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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Sail Away

Although some artists are labeled "best" with surprising ease and frequency, others need a bit of advocacy on their behalf. Here's a well-deserved salute to Randy Newman.

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10 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Kahoots: Fourteen Ghosts

The Kahoots clearly know their indie pop, but are still searching for an identity.

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Scholar & TrueBLESS: The Love Freedom Movement

If Scholar & TrueBLESS could make a feature film, I’d bet half my CD collection it would be a parody of Quentin Tarantino’s

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Sandoz: Live in the Earth - Sandoz in Dub Chapter 2

Bill Laswell took his jazz roots to dub with his RadioAxiome project collaboration with Jah Wobble. Now Richard Kirk, founder of ‘70s industrial post-punk outfit

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9 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Astral Doors: Astralism

Old school metal fans, you are going to like this. They might be from Sweden, but Astral Doors has mastered the classic heavy metal sound

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9 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Forget Cassettes: Salt

Unhinged, but in control. Guitarist, songwriter, and frontwoman Beth Cameron sings from the edge, nearly teetering over, and then snapping back. She’s an alt-Mary

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Various Artists: The Best of Studio One Collection

New four-disc box set of Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One recordings is a cross-section of seminal ska and rocksteady, and a foundation for contemporary reggae.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sad Girl: Twenty Years

Tommy Swerdlow wrote the script for the John Candy comedy Cool Runnings years ago. So why is he now with his wife issuing an album?

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

French Kicks: Two Thousand

French Kicks have become indie rock wallpaper, and Two Thousand, while perfectly enjoyable, is, all in all, just another sheet on the wall.

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Donavon Frankenreiter: Move By Yourself

To put Frankenreiter's music in some perspective for you, he sounds like Ben Harper -- a lot like Ben Harper.

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Winard Harper Sextet: Make it Happen

Modern mainstream jazz at its broadest and deepest, African currents, After Hours, Amen!

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ani DiFranco: Reprieve

Another year, another Ani album, this one finding our hero examining herself as much as she does the world around her.

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9 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lulendo: Angola

Angola doesn't often produce international musicians, but when it does, then they're usually worth the wait.

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Marykate ONeil: 1-800-Bankrupt

The title might recognize being bankrupt, but in terms of songs, O'Neil is laughing all the way to the bank with this sophomore album.

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Calling All Monsters: The Traps That Work Best

Sweaty, noisy, punk rock music has returned in the form of Calling All Monsters. These four lads from San Fransisco have stripped away a lot

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Liars: The Other Side of Mount Heart Attack [CD-single]

So you’re a fan of Liars; you’ve been digging their album Drum’s Not Dead for months; you know how beautiful and naï

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The Polkaholics: Polka Über Alles

I like the idea of The Polkaholics—polka punkers who like to party—because a lot of the lousy fast punk songs I’ve heard

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The Payola Reserve: One Long Apology

From the bland soft-rocker that opens it to the bland ballad that closes it, One Long Apology certainly doesn’t lack in consistency. Unfortunately, it

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8 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Godsmack: IV

When they're good, they're actually okay. It's when they're not good that the problems start.

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The Sound: The Dutch Radio Recordings

These five CDs fill out the live history of one of the greatest post-punk bands to ever hit the stage.

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