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Captain Beefheart: Astralwerks Reissues

These final two records in Beefheart's amazing recording career find an artist at his peak;

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Various Artists: The Kids at the Club: An Indiepop Compilation

This is how it feels to fall in love with a song.

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Various Artists: Pop Ambient 2006

It is not without a degree of hesitation that I regarded the advent of Kompakt's Pop Ambient series.

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Crackhaus: Spells Disaster…

Crackhaus, bar none the most successful Montreal micro-house humorists ever, drop a full-length anvil on the dancefloor.

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Geri Allen: Timeless Portraits and Dreams

A fantastic jazz trio gets somewhat stuck in a web of other voices and intentions -- but still plays great.

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Casper & The Cookies: The Optimists Club

I love cookies, and Casper wasn’t one of the ghosts on my enemy lists. So this band is a natural lock then, correct? Well,

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11 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

The Purrs: The Purrs

Oh, right. Now I remember why I get excited to try out new music. Its’ because, sometimes, that CD I took a chance on will

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The Life Force Trio: Living Room

The Life Force Trio is the lifeblood of one Carlos Nino and some of his like-minded jazz / funk / fusion / pop comrades. And as a result,

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DJ Kayslay and Greg Street: The Champions: The North Meets The South

This tape is weak, but Shaq is back!

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Cale Parks: Illuminated Manuscript

The idea itself sounds like quite a bit of fun, but there's precious little humor to be found.

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The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is a record of steely voices and beautiful sounds and striking images, of poetry in more senses than one.

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Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

Sparklehorse's first album in five years finds a vein of beauty in gloomy experimental folk

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Amos Lee: Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand is a well-paced effort that improves on the elements that made Lee’s debut a noteworthy release among (primarily) the Starbucks set.

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Robert Callender: Le Museé de LImpressionnisme

Anyone up for a super-obscure Euro-funk concept album about French painting?

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Brazilian Girls: Talk To La Bomb

A mature and assured sophomore effort proves Brazilian Girls are not just another dance floor act.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine

Don't let the sugar-sweet candy coating keep you from what's inside, because the music is pretty good and the singing is excellent.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Helmet: Monohrome

Aptly titled, Monochrome shows that Helmet lacks any musical color -- or interesting ideas, compelling music, or songs that even remotely stick in the mind.

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The Clique: Sugar on Sunday: The Definitive Collection

First-rate 1960s bubblegum pop from the band that originally performed "Superman", later popularized by R.E.M.

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Fresh Mowed Lawn: Fresh Mowed Lawn

I wasn’t sure what to make of Fresh Mowed Lawn during the initial moments, but following a lush opening, the group hits its stride

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The Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us

Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.

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