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John Mellencamp: Freedoms Road

After wasting a decade and a half trying to remain popular, John Mellencamp finally figures out he's much better remaining populist.

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Terry Manning: Home Sweet Home

Legendary producer and Box Tops/Big Star engineer Terry Manning recorded one song on this long out-of-print, exuberant psyche-rock-blues-pop CD as a joke... but Stax VP Al Bell didn't think it was funny, asking when the rest of the record was coming.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Zera Vaughan: Back to the Roots

Is there anything in the world less inspiriting than New Age electro-pop smoothed over with backwash fuzz and lyrics about feelin’ how you wanna feel?

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Al Green: The Definitive Greatest Hits

If your Al Green collection is bare, let The Definitive Greatest Hits be the perfect excuse for you to correct that issue.

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Tom Carter and Robert Horton: Steeljaguar Rocket

While riddled with its share of tedious episodes, Steeljaguar Rocket holds up far better than most other limited-edition improvised rock sessions.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Hoodoo Gurus: Stoneage Romeos

"Who wears short shorts? We wear short shorts". That's what I like.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Young Love: Too Young to Fight It

Young Love shows glimmers of an innovation, but there's plenty of room to grow, too

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Jaques Loussier Trio: Bach: The Brandenburgs

French pianist Jacques Loussier has been interpreting the work of Bach for his jazz trio for five decades, and this latest release shows no signs

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

George Benson and Al Jarreau: Givin It Up

Al Jarreau's smooth liquid vocals have graced our ears for the past 30 years, and what better way to enhance that experience than to record with an equally talented old friend, George Benson.

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John Waite: Downtown: Journey of a Heart

Although he's a fine vocalist and a good songwriter, I'm not sure that those stats alone create a need to own some of these songs for a second, third or fourth time.

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Fat Freddys Drop: Based on a True Story

One day at work, a Kiwi colleague told us that he was going to play us something we’d like, and this was the album

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rub-N-Tug: Fabric 30

Fabric gives NYC underground act Rub-N-Tug their big break with the opportunity to contribute to the venerable Fabric mix series. And for the most part,

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Various Artists: The Bombay Connection, Vol. 1 Funk From Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977-1984

East meets West with the first two in a series of six compilation albums, collecting the best of Bollywood cinema score and song.

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Various Artists: Cabinet Classics 1994-1998 & Cabinet Unreleased Classics 1994-2005

Richie Hawtin selects prime singles and compelling outtakes from one of Berlin's great techno labels.

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The Autumn Defense: The Autumn Defense

John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are forever perfecting their blend of sunny AM rock, folk, and jazz. Here they both elaborate on that sound and prove the Autumn Defense is no mere side project.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rob Crow: Living Well

Go home. Kiss wife. Spend time with kid. Record full-blown confessional indie-rock LP. Sleep.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Finches: Human Like a House

As restricted as it is by genre, this small-scale release offers some charming moments

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Third World Love: Sketch of Tel Aviv

Starts brilliantly, ends brilliantly... major jazz talents sandwiching lighter-weight excitement.

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Brandon Pfeiffer: Nothing Short of Now

Mixing equal parts of rock and Americana, Brandon Pfeiffer’s six-song effort is pretty good. Falling somewhere along the lines of an indie rock version

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Lily Allen: Alright, Still

The UK's most famous MySpace member puts out her much-ballyhooed debut. Big Time, meet Lily. Lily, meet the Big Time.

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