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13 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Willie Bobo: Lost and Found

He was smooth and he was funky and he needs to be rediscovered, like, pronto.

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13 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

JoJo: The High Road

We’re back to the days of a really good single and an unholy amount of filler.

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13 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Autovaughn: Space

Autovaughn's Space is like modern rock radio, except indie-er.

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13 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Fiamma Fumana: Onda

Onda is listener-friendly, but it could do with some yelling louts to bring the niceness into sharper relief.

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Alice in Chains: The Essential Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains compilations are nothing new, but this one comes closest to getting it right.

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The Nice Boys: The Nice Boys

Exploding Hearts survivor Terry Six resurfaces in fabulous power pop style with the guitar chiming, glitter-beated Nice Boys.

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12 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Ratchets: Glory Bound

On their second album, the Ratchets serve up meat and potatoes punk rock with a pinch of reggae. Unsurprisingly, they sound the Clash circa 1978.

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Mark Farina: Ministry of Sound Sessions

Stay away. Seriously.

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Various Artists: The Source Presents Fat Tape Compilation Volume One

These thug tales provide an escape from the safety of the suburbs. Danger lurks everywhere on the songs here.

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Sven Libaek: Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek

There's a lightness of touch and a breezy, jazzy atmosphere to these 12 Sven Libaek Australian film-score compositions from the '60s and '70s.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Annuals: Be He Me

At best an ambitious amalgamation of impeccably curated influences, Annuals' debut fails to endear or distinguish itself.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Joanna Newsom: Ys

And we all fall down slack-jawed to marvel at Joanna Newsom.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Enigma: A Posteriori

Enigma? You betcha. Only this latest riddle is trapped inside a problem of going to the well 12 too many times with a formula that, while interesting at times, is just far too stoic and stale.

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Whitey: The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train

The problem with constructing a sound almost exclusively out of obvious influences is that it's easy to become defined by a tame sense of craftsmanship.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Mark Feldman: What Exit

Downtown violinist supreme makes his ECM debut.

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African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track

To walk the path from the Upsetta to Electronica, you must get Off The Beaten Track.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Giuseppe Andrews: Giants

Like listening to the soundtrack to a primal scream session, or cracking open a crazy man's cranium and sneaking a peak inside, this twisted troubadour crafts one of the most satisfying -- and ominous -- soundscapes in recent memory.

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Skip Heller: Mean Things Happening in This Land

Organ, guitar, and drums has been a standard hack format, so perhaps it's another quirk of Heller's to use it for something quirkily interesting.

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9 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest

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