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Azam Ali: Elysium Remixes EP 1 and 2

An "endless reverie" of remixes by one of world music's top vocalists.

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Oscar Peterson, Roy Brown, Milt Jackson: What’s Up?: The Very Tall Band

1998: Ray Brown doing good old string bass things when Oscar Peterson's left hand had been reduced to less than normally superhuman by his stroke; Milt Jackson melodic; Kariem Riggins punching.

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Tobias Thomas: Please Please Please

The final CD in a trilogy of DJ mixes by one of Cologne’s premier techno producers, Please Please Please skirts the invisible boundaries of

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28 May 2007 // 10:03 PM

Mêlée: Devils & Angels

"Cos this is real, and this is good, it warms the inside just like it should..."

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28 May 2007 // 10:02 PM

Siberian: Hey Celestial!

Possessed by a dynamic energy which infuses each of the 23 minutes of their debut EP, the members of Seattle quartet Siberian produce a vibrant sound

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28 May 2007 // 10:01 PM

Marte Wulff: Safety Pins

Marte Wulff’s music isn’t as soft or serene as one might anticipate coming from Norway. The singer has the gentle pipes to nail

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The Bravery: The Sun and the Moon

Although the Bravery take themselves a little too seriously on their sophomore effort, it's still a pleasure to indulge in their post-punky pop.

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Prodigy: Return of the Mac

Tips for the hip-hop community: (1) don't ever call it a comeback, (2) don't rely on clichés, (3) don't give up, and (4) don't let your production outdo you.

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28 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Bad Plus: Prog

Jazz trio covers Tears for Fears without irony, Bowie with care, and outdoes Rush's "Tom Sawyer" with their originals. No jazz album this year even comes cloes.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Blues

Twenty-two track compilation covers eight decades of blues music, from Mamie Smith to Ali Farke Touré, with mixed results.

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Madagascar: Goodbye East, Goodbye West

Second album of gypsy-folk dreamscapes from Baltimore instrumentalists.

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28 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: A New Groove

Quick! Pack your bags (and headphones) and let DJ Putumayo lead the way around a world full of upstart emcees and velvet-tongued divas.

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28 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Orion Experience: Cosmicandy

New York outfit the Orion Experience bring wit, talent, and some of the catchiest tracks this side of disco, on their debut, Cosmicandy.

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28 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Various Artists: Company

The best thing about this is that it reminds us of the absolute genius of Stephen Sondheim.

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24 May 2007 // 10:03 PM

Vintersorg: Solens Rötter

One of metal's busiest artists keeps the quality up.

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Anders Ilar: Ludwijka (Extended Visit)

Anders Ilar, a veteran Swedish deep house/experimental producer, re-releases a previous vinyl-only EP with an additional 19-minute bonus track

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The Free Zen Society: Free Zen Society

These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena

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The Exies: A Modern Way of Living With the Truth

Alt-rock group releases bland album, covers Talking Heads without irony, but pulls pleasant curveballs with a simple acoustic guitar.

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John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders

John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project

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Linkin Park: Minutes to Midnight

Linkin Park are no longer the enraged adolescent's friend. They really want to start again.

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