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22 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Pat Martino: El Hombre

A lovely Rudy Van Gelder-remastered reissue of the great guitarist's solo debut, a 1967 date with organ, flute, and speed

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19 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

All Smiles: Ten Readings of a Warning

All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".

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The Saturday Knights: The Saturday Knights

Rumor has it there's a band in Seattle, Washington with a smooth hip-hop flow backed by face-melting guitars. Truth is, it's not just a rumor.

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Escape the Floodwater Jug Band: Whiskey Will Fix It!

Iowa-based jug band go back to the banjo and washboard-driven music of the Hoover administration for inspiration on their debut.

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19 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Chateau Flight: Les Vampires

Even divorced from the images they accompany, this 40-minute work stands on its own remarkably well, smartly jettisoning aside the notions of both the pop song and tension-filled cinematic score to create a moody, distinct electronic work.

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19 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Team Shadetek: Pale Fire

Two New York producers break out of the boroughs with a full-length debut that's both streetwise and eclectic.

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The Ark: Prayer for the Weekend

The Swedish band's fourth album takes everything that was great about last year's State of the Ark and supersizes it, a gluttonous allowance by a band that has every right to have the world eating from the palm of its hand.

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The Zombies: Live at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Forty years after their groundbreaking, wonderful, alternatively-spelled Odessey and Oracle, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent form a cheesy Zombies cover band.

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Various Artists: Backspin: A Six Degrees 10 Year Anniversary Project

There is pleasure in hearing our favourite songs "indigenized" by artists who, thanks to the proliferation of independent music labels, are made readily available at mainstream music retailers.

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Stephen Marley: Mind Control

Middle Marley stays true to formula of reggae while brothers keep searching.

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Big Pete Pearson: Im Here, Baby!

Solid stuff, from a not quite frontline blues veteran, with a A1 band, and Ike Turner guesting on two numbers (and stealing one).

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19 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Clouds: Legendary Demo

The album is an inspired throwback to memorable decades of heavy music.

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19 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tigers & Monkeys: Loose Mouth

When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly.

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Mando Diao: Ode to Ochrasy

Swedish garage rockers use their run-ins with lowlifes and weirdos on the road to help fuel their third full length.

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18 Apr 2007 // 11:05 PM

Alex Delivery: Star Destroyer

Alex Delivery's sonic melodies and space-age beats offer plenty of surprises and pleasant digressions; sort of like a more coherent Fiery Furnaces.

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18 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

Manic: Floor Boards

Manic, a new L.A. band, show us their colours early on their debut EP, Floorboards.

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Sounds Like Violence: With Blood On My Hands

Rarely has a band’s sound lived up to its name, but Sounds Like Violence churn out one frantic outburst after another that takes no prisoners or hostages.

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Madina Lake: From Them, Through Us, to You

They'd be better off ditching the carefully-coiffed comb-overs, too, lest labelmate Zakk Wylde comes along and tear them a new one.

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Brian Bromberg: Downright Upright

Efficient? Supremely so. Exciting? Well... but perfectly played!

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Living With the Living

The punk rocker makes his most varied album, but he nearly spreads it too thin.

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