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Fear Before the March of Flames: The Always Open Mouth

The Always Open Mouth is, more or less, an amalgam of separate ideas, none of which seem to pan out.

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Dizzy Gillespie: Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie

New one-disc compilation highlights Gillespie's RCA Victor recordings from 1946-1949, including his big-band bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Azam Ali: Elysium for the Brave

Plenty of beauty, but so much of it surface, this disc never quite coalesces into something with real emotion.

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Oxford Collapse: Remember the Night Parties

Brooklyn trio Oxford Collapse's first release with Sub Pop proves to be not only a bold venture of great depth, but also a fantastic party in itself.

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19 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Daughters: Hell Songs

In which our heroes learn that one doesn't have to be screaming all the time to make great grindcore.

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19 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Zombie Nation: Black Toys

Zombie Nation's new disc almost finds a place between indie-centric heavy metal disco and more commercial minded electro.

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19 Nov 2006 // 7:00 PM

Hotspur: Beta

This is a debut? Somebody sign these guys already!

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19 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

The Weird Weeds: Weird Feelings

Rarely does an album with as little sound as Weird Feelings by the Weird Weeds require so much effort from listeners. Actually, few albums have

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19 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Game: Doctors Advocate

Dr. Dre appears nowhere on Doctor's Advocate, except in the title, the sonic influence of most of the beats and about 80 times in every track. Rarely, if ever, has a hip-hop record been so dedicated to an absentee who wasn't a corpse.

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19 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Natalie: Everything New

If you like disposable Top 40 R&B pop, Natalie's Everything New will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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19 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Thunderball: Cinescope

At times sounding like the soundtrack to a cool '70s spy film that never was, Cinescope by Thunderball is as eclectic as it is funky.

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19 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Blowoff: Blowoff

Bob Mould gets his groove on with musical partner Rich Morel in new project at the intersection of electronica and rock.

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Dierks Bentley: Long Trip Alone

Bentley's new CD can stand proudly against, say, some of Blake Shelton’s lesser numbers.

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Black Crowes: Freak N Roll… Into the fog

Recorded at San Francisco's famed Fillmore, Freak 'N' Roll is a reminder that the Black Crowes once possessed (and are still capable of possessing) magical powers.

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Various Artists: In Prison

Who'd win if we put a compilation of prison songs on trial? You decide.

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The Master Musicians of Joujouka: Boujeloud

The thumping of the drums is so relentless that it seems to be trying to beat you down and drown you in a state of pre-consciousness.

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Bob Schneider: The Californian

Cool-ass literate funky weird sardonic soulful stuff.

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Songs of Green Pheasant: Aerial Days

Collection of home recordings and rare tracks is intermittently beautiful, but not a cohesive entry point for non-fans of Songs of Green Pheasant

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16 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Earl Greyhound: Soft Targets

Calling out T. Rex, Slade and especially Led Zeppelin, this NYC trio splices monster hooks and thunderous drums to catchy glam-rocking choruses.

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16 Nov 2006 // 7:00 PM

Eglantine Gouzy: Boamaster

Boamaster feels like an enticing pre-sexual tease, centred on cocoons, secrecy, and a dark, faintly threatening, aura of childishness.

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