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Mark Soskin: One Hopeful Day

Straight up, and flying very right, if he was as high-profile as his playing is high-class, Mark Soskin would be famous even without Chris Potter at his very best, or John Patitucci, or Bill Stewart.

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Mansbestfriend: Poly.Sci.187

The latest installment in the recently repatriated, Anticon co-founder Sole’s Mansbestfriend project is entirely instrumental, and entirely disposable.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:04 PM

KTL: Two

Like the first KTL album, 2 is comprised of lengthy pieces that reward only the most patient of listeners.

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Patrick Sweany: Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone

Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone captures the soulful drawl of this Rust Belt bluesman without losing any of his rock 'n' roll swagger.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Signal to Noise: Kodiak

Rock drenched in an upbeat stupor.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:01 PM

Oh No Not Stereo: Oh No Not Stereo

Emo band seeks to appeal to more current trends in music (see: Muse).

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Art Brut: Its a Bit Complicated

Talk-singer Eddie Argos and his art-pop indie rock quartet bring on the fun once again for their sophomore album.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mikkel Metal: Brone and Wait

On his superb third outing, Mikkel Metal surveys related strands of the electronic genre and, throughout all, applies insistently tight, magnetic, and delicious beats.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Fridge: The Sun

It's rather wonderful to see that the chemistry that they've always maintained as a collective seems all but untouched by that multitude of time away from each other.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Flanger: Nuclear Jazz

A decade later, the German glitch/jazz duo's first two albums get remastered, re-edited, and squeezed onto a single disc. They sound pretty fresh.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

W.W. Lowman: Plain Songs

Lowman spent three years making this lush, orchestral pop album; and it sounds like it was well worth the wait.

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Joey Calderazzo: Amenecer

Magically lyrical playing in duo and solo; manful attempts at up-tempo jazz playing.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Ibrahim Ferrer: Mi Sueño

The youthful vitality at the heart of the bolero is definitively within his grasp, and suggests that it is the oldest singers who might have the most to offer in a world frequently overwhelmed by disingenuous interpretations of romantic sentiment.

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19 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mayhem: Ordo Ad Chao

Ordo Ad Chao: Out of chaos comes order. Mayhem have gone backwards again.

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McCarthy Trenching: McCarthy Trenching

In a time when even former child stars and lingerie-hawking indie pinups have critics swooning over a few vocal twangs, it’s refreshing and reassuring

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:03 PM

Various: Merdeka

Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:02 PM

Takeshi Nashimoto: Monologue

Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.

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Sleeping in the Aviary: Oh, This Old Thing?

Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.

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The Polyphonic Spree: The Fragile Army

You could put as many strings, horns, flutes and theremins as you'd like on these songs, and they'd still be pop songs, with glorious, ingratiating pop hooks.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Burning Brides: Hang Love

Likeable but bound in mediocrity, Burning Brides continue their part-brooding, part-melodic shtick on Hang Love, a release of confused aims and contrived sentiment.

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