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New Radiant Storm King: The Steady Hand

Western Massachusetts indie rock vets make good on a long awaited return to aluminum.

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Live mandolins duel across the whole musical spectrum.

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The Celluloid Years collects rare hip-hop nuggets from the '80s and charts the intersection of hip-hop beats and Bill Laswell.

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13 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ryoji Ikeda: Dataplex

Instead of a modern studio, one imagines the tracks on Dataplex having been constructed inside an industrial cleanroom of the same type that manufactures microprocessors and semiconductors.

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Rollie Pemberton, writer, turns into Cadence Weapon, rapper, for an album as two-faced as the man behind it.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Back after a 40-year hiatus, early musique concrète pioneer returns with a three part collection of eerily manipulated shortwave radio noise, of which this is the second part.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moreau: Nova Scotia

Have you ever wondered what it's like to use an entire stick of butter on one piece of toast? Moreau explore this delicacy and others on their latest.

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Various: I am the Resurrection

The transfiguration of John Fahey from a folk guitarist into the pantheon of great American composers, delivered through interpretations of his work by a group of oddball independent artists like himself.

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Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers: Pandelirium

On album number three, the Shakers show no signs of slowing down, but some kudzu is starting to grow on their cartoony Southern goth shtick

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Long-forgotten 1970s singer-songwriter, excavated from obscurity by reissues label, deserves a second (or first, really) look.

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Luke Doucet: Broken (And Other Rogue States)

It's still a real shame that absurdly talented writers and performers like Luke Doucet are condemned to fly well below the popular radar.

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It works as a fun soundtrack to a dimly-lit, vodka and Red Bull drenched basement party. But if you really want to kick the party into gear, the album’s older brother is still the one to podcast.

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Deadboy & the Elephantmen: We Are Night Sky

A duo with a guitar and drums? Sure, been there, bought the t-shirt. But Deadboy & the Elephantmen are perhaps one of those bands to watch in 2006 that will help revitalize the lean arrangement.

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Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys: Dominos

Dominos draws the living and the dead together in a jaunty two-step strut.

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9 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

If Lightning Bolt or Fantomas aren't challenging enough for you, this Japanese duo will blow your mind.

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Charlie Hunter Trio: Copperopolis

Jazz-jam guitarist and his trio proceed to make the funky good-time rock music you crazy kids are so fond of.

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9 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

In Flames: Come Clarity

The eighth album by the Swedish metal masters is their most accessible to date, but still acknowledges their early sound.

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9 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karl Blau: Beneath Waves

His deliberately simplistic, fiercely DIY styling recalls the original intentions of independent pop music: his on-disc persona is inward-looking but quietly engaging.

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8 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

A decade later, The Gathering’s breakthrough album remains as powerful as ever.

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Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano: Immolation/Immersion

Those wanting to further explore Cline's music would do well to ease into things. For most, that means a disc like this probably ought to sit on the shelf for a while.

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