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15 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Manual: Bajamar

More great coastline tidal ambience from a man who's made it his stock in trade.

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15 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lady & Bird: Lady & Bird

Twee angst from a French-Icelandic duo manages to be just interesting enough to avoid saccharine over-indulgence.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

La Rocca: The Truth

Despite a variety of touchstones in both the UK and the US, this Irish band's debut full-length is a fully self-realized pop acheivement that begs for repeated listens.

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TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

At the risk of courting tautology, it is evident now that TV on the Radio are and have always been TV on the Radio, with all the difficult, thorny, occasionally indulgent and frustrating impulses that such a statement implies.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Slumber Party: MUSIK

MUSIK slaps some happy juxtapositions on the flagpole, and I salute Slumber Party for them. It’s pick and mix time.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sublime: Sublime

Where were you when you heard that Bradley Nowell died?

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Blowfly: Punk Rock Party

To say merely that Blowfly sings dirty songs is an understatement akin to saying that Cypress Hill merely smokes a little bit of weed, or that DMX has a few traffic violations.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Coltrane: Soultrane

A pivotal, pristine moment in the history of jazz, of music, of the world.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Salif Keita: M’Bemba

On its own terms, M'Bemba has some good moments, but if it didn't have The Voice sending out its goosepimple power then I'd be more dismissive of it.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Deryl Dodd: Full Circle

Deryl Dodd's follow-up to Stronger Proof has just the right mix of roadhouse honky-tonkin' and country blues to get you tappin' your foot while cryin' in your beer.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Andy Stott’s debut, Merciless, opens quietly, building a minimal-aquatic aesthetic—warm synths, hi-hat and simple snare, strings in the background. This is minimal dub,

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14 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Rasmus Møbius: Medicine Walk

Rasmus Møbius sets out on his own to create a pure album, unfettered by guest appearances, of his own brand of cut-up dub-hop.

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14 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Meg & Dia: Something Real

More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.

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14 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Guitars and drums. No bass. No keyboards. No strings. No brass. Just six strings, two drumsticks and the volume knobs cranked to 10. The instrumental and

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Ah, California dreaming on such a summer’s day. Brothers and Sisters effectively wrangle up the laid-back sunshine vibe of 1970s California AM radio pop/

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Kon & Amir and DJ Muro: The Kings of Diggin

One compilation. Two CDs. Sixty-one tracks. No household names. And no popular hits.

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Junior Boys: So This is Goodbye

The second album by the Canadian duo proves their much-heralded debut was no fluke.

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Sascha Funke: Boogybytes Vol. 2

As you might expect from the pedigree, this is a pretty rad CD, positively brimming with techno goodness.

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Viva Voce: Get Yr Blood Sucked Out

Pop this in the car system, roll the windows down, put on the shades, sip the Dr. Pepper and haul ass. Pick up that special someone. Then cruise to the lake and make out.

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The Black Keys: Magic Potion

Big label, big backing, big buzz but basically brilliant, beautiful, beefy bluesy boogie blueprint being brought by the barren brain trust of Auerbach and Carney yet again.

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