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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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6 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Minus 5: The Minus 5

Nobody celebrates life as a screw-up better than the Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey.

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6 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Audio Bullys: Generation

Audio Bullys have made an awkward in-between album.

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Jenny Lewis: Rabbit Fur Coat

Rilo Kiley's Lewis most assuredly found her voice on Rabbit Fur Coat, her exceptionally charming solo debut.

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Field Notes: Color of Sunshine

An up and down record that alternately excites and disappoints.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Thandiswa: Zabalaza

A honeyed solo debut from one of South Africa's well-loved female singers.

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Make a Rising: Rip Through the Hawk Black Night

Madly beautiful, beautifully mad music from this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Philly collective.

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Lilys: Everything Wrong Is Imaginary

This collection collects the guitar-driven, psychedelic world of Kurt Heasley and spews out one infectious, eclectic ditty after another.

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