gloomy but worthwhile collection from former Associates front man.

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Enablers: Output Negative Space

A muscular, adventurous rock record that grits its teeth, sticks a finger in your face and dares you to notice that the vocalist isn't singing.

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Christian Scott: Rewind That

Thinking about playing the trumpet? You might want to listen to Christian Scott first to be sure there's still room in the world of jazz for anyone else.

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Christina Milian: So Amazin

Supposedly, image is everything. What happens when your movie image clashes with your music image? Milian's latest gives us an exact estimation: it depends on how many people bought into those images.

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7 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Bottle Rockets: Zoysia

Even after 13 years, these alt-country lifers show no signs of slowing down.

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7 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Serena-Maneesh: Serena-Maneesh

People won't love Serena Maneesh for its melodies or lyrics, but rather the fact that it's the most confident debut to come out in a long time.

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Sir Douglas Quintet: Live from Austin, Texas

Doug Sahm died in 1999, but the 17 songs here reveal his charisma and considerable talents as a singer and guitar player.

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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 2

Who knew that free jazz's funkiest drumming and electronic music's warmest, most organic sounds were twins separated at birth?

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Jermiside & Brickbeats: The Red Giants

This is the tale of two men, a mic, and a turntable -- a classic story of emcee meets DJ, DJ makes tight beat, emcee displays mad skills. Jermiside & Brickbeats do more than tell the story -- they live it.

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Blanket Music: The Love/Love Translation

Well-meaning double record from Portland quartet recalls Belle and Sebastian and fails to shine through its lo-fi film.

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The Jaco Pastorius Big Band: The Word Is Out!

The tragically shortened career of bass guitar maestro and jazz composer Pastorius included a start at something resembling big band: the Word of Mouth big band. The best parts of the second CD to revive this idea are very good, but other portions suggest he never got far enough ahead to create a basis for this sort of revival to build on.

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