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18 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Johnny Cash: Personal File

Spare and unadorned, these homespun sessions from Johnny Cash require an attentive ear for their quiet magic to be heard, but that investment yields a great pay-off.

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Fatboy Slim: The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder

Fatboy Slim proved that dance music could compete with pop on its own terms -- and more importantly, he also proved that dance music and pop weren't as far apart as most people probably believed.

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18 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Vetiver: To Find Me Gone

The first nine cuts on the latest Vetiver album are great folk pop to die for. Then things get a little off-kilter

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Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint: The River in Reverse

First full-album collaboration between British singer-songwriter and legendary New Orleans songwriter/producer/arranger includes appearances by the Crescent City Horns and the Imposters.

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15 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Suga Free: Just Add Water

Thanks for coming to the 2006 Player's Ball. And the winner of the Award for Best Pimp in a Pimpstramental Situation is...

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Mission of Burma: The Obliterati

Post-punk? Post-everything, more like.

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The Handsome Family: Last Days of Wonder

This land is your land, this land is my land, from the Devil dancing in the silent branches of thousand-year-old trees, to large iced tea, extra packet of ketchup, and small bag of onion rings.

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15 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

DK: King Me

Everybody knows a product is nothing if you can't distribute it. Purple City knows it. DK knows it. That's what mixtapes are for.

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Codec & Flexor: Killermachine

A little bit irreverent, a little bit aggressive, a little bit harsh and a little bit old school, Killermachine is a synth purist's dream.

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Tab Benoit: Brother to the Blues

Not musically as close as a brother to the blues, this is a committed set of old-style country music, with a couple of blues-ish items like you’d find thrown in by people without Tab Benoit’s gifts as a bluesman.

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15 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Aki Tsuyuko: Hokane

Filled with a kind of abstract childlike innocence that belies the complexity of the pieces, its just charming enough to distract from some unfortunate limitations.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend

Girlfriend sounds as vibrant and essential as it did when it hit the streets 15 years ago.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Now this is a story all about how hip-hop got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, as we talk about Jeff and his friend in Bel-Air.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You

Mojave 3 sheds some of their signature weepy melancholy for an album more pop than country.

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George Duke: The Essential George Duke

Looking for some music from the "good ol' days"? Want to see what all that '70s fuss is about? Have you recently cleaned out your closet and rediscovered your Afro pick, bellbottoms, or photos of your disco-era dance moves? If that's even a "maybe", then this is the release for you.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Albert Lee: Road Runner

Guitarist Albert Lee's latest album is filled with covers, but with covers that the British guitarist makes into his own quite easily and effectively.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pinmonkey: Big Shiny Cars

Pinmonkey's latest album is perfectly pleasant, but is so safe that it makes no inroads into the listener's mind, body, or soul.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dumptruck: Haul of Fame

A band with nothing close to a hit still offers a compelling case as one of the best bands of the '80s and beyond.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Harvie S.: Funky Cha

Serious fun, jazz and Latin in full joyful marriage, nothing superficial about it.

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14 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Loka: Fire Shepards

What happens when familiar Ninja Tune jazz and breakbeat elements get rewired for live instrumentation with a post-rock slant? Greater flexibility allows for arrangements that can seamlessly progress, but just as seamlessly lose focus.

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