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29 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sean Watkins: Blinders On

A pop-folk gem from the Nickel Creek guitarist.

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Liz Durrett: The Mezzanine

Haunting and beautiful second effort from Georgia-born singer-songwriter.

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Dom Minasi: The Vampire’s Revenge

I refuse to use the word "suck" in this review.

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29 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stephen Fretwell: Magpie

An understated, lovelorn collection of northern songs that comes highly recommended.

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29 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sparks: Hello Young Lovers

What's the difference between carnivalesque and arrested development?

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Sub-Conscious: Subtalk

I don't really know a lot about Sub-Conscious, but I've listened to the album a few times.

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The Caribbean: Plastic Explosives

The Caribbean turn pop songs into ghosts, life's most mundane aspects into spy fiction.

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Casiotone For the Painfully Alone: Etiquette

Recently upgraded to mid-fi production and displaying more varied arrangements, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's latest is probably his best, more accessible without sacrificing any of his sharp-witted observational lyricism.

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28 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Donald Fagen: Morph the Cat

More jazz-slick (but seriously dark) sophistipop from one half of Steely Dan.

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28 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Panic Division: Versus

Panic! at the Disco meets Kid A Radiohead? Strange as that sounds, the Panic Division's debut breathes fresh air into a genre that desperately needs it.

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28 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jandek: Khartoum

In which the Texan maverick finally finds true happiness, overcomes misery and radiates love for all living things. Just kidding: he's still unhappy.

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Los Lobos: Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos

Nothing fancy or sugar-coated here: Simply put, Los Lobos is one of the best bands to ever grace the music world -- period. (And don't argue).

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Hank Williams III: Straight to Hell

With Straight to Hell, Hank III finally grows beyond the confines of his famous lineage and delivers a powerful mix of hillbilly and cow-punk near-classics.

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28 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Juvenile: Reality Check

The hype for Reality Check makes it out to be a statement album, a reaction to the recent plight of New Orleans. Don’t believe it.

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Eef Barzelay: Bitter Honey

Fans of Clem Snide need little convincing that Eef Barzelay is a gifted songwriter.

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New Buffalo: The Las Beautiful Day

Sparse and subdued, New Buffalo's debut eases on by in a waft of pleasantness without any lingering sense of significance.

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Bound Stems: The Logic of Building the Body Plan

Studio trickery hides incompetent playing on this Chicago group's infuriating debut.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones

Those who saw the potential in their earliest releases can take comfort in the fact that the band has not only made good on every shred of that potential, with Show Your Bones they've exceeded the most optimistic expectations with confident aplomb.

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Kid Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band: Live Trucker

Live Trucker is solid fun, as long as you don't mind the sense that you're beating yourself in the head with a can of cold Milwaukee's Best during every last second you're listening to it.

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27 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edu K: Frenétiko

Stand aside, Federline. Actual Brazillian Edu K manages to work baile funk influences into a much more convincing, if thoroughly unsubstantial, party mix of punk and funk.

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