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Drift Yellow Swans: Drift Yellow Swans

Bay Area noise duo Yellow Swans’ latest is, as ever, released under a new band name in their ongoing attempt to confound record store attempts

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22 Aug 2006 // 5:00 AM

Over The Atlantic: Junica

New Zealand laptop/guitar pop duo craft Postal Service-like ballads that flow a little too smoothly by

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22 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

Maino: King of the City

Keeping it gully is so important to Brooklyn rapper Maino that on “Paper Gangster” he actually says, “you rap / that ain’t that hard to

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Jandek: What Else Does the Time Mean

What Else Does the Time Mean is wonderful for those who appreciate Jandek's form of anti-music, and utterly impenetrable for the uninitiated.

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21 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cursive: Happy Hollow

Omaha postpunkers get political, bring the horns, on 14 "hymns for the heathen".

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21 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cheikh Lô: Lamp Fall

Mostly sunny, while still retaining the bite of musicians playing with intensity, and well-produced without any gimmickry, Lamp Fall is at the top of the Afro-pop ranks.

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Ben Watt: Buzzin Fly Volume III

On his annual mix, Watt features more of the chill but often chilly deep house that's made Buzzin' Fly's name -- and staves off a 'challenge', too.

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21 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

SCSI-9: The Line of Nine

This is fine, technically precise production quality from a Moscow scene that shows much promise.

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Various Artists: Live at KEXP, Vol. 2

KEXP fundraising compilation delivers quality performances from some of indie rock's hottest talents...but takes very few chances.

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The Lovekill: These Moments Are Momentum

The gritty, seedier side of power punk... straight out of Cleveland.

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Controlling the Famous: Automatic City

Sadly, the story of how the album title came to be is more interesting than the music itself.

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Carina Round: Slow Motion Addict

The UK singer-songwriter continues to find her own voice on the follow-up to the impressive The Disconnection.

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Test Icicles: The Dig Your Own Grave EP

The epilogue to the band with the ridiculous name is an engaging enough remix EP.

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Substance Abuse: Overproof

While Substance Abuse have something to say, they may need a little more than flow to do it right.

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21 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

Prince Diabaté: Djerelon

Upbeat, but with a blue-toned soul, Prince Diabaté's latest CD is well worth hunting down.

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21 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Dagons: Reverse

While a two-gendered duo might look suspiciously calculated at first glance, the Dagons have been plying their trade for the better part of a decade

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Obie Trice: Second Rounds on Me

Obie goes all-the-way gangsta in an attempt to add a minute or two onto his rapidly expiring 15.

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20 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Govt Mule: High & Mighty

Today's best all-around guitar player keeps moving laterally in the move toward being a great songwriter…'til then it's still music for musicians and jam culture, though it transcends both labels.

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You have to love a band that would dub the first song on any album “Evil Knievel”, and The Mouse That Roared does just that.

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Jennifer OConnor: Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars

It isn't hard to find a musician writing songs "from the heart", but how often do those songs feel genuinely heartfelt to you, and really hit you in your own heart?

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