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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Loka: Fire Shepards

What happens when familiar Ninja Tune jazz and breakbeat elements get rewired for live instrumentation with a post-rock slant? Greater flexibility allows for arrangements that can seamlessly progress, but just as seamlessly lose focus.

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The Love Letter Band: Fear Not My Brothers Fear Not My Sisters, for I Have Seen the Future

Just about everything you might expect a band with this name, who release their album on Valentine's Day, might sound like.

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Klimek: Music to Fall Asleep

Guitars add a lot to Klimek's ambience, but their presence doesn't stop an album called Music to Fall Asleep from working a little too well.

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Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin: Lost John Dean

Take two of the finer singer-songwriters around, put them together for another album with a talented multi-instrumentalist, and what do you have? Nothing less than a fantastic record.

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Maurice el Medioni & Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental

It was pretty inevitable that these two culture-hopping nomads would find each other.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Radio 4: Enemies Like This

Though they claim the title of quintessential New York rock, Radio 4 has none of the continually sprinting-forward attitude that makes New York what it is.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Supersilent: 7

This astonishing concert performance from one of the world's most uncompromising and idiosyncratic improv outfits feels like a heavy workout for your mind, body, and soul.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Om: Miami

Like its namesake, this latest mix from the tasteful dance label is bright, groovy, and sometimes superficial.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mr. Lif: Mo Mega

Over the course of Mo' Mega's 11 tracks, Lif manages to fulfill just about none of our expectations.

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Maritime: We, The Vehicles

How Davey von Bohlen got his groove back.

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Roots Tonic: Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell

Once you get the big picture, a whole world of invention opens up and an intergalactic, space-age dub transmission awaits you.

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Ken Waldman: All Originals, All Traditionals

Double-disc offering of Alaskan poems and fiddle tunes, as big as the state itself.

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13 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Francine: Airshow

Third LP from intricate Boston band moves further away from power pop towards something more enigmatic.

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Elvy Sukaesih: The Dangdut Queen

Sukaesih's pop songs sit sweetly at the intersection of the Islamic religion that most of Indonesia's population follows, and the Hindi films they love to watch.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Kunitachi Kibun: Live 1984-85

Write music like your kid fingerpaints, record it from across a crowded room, and keep that recording buried for two decades.

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Mac Arnold: Nothin to Prove

Veteran Muddy Waters bassist Arnold can sing and lead a blues band, and very well too.

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Army of the Pharaohs: The Torture Papers

The beats are stellar, but the rhymes feel less and less so as the album progresses; all things considered, this is a good album that has the makings of greatness but fails to reach it.

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Allison Moorer: Getting Somewhere

The Duel was a brave album, but Getting Somewhere is definitely more courageous. Here, Moorer dares to look inward and face growing up. Brave indeed.

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Jolie Holland: Springtime Can Kill You

Apologies in advance for referring to this album as "Ms. Holland's Opus". It was cheap,easy, and I'm sure it's been done before, but it felt soooooo good.

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Bardo Pond: Ticket Crystals

Bardo Pond's primal stew has always contained the DNA for drone, post-rock, psyche and freak folk. The sixth full-length brings together all these elements in a terrifying, gorgeous mix.

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