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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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8 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Bottle Rockets: Zoysia

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

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8 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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Josh Wink: Profound Sounds Volume 3

A DJ mix that's heavy on technology and studio time, but which eventually makes it to the dancefloor.

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The Robot Ate Me: Good World

The Robot Ate Me's 2005 release, Carousel Waltz, was safe, catchy, and easy to like; their latest, Good World, makes no such pretences.

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Katharine Whalen: Dirty Little Secret

Former Squirrel Nut Zipper takes some risks abandoning her jazz chanteuse modus operandi.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Ralston: Needle Bed

John Ralston obviously loves power pop and melodies, so what could be better than combining the two for a truly stellar debut album? Fans of everyone from Eliott Smith to XTC would be wise to remember the name.

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Tengir-Too: Music of Central Asia, Volume 1: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan

The nomadic Kyrgyz music of the mountains becomes a new nomadic sound in the emporium of world music.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ministry: Rio Grande Blood

Like cheap rot-gut, Al Jourgensen gets nastier with age. This is a no-holds-barred rant, both lyrically and musically, targeting the man they call Dubya.

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Taylor Eigsti: Lucky to Be Me

Taylor Eigsti deserves attention; he's a passionate pianist of apparently large jazz potential.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Weepies: Say I Am You

Please don't weep for the Weepies. Deb Talan and Steve Tannen might not tear the roof off with their sweet folk/pop, but you'd be a fool not to see what they are able to deliver.

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be your own PET: be your own PET

If you rolled be your own PET and the Grates together you'd get the perfect girl-led spaz-punk debut.

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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