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23 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Envelopes: Demon

Envelopes are coming. You've been warned.

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(Long) John Baldry: Boogie Woogie: The Warner Bros. Recordings

Lost in the heyday of Rod Stewart and Elton John was Long John Baldry, the eclectic talent who inspired the twosome to new heights. His two Warner Bros. albums, each half produced by Stewart and half by John, became signatures of all three gents.

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23 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liam Howlett: Back to Mine

Little more than what you might expect from a burnt party CD given to you by a friend with good record collection.

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The Rogers Sisters: The Invisible Deck

Short, jagged songs stretch to hallucinatory drones on this Brooklyn dance-punk trio's ground-breaking third record.

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jdwalker: them get you… them got you

Grab your mind machete because this album forces you to hack your way to the fringes of hip-hop and, once there, the environment ain't so accommodating.

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23 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

16 Horsepower: Hoarse

Edwards and company get resurrected; Flannery O'Connor runs for cover.

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Afterhours: Ballads for Little Hyenas

Too long overlooked in US and UK markets, Afterhours is finally coming available to the rest of us who would appreciate them.

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Various Artists: Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1

Outrage and tight production form a revolutionary combo on Guerilla Funk's latest sonic war cry.

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Some by Sea: On Fire (Igloo)

A wordy but worthy release from Seattle songsmiths Some by Sea generates some energy but loses some momentum due to the sheer length. My igloo did not catch fire.

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Magnetophone: The Man Who Ate the Man

British duo returns with a new album, taking snippets from rock and British or Celtic folk for some unique and pleasing electronica-laced tracks.

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Loose Fur: Born Again in the USA

The Raccoonists are back!

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Ursula 1000: Here Comes Tomorrow

It's a party! And you're invited! Just don't expect to meet the host.

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Hall Ranaldo Hooker: Oasis of Whispers

The kind of album that goes below the radar both sonically and commercially, this Sonic Youth side project by guitarist Lee Ranaldo, multi-instrumentalist Glen Hall, and free-jazz drummer William Hooker is destined to be rescued from obscurity fifty years from now as a long-lost whisper from the past.

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22 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hotel Lights: Hotel Lights

Wistful and understated, the debut album by former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jesse and his band is often subtly beautiful; sometimes it's nice to feel lonely.

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22 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ester Drang: Rocinate

This Oklahoma trio's sophomore album is an gorgeous Faberge egg of an album, that when split open, reveals nothing inside.

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The Witnesses: Black Eyes and White Lies

There are thousands of no-frills rock bands in the New York City area, but the Witnesses might be the only ones you should care about.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stereo Total: Juke Box Alarm

Berlin's Stereo Total, despite the bloops and blips, are most importantly students of classic rock and roll.

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Béla Fleck: Crossing the Tracks

Even when Béla Fleck was a mere tyke in the music industry, he was already starting to take his banjo on journeys off the bluegrass trail. Here's where his story begins.

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21 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

MC Lars: The Graduate

It's pretty amazing that someone presumably serious about launching a career as a rapper would publicly cite Weird Al as an influence. What do you make of that?

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Band of Horses: Everything All the Time

Still in their early stages, you can tell that the Horses have more to offer. Someday they’ll be at full gallop. Here, they're just at a trot.

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