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25 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Raydar Ellis: Late Pass

What would you do if your label gave you a wake up call to deliver your album before you were finished? Raydar Ellis shows you how to deliver the goods.

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Sean Smith, Adam Snider and Matt Baldwin: Berkeley Guitar 2006

The Imaginational Anthem series that started by unearthing folk blues legends now focuses on upcoming West Coast stars in the Takoma finger-picking tradition.

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Hezikiah Jones: Hezekiah Says Youre A-OK

A disturbingly nice record that is just so simple you suspect that there may be more to it than meets the eye.

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The Eastern Stars: July 5, 1961

The Eastern Stars pick up where people like Beck and Low left off at some point in their careers. Led by Kaia Wong and Rob

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

J Dilla: The Shining

The problem is that while the whole of Dilla's first true posthumous release is incredibly solid and expertly crafted, it's for the most part unremarkable.

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Joe Lovano: Streams of Expression

Two suites of complexly orchestrated jazz that update The Birth of the Cool -- and two takes on the whole shebang.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Total 7

Seeing the label break out from a more rigorously orthodox understanding of techno feels a lot more natural than skeptics might expect.

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Roger McGuinn: The Folk Den Project: 1995-2005

Four discs of folk songs recorded by Roger McGuinn. Nothing more need be said.

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Otto von Schirach: Maxipad Detention

Drawing on sounds ranging from animal noises to construction sounds, manic producer Otto von Schirach has created an album that is definitely not for the squeamish.

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Arrington De Dionyso: Breath of Fire

If the throat-singing intervals from Old Time Relijun's 2012 left you jonesing for a whole CD of the same, your prayers are answered.

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25 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

David Enright, GD Mills, Jason Clohecy, and Lisa Walker are the Haywards, creating very barren pop that brings to mind Spoon in some respects, especially

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Phononoir: Putting Holes Into October Skies

Berlin's Matthias Grübel adds his name to the growing list of sensitive indie-technoglitch guys.

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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble: The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

A gloomy ride into the ominous possibilites of electronic mutant jazz. Is this the kind of movie you'd like to see?

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24 Aug 2006 // 8:00 AM

Roisin Murphy: Ruby Blue

Why is this CD, the debut solo effort from UK group Moloko’s singer, essential? For one, it's one of the best examples of production shaping but not overwhelming the artist’s vision.

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24 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Planningtorock: Have It All

You want to know whether or not this album is any good, and, believe me, I want to be able to tell you. But we’

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24 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Sumo: The Danceband

The Danceband is the sound of a bunch of Swedes making Latin music... and it works.

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24 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Jolenes: Get It To Go

Ah, where would the world be without bubble gum pop? Would the USSR have dissolved if bubble gum pop never existed? Think about it. In

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Towers of London: Blood Sweat and Towers

Hyped snotty Britpunks lose some of their 'tude by picking on easy targets.

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The Mountain Goats: Get Lonely

Do goats get lonely? John Darnielle attempts to explain on the latest bucket drawn from his bottomless song well.

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24 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Comets on Fire: Avatar

On their latest album, the members of Comets on Fire refine their psychedelic rock by showing a softer side without neglecting the groovy freakouts for which they earned their fame.

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