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25 Nov 2015 // 9:09 AM

Regis: Manbait

One of techno's leading lights doesn't put out many albums, but compilations like this are, if anything, even better

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Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun

Junun is proof that any amount of common ground, no matter how small, can still helps ideas take flight.

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The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes (take 2)

Lou Reed and friends were miles away from New York City but that didn't matter a bit. These are fine hours of VU at their best.

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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (The Complete Masters)

Fifty years later, with American music changed indelibly because of A Love Supreme, that seems like enough reason to celebrate the album yet again.

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Bobby Rush: Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

An amazingly curated and lovingly rendered collection that examines the wildly entertaining music of Bobby Rush.

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Jay Willie Blues Band: Johnny’s Juke Joint

Jay Willie Blues Band's sounds exactly as its name implies. How you feel about this will determine your overall enjoyment of the album.

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24 Nov 2015 // 12:00 PM

Goldmund: Sometimes

Sometimes was an album made at night, and 16 of the 17 tracks here were improvised and recorded quickly. That spontaneity comes through on the record's best moments.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Mogwai: Central Belters

Mogwai celebrate 20 years of racket in style with Central Belters, a box set primed for fans to hair-split.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

They Might Be Giants: Why?

It’s never too early for parents to introduce their children to one of the best indie rock bands of all time, and their latest kids' album is a great place to start.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Ellie Goulding: Delirium

Captivating, danceable synthpop that Goulding is hoping will take her to the upper echelons of pop stardom.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

Zombi: Shape Shift

Synth-driven duo returns with a stellar example of why the world still needs post rock.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

J Dilla: Dillatronic

Ma Dukes digs into her late son's backlog of unreleased work for a 41-track album of instrumental cuts influenced by electronic music.

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Ben Caplan: Birds with Broken Wings

Ben Caplan embraces the jocular with a vaudeville resurrection.

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23 Nov 2015 // 1:00 PM

The Nightowls: Fame Sessions

For their latest, Austin’s the Nightowls head straight to the source to create an album worthy of inclusion alongside the many classics to have come out of the legendary Fame studios.

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23 Nov 2015 // 12:00 PM

Made of Oak: Penumbra

Penumbra, Nick Sanborn's new EP, is a complex, thumping set of instrumental pieces that shouldn't be overshadowed by his work in Sylvan Esso or Megafaun.

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Various Artists: To Love the Bee Gees: A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb

Fifteen stylistically diverse artists take on the equally stylistically diverse Brothers Gibb with largely satisfying results.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Danzig: Skeletons

This long-awaited covers collection from the venerable vocalist features some surprising (and not-so-surprising) choices.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

Son Little: Son Little

He says he’s a loser. But you know he doesn’t mean it. And he knows you know he doesn’t mean it—and that makes it sincere (with an emphasis on the sin!).

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Drew McDowall: Collapse

The kind of collapse witnessed here is a slow degeneration and deterioration, one that’s more obsessed with the mutation in the reconfiguration of the seams than the sanguinary remains of those crushed by the bottom falling out.

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20 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Adele: 25

If you’re not an Adele fan, this album isn’t likely to make you a convert.

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