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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guitar: Tokyo

How did such a lovely-sounding experiment turn into rudimentary trip-hop with fancy guitars?

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Ben Goldberg: The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact

Tenderness and meditative beauty, from the legit chamber music fringe of jazz.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Black Keys: Chulahoma

One of the best blues musicians ever, covered by one of the only bands to do him justice.

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Anouar Brahem: Le Voyage de Sahar

The sound is spacious, but appropriately warm for an album meant to evoke the desert of Northern Africa and which, instead, evokes no one place, no one genre, and no one time.

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The Boy Least Likely To: The Best Party Ever

I'd challenge the sourest cynic to sit through the album's 12 songs without breaking into a smile.

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David Byrne and Brian Eno: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Whereas oftentimes the album has been described as "influential", I think a better term would be prescient. Influence is an extremely tricky field to measure -- it is easier to say merely that the album was amazingly accurate in its predictions.

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Various Artists: The DFA Remixes: Chapter One

New compilation from acclaimed Manhattan-based duo includes remixes of Gorillaz, Fischerspooner, and Le Tigre.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam's best record in a decade.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shogun Kunitoki: Tasankokaiku

Treat this one with care; it's worth it.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Buckcherry: Fifteen

Emerging from the "Where are they now?" file, Buckcherry is back, perhaps not in black, with a down 'n' dirty new album.

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Untied States: Retail Detail

Fractured noise, beat-dropping time signatures, touching intervals of melody and bizarre wordplay -- this is the sound of intelligence devouring itself.

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Murs & 9th Wonder: Murrays Revenge

Murs proves himself better than your favorite rapper on ten more 9th Wonder loops, post-beard, post-profanity, still dope.

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Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland: Sangam

The last of the great cosmic jazzmen takes a trip way out east with this exhilarating live recording.

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Rainer Maria: Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

A strong release, with attitude, that still manages to follow expectations and yank on the heartstrings.

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No-Neck Blues Band and Embryo: Embryonnck

Ethno-improviser Christian Burchard explores the strange indigenous music of Harlem's No-Neck tribe

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The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living

In many respects, fame has not changed Mike Skinner: he's still charismatic, he's still insecure, and he's still just as messily pessimistic.

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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Under the Covers, Vol. 1

With the warmth of the sun beating down on a Sunday Morning, these power-pop veterans swoon lovingly through a collection of 1960s covers. And these birds can sing.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Part Chimp: I Am Come

With great power comes great responsibility.

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Taylor Hollingsworth: Tragic City

Duke Jupiter for the MySpace generation.

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Young and Sexy: Panic When You Find It

Vancouver’s other great indie pop band make their long-awaited return with a more mature sound.

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