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8 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

Plan B: Time 4 Plan B

His vision of England was one of forgotten, decaying sink estates overrun with crack and smack, teenage violence, underage sex and broken families.

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8 Apr 2007 // 11:03 PM

Sur La Mer: Prelude to the Sea

Sur La Mer, the ambient instrumental project of musician Atsu Nagayama, give us a small introduction to their sound on Prelude to the Sea

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8 Apr 2007 // 11:02 PM

Magenta Skycode: IIIII

Finnish goth/prog-rockers, Magenta Skycode's debut album IIIII is a mixed bag that offers moments of dazzling brilliance that shine amid stumbling blocks of monotony that show substantial promise for future efforts.

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The Western States Motel: The Western States Motel

The Western States Motel’s self-titled debut present songs oriented around wandering melodies, shuffling guitars, and a slow yet steady sense of motion.

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Lee Perry: The Upsetter Selection

Skanking cows, crying babies, and the Vatican: Perry is master of them all on this definitive, self-compiled two-disc set. And that's not the half of it.

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8 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Anjani: Blue Alert

Anjani is Leonard Cohen, had he been born a lovely woman with a beautiful singing voice, rather than as a croaky man.

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Elvis Perkins: Ash Wednesday

Elvis Perkins catches melancholia in a bottle and carves out his own place among the upper tiers of our contemporary folk artists.

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8 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Wreckless Eric: Big Smash

One of the very few songwriters to have been covered by Cliff Richard and Die Toten Hosen, the Monkees, and Yo La Tengo. Oh, and Will Ferrell.

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Since the Flood: No Compromise

Since the Flood dole out an exercise in by-and-by impressively hook-ridden metal on No Compromise. Take it or leave it.

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8 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Blackhole: Blackhole

Utah’s own Blackhole can also claim that they have no guitars -- instead employing the use of two mighty bassists, to give the hard-rockers a deep, heavy sound that bleeds through on every track of their eponymous LP.

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Lucky Soul: The Great Unwanted

UK-based Lucky Soul offer more pop songs about the broken-hearted on their debut LP, but these are something truly special. Witness soulful, mod pop at it's best and brightest.

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8 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Cloud Cult: The Meaning of 8

Sixth album for now-veteran indie-rockers is a complex pleasure.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

Jessie & Layla: Kinetic

Kinetic, the debut full-length from Irish sister duo Jessie & Layla, is one of the happiest little surprises of early 2007.

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Backyard Tire Fire: Vagabonds and Hooligans

Backyard Tire Fire is one of those bands that you just hate. Not because they’re terrible, but because they’re a band so unique, distinct, amazing and talented that you get frustrated about them getting ignored by the mainstream again and again.

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David Rovics: Halliburton Boardroom Massacre

This may be David Rovics' 14th album, but you'd be mistaken to think that the American protest singer and anti-war activist has lost any of his passion or fight.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Baby Teeth: The Simp

"The Birds Are Crying" is a lot like Foreigner's "Double Vision". But with more dancing.

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: II

Post-hardcore and Southern rock do battle on the Alabama band's second album, and this time out, the good guys win.

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Todd Snider: Peace, Love and Anarchy

Snider gives us a peek into his workshop, and shows us that he puts his songs together with care -- but that he also has a little fun in the process.

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Various Artists: The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 1

Like other recent reissues of rare R&B and soul music, this is a glimpse into a recess of region-specific American music that has gone largely unheard for three or four decades.

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Dirty Looks: Dirty Looks/Turn It Up

Outside its own scope, this flash-in-the-pan reissue invites some broader rexamination of the post-punk years.

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