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Various Artists: Nature Sounds Presents: Natural Selection

A mass of giddy hip-hop heads will buy this indie label compilation for the Ghostface and DOOM preview track; Nature Sounds laughs and sucker-punches them by making the rest of the CD good, too.

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Harry Manx: Mantras for Madmen

Guitarist mixes the Middle East with the Bayou and Mississippi Delta for some soft, inspiring, and generally comforting, folksy jewels.

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State Radio: Us Against the Crown

Former Dispatch member Chad Stokes resurrects the passion of The Clash and Bob Marley for the modern Bush era in his band's terrific reggae-rock debut.

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17 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Corm: Audio Flame Kit

Reissue of the only full-length from this mid-'90s Washington, DC act whose members went on to play in Q and Not U and The Maginot Line.

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Third Sight: Symbionese Liberation Album

Third Sight is the heavy, solid kid striding over from the back, that you see coming from 50 feet away but are too paralyzed by fear to avoid.

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APB: Something to Believe In

A lot of people who shelled out over 100 dollars for the Scottish trio's first release/singles collection are going to be pissed off.

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Leth East West Blast Test: Popular Music for Unpopular People

Playfully eclectic duo runs the gamut from jazz to grindcore on a series of brief experiments.

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17 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cristina Branco: Ulisses

The widely renowned fadista illustrates the difference between casting off toward unknown horizons and merely drifting off course.

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17 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Editors: The Back Room

Editors have made a thoughtful, expertly crafted and darkly sensuous indie-pop gem.

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17 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nuru Kane: Sigil

You've heard it before? Then listen to it again.

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Kate Rusby: The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Beautiful and precise, Rusby's latest shows her growing again.

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16 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

DJ Cam: Revisited by

The stylistic range of the contributors to Revisited by demonstrates the breadth of influences that infuse the works of the remarkable DJ Cam.

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Carmen Lundy: Jazz and the New Songbook

A live, career-encompassing date of all-original material from a top jazz vocalist.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Israel

There's more to Israel than bombs and bad news.

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16 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hush: Bulletproof

On Bulletproof, Hush flashes enough skill to demonstrate that he could one day step out of Eminem's shadow. Today is not that day.

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16 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Bamboos: Step It Up

The Bamboos have more funk than a kangaroo's got hops. But while they're heavy on drum and bass, the band is too light on variety.

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Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms 2

Channeling the spirits of Augustus Pablo and Can certainly isn't the worst musical concept to attempt, and Friedman and Liebezeit do a credible job of making it work.

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Television Personalities: My Dark Places

For fans of a certain kind of music, there is unlikely to be a more significant release in 2006.

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Saxon Shore: The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore

An instrumental concept album that explores the "hypothetical death" of Saxon Shore -- lively or lifeless?

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Revolting Cocks: Cocked and Loaded

Just as revolting as the band's name would imply, Cocked and Loaded would have been better if Al Jourgensen passed gas into a microphone for 45 minutes and released the result as an album.

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