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DJ Kayslay and Greg Street: The Champions: The North Meets The South

This tape is weak, but Shaq is back!

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Cale Parks: Illuminated Manuscript

The idea itself sounds like quite a bit of fun, but there's precious little humor to be found.

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The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is a record of steely voices and beautiful sounds and striking images, of poetry in more senses than one.

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Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

Sparklehorse's first album in five years finds a vein of beauty in gloomy experimental folk

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Amos Lee: Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand is a well-paced effort that improves on the elements that made Lee’s debut a noteworthy release among (primarily) the Starbucks set.

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Robert Callender: Le Museé de LImpressionnisme

Anyone up for a super-obscure Euro-funk concept album about French painting?

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Brazilian Girls: Talk To La Bomb

A mature and assured sophomore effort proves Brazilian Girls are not just another dance floor act.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine

Don't let the sugar-sweet candy coating keep you from what's inside, because the music is pretty good and the singing is excellent.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Helmet: Monohrome

Aptly titled, Monochrome shows that Helmet lacks any musical color -- or interesting ideas, compelling music, or songs that even remotely stick in the mind.

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The Clique: Sugar on Sunday: The Definitive Collection

First-rate 1960s bubblegum pop from the band that originally performed "Superman", later popularized by R.E.M.

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Fresh Mowed Lawn: Fresh Mowed Lawn

I wasn’t sure what to make of Fresh Mowed Lawn during the initial moments, but following a lush opening, the group hits its stride

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The Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us

Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.

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It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.

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10 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.

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Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jean: On

Jean is a talented vocalist, arranger, composer, and producer who just might remind you how much you like washing dishes and wishing for world peace.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Portastatic: Be Still Please

Another excellent addition to the Portastatic catalogue, this time expanding Mac McCaughan's orchestral pop leanings.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Early Day Miners: Offshore

Rock soundscapes, grand and long and hypnotic.

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Kultur Shock: We Came to Take Your Jobs Away

Kultur Shock does rock music laced with punk attitude, Balkan folk riffs, and a really really good sense of humor.

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Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.

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