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The Beatles -- Love (Apple/Capitol)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
The legacy of The Beatles has been as carefully guarded as any musical entity in the history of music. Sample the Fab Four's discography at your own peril -- you'll have a cease-and-desist order  

Isis -- In The Absence of Truth (Ipecac)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
No one in attendance at the wedding of Art Rock and Heavy Metal can be faulted for shuffling their feet and staring nervously at the ground when proceedings arrived at the part about "Speak now o  

The Green Pajamas -- The Night Races Into Anna (Hidden Agenda)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
File the Green Pajamas under "the best band you've never heard." The Seattle collective, led by Pop mastermind Jeff Kelly, routinely releases jaw-dropping albums that melt in the ear like a lys  

THE WHO -- ENDLESS WIRE (UNIVERSAL)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
"Fragments," the first song on The Who's excellent new Endless Wire, immediately echoes past glories. With a swirling synth loop, a splash of frenetic drums and a single crashing power chord, M  

BAD ASTRONAUT -- TWELVE SMALL STEPS, ONE GIANT DISAPPOINTMENT (FAT WRECK CHORDS)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The sad truth is that no matter how well this album is received, Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment will be Bad Astronaut's last album. Vocalist Joey Cape (Lagwagon/Me First & the Gimme  

BOBBY BARE JR.'S YOUNG CRIMINAL'S STARVATION LEAGUE -- THE LONGEST MEOW (BLOODSHOT)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
"Eleven songs recorded in one 11-hour session including members of My Morning Jacket" is the quick and dirty headline for this one. But the irrepressible Bobby Bare Jr. is the blinding-bright, l  

Willie Nelson -- Songbird (Lost Highway)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Now that he's done almost everything else -- Jazz standards, Blues, duets, even a (great) Reggae album last year -- it's nice to finally hear a straight "Rock" production on a Willie Nelson re  

Frank Zappa -- Trance Fusion (Zappa)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
A new collection of previously unreleased guitar solos culled from numerous live performances, Trance Fusion is a sterling representation of a stunningly gifted guitarist of incomparable skills an  

Johnny Cash -- Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Columbia/Legacy)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
With Johnny Cash's final recordings, discussions centered naturally on the legend's uncanny ability to allow his musical gifts to shine through his increasing frailty. Although it was often pain  

ALUMINUM -- ALUMINUM (XL RECORDINGS)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Giving Rock music the orchestral treatment often yields disastrous results. Pops orchestras will take a break from Hollywood or Broadway themes to pull off innocuous representations of the KISS or  

DEFTONES -- SATURDAY NIGHT WRIST

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Over the course of nearly 18 years, Deftones have managed to produce a brutally heavy body of work while incorporating uncharacteristically subtle and artful elements into their sound. This longst  

THE STRAYS -- LE FUTUR NOIR (TVT)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
The late, great Steve Marriott's son Toby fronts the late-'70s London flashback called The Strays, proving that talent doesn't always skip a generation. Right outta the box this thing pounds aw  

GOB IRON -- DEATH SONGS FOR THE LIVING (TRANSMIT SOUND/SONY LEGACY)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Both Jay Farrar and Anders Parker have made names for themselves as unique and forward-thinking interpreters of rootsy Americana music, Farrar with Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and on his own and Parker  

Buffalo Killers -- Buffalo Killers (Alive)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Garage Rock fans of every stripe grieved at the news that Thee Shams had called it a day after the 2005 release of their thunderous Sign the Line. In fact, the Cincinnati quintet wasn't breaking   

Nina Simone -- Remixed & Reimagined (RCA/Legacy)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Nina Simone's name rolls off most people's tongues in the most mythical sort of way. Having a classical education from Juilliard during Jim Crow already made this black woman half-beast, an impl