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14 Dec 2015 // 2:30 AM

Prince: HITNRUN Phase Two

Phase Two boasts enough classic Prince moments to sufficiently wash the worst memories of its vapid predecessor out of fans’ memory banks permanently.

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14 Dec 2015 // 2:20 AM

Love: Reel to Real

Arthur Lee turns Love into a tight-knit funk and R&B outfit on this long-lost 1974 gem.

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Tom Jones: Long, Lost Suitcase

Tom Jones' latest once again finds Ethan Johns behind the boards with a new stash of standards ripe for interpretation.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Soul revivalists Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings bring funk and fun to the holiday album and even give Hannukah the anthem it's been waiting for.

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11 Dec 2015 // 2:30 AM

Psy: Chiljip Psy-da

For his first proper release since the viral success of 2012's "Gangnam Style", South Korean entertainer Psy sets out to prove he can do it again on his seventh album.

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The Telescopes: Splashdown: The Complete Creation Recordings 1990-1992

Splashdown gives this short, prolific period of the Telescopes’ history a sense of balance that few back in the day might've admitted.

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11 Dec 2015 // 2:15 AM

jennylee: right on!

Applying Warpaint's thin sonic veneer to yet another decade past on right on!, jennylee runs in place rather than moving forward.

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David Lynch and Marek Zebrowski: Polish Night Music

An American film director and a Polish composer joins forces to make cold, austere music worthy of, say, a David Lynch film.

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A Fragile Tomorrow: Make Me Over

A Fragile Tomorrow continue to weave the signature sound that’s marked their motif since their founding in 2003, one that’s at once complex and yet also easy on the ears, sensual and yet sophisticated all at the same time.

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DJ Krush: Butterfly Effect

After a ten-year hiatus, the trip-hop legend returns to find the times have caught up with him.

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The Staple Singers: Faith & Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976

History comes vibrantly alive on this comprehensive four-CD set of the influential family group who merged gospel, soul, and blues into a uniquely influential, perpetually uplifting sound.

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10 Dec 2015 // 2:20 AM

Cool Uncle: Cool Uncle

The unlikely pairing of contemporary producer Jack Splash and AOR icon Bobby Caldwell results in an interesting mix of old and new, the majority of which largely succeeds in its reverent treatment of an otherwise parody-prone genre.

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Howard Eynon: So What If I’m Standing in Apricot Jam?

A psychedelic resurrection for lovers of waggish wonder.

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Underworld: Second Toughest in the Infants (Super Deluxe Edition)

Underworld's reissue project continues to do justice to their classic albums with a strong mix of material, unearthing fresh gems, and giving deeper insight into their creative process.

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The Mekons and Robbie Fulks: Jura

Members of the Mekons team up with iconoclastic songwriter Robbie Fulks for a collection of their own brilliant take on modern day sea shanties and British folk.

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9 Dec 2015 // 2:10 AM

Esmerine: Lost Voices

Lost Voices is an immediate and arresting expedition into new wilds for the Montreal ensemble.

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Phantasma: The Deviant Hearts

Metal-driven supergroup creates concept album that will spawn many Trans-Siberian-inspired sequels. And yet it's not a ripoff. More power to all involved.

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Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection shows Springsteen and the band writing their second act, the one where they figured out how to grow up without losing touch with the energy and freedom of rock 'n' roll.

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8 Dec 2015 // 2:20 AM

Dub Phizix: FABRICLIVE.84

Regardless of previous genre exposure or access to live events this mix approximates the feel of a show’s ebb and flow of energy.

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Frank Zappa and the Mothers: Roxy the Movie

Frank Zappa’s long-requested Roxy shows final see the legitimate light of day in this new DVD/CD release.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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