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6 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dirty Projectors: New Attitude EP

The seven new attitudes on display here seem to maintain a vague veneer of folk, but also lurch between electronic blip accompaniment, noisy backup vocal arrangements, sudden falsetto, oozing cello drone, scratchy keys-and-flute jams, and operatic orchestration reminiscent of the last full-length.

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The Channel: Tales From the Two Hill Heart / Sibylline Machine

In the absence of the Elephant 6 collective, the Channel turn out to be pretty likable.

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Ellegarden: Riot On The Grill

A very good album from a band that you probably never heard of.

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Tim Buckley: The Best of Tim Buckley

How does Rhino's The Best of Tim Buckley play for someone just discovering Buckley's work? It affords a well-compiled introduction to an artist who created art fearlessly, on his own terms, restlessly swimming against the tide.

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Malajube: Trompe-LOeil

It's pronounced mal-a-zhoob, by the way.

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Lupe Fiasco: Food and Liquor

On his debut album, a rapping Rumpelstiltskin spins style, social commentary, and skateboarding into hip-hop gold.

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Brent Gorton: Brent Gorton

Typical lo-fi fare given just enough edge by a dose of innovation.

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Cradle of Filth: Thornography

Oh, I get it! It rhymes with 'pornography'!

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Kasabian: Empire

Although the material here won't get you hooked like "Club Foot", Kasabian are back with a vengeance. That is, a spacey, hippie-tinged, and occasionally horn-laced vengeance.

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Snowden: Anti-Anti

Snowden's got a lot of buzz, but this shoegaze-y guitar band is too wrapped up in themselves to be really affecting.

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5 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Peter Ostroushko: Postcards

A Prairie Home Companion artist spreads his wings on instrumental collection.

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Late Summer Morning

German painter and fingerpicker spins sunny landscapes on steel-string guitar, drawing on folk, blues and raga styles.

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3 Nov 2006 // 3:00 AM

Fuckpony: Children of Love

The most exciting thing about Fuckpony is its name.

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Four Hours Sleep: Love Specifics

Four Hours Sleep is a very capable Australian outfit that makes very crisp and credible adult contemporary pop. A song like “I Know I Shouldn’

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The Dead Science: Crepuscule with the Dead Science

On this creepily creeping EP, the Dead Science barter in weirdness more so than musicality and fail to connect.

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Various Artists: Why the Hell Not…: The Songs of Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman has written an impressive body of tunes over the years, doing the Lone Star state proud.

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Moby: Go: The Very Best of Moby

Although there is no disputing the quality of the music on display, Go adds up to nothing so much as a big, fat missed opportunity.

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2 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jeff Lang: Prepare Me Well

The Australian slide guitar whiz makes a long overdue US debut and ZING it is tasty!

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Edie Carey: Another Kind of Fire

Carey really doesn’t have much to say. She’s earnest enough, and she’s not dumb. But she really doesn’t offer any great insights into the world in which we live.

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The Blood Brothers: Young Machetes

You can call it selling out. You can call it mainstream. Just don’t call it bad. Call it the best album of their career. Scratch that: call it one of the best of 2006.

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