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23 Jul 2007 // 11:01 PM

Loden: Valeen Hope

Proving that electronically-augmented shoegaze need not be clinically clean.

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23 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Caïna: Mourner

Even Satanists have soul. Mourner is a spellbinding, highly eclectic 67 minutes of music that never wears out its welcome.

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23 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Montag: Going Places

Antoine Bedard's sophisticated electronic compositions provide more than meets the ear.

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John Vanderslice: Emerald City

Full of murky and beautiful songs, this should be the album John Vanderslice is remembered for.

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Bill Callahan: Woke on a Whaleheart

Callahan ditches the Smog moniker and delivers a surprisingly upbeat collection, though one that in the end feels a little slight.

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Donnie: The Daily News

Donnie's remarkable follow-up to The Colored Section expands your consciousness and sets your body in motion.

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23 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tim Love Lee: Coming Home

Lee has been described as an at ease hippie, and it’s easy to see why hippies can relax to this non-abrasive music.

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Mr Geoffrey & JD Franzke: be comin

In the hands of Mr.Geoffrey & J.D. Franzke, music and sound become dynamic narrative voices moving the action, engaging the intellect and emotions.

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Acoustic Alchemy: This Way

Blue Note issues easy listening, "pop-jazz" -- not entirely without jazz, far from entirely jazz.

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Driver of the Year: Driver of the Year Will Destroy You

Indie-rock for porn films. But hey -- even Francis Ford Copppola started out that way!

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The Dead Betties: Nightmare Sequence

The very fact that “art noise” and “punk” aren’t really thrown around as band descriptives so much these days should be enough to garner

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22 Jul 2007 // 11:02 PM

The Conformists: Three Hundred

Although recorded by Steve Albini, there’s not a lot here that one should get their knickers in a knot over.

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Guitar: Dealin with Signal and Noise

The most rewarding tracks on Dealin with Signal and Noise are the noisiest ones.

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Manic Street Preachers: Send Away the Tigers

With Send Away the Tigers, the Welsh rockers regain their '90s glory.

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People Press Play: People Press Play

This self-titled debut from the ambient outfit People Press Play is a plodding slumberland of restrained electronica, a work sadly attuned to the needs of a sleepy listener.

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22 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Daddy Yankee: El Cartel: The Big Boss

The Big Boss is back! Brace yourself for a press conference. The lead? Reggaetón’s continued world takeover as told by El Jefe himself.

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22 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Air Traffic: Fractured Life

The latest hyped sensations from the UK attempt to live up to hefty expectations on their powerful, piano-oriented debut.

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Calvin Johnson and the Sons of the Soil: Calvin Johnson and the Sons of the Soil

Maybe there's an alternate universe where Calvin Johnson's shining achievement wasn't Beat Happening.

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Marian McPartland: Marian McPartlands Piano Jazz: Brad Mehldau

McPartland and Mehldau offer up an easy, painless introduction into the world of piano jazz.

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Joey Youngman: Franchise Player 02

Youngman spins frenetic, '90s-influenced house, barely letting you up for air in the process.

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