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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sails: The Sails

Being an excellent power pop band is great and all, but is it enough anymore?

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Chic: Definitive Groove

For fans and newcomers, and even those who might have dismissed Chic's work in the past, Definitive Groove is nothing short of revelatory.

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Various Artists: Rogues Gallery

Aarrrggh, ye mateys, this here's buried treasure: a Hal Wilner-produced collection of bawdy sea chanteys and pirate songs by big stars, such as Sting, Bono, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave, and Richard Thompson -- but the Popeye-voiced Baby Gramps steals the ship and leads us to uncharted waters of resistance.

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Fats Waller: If Youve Got To Ask, You Aint Got It

Three discs of old-time bliss -- one of the greats at his greatest.

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Swimming Pool: Good Old Music

On their second album, the German duo capture all the elements of classic dance music save one -- human beings.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Curtains: Calamity

Ex-Deerhoof guitar slinger steps out on his own with an album not dissimilar to that of his former colleagues.

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19 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

It’s hard to believe this is Lindstrom’s debut; but then again, it’s really a collection of previously released vinyl singles. Nice to

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Miss Violetta Beauregarde: Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo

I love you Miss Violetta Beauregarde! Even though you probably don’t love me because you are an Italian punk rocker electronic yelling girl who

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The Anderson Council: The Fall Parade

Superlative paisley pop with swirling guitars, buoyant bass lines and sunny vocal harmonies...the only thing different is that the girls wearing go-go boots are killers.

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19 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Wordburglar: Burglaritis

If nothing else, the boy's got spunk.

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Cold War Kids: Robber & Cowards

More than just being an impressive debut, Robbers & Cowards may be a harbinger of things to come from these Reagan baby blues rockers.

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Damien Jurado: And Now That Im in Your Shadow

Everybody leaves, gets left, or worse... within the stories told on this stark, sad, gorgeous album.

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Beaten Awake: Lets Get Simplified

Indie collaboration group mixes it up for mostly good results.

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Monsieur Leroc: Im Not Young But I Need The Money

Monsieur Leroc is the guy who bought the DJ Shadow "Wanna-be-a-producer?" plastic playset -- and managed to do pretty impressive things with it.

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Randy Brecker with Michael Brecker: Some Skunk Funk

A reprise of the best of the Brecker Brothers Band, with the aid of the WDR Big Band

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The Brecker Brothers: Sneakin Up Behind You

The Legacy Signature Series profiles the NY sound of mid-'70s funk-fusion.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ojos de Brujo: Techarí

Ojos de Brujo is back with an excellent third album that blends traditional flamenco with diverse styles, ranging from hip-hop to reggae.

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Luna: The Best of Luna and Lunafied

In Luna, Dean Wareham quipped his way through New York's arty-boho, high-society set over a cinematic soundscape of catchy melodies, guitar textures, and chugging Velvet Underground-inspired rock.

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Dan Melchior: Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones

Billy Childish collaborator Dan Melchior rips the world another one with scorching blues rock vamps and lacerating lyrics.

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