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Monday, Aug 7, 2006
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Nils Petter Molvaer —"Nebulizer" From An American Compilation on Thirsty Ear
Since Releasing his first landmark album, with ECM in 1997, Nils Petter Molvaer has Been awarded three Norwegian Grammys, a German Record Critics Award, and LA Weekly’s Jazz Album of the Year, securing his place among the truly meaningful jazz musicians of his generation. This album features tracks hand-selected by Molvaer from his previous releases, and is designed to reconnect the American audience with the depths of his musical landscape.


Shearwater—"Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five" From Palo Santo on Misra Records
Shearwater has transformed itself to the point of reinvention on, the band’s fourth album. The first Shearwater release to be made up entirely of songs by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg, Palo Santo resembles previous Shearwater albums only incidentally. It’s a thrilling, paradoxical record—icily warm, welcoming and sloppy and immaculate.



French Kicks—"So Far We Are Are" From Two Thousand on Vagrant
French Kicks are obsessed with possibility. For this band experimentation and self-discovery are the whole game, and the results of their continued explorations have set them in a category all their own. Two Thousand, offers a rare collection of thrills and intrigues, composed of sounds both foreign and familiar. Each song offers its own logic and its own rewards.


French Kicks—Trial of the Century


I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness —"According To Plan" From Fear Is On Our Side on Secretly Canadian
After a lifetime of nightfall and foggy moonlight, I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness creeps out of the shadows with their long-awaited full-length debut, Fear Is on Our Side. The Austin, Texas, band follows up their 2003 self-titled, five-song EP - a much poppier affair produced by Spoon’s Britt Daniel - with a dose of thunder and lightning, pain and pleasure.


I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness—According To Plan


Danielson—"Did I Step On Your Trumpet" From Ships on Secretly Canadian
With Danielson, there’s no hard distinction between the visuals (costumes and graphics) and the music from this group from suburban Clarksboro, New Jersey. “One enters your heart through your eyes, one through your ears,” says Daniel.


Danielson—Did I Step on Your Trumpet? [Live in Cleveland]

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