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Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West

Live at Fillmore West puts the exclamation point in "Queen of Soul!"

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Broadcast: Future Crayon

A collection of non-essential B-sides spoiled by a preponderance of half-realized instrumentals.

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Underworld: The Riverrun Project

Whether they've truly subverted the label dynamic by going online-only, or simply succumbed to the long fade of dance music, this three-piece-suite offers both the best and most dreary of Underworld's once-vital work.

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Liberty Ellman: Ophiuchus Butterfly

A unique guitarist from the young New York scene plays funky, angular music with a sextet grounded in tuba and reeds.

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Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon: Two Much Guitar

These two premier Canadian guitarists (tendencies of Burrell, Montgomery, Kessel, etc.) have it sown up with retail sites that let you hear the first half

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Pony Up!: Make Love to the Judges with your Eyes

Montreal foursome straddles the line between TRL-friendly emo and haunting indie rock.

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Rory Block: The Lady and Mr. Johnson

Ms. Block doesn't try to be individualist, or to imitate. She interprets Robert Johnson's songs faithfully: lets them be heard better.

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Sila And The Afrofunk Experience: Funkiest Man In Africa

Funkiest Man In Africa is so glad to be alive, someone should start a cult around it.

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16 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

ReKid: Made in Menorca

Rekid is supposedly Matt Edwards’ (aka Quiet Village, Radio Slave) more “underground” work and it proves an apt description. From the creepily crawling bass of

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Hanne Hukkelberg: Do Not As I Do

This is at best a curio for the diehard fans only. For the rest of you, I urge you to seek out Little Things and hear what everyone else has been sleeping on for the past year.

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The Good Luck Joes: What Do You Think of That Noise?

Confusing but despite that entertaining release from eclectic popsters.

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Cansei De Ser Sexy: Cansei De Ser Sexy

CSS may proclaim they 'suxxx' and that they're tired of being sexy, but go on, admit it -- Cansei De Ser Sexy is your hot hot sex.

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Steven Bernsteins Millennial Territory Orchestra: MTO Volume 1

A hairy nine-piece romp from the '20s to the '90s -- living proof that great American music has no categories.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

This three-song effort is from a band that has got the attention of some notable people across the pond, including that Alan McGee fellow and

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Think About Life: Think About Life

Montreal band distill the sound of their peers but fail to offer a unique voice of their own.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

M. Ward: Post-War

The ups and downs of life's rollercoaster -- world wars and all -- are captured brillantly here by the out-of-time, transcendent troubadour M. Ward.

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Various Artists: Confuzed Disco

A generous spread of music, some of it still with its hints-of-the-'70s flavour intact, but much of it remixed recently by contemporary DJs who have streamlined the old sounds and made them pump and thump.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Keb Mo: Suitcase

Relentlessly nice; the opposite of whatever the avant-garde is.

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Catch 22: Permanent Revolution

Catch 22 sticks to their strengths, and Permanent Revolution is an unchallenging but satisfying effort that bounces back nicely from their last disappointment -- and manages to educate listeners about Leon Trotsky in the process.

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Unagi: It Came From Beneath the SFC

When Unagi gets behind the boards, it's delightfully difficult to predict his content, but it's safe to bet on the quality of his work.

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