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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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Teddybears: Soft Machine

Does this dancefloor-centric Swedish act have what it takes to enter the pantheon of great Scandinavian pop? Based on the evidence here, not quite.

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King Jammy: King At the Controls

Jammy, credited with bringing reggae into the digital music age, was just a great producer, period. This excellent single-disc comp. gives you 20 reasons why.

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Pigeon John: …And the Summertime Pool Party

More good-time optimism from under-the-radar LA rapper, Pigeon John.

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Rainy Day Saints: Diamond Star Highway

The Rainy Day Saints know their garage rock, but they don't know themselves.

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2 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mad Tea Party: Big Top Soda Pop

Mad Tea Party forgo the crumpets and dish up a plateful of whimsy, with attractive, ear-catching melodies and a determination to rescue the kazoo from pop music's instrumental toybox.

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Stephanie McKay: Stephanie McKay [EP]

McKay preaches about life in the hood and rising above it. She tells her audience that each of them can better themselves in a passionate, dramatic voice.

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1 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Cities: Variations

Interpol/Bravery/Bloc Party also-rans get reworked by Ladytron and others on this new EP. The results, too, are mixed.

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Dear Nora: There Is No Home

The last album from this Portland outfit is an eclectic bit of work that rarely leaves one bored. Whether it is the drone-ful “The Dream

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Chingy: Hoodstar

Hoodstar has no skits, so it's got that going for it...

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1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Various: The World Is Gone

Melding the current sounds of grime and dubstep with folk melodies and wispy female vocals, Various takes Massive Attack where it should have gone.

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Charles Mingus: Music Written for Monterey, 1965. Not Heard…Played in Its Entirety, at UCLA

All Mingus asked for was the impossible. More often than not, he achieved it.

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Jesse McCartney: Right Where You Want Me

Jesse McCartney is a Lunchable: prepackaged to the point of absurdity.

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Andy Kim: How’d We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride

With his unaffectedly yearning tenor and laconic delivery, Brill Building songsmith Andy Kim made bubblegum music suitable for adults.

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Scott H. Biram: Graveyard Shift

The Devil manifests himself in some cagey ways, musically speaking. Case in point: Scott H. Biram.

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Yellowjackets: Twenty Five

A survey of the group's first-quarter century: history, musical thinking, and an instrumental meditation on global warming apparently cannot date.

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