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29 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?

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28 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

Astronomy Class: Exit Strategy

You need more than just dub to differentiate yourself from the host of Australian hip hoppers making CDs in their b-e-drooms.

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Jeff Beck: Truth and Beck-Ola

The liner notes to these reissues find Beck to be proud, combative, honest, and reflective -- pretty much a parallel to the often fierce music on these seminal albums.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Softcomplex: Barcelona

An all too lightweight release from a so-called supergroup.

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David Krakauer and Socalled with Klezmer Madness: Bubbemeises

Klezmer meets hip-hop with hopes of having latkes of fun.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Oasis: Stop the Clocks

Whatever you think of the Faces/Beatles-chord pilfering and Liam's ability to turn "shine" into a three-syllable insult, when these guys are on, they float right over their own press.

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36 Crazyfists: Rest Inside the Flames

Can 'flaming' passion compensate for blatant unoriginality?

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Darc Mind: Symptomatic of a Greater Ill

You're telling me this album's 10 years old? Seriously? Damn.

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dani Siciliano: Slappers

One potentially Very Important Album, three critical responses.

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Various Artists: Electric Gypsyland 2

Electric Gypsyland 2 is a good sequel: a playful, explorative sequel that takes the basic idea from its predecessor and uses it as a foundation, not a restriction.

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The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: One and the Same

Categorizing this 39 minutes of music that takes itself so seriously as jazz is questionable, even if there is improvisation.

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28 Nov 2006 // 4:00 AM

The Horrors: The Horrors EP

The Horrors formula is ridiculously simple: they’re simply a modern update of the weird “96 Tears” crooners ? & the Mysterians.  A little bit of

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28 Nov 2006 // 2:00 AM

Robin Guthrie: Everlasting

Ex-Cocteau Twin follows up his recent solo album with four more lush instrumentals that sound just like his old band without the words.

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28 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM

Two Five: Who is Two Five

Two Five couldn't out-rap my grandma.

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27 Nov 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Close: Sun, Burn

The Close used to sound like a band anxious to be discovered, but on Sun, Burn, they sound a little like one that hasn't been.

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Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

The Virginia duo manages to pull off one of the most entertaining releases of the year, on the surface.

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Rock Star Supernova: Rock Star Supernova

If you want to prove to the world that you're not a cliché, shouldn't you be singing about something other than girls, kicking ass, and how awesome you are?

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Brand New: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Brand New's third album is not a disc you want to check out if you’re looking for an overview of their first two: it's an innovation of the grandest kind.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Braggtown

Saxophone-plus-rhythm, head down and bent to it again.

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Grey Does Matter: Your Job Will Kill You

Good New York music. What else can you say?

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