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Art in Manila: Set the Woods on Fire

One half of ethereal dream poppers Azure Ray gathers a full band and takes a turn towards the rock. Orenda Fink still sounds like part of heaven's choir, but now she's got a beat.

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Maynard Ferguson: On a High Note: The Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

On a High Note is an amalgamation of standards recorded by Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau over the past 15 years.

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Various Artists: Virginia Roots

Despite the great music, this roots collection comes up a little short on edification.

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The Silent League: Of Stars and Other Somebodies

The second album from ex-Mercury Rev keyboardist Justin Russo displays an improved comprehension of gripping country and chamber-pop intentions with a large slew of melodic hooks.

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9 Aug 2007 // 11:04 PM

Lee Morgan: The Finest in Jazz

This sampler of the great jazz trumpeter's mid-1960s Blue Note hard-bop recordings is a good place for new listeners to dive in.

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9 Aug 2007 // 11:03 PM

JPLS: Twilite

Relatively unknown, from cornfield, Indiana, JPLS shares much of the same aesthetic as his labelmates at M_nus records.

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9 Aug 2007 // 11:02 PM

Sexton Blake: Plays The Hits!

Taking the edge off some classic hits could be a double-edged sword, but Sexton Blake plays many of these songs with a passion that makes one think he’s sincere.

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9 Aug 2007 // 11:01 PM

Casey Neill: Brooklyn Bridge

The spirit of the city street is alive and well on Casey Neill's latest release, Brooklyn Bridge.

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Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, 20th Anniversary Edition

Leonard Cohen's talent lies in his ability to write songs that are rich in nuance without being obscure.

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9 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Bedroom Eyes: Vacation Vacancy EP

Disposable pop from Sweden -- shared with everyone.

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Joe Lovano and Hank Jones: Kids

A fruitful musical friendship simply lifts off the ground, light as air.

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The Staple Singers: The Very Best of the Staple Singers

Any Staple Singers collection is a celebration, even more so if it covers the Stax years.

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Hans Appelqvist: Sifantin Och Mörkret

A modest pragmatist's view of wonderment.

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9 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Strategy: Future Rock

Strategy's vision of "future rock", it seems, derives its vocals from the vocoders of Kraftwerk, its ambience from the kraut of Can, and its groove from the spaceship Funkadelic.

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Dale Watson: Little Darlin Sessions

Watson sings these (mostly) liquid tales of honky tonk squalor and heartbreak with a deep bass voice of authority, like a Johnny Cash who found solace in alcohol instead of religion.

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Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This

The Aussie indie-poppers are back -- and this time they want to make you dance.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:04 PM

Simple Kid: Two

Simple Kid's second album, conveniently titled 2, is a good example of a little record that charms despite genre limitations.

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8 Aug 2007 // 11:03 PM

Helios: Ayres

Helios rounds out an original work of beauty on par with his debut, Eingya -- voice and all.

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Yakuza Heart Attack: Yakuza Heart Attack

They haven’t achieved the MegaMan rock-opera grandeur of the Protomen, but there’s a good chance that Yakuza Heart Attack might level up soon.

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Les Petits: The Mighty Antlers Of Song EPs

Les Petits have sweet, soft and memorably crafted tunes, but it’s too bad a handful of them aren’t fully realized or developed.

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