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21 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Jackie Mittoo: Wishbone

By age 23, the reggae legend had grown out of Studio One and wanted to chart his own territory as a more mainstream solo artist. He did this by moving to... Canada -- and here's the postcard.

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Ariesta Birawa Group: Vol. 1, Indonesia

Ariesta Birawa Group sounds moderately-paced, good-humoured, and more conservative than the Beatles.

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21 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Grizzly Bear: Yellow House

Beguilling, beautiful and bewitching pop-folk-prog from a big-hearted Brooklyn bear.

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The Memory Band: Apron Strings

UK semi-super folk group spins languorous, sunny-afternoon soundscapes out of old songs, string-band jams, psyche-soul one-hits and a Carly Simon song.

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Jake Shimabukuro: Gently Weeps

Shimabukuro's latest is his first solo ukulele effort, and his compositions are slightly weakened in this stripped-down affair.

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Eufórquestra: Explorations in Afrobeat

It would be very very unkind to slag off Eufórquestra just because they are a band full of white dudes from Iowa City playing Afrobeat music.

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The Rodeo Carburettor: The Rodeo Carburettor

Dirty garage rock from the land of the rising sun, the Rodeo Carburettor bring the rawk in any language.

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Nurse with Wound: Rock N Roll Station

Reissue of Stephen Stapleton's hallucinatory mid-1990s excursion into the rhythmic possibilities of hip-hop.

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Count Basie: One Oclock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie

modest sampler, immodestly billed, not unique, a few of Basie's best Columbia records.

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Turn Off the Stars: Turn Off the Stars

Thank you for existing, Turn Off the Stars.  In a wash of generic watered-down Keane and Coldplay knockoffs (which themselves were watered-down Radiohead knockoffs),

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20 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Andre Ethier: secondathallam

Former Deadly Snakes front man trades in bar brawling for barstool lament on love.

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20 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Taylor Hicks: Taylor Hicks

While none of this fits on pop radio circa 2006, this stuff would have sounded perfect in between "Higher Love" and "Sweet Freedom" back in 1986.

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Young Jeezy: The Inspiration

If Jeezy is anything, he's consistent.

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Various Artists: Jukebox Buddha

The common thread of the Buddha Machine is simply not enough to provide the sense of purpose necessary for an effective ambient release.

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Oliver Nelson: Screamin’ the Blues

This seminal Oliver Nelson session often sounds like a conversation amongst the cutting edge, celebrating the past whilst pointing toward the future.

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John Gorka: Writing in the Margins

A folk troubadour from New Jersey!

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Teitur: Stay Under the Stars

Not straying far from his impressive debut, Teitur continues writing thoughtful, at times somber, songs that tug at your heart. Hell, even "Great Balls of Fire" sounds like a psalm here.

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J.P. Shilo: As Happy As Sad Is Blue

Shilo has captured the rather fine line between tension and tedium.

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Rick Brockner: Black Mountain Brew

Cheesiness of the marketing aside, Rick Brockner’s Black Mountain Brew is a soothing, enjoyable, if not revolutionary acoustic folk record.

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Steve Almaas and Ali Smith: You Showed Me

Americana and pop from post-Cracker laureatte and his winsome partner.

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