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12 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg

If only this European homage to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew had had the tenacity to stick with the jazz-rock and avoided the club beats, it just might have made jazz album of the year.

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12 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bird Show: Lightning Ghost

Challenging to say the least, Ben Vida's latest offering is filled with different sounds and tones. It has something for everyone but not everything for possibly anybody.

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Atreyu: A Death-Grip on Yesterday

They might be the biggest metalcore band in America right now, but Atreyu don’t quite sound like it yet.

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11 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Karsh Kale: Broken English

This is Kale's most diverse and daring album yet; he moves into some genres that even he hasn't tried yet, and it really loosens up his urban/Indian/worldbeat groove.

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11 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Vines: Vision Valley

The Vines are polished so shiny by Capitol on their new record you can see yourself in the reflective, glossy black of the CD booklet.

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David Gilmour: On an Island

Third official solo album finds the Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist mostly free of the weight of that band's legacy. Hence the album is content and effortless, maybe too much so.

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11 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Manu Katche: Neighorhood

A crystalline ECM session featuring a pop drummer, Tomasz Stanko, and Jan Garbarek -- but really too gentle for its own good.

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11 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Calexico: Garden Ruin

Garden Ruin sounds a bit like Calexico followed their muse out into the uncharted desert as far as they could, and then returned to town to shower, shave, reflect, and stock up on supplies

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Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest

Running the gamut from IDM to alt-hip-hop with strong roots in both the progressive soul and free jazz sounds, Hefty arrives at an approachable middle ground between wonky noise and shiny pop -- a rather pleasant juxtaposition.

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11 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Chris Murphy: Elbow Room

Aussie musician seems to take Crowded House's debut album to heart with consistently well-crafted, harmony-heavy pop jewels.

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Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Thought the material is not quite up to the hype of the liner notes, there's certainly some accomplished playing here, but oh, for some intensity!

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10 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mecca Normal: The Observer

An eclectic piece of work that is vivid with lyrical imagery while relying on a style that brings to mind Lou Reed's New York landmark

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Ugly Duckling: Bang for the Buck

All of the songs are perfectly enjoyable on their own, but taken as a whole they blend together and become a wonderful funk mood piece. If smiles were music, they might sound a lot like this album. Mischievous, silly, happy smiles.

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Jason Miles: Whats Going On: Songs of Marvin Gaye

Desecration of a music legend begins here.

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10 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Rah Bras: WHOHM

Rah Bras will eat you alive, digest you, regurgitate you, and then maybe eat you again, like cows, except greener and with alien antennae.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Tanzania

It's an entire music store in a single album. Or something like that.

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10 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

T.I.: King

It's pretty early in 2006 to talk about albums of the year -- but this record says it's time to start.

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Christopher O’Riley: Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute

There's more intensity than obvious variety, and a remarkable unity became manifest when I just started the CD playing and let it play through. Then the whole recital revealed itself as manifestly something massive, and the lack of superficial variety a development of consistency.

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Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos: The Dust of Retreat

With a relatively meteoric rise, chamber-pop band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's are fast becoming one of those mythical indie rock basement-to-penthouse success stories. And it's all so well deserved.

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Terence Trent DArby: Do You Love Me Like You Say?

A worthwhile introduction (or re-introduction) to an extremely underrated artist who stubbornly and satisfyingly followed his own muse.

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