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Various Artists: DJ Deep presents City 2 City Vol. II

The task of mixing a quintessential journey through American house genres falls to... a Frenchman?

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DJ Krush: Stepping Stones: The Self-Remixed Best

At his best, Krush is one of the foremost producers of instrumental hip-hop in the world.

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hem: Funnel Cloud

A Funnel Cloud may have touched down in Hem's world, but you'll walk away from this new work with the impression that all is well, or that it at least will be soon.

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bob Dylan: Modern Times

Modern Times is being universally acclaimed as a work of genius, but trying to differentiate between a solid album from an undeniable master and an undeniable masterpiece is getting into Clintonian semantics.

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City

Whichever way you look at it, this is a landmark release in the nearly 40-year career of Chicago’s most important home-grown avant-jazzers.

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bombadil: Bombadil

Bombadil is nothing earth-shattering, but it's a very happy way to spend 20 minutes of your time.

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The Coral Sea: Volcano and Heart

Volcano and Heart is a bit of a guilty pleasure. It's not going to win many awards for innovation, but the band's attractive, atmospheric compositions have their own charm.

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Various Artists: The Best Mashups In The World Ever Are From San Francisco 2

Call me a mash-up snob, but I just don’t have time to listen to freshmen from Arizona State screwing Tapes n’ Tapes together with … with, whoever. Jim Croce. (Actually, that would be great. Bad example.)

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1 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Ensemble: Disown, Delete

The electronic recording project Ensemble is, ironically, helmed by just one man, Olivier Alary. If you possess an encyclopedic memory of liner notes, you’ll

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Joe Good: Hi, May I Help You?

Who knew there was so much talent in Kansas City? Joe Good and partner Mac Lethal set the record straight.

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1 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Astropop 3: Life

If an indie alternative to Lilly Allen sounds pretty good about now, Astropop 3 might just provide you with all the catchy summer pop hooks you require.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Shys: Astoria

Under their new moniker, the Shys struggle to bring their live energy to the recording studio, resulting in an up-and-down, but not dissatisfying, straight rock record.

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Method Man: 4:21… The Day After

Living among ghosts of MCs past, remembering every harsh word a critic ever uttered, Method Man races to prove his relevance.

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Dead Prez & the Outlawz: Cant Sell Dope Forever

Is it preachy? Sure it is, but this collaborative effort is dope. And when I say "dope", I mean "dope".

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Nights Like These: The Faithless

Forgettable name, forgettable music.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Johnny Dowd: Cruel Words

'Cruel Words' is an eerie treat of musical inventiveness from the dark hinterland of Americana. Exceptional!

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Easy Star All-Stars: Radiodread

The reggae collective responsible for Dub Side of the Moon reinterprets Radiohead's OK Computer, offering fresh perspectives on well-worn songs and creating a new vibe from an old atmosphere.

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1 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sex Mob: Sexotica

Steven Bernstein's jazz pranksters take on Martin Denny-style lounge exotica, mixing bold jazz with nostalgic bird-call texture. A mixed drink, for sure.

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Drop the Lime: We Never Sleep

Bangers & Grime impresario Luca Venezia conjures vast echoing spaces and strobe-lit throngs in his second full-length.

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Various Artists: Warped Tour 2006 Compilation

The annual summer punk primer gives the kids what they want: more of everything, for a cheap price.

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