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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 2

Who knew that free jazz's funkiest drumming and electronic music's warmest, most organic sounds were twins separated at birth?

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Jermiside & Brickbeats: The Red Giants

This is the tale of two men, a mic, and a turntable -- a classic story of emcee meets DJ, DJ makes tight beat, emcee displays mad skills. Jermiside & Brickbeats do more than tell the story -- they live it.

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Blanket Music: The Love/Love Translation

Well-meaning double record from Portland quartet recalls Belle and Sebastian and fails to shine through its lo-fi film.

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The Jaco Pastorius Big Band: The Word Is Out!

The tragically shortened career of bass guitar maestro and jazz composer Pastorius included a start at something resembling big band: the Word of Mouth big band. The best parts of the second CD to revive this idea are very good, but other portions suggest he never got far enough ahead to create a basis for this sort of revival to build on.

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Josh Wink: Profound Sounds Volume 3

A DJ mix that's heavy on technology and studio time, but which eventually makes it to the dancefloor.

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The Robot Ate Me: Good World

The Robot Ate Me's 2005 release, Carousel Waltz, was safe, catchy, and easy to like; their latest, Good World, makes no such pretences.

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Katharine Whalen: Dirty Little Secret

Former Squirrel Nut Zipper takes some risks abandoning her jazz chanteuse modus operandi.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Ralston: Needle Bed

John Ralston obviously loves power pop and melodies, so what could be better than combining the two for a truly stellar debut album? Fans of everyone from Eliott Smith to XTC would be wise to remember the name.

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Tengir-Too: Music of Central Asia, Volume 1: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan

The nomadic Kyrgyz music of the mountains becomes a new nomadic sound in the emporium of world music.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ministry: Rio Grande Blood

Like cheap rot-gut, Al Jourgensen gets nastier with age. This is a no-holds-barred rant, both lyrically and musically, targeting the man they call Dubya.

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Taylor Eigsti: Lucky to Be Me

Taylor Eigsti deserves attention; he's a passionate pianist of apparently large jazz potential.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Weepies: Say I Am You

Please don't weep for the Weepies. Deb Talan and Steve Tannen might not tear the roof off with their sweet folk/pop, but you'd be a fool not to see what they are able to deliver.

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be your own PET: be your own PET

If you rolled be your own PET and the Grates together you'd get the perfect girl-led spaz-punk debut.

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Stuart A. Staples: Leaving Songs

On Leaving Songs, Stuart A. Staples infuses his melancholic compositions with dashes of country and vintage R&B, perfectly complementing his body of work with Tindersticks.

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Lesbians on Ecstasy: Giggles in the Dark - The Remixes

A good remix manages the neat trick of succeeding on its own terms while also shining a complimentary light on its source.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tolcha: Gestalt

Release your inhibitions and embrace the darkness.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dub Trio: New Heavy

NYC dub/newly-hardcore outfit attempts to move forward by looking back to the Clash and Bad Brains. And bringing in Mike Patton.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Turkish Groove

I want shine. I want bubblegum shine. I want beautiful men and handsome women.

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Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence

This may not be the most defining folk album of the new millennium, but Alexi Murdoch's career is off to one hell of a start.

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Oriental Sunshine: Dedicated to the Bird We Love

Sugary, vintage psychedelia so light it's in danger of blowing away.

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