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6 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Ralston: Needle Bed

John Ralston obviously loves power pop and melodies, so what could be better than combining the two for a truly stellar debut album? Fans of everyone from Eliott Smith to XTC would be wise to remember the name.

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Tengir-Too: Music of Central Asia, Volume 1: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan

The nomadic Kyrgyz music of the mountains becomes a new nomadic sound in the emporium of world music.

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6 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ministry: Rio Grande Blood

Like cheap rot-gut, Al Jourgensen gets nastier with age. This is a no-holds-barred rant, both lyrically and musically, targeting the man they call Dubya.

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Taylor Eigsti: Lucky to Be Me

Taylor Eigsti deserves attention; he's a passionate pianist of apparently large jazz potential.

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6 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Weepies: Say I Am You

Please don't weep for the Weepies. Deb Talan and Steve Tannen might not tear the roof off with their sweet folk/pop, but you'd be a fool not to see what they are able to deliver.

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be your own PET: be your own PET

If you rolled be your own PET and the Grates together you'd get the perfect girl-led spaz-punk debut.

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Stuart A. Staples: Leaving Songs

On Leaving Songs, Stuart A. Staples infuses his melancholic compositions with dashes of country and vintage R&B, perfectly complementing his body of work with Tindersticks.

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Lesbians on Ecstasy: Giggles in the Dark - The Remixes

A good remix manages the neat trick of succeeding on its own terms while also shining a complimentary light on its source.

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5 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tolcha: Gestalt

Release your inhibitions and embrace the darkness.

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5 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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5 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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4 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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4 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

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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