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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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Greg Brown: The Evening Call

Yeah, Brown's vocals are so goddamn weird that they get the brunt of a listener's attention. The voice seems to come from somewhere deep in his stomach and get strangled by his liver, lungs, and kidneys on the way to his mouth. That's a good thing.

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Underground Orchestra: Active Ingredient

Jazz-fusion mush that is just ordinary.

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The Hylozoists: La Fin Du Monde

The vibraphone is probably the uncoolest member of the percussion family.

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24 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brian Bromberg: Wood II

Jazz bass wizardry so astonishing that it is mostly pointless.

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24 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moonspell: Memorial

The Portuguese metal veterans deliver a sublime exercise in goth doom and gloom.

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James Figurine: Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake

Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, takes Figurines techno-pop, the more laptop-lo-fi and intricate sensibilities of his Postal Service and minimal house-inspiration from a German trip to

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Alan Singley and Pants Machine: Lovingkindness

"Nice" has just been redefined to also mean "visceral".

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More Animals of the Arctic: An Appendix of Whaling Terms

A quirky, psychedelic affair full of hymns of outsider Americana.

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