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Various Artists: Alligator Records 35X35

In 1971, US astronauts drove a Moon Rover along the lunar surface, Phillips introduced a crazy little thing called the VCR, and -- oh yeah -- Alligator Records released a Hound Dog Taylor LP, thus entering the blues music business.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Geka: Station

Eight fragile songs for sitting alone and staring out the window.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jurassic 5: Feedback

With their third full-length release, Feedback, Jurassic 5 won't disappoint fans, but they all but guarantee that they'll never produce the 'Future Sound' they've been promising for the last decade.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tom Petty: Highway Companion

"Ankle Deep" conjures up a pretty lively harmonic resemblance to Steve Goodman's "You Never Even Called Me By My Name", which, in the context of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' biting of "Dani Califonia", turns this sentence quickly into a fun game of Six Degrees of Tom Petty.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tomcraft: Hyper Sexy Conscious

There isn't a single track on the entire album that manages to rise above the level of tepid familiarity.

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Various Artists: Easy to be Free

Although this 20-track tribute album doesn't contain any big stars, the selections include material from every phase of Nelson's career and reveal the depth of his talents.

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Cloudland Canyon: Requiems Der Natur, 2002-2004

Ex-Panthers spazz rocker joins German experimentalist to make surreally beautiful meditations on music, noise and the natural world.

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Archie Bronson Outfit: Derdang Derdang

Garage-rock of the sometimes swampy, sometimes sappy variety.

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Janiva Magness: Do I Move You?

Janiva Magness brings an old-time Motown-meets-Delta sound to these bluesy beauties, making for one heck of a listen filled with oodles of soul.

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23 Jul 2006 // 9:00 PM

Paatos: Silence of Another Kind

Moody Swedes explore their influences, find sparks of originality amid the sounds.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Phish: Live in Brooklyn

A philosophical question: can one reach enlightenment through virtuosity and spectacle?

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lenine: Lenine

On this U.S. collection of songs culled from his last three albums, Lenine steps in where the older generation of the Musica Popular Brasileira vanguard left off.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cheap Trick: Rockford

Cheap Trick had their best moments early in their 30-year history...until now. Rockford takes us back to a time when the entire album was worth the listen.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Think of One: Tráfico

Musical collectives are often hit and miss, but Think of One hits far more often than it misses.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

DJ Olive: Heaps As

Even the jokes of Tasmanian Devil cartoons are fresher than what you experience here.

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20 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Plaid: Greedy Baby

While Plaid has always excelled at percussive melodic sounds, the new album makes such natural, effective use of assorted xylophones, bells, and glockenspiels that it seemed an additional multi-instrumentalist had to be responsible.

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George Benson: The Essential George Benson

Looking back at the once and future king of jazz guitar, Bad Benson.

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Lambchop: The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years

Aside from the occasional clunker, this album of b-sides, rarities, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks shows that Lambchop should be remembered primarily as a fine alt.country community, not some sock the late Shari Lewis wore on her hand.

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19 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mary-Anne Paterson: Me

Folk singer issues album in 1970 to no acclaim, vanishes for over three decades until sudden recovery by dedicated loyalists -- no, it's not Vashti Bunyan, but it's still quite good.

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The Divine Comedy: Victory for the Comic Muse

Neil Hannon has largely toned down his extravagant look-at-me persona, and decided instead to rely on the quality of his song-writing.

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