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29 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

1990s: Cookies

Propelled by choppy guitars and a whole lot of charm, Cookies will make you get up and get your ass on the dance floor, provided no one slaps it first.

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Various Artists: Chasing the Sun

Time-Life stabs at the heart of sun-drenched nostalgia, making a more-hit-than-miss box-set that ultimately gets weighed down by a merely passable surfing documentary (though there are certain summer gems contained that absolutely cannot be missed).

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29 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nico Muhly: Speaks Volumes

It's two degrees of separation; it's meta-evocation.

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This is a solid collection of modern jazz with a British accent.

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Scott Miller & the Commonwealth: Reconstruction

Since Scott Miller's turn as frontman of seminal 1990s alt-country luminaries the V-Roys, he's been perfecting -- in both sound and lyric -- the South-as-microcosm template.

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Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding featuring the Jordanaires: The King and I

The world needs another Elvis record, even if it's not by the King himself, to remind us of the magic that the human voice and a guitar can create.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:04 PM

Oreskaband: Oreskaband

As if half of Morning Musume had decided to pick up trombones and start covering Toots and the Maytals.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:03 PM

Son de la Frontera: Cal

Here, fusion spritzes flamenco without changing it in any fundamental way.

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Joe Rathbone: Under The Scorpio Moon

Joe Rathbone’s latest album has him plopping himself into some radio-friendly rock and roll.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:01 PM

Black Tie Revue: Code Fun

Think Weezer with less cerebral self-loathing or American Hi-Fi without the pandering to radio programmers.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Tayo: Fabriclive 32

Fabric's venerable DJ mix series continues with Tayo's contemporary mix of dubstep, baile funk, breakbeat, and electro.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Prince: Planet Earth

Looking at the world through purple-colored glasses, opinions about music, especially Prince's, are all over the map.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Chromeo: Fancy Footwork

Sophomore album from NYC/Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo offers more good-times irony, and reclaims the forgotten endearment "Tenderoni".

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The Beau Brummels: Beau Brummels 66

Two new releases -- a reissue of the Beau Brummels' third LP and a compilation of Nina Simone's pop flirtations -- spotlight great performers turning in sub-par covers of '60s pop.

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James Chance & the Contortions: Soul Exorcism Redux

This newly remastered live set of post-no wave free-jazz funk is the perfect way to exorcise your twitchy soul.

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William Parker & Hamid Drake: Volume 1: First Communion and Piercing the Veil; Volume 2: Summer Snow

The complete three-disc collection of duets by the top out-jazz rhythm section.

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Various Artists: Toolroom Knights, Vol. 1

This two-CD set is broken down into one disc that features Martijn Ten Velden’s mixes, and the other made up of Paul Harris’ work.

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dog Day: Night Group

Scratchy vulnerable pop and infectious boy-girl choruses... it's like the Lemonheads without the drugs!

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26 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Paradise Lost: In Requiem

Gothic metal's underrated founders head to the studio for part 11. Pay attention or suffer eternally!

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Southerly: Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist

DIY home-recorder Krist Krueger enlists an orchestra of friends for second album, a lush, elaborately realized, but not quite satisfying excursion into country pop.

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