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Friday, Jun 30, 2006
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White Whale —"The Admiral"
From WWI on Merge Records
In White Whale’s maiden voyage, WWI, all glory and honor is theirs. Amassing the power of the Big Star with the fury of the Sabbath (Black) and the mesmerizing wiles of the Badfinger, the gentlemen of White (F-in’) Whale are not afraid to ask the musical question “What’s an Ocean For?” Beware ye Decemberists and those who would set the Arcade (a)Fire, the Okkervil River can not contain the enormity of White Whale.



Sufjan Stevens —"The Henney Buggy Band"
From The Avalanche on Asthmatic Kitty
As 2005 came to a close, Sufjan returned to the old, forsaken songs on his 8-track like a grandfather remembering his youth, indulging in old journals and newspaper clippings.  The gathering that followed would become the setting for the songs on The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album.



The Charlatans UK —"Blackened Blue Eyes"
From Simpactico on Sanctuary Records
Simpatico. finds The Charlatans UK returning to the sound that made them UK chart toppers and festival headliners for many years, proving once again that they are still a vital force. No longer using his falsetto, lead singer Tim Burgess is in fine form as he continues to find the sweet spot where Dylan-inspired diatribes meet unstoppably contagious melodies – both obsess him.
 

Camera Obscura —"Let’s Get Out Of This Country"
From Let’s Get Out of This Country on Merge Records
Kicking off Camera Obscura’s brand new CD, Let’s Get Out Of This Country, “Lloyd” sets the table for nearly 40 minutes of pure pop bliss.  A wide variety of influences are in play – from Jimmy Webb to Lloyd Cole, from Connie Francis to Skeeter Davis; from the Supremes to the work of David Lynch - with the band crafting each into a sound that is uniquely their own.

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