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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Maximo newbies should try falling in love with A Certain Trigger first, but definitely save some room in your collection for Missing Songs.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The M’s: Future Women

The M's are actually torch carriers for the art of Noise Pop -- and the accent is decidedly on Pop.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

It's loud, it's fast, and it swings like a mother. In an age of increasingly toothless rock, this is rock 'n' roll that will still piss off parents.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

An absolutely straight-ahead live date for concert octet, believe it or not, from the usually smoove saxophonist.

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They got all this music from old cassettes, and a good portion of the tracks have significant dropouts or wobbles, lending them that oh-so-real aura so prized by us world music obsessives.

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Willie Nile: Streets of New York

Streets of New York might not be able to withstand direct scrutiny, but listen to it in the background or with your mind on something else, and it will very often sound like something wonderful.

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28 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Timeless is a noble pursuit, and the guest roster is impressive, covering a who’s who of modern urban music.

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Janis Ian: Folk Is the New Black

If you like your folk music disguised as a cynically unimaginative, woefully uninteresting attempt at securing radio airplay, then this is the album for you.

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27 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dance beats can make almost anything worth tolerating, but Appareil’s debut is so laughably awful as to prove the exception to such a rule.

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Second concept album from Seattle prog rockers retreads rather than breaks new ground.

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Bemis' own emotional/mental issues seem to fit in perfectly with Say Anything's image of emotionally complex, burdened artists.

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27 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

ZZ Top: 2006 Reissues

Much-needed reissues that don't answer every question that they need to.

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Souad Massi: Mesk Elil (Honeysuckle)

With a voice as sweet as honeysuckle drifting in through an open window, Souad Massi has captured the attention of international audiences.

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Jessi Colter: Out of the Ashes

It’s the first ever concept album by a widowed former outlaw. As such, it's a mix of tomfoolery and the sublime, with a little gunplay and squeaky bedsprings in there too.

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Slick and his posse The Shock Mob try to get you crunk with a release full of California Love.

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A great CD lies in wait...

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Embalasasa is an album of warm, kind singing with a warm, kind flute and warm, kind drums.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Polysics: Now Is the Time

Polysics take their inspiration from DEVO but turn it all the way to 11. Now is the Time is a good jumping on point for new converts to the band.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Don Byron's and David Sanchez's pianist makes a bold US debut.

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26 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slow Runner: No Disassemble

Slow Runner releases their debut lo-fi pop album, showing the musical chops to rival Postal Service but stumbling a bit on overwrought lyrics. We can do without the 'melted chocolate'.

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