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Stefano Bollani: Piano Solo

This is NOT background music. This is the TRUTH.

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Charlemagne Palestine and Tony Conrad: An Aural Symbiotic Mystery

Two pioneers in avant-garde music, separated by three decades and a lifetime of experience, join together again for a brilliantly dense, spiritually satisfying collaborative concert.

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Hendrik Meurkens: New York Samba Jazz Quintet

Meurkens doubles on vibes and harmonica, and Jed Levy guests on tenor sax and flute on this live date, to great effect. Jazz in Brazilian!

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The Manhattan Love Suicides: The Manhattan Love Suicides

A cathartically fuzzy love drone debut inspired by the Velvet Underground goes for the famed 15 minutes and shows its sonic youthfulness.

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Diane and the Shell: 30.000 Feet Tarantella

When you have an album where three of your songs are called “\\\” (I hate finding that line on the keyboard), then you know that all

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The Apples in Stereo: New Magnetic Wonder

After a five-year hiatus the Apples in Stereo are back with their very own Smile -- New Magnetic Wonder combines the dazzling, sunbleached pop of yore with a phenomenal wall-of-sound production that does not beg to be heard -- it demands it.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Mas Rapido!: Pity Party

Two mainstays of the Parasol label responsible for this rowdy, rootsy rock album.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Food: Forever Is a Dream

Food, a relatively obscure Chicago group who released their only album, Forever Is a Dream, in 1969, get the reissue treatment from Fallout

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Massonix: Subtracks

UK producer Graham Massey’s resume should speak for itself.  He was a founding member of pioneering acid house outfit 808 State, has remixed artists

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tyrone Wells: Hold On

Skinny bald-headed Tyrone Wells has a great voice. Let's start there: dude can wail.

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Teitur: Stay Under the Stars

Stay Under the Stars is admittedly unremarkable, but it's unremarkable in such a unique, gratifying way that one cannot help but be drawn to it.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

FemBots: The City

What started years ago as a home-studio pastime between two friends ultimately evolved into an engaging album of ten highly textured alt-country tracks that still feature the duo's usual quirkiness, but is subdued by all the greatest elements of rock, folk and country.

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Idan Raichel: The Idan Raichel Project

When The Idan Raichel Project first arrived in my mailbox last year I was trying to think of ten albums that I could put in a list to mark the end of 2006 and I liked this one so much that I almost included it.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Cat Empire: Two Shoes

Melbourne-based six piece tries to crack the U.S. market with an exuberant fusion of Latin, reggae, jazz, hip hop, and soul.

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Fall Out Boy: Infinity on High

Warning: Do not take this album seriously, or suffer from your own extreme idiocy.

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Moros Eros: I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright

Moros Eros went face to face with Prince of Darkness and now has a debut album that’s both grim and glorious.

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Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter: Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul

The year seems too young for there to be so many incredible new records, but Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter have a sure masterpiece on their hands.

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Birdman and Lil Wayne: Like Father, Like Son

Lil Wayne and his adoptive father, Birdman, produce an uneven collaborative effort with no shine in spite of its excessive bling.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Lucky Dragons: Widows

Widows, Luke Fischbeck’s new album as Lucky Dragons, starts with stringed instruments that almost make it seem like some sort of Americana album, except

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The Good Mornings: The Good Mornings

Despite promising elements, this Lansing band doesn't create enough of the atmosphere required of their Americana-meets-Mazzy Star sound.

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