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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

As befalls the fate of so much post-rock, repetition without innovation becomes stagnation.

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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Invisible: The Invisible

As terrible as it is to say, you almost wish that the band would live up to its name and just disappear.

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24 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ministry: Rantology

A.J.'s still pissed off, and that's a very good thing for Ministry, who went from techno/dance to industrial in a... well, snap.

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Slowcore band avoids the pitfalls of its genre to deliver an album of simple yet surprising refinements.

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The unmistakable vibe of six brainy kids knowingly smirking at each other (band bio also features Mentos).

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Once you're drunk off your ass and the Furies' leather-jacket roadies are packing up the amps, you'll realize that you don't even remember who just played and won't be able to recall a single song.

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23 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

I didn't know the guy, but my guess is that your grandpa probably would have loved this record.

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Pop on your headphones, close your eyes, and you could almost be in the midst of the infamously sophisticated sleaze of the world-famous club.

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Doctor? Yes, it’s about patient Downtown Singapore. I’m not sure yet, but their debut seems to display a terminal lack of hooks.

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It rewards attention and re-listens. It's not music you can slap onto an iPod or run while you balance a checkbook.

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23 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Traveler ‘06

Six Degrees Records returns to their definitive Traveler series with this classy collection of electronically reworked traditional music from all over the world.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Magnet: The Tourniquet

Third full-length from Even Johansen (his second as Magnet) is a warm but unadventurous rehash of gooey sentimentalisms and optimistic buzzwords.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Burst: Origo

Chaos and beauty collide on what is certain to be the Swedish band’s breakthrough disc.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Andrew Hill: Time Lines

The stalwart post-bop pianist returns (again) to Blue Note with a combination of daring and remembrance.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

AM Syndicate: Empire

Indie collective or rock supergroup, either way, this debut makes a strong bid for early year-end list placement.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Carioca

If you don't listen to a lot of Brazilian music, you'll have to kind of re-adjust your ears for this one.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daniel Ash: Come Alive

Ash has not one, not two, not three, but four impressive back-catalogs to draw from on this better-than-expected live document.

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Gamble Brothers Band: Continuator

Memphis may be alive, but so are plants. The Gamble Brothers take a forgettable stroll through the Memphis bar-band tradition.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alif Tree: French Cuisine

It is essentially that rarest of artifacts -- a splendid album that aspires to nothing more than creating a sustained mood through the application of superlative musicianship.

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Arab Strap's version of romance might well be scarred and battered, but it's a romance that's real and breathtakingly recognisable.

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