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16 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nuru Kane: Sigil

You've heard it before? Then listen to it again.

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Kate Rusby: The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Beautiful and precise, Rusby's latest shows her growing again.

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15 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

DJ Cam: Revisited by

The stylistic range of the contributors to Revisited by demonstrates the breadth of influences that infuse the works of the remarkable DJ Cam.

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Carmen Lundy: Jazz and the New Songbook

A live, career-encompassing date of all-original material from a top jazz vocalist.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Israel

There's more to Israel than bombs and bad news.

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15 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Hush: Bulletproof

On Bulletproof, Hush flashes enough skill to demonstrate that he could one day step out of Eminem's shadow. Today is not that day.

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15 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Bamboos: Step It Up

The Bamboos have more funk than a kangaroo's got hops. But while they're heavy on drum and bass, the band is too light on variety.

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Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms 2

Channeling the spirits of Augustus Pablo and Can certainly isn't the worst musical concept to attempt, and Friedman and Liebezeit do a credible job of making it work.

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Television Personalities: My Dark Places

For fans of a certain kind of music, there is unlikely to be a more significant release in 2006.

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Saxon Shore: The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore

An instrumental concept album that explores the "hypothetical death" of Saxon Shore -- lively or lifeless?

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Revolting Cocks: Cocked and Loaded

Just as revolting as the band's name would imply, Cocked and Loaded would have been better if Al Jourgensen passed gas into a microphone for 45 minutes and released the result as an album.

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14 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Herbaliser: Fabriclive 26

Ultimately, the point of this mix is this: a celebration of hip-hop throughout the ages, in all its many forms and incarnations.

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KT Tunstall: Eye to the Telescope

KT Tunstall's debut album finally finally gets a release in the USA. It's been a long time coming, but it was really worth the wait.

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Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3: ...Tick ...Tick ...Tick

Wynn and the Miracle 3 have finally captured the energy and spontaneity of their live performances in the studio, resulting in an early contender for one of the year's strongest rock records.

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The Howling Hex: You Can’t Beat Tomorrow

Restructuring his Howling Hex, Neil Michael Hagerty records a variety show pilot and releases it alongside a slapdash assortment of unassumingly brilliant avant-Americana.

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Various Artists: Heartworn Highways

Have a toast in honor of terrific, previously unreleased music from a documentary film about some of Texas' best hard drinkin' singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and many others.

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14 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Centro-matic: Fort Recovery

In the 10th year of Centro-matic's illustrious career the Denton, TX band gives us their finest outing to date. It is what Centro-matic has always been capable of and the band absolutely nails it.

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Teairra Mari: Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari

Giant hip-hop Roc-A-Fella label introduces Teairra Mari and leaves her to struggle all by herself.

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Various Artists: New York Noise 2

Soul Jazz goes back downtown to unearth another impressive collection of no-wave, mutant funk, and other assorted dissonance from either side of 1980.

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Tres Chicas: Bloom, Red and the Ordinary Girl

Bloom, Red And The Ordinary Girl looks back occasionally to 2004's Sweetwater, but taken as a whole this is essentially an evolution in sound.

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