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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tolcha: Gestalt

Release your inhibitions and embrace the darkness.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dub Trio: New Heavy

NYC dub/newly-hardcore outfit attempts to move forward by looking back to the Clash and Bad Brains. And bringing in Mike Patton.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Turkish Groove

I want shine. I want bubblegum shine. I want beautiful men and handsome women.

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Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence

This may not be the most defining folk album of the new millennium, but Alexi Murdoch's career is off to one hell of a start.

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Oriental Sunshine: Dedicated to the Bird We Love

Sugary, vintage psychedelia so light it's in danger of blowing away.

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Candy Bars: On Cutting Ti-gers in Half and Understanding Narravation

If they work at it, they can pull of something worth 100 Grand. Until then, they’re just relegated to being a Whatchamacallit.

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5 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Invaders

It brazenly cashes in on metal's recent critical popularity, but Invaders will still surprise many.

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The Goo Goo Dolls: Let Love In

It's very easy to picture many of these songs being hits 10 or even 20 years ago, in the heyday of Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi (hey, they both made a couple of good songs, right?)

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5 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

World Party: Dumbing Up

This bit of recycling from one of pop's great environmentalists isn't quite a glorious return to form, but it's hopeful nonetheless.

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Out There/Eric Dolphy Out There [Rudy Van Gelder Remasters]

Vintage early Dolphy featuring Ron Carter on cello, in a sterling Van Gelder remastered version

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Darryl Hall & John Oates: Rock ‘N Soul Part 1

'80s soul/pop maestros sound better than they have in 20 years -- and it's not just the remastered audio.

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Camera Obscura: Lets Get Out of This Country

Camera Obscura picks up where it left off, with nary a drop in quality from its previous releases, and continuing to captivate the hearts of chamber pop fans all over the world.

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Julius Papp: Montreal Departure

A good introduction to the organic, laidback sounds of San Francisco house music.

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Cibelle: The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves

No other album in 2006 will be this lovely, or this relentlessly weird.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Zero 7: The Garden

With The Garden, Zero 7 push beyond the electronica genre and out into an unnamed territory, an adventurous and yet highly listenable vocal pop for the 21 century.

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Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Remixed!

Traditional klezmer music given a contemporary twist by DJs. Not one for purists.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mugison: Little Trip

As a soundtrack, it's fairly interesting and engrossing. As a Mugison album, however, it lacks that special something...

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rammstein: Rosenrot

Rammstein's musically rich fifth album is nowhere near as chilly as the cover art would indicate.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Islands: Return to the Sea

As long as Islands keep treating us to these complex, appealing songs, we'll continue to respond more than positively.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jagged Edge: Jagged Edge

While the Jagged Edge guys unquestionably have the pipes necessary for the task, their material is sorely lacking. This is an album best left on the record store shelf.

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