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13 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kaada: Music For Moviebikers

This quiet, little release is all the more welcome amid the bombast accepted as atmospheric rock.

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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirits Walk

Spirit Walk is ostensibly credited to the Steve Reid Ensemble, but the disc serves a far more important role as a companion piece to Reid and Hebden's recent collaborations.

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Eugene Mirman: En Garde, Society!

Mirman's style of comedy is remarkably casual, laid-back and almost improvised in its feel: where he differentiates himself is with his off-hand, absurdist delivery and the unexpected directions in which he takes his jokes.

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Head Like a Kite: Random Portraits of the Home Movie

The concept has been done before, and by better musicians, countless times over.

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Ramblin Jack Elliott: I Stand Alone

The album's 16 tracks clock in at a mere 32-and-a-half minutes, but there's a fullness to the disc because Elliott gives it all on every song, no matter the length. There really isn't a bad cut on the record.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Oneida: Happy New Year

Tipping towards the folk precision of The Wedding but blistering with noise, Happy New Year is another landmark album from one of rock's most underrated bands. Maybe this time people will pay attention?

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The Brand New Heavies: Get Used to It

After a 12-year hiatus, acid jazz pioneers reunite with funk feast.

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Mia Doi Todd: The Ewe and the Eye

Todd's 1997 debut, re-issued here, is a bit underwhelming, but not without good or fair reasons.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gotye: Like Drawing Blood

One of the best albums no one outside of Australia will ever know about.

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Tender Trap: 6 Billion People

Peter Pan and Billie Joe Armstrong can stay young forever. For everyone else, there's Tender Trap.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Impossible Shapes: Tum

An artifact from the recent past, pulled from the ground... or maybe the sky?

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Skeriks Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

Ingenious arrangements, beautiful and witty playing, but the drummer's brief gets in the way: excessively prominent, rigid, metronomic, unfortunate.

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Jefferson Airplane: The Worst of Jefferson Airplane

Remastered collection of vintage Airplane feeds more than your head.

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Soul Asylum: The Silver Lining

Once-great Minnesota rockers settle for the middle of the road on plodding comeback attempt.

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The Derek Trucks Band: Songlines

A young phenom no more, D Trucks straddles genres with one authoritative guitar.

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11 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sound Team: Movie Monster

A confusing but no less exciting debut from a band of indie-rock chameleons. If only it didn't blend in so well.

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The Buttless Chaps: Where Night Holds Light

Where Night Holds Light eschews novelty for soft pop/rock leanings. Occasionally, it works, too.

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Cut Chemist: The Audience’s Listening

"The DJ of the future is going to be a respected member of the community," drones what I imagine is Ward Cleaver with a buzz-cut and members of the topmost levels of the post-WWII military-industrial complex staring down at him through a forest of unforgiving floodlights.

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Shapes and Sizes: Shapes and Sizes

How much you like Shapes and Sizes is more likely to be linked to your tolerance for its idiosyncracies.

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Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche

Sufjan Stevens's warmed-up leftovers are more creative, engaging, sophisticated, beautiful, and simply better than what most other musical acts have to offer with their A-list material.

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