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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Unai: A Love Moderne

The second album from Swedish producer Erik Möller dares you to laugh at its Eurodisco take on romance, then sucker-punches you with genuine emotion.

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17 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Agent Sparks: Red Rover

"This is only going to break my heart," Agent Sparks singer Stephanie Eitel sings on "Mr. Insecurity". And that's exactly what this mediocre album is going to do with expectant indie fans.

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Pieces of a Dream: Pillow Talk

It's never a good sign when you half expect every song to suddenly be interrupted with a voice saying "Your call is very important to us, and a representative will be with you shortly."

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Adored: A New Language

The Adored's eagerly anticipated debut album is a vibrant mixture of wry social observation and catchy hooks that packs a hugely entertaining punch.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Some Girls: Crushing Love

The sophomore release from Juliana Hatfield's all-female side project, a winner combining edge with sweetness.

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Chavela Vargas: At Carnegie Hall

You might think that the people in this audience are idiots for cheering at a raspy voice. You might prefer raw, bitey, old Vargas to young Vargas. You might not know what to think.

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An Albatross: Blessphemy (of the Peace-Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Warp Kumite)

Oddly enough, this spastic, drug-driven hardcore record is incredibly soulful.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lithops: Queries

Electronic music dates quickly, and IDM -- even precise, focused IDM -- dates even quicker.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moth: Immune to Gravity

The latest from Moth is a fun and consistently strong album of gloriously dumb, but really quite smart, indie rock music.

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14 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

David Wilcox: Vista

Singer-songwriter David Wilcox travels in an Airstream for two years with his family. The result is this interesting folksy album.

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Brad Goode: Hypnotic Suggestion

Whatever Dizzy Gillespie meant when he referred to Brad Goode as "Little Red Rodney", the brilliance of sound certainly is one possibility.

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The group Run Run Run hearkens back to the shoegazer age, which was a short-lived musical era. In fact, its stylistic description says more about the bored musicians that played it, then the sound itself.

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Alice Smith: For Lovers, Dreamers, & Me

Wait a sec. Don't call "Extreme Makeover: Music Edition" just yet. There's a new voice in town that's sure to excite the lovers and dreamers of the world.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Planet Rock

A new Rough Guide proves that although the world is small, it has no shortage of regional variations on the theme of rock and roll.

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13 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kaada: Music For Moviebikers

This quiet, little release is all the more welcome amid the bombast accepted as atmospheric rock.

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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirits Walk

Spirit Walk is ostensibly credited to the Steve Reid Ensemble, but the disc serves a far more important role as a companion piece to Reid and Hebden's recent collaborations.

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Eugene Mirman: En Garde, Society!

Mirman's style of comedy is remarkably casual, laid-back and almost improvised in its feel: where he differentiates himself is with his off-hand, absurdist delivery and the unexpected directions in which he takes his jokes.

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Head Like a Kite: Random Portraits of the Home Movie

The concept has been done before, and by better musicians, countless times over.

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Ramblin Jack Elliott: I Stand Alone

The album's 16 tracks clock in at a mere 32-and-a-half minutes, but there's a fullness to the disc because Elliott gives it all on every song, no matter the length. There really isn't a bad cut on the record.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Oneida: Happy New Year

Tipping towards the folk precision of The Wedding but blistering with noise, Happy New Year is another landmark album from one of rock's most underrated bands. Maybe this time people will pay attention?

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