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Luke Doucet: Broken (And Other Rogue States)

It's still a real shame that absurdly talented writers and performers like Luke Doucet are condemned to fly well below the popular radar.

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It works as a fun soundtrack to a dimly-lit, vodka and Red Bull drenched basement party. But if you really want to kick the party into gear, the album’s older brother is still the one to podcast.

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Deadboy & the Elephantmen: We Are Night Sky

A duo with a guitar and drums? Sure, been there, bought the t-shirt. But Deadboy & the Elephantmen are perhaps one of those bands to watch in 2006 that will help revitalize the lean arrangement.

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Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys: Dominos

Dominos draws the living and the dead together in a jaunty two-step strut.

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8 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

If Lightning Bolt or Fantomas aren't challenging enough for you, this Japanese duo will blow your mind.

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Charlie Hunter Trio: Copperopolis

Jazz-jam guitarist and his trio proceed to make the funky good-time rock music you crazy kids are so fond of.

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8 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

In Flames: Come Clarity

The eighth album by the Swedish metal masters is their most accessible to date, but still acknowledges their early sound.

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8 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Karl Blau: Beneath Waves

His deliberately simplistic, fiercely DIY styling recalls the original intentions of independent pop music: his on-disc persona is inward-looking but quietly engaging.

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7 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

A decade later, The Gathering’s breakthrough album remains as powerful as ever.

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Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano: Immolation/Immersion

Those wanting to further explore Cline's music would do well to ease into things. For most, that means a disc like this probably ought to sit on the shelf for a while.

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7 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Boduf Songs: Boduf Songs

Boduf Song sounds like an even more melancholic version of Nick Drake, whose guitar plucking drowns Six Organs of Admittance in an ocean of overwhelming sorrow.

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Ever wonder why they keep dance clubs so dimly lit? To hide the smirking.

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A song cycle set in New York City in the '60s, when Negroes were in vogue and everything was cool, baby; through the saga of a real life hot mama the son never knew.

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7 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Hiromi: Spiral

This record will be on many people's year-end lists, even if they are not jazz people.

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Envelope: Insignificant Anthems

If only all rap was this endearing.

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The High Strung isn't high strung about anything. The band loses a member but still manages to make an incredible, timeless piece of ear candy!

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Trojan marks the 2005 passing of a reggae great with a crass, ill-conceived bait-and-switch.

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Cuong Vu: It’s Mostly Residual

Cuong Vu is going to be a major voice in jazz, if he can stand to keep making it.

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The Chrysler: Failures and Sparks

Welcome to Sweden, a land where country music sounds like Belle and Sebastian and debut albums have five bonus tracks.

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In his lifetime a great unknown, Frank Hewitt's last years were given to playing piano at the now defunct venue this label was named for. Taped live, here's a complete 3 a.m. Sunday quintet set including two little-known ace saxophonists.

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