Man Man - Six Demon Bag

Sophomore effort from this Philly area act that have been compared at moments to Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa. They've also been lauded for their notorious live shows, even Rollingstone.com gave them the Best Stage Show SxSW 2005. There's more alternate-universe pop-hits here than previous efforts.

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The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics

Cosmic, consciousness-expanding and mind-shattering, At War With The Mystics, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots brings together the expressiveness of recent albums with the heaviness, volume and intensity of the band's earlier work. At War With The Mystics is personal, political, psychedelic and powerful pop. Major domo and head Lip Wayne Coyne is a shrewd observer of human nature, and an even shrewder songwriter and this album stands as his greatest and most varied work yet.

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[REQ]Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution - A Call To Arms

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution is a band made up of musicians (Led by Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22 fame.) playing only acoustic instruments.
Such instruments in use by the BOTAR include a full string section (violin, viola, cello, acoustic bass), brasses and woodwinds (alto/bari sax, trumpet, trombone, and french horn), and piano, drums, acoustic guitar, and of course, vocals.
Basically what you are looking at is one pretty rockin (and small) orchestra.
BOTAR play a definite jumbled juxtaposition of music, where the listener will hear remnants of jazz, ska, classical, punk, rock n' roll, and more, all mixed into an awesome style that can only be called "classical-punk".

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Minus the Bear- Menos El Oso

Minus the Bear has quickly become one of my favorite bands, especially with Menos El Oso, their 2005 release. This highly stylized Seattle indie-pop group really grabbed my attention with their glitch-riddled prog-pop on their second Suicide Squeeze full-length album. The Game Needed Me, a start-stop indie-rock song opens the CD beautifully, and gives the listener an idea of how dreamy and fantastic this CD will be. Menos El Oso goes where Highly Refined Pirates didn't even touch.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers- Stadium Arcadium

Television rock darlings The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back yet again with their super hit double disc Stadium Arcadium, and it's pretty good. However, after all the hype that even the band has pushed ("If you like RHCP, you'll love this", "This is the best thing we've ever done."), it's a bit of a let down, especially if you were expecting more songs like the hit Dani California. Most of the songs are mid-tempo songs about California, sex, or sex in California, and the rythym doesn't vary too often. Gems like She's Only 18, Torture Me, and The Death of A Martion are worth a good listen, but ultimately, this would have been better as a single-disc release.

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Less Than Jake - In With The Out Crowd

Punk-pop stalwarts Less Than Jake return with the adored band's first original album in three years, In With the Out Crowd, produced by Howard Benson. The punk 'n' horns group has sold more than 1 million records over the past decade, thanks to incessant touring, including on the Warped Tour, where it has been the #1 merchandise seller. Less Than Jake gets out the crowds once more with In With the Out Crowd.

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Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche

The little secret behind the Illinois record is that it was originally conceived as a double album, culminating in a musical collage of nearly 50 songs. But as the project began to develop into an unwieldy epic, common sense weighed in—as did the opinions of others—and the project was cut in half. Sufjan gleaned 21 useable tracks from the abandoned material, including three alternate versions of Chicago. Some songs were in finished form, others were merely outlines, gesture drawings, or musical scribbles mumbled on a hand-held tape recorder. Most of the material required substantial editing, new arrangements or vocals. Much of the work was done at the end of 2005 or in January the following year. Sufjan invited many of the original Illinoisemakers to fill in the edges: drums, trumpet, a choir of singers. The centerpiece, of course, was the title track—The Avalanche—a song intended for the leading role on the Illinois album but eventually cut and placed as a bonus track on the vinyl release. At its best, The Avalanche is an exercise in form, revealing the working habits of one of the most productive songwriters today.

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[ADVANCE] Catch 22 - Permanent Revolution

Permanent Revolution is the newest CD by ska band Catch 22 to be released on June 27. The band has adopted a darker sound since their last CD. Ryan Eldred 's voice is now deeper and the lyrics are definately more meaningful this time around. Each song seems to be based around a significant revolution in history, with the year following the track name. Please keep in mind that this is an advanced copy, and the sound quality is not the greatest.

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The Go! Team- Thunder Lighting Strike

The Go! Team has no lead singer. Instead, they use screaming cheerleaders. That should give you just a hint of how strange this "band" is. Thunder Lighting Strike is comprised of mostly instrumentals using such instruments as horns, guitar, pounding drums, keyboards, and of course, screaming cheerleaders. This is some serious dance/party music here, but it goes beyond that, too. Many of these tracks have some quite amazing riffs and beats. Get this one if you're willing to expiriment.


[REQ]Buck-O-Nine - Twenty-Eight Teeth

After the underground success of Life in the Key of Bree, Buck-O-Nine made the leap to the majors and issued this record, co-produced by David Kershenbaum, who'd worked with Joe Jackson--hence, perhaps, the cover of Jackson's "I'm the Man," which perfectly suited the band's ska-punk style. But it was only one of a number of great songs here (the rest originals), with the title track and "Jennifer's Cold," in particular, standing out from the pack. Fast and hard, or slower and groovy, this record showed that Buck-O-Nine were fast masturing into real contenders.

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At the Drive-In- Relationship of Command

What do you get when you mix something that's actually very good with inconsistency and forgetableness? Well, that's what I like to call At the Drive-In's Relationship of Command. This record packs in some great, clean new-wave punk while at the same time not being "corporate rock" or emo. The only problem is, looking back on it, I could only remember three or four songs out of the ten on here. Fourtunately, the album is both produced and mixed very well (it is mixed by Andy Wallace, the same guy who did Nevermind by Nirvana.) This is for anyone who likes the quality punk that is absent from today's radio waves.

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Minus the Bear- This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic

(Special thanks to Joe for the art.)
Minus the Bear, founded in 2001, is greatly known for they're comical song titles, but that doesn't mean they don't have good music. Get this if you like stuff like Band of Horses, Elliott Smith, or anything else that's good, straight, indie-rock.

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