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Tom Zé: Estudando o Pagode

When so few albums are either entertaining from start to finish or have anything of import to communicate, Tom Zé's smart and zany Estudando o Pagode offers the best of both worlds.

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Electronic: Get the Message: The Best of Electronic

Electronic may have only been a side-project of a supergroup, but for its brief life it provided some of the best dance-pop of the '90s.

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Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

The song "American Land" is what would happen if Bruce and Shane MacGowan ran into each other and - you may want to sit down for this hypothesis - started drinking.

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Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Olé! Tarantula

If you like catchy guitar pop with imaginative lyrics, Olé! Tarantula deserves a spot on your shelves.

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8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Alexisonfire: Crisis

Already stars in Canada, it's the perfect time for Alexisonfire to meet with similar success south of the border.

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8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Hazmat Modine: Bahamut

Bahamut is old New York huckster showmanship, hopping with exaggeration and bravura; it's also a cross-cultural collaboration, a celebration of pre-1950s American musical pop culture, and a polished piece of work.

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Hour of the Wolf: Power of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over

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Plutonic Lab: Codes Over Colours

Codes Over Colours, which was released back home in Australia at the end of last year, is Plutonic's third solo album, and reflects a busy, confident producer at the top of his game.

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Thomas Dybdahl: One Day Youll Dance For Me, New York City

Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.

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Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.

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Hairshirt: Lover Politician

Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.

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Various Artists: Bargrooves Citrus

Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing

Sun Records, the IRS, alcohol, and marrying his 13-year-old second cousin had been the brunt of Jerry Lee Lewis' legacy -- until now. Here's a "duets" record that actually works completely.

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Elton John: The Captain & The Kid

In seeking to replicate the effect of their classic 1975 album Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John and Taupin have only succeeded in shining a spotlight on their own inadequacies.

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5 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ludacris: Release Therapy

After four records, hearing the phrase “Ludacris has a new album” is well less a cause for actual anticipation than a autofired obligation, a low-risk low-reward investment, like a Coke, or a sitcom, or a sack of pizza rolls.

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5 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dan Bern: Breathe

Breathe finds a Dan Bern whose Big Ideas have gotten smaller, as he tries to parse the personal relationships and struggles of everyday Americans.

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Señor Coconut and His Orchestra: Yellow Fever!

German maverick remakes Japanese synth pop in traditional Latin styles. If he were Swiss, he'd be called Yello.

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Dave Hollister: The Definitive Collection

Hollister is definitely a throwback to an earlier generation, representing for all of those hard-working regular guys without the washboard abs or hot dance moves.

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Dave Holland Quintet: Critical Mass

One of the top bands in jazz today sends out another zinging-great record.

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5 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Open Mind: The Open Mind

'60s psychedelia purged of all whimsy, wonder, and utopian overtones, the Open Mind's heavy, druggy anthems foreshadowed 1970s hard rock

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