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Danny Flowers: Tools For The Soul

Singer-songwriter Danny Flowers has quite the guest performer on the opening title track. Emmylou Harris adds a warm feel to the rather straightforward folksy ditty.

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The Saints: Imperious Delirium

With more lineup changes in over 30 years than Elizabeth Taylor has had husbands, everything old is new again with The Saints. Now a pared-down trio, their latest album is brilliantly experimental yet solidly punk.

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RaperGet Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.: Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager

Buzzed UK folk-pop debut from 20-year-old Sam Duckworth refuses to dress up his tunes or words with any frills whatsoever.

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Guru: Gurus Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4

Guru is a hip-hop legend. Jazzmatazz remains an informative and influential series. But the fourth volume in the collection? Not so much.

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4 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Antelope: Reflector

Justin Moyer's first full-length as Antelope cranks edgy, repetitive grooves laced with abbreviated melody and punctuated by air and space.

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Mark Olson: The Salvation Blues

Olson's way is never trendy or trail-blazing, but so steeped in classic American song that his body of work seems to exist out of time.

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The Red Button: Shes About to Cross My Mind

The Los Angeles duo display some top notch songwriting, but might love the Beatles a little too much for their own good.

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3 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Chuck Ragan: Los Feliz

A very interesting collection of songs with a roots rock feel.

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3 Jun 2007 // 11:01 PM

Various Artists: PURE FIRE!

Gilles Peterson is let loose on one of the most iconic of all jazz catalogues, the Impulse label.

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Paul McCartney: Memory Almost Full

The former Beatle's third studio album of the new century backtracks on the creative revitalization of 2005's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.

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3 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ben Mono: Hit the Bit

On his ambitious second album, Deutschland DJ Ben Mono attempts to create a new genre of electronica. Although Hit the Bit hits a few stumbling blocks, Mono and company lay the foundation for something new.

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Various Artists: Music From And Inspired By Spider-Man 3

Featuring exclusive tracks by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, the Walkmen and the Killers, Spider-Man attempts to court an indie audience.

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3 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Benni Hemm Hemm: Kajak

That professional-amateur sound Hermannson is aiming for can be a tricky thing to perfect.

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C-Mon & Kypski: Where the Wild Things Are

A better title for the album would have been Where the Creative Arrangements and Distracting Vocals Are.

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3 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Get Him Eat Him: Arms Down

Get Him Eat Him have arrived -- with a buzzing, intermittently thrilling album full of verve and understated complexity.

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3 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mira Mira: Midnight For You

Sun-drenched indie-pop meets avant-garde instrumentalism on Mira Mira's assured yet eclectic debut.

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Cowboy Roy Brown: Street Singer

Eleven points for charm; ace pre-blues, street-singing songster-guitarist -- gentle, comic, recorded in 1960 at age 85, a miracle!

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Zaman 8 & Hafez Modir: Suryaghati EP 2

Its groovy yet sedate mix of diverse, international styles is bound to please the "planeterized" listener.

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31 May 2007 // 11:03 PM

Copy: Hair Guitar

Libman can do the squiggle synths and hand clapping with the best of them.

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Tim Kinsella: Field Recordings of Dreams

I’m probably one of the few critics left who still believes Kinsella has some great stuff still instead him, but he is losing the goodwill of both critics and fans by releasing tossed off projects like this.

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