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11 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Race: Ice Station

Ice Station serves as a very rewarding point of intersection, creating a central crossing for three roads which have seen, and continue to welcome, adventuresome sojourn.

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My Morning Jacket: At Dawn and Tennessee Fire Demos Package

This collection of demos casts the spotlight on singer Jim James where, stripped of his solid band, he shows he can still shine as a songwriter.

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Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth's masterpiece finally gets the deluxe treatment.

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11 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees

Silk Degrees is signature '70s stuff: part sophisticated pre-punk pop, part disco, part singer-songwriter quirk.

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Plan B: Who Needs Actions When You Got Words

As a social document of a country riddled by inner city despair, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words is a resounding success -- as an album you will listen to again, Plan B falls some way short.

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11 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Bloke: Tears of the Broken Warrior

Bloke arranges perfectly serviceable melodic drill'n'bass circa 1997, but brings absolutely nothing of his own to the table.

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Of God and Science: Of God and Science

Of God and Science juggles unusual chords and tricky arrangements, but the band should have focused on songwriting.

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Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation

Wild Mountain Nation is a feast for name-droppers, lads, and the rest of us.

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10 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

Arve Henriksen: Strjon

A collection of beautiful and often engrossing instrumental compositions that hum with the places and feelings of the desolate environment of Henriksen's youth

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10 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

My Sister Klaus: Chateau Rouge

Chateau Rouge has the kind of underground attitude that leaves an album vibrating with its own buzzy kick, but here the buzz never consolidates itself in a climax.

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Stuart Robertson: World Figured Out

While themes of darkness are evident, each song is done in such a way as to bring some hope.

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10 Jun 2007 // 11:01 PM

The Poison Dart: Get Hot

From the opening strains of "I Was Not Made to Reproduce" through the extended outro of closer "Crazy Horce", each of the album's fourteen songs serve as connective tissue in the creation of a consistent quality of sound.

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Wooden Wand: James and the Quiet

James Toth releases his final album as Wooden Wand. Consider this slab of folk-rock an extended meditation on the meaning of meaning. Or call it a transitional album.

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Jimmy LaFave: Cimarron Manifesto

On Cimarron Manifesto, singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave serves up a regional slice-of-life à la Guthrie and paying homage to some of his favorite people and places along the Oklahoma/Texas corridor.

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Marco Polo: Port Authority

Marco Polo mans the boards for a terrific album that channels the past in the context of the present.

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Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris

Fifth full-length from the desert hard-rockers is slick, hard-hitting and sly... score one for big-time rock and roll.

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Jesse Malin: Glitter in the Gutter

Malin's winning combination of punk cred, melodic craft and working class aesthetic becomes displayed fully, adding validity to his candidacy to be a Springsteen-like figure for the indie rock/iPod generation.

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Hauschka: Versions of the Prepared Piano

To really love it I'd have to enjoy Tarwater's "World of Things to Touch" as much as I like "Para Bien" and I don't, I can't.

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James Blood Ulmer: Bad Blood in the City

Blood cannot be contained or directed; Blood must flow.

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The April Skies: How It All Played Out

Quality mid-western rock that you will most likely play out or wear out.

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