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Various Artists: ESL Remixed: The 100th Release of ESL Music

A reinvigorating take on the polished sounds of ESL, putting careful craft to better use.

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Math and Physics Club: Math and Physics Club

For those searching for an album of genuine notions and enchanting melodies, this one just might be the perfect fit.

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Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: Out Louder

The jammy sequel of Scofield's brilliant A Go Go appears at last.

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Lake featuring Cormega: My Brothers Keeper

Let's say two rappers team up to represent on one album. Is there a danger that one of them might overshadow the other? Absolutely.

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Various Artists: Version Dread

In these 18 tracks you will hear some of the most seminal basslines in music history.

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Kill the Vultures: The Careless Flame

When Kill the Vultures frontman Alexei Casselle, a.k.a. MC Crescent Moon, sings that moonshine “goes down rough, but it’s good for your

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Mustafa Ozkent: Gençlik Ile Elele

Ozkent was a nationalist, but he blends his Turkish folk influences so perfectly into the modernity of the psyche-jazz-funk that you might not even notice them.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:02 PM

Two If By Sea: Safety

Baltimore’s Two If by Sea have more in common with bands across the big ocean than they do anyone in their own city. Rich,

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:01 PM

Dmonstrations: Dmonstrations EP

Raw post-punk from Japanese/American group is, almost, compelling.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Coloured Balls: Ball Power

Like an Australian MC5, this unjustly obscure early 1970s band took the vehicle of early Little Richard-style rock 'n' roll and remodeled it into a dragster.

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Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong

McLachlan’s holiday album captures that frosty winter mood like hot apple cider and barren-leaved, snow-ladden trees.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band: Colorblind

Conventional wisdom says the modern world just isn't as friendly to bands who don't have names constructed from artful nonsense.

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Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement

Rather than comparing them to the Human League or similar synthpop conglomerates, it seems far more appropriate to consider Heaven 17 as an unlikely companion to Gang of Four.

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DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul

DJ Spinna's Intergalactic Soul opens: "From solar system to solar system / ready to blast off again." If you think you've rocked the earth to its utmost, what is the next frontier? Space, of course.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Matt & Kim: Matt & Kim

Isn't this what punk was originally all about? Stripping music back to an entry-level formula where anyone could hop on stage, bang out vital, messy songs, and have fun?

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David Grisman and Andy Statman: New Shabbos Waltz

This is Chasidic music that's meant to evoke the mystical spiritualism of the human connections to God.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

All India Radio: Each Other

The music possesses a brittle, crystal clarity that evokes being alone on deserts of sand or a distant planet with an oxygen free atmosphere.

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Doleful Lions: Song Cyclops Volume Two

The sequel is usually never as good as the original. But Jonathan Scott hasn't really done anything that seems usual. The result is a very good collection of "throwaway" songs few would consider anything less than great.

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Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old

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