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21 May 2007 // 11:02 PM

Jeff Lorber: He Had a Hat

Pleasant’s not an inapt word for this one, which does give some indication of how prettily and maybe even exquisitely Lorber can play piano,

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Various Artists: Late Night with Groove Junkies

Average mix album of funkified disco from the LA duo

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Various Artists: Zealous Records Presents Soul Sides, Volume Two: The Covers

Soul Sides helps connect the dots in ways no single record label could ever accomplish. Listen and you’ll get down and get funky in ways you may never have imagined.

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Jeff Buckley: So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley

For what listener is this intended? Ultimately, the motives behind this release don't matter too much when the music is so rich with emotion and power.

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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Motor: Unhuman

This is as far into the future as music goes, anything less would almost by definition seem a step backwards.

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Stars: Do You Trust Your Friends?

Stars take their breakthrough album Set Yourself on Fire and hand it over to their friends for hit-and-miss remix treatment.

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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Silverchair: Young Modern

Silverchair return with an album completely different than their older material, but pretty bad nevertheless.

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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Roddy Hart: Bookmarks

This remarkably self-assured debut album showcases Hart’s mature songwriting and well-crafted arrangements.

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Snowgoons: German Lugers

Germany's own four-member production team releases a hip-hop record featuring mundane production that seems wasted on such an impressive array of emcees.

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21 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Rara Avis: Shaktified EP 1

This guitarist and laptopper's download-only EP sounds dated and dippy.

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E-Dro: From My Hood to Your Hood

Which sounds more titillating -- politics or a lap dance? Well, I'd normally go with "lap dance" but, in this case, I'll take politics all day long.

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The Roadside Graves: No One Will Know Where Youve Been

The Roadside Graves's third album proves that you don't have to come from deep in the pines to play gut-wrenching folk 'n' country.

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Joseph Jarman: As If It Were the Seasons

Three saxophones, flute, oboe, trumpet, and trombone blur into one terrifying mass during the piece's most gratifying moments.

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The Gomorrans: The Gomorran Social Aid And Pleasure Club

The band blends jazz, Balkan brass, pop, and some Latin touches for an interesting if odd result.

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Various Artists: Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M.

Finally, a tribute album with both heart and nerve.

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The Electric Soft Parade: No Need to Be Downhearted

British pop with a healthy dose of variety, and a persistent optimism that feels grounded and vital.

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Erasure: Light at the End of the World

Any new album from Erasure is a good thing, but Clarke and Bell's newest offering will leave you feeling their hearts weren't really in this one.

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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Uncle Monk: Uncle Monk

Tommy Ramone teams up with Claudia Tienan on a satisfyingly traditional bluegrass album that brings CBGB's original meaning full-circle.

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20 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The National: Boxer

Brooklyn's band of brothers spins dark, sardonic songs about love and life, adorned with orchestral flourishes and aching with romantic desperation... an early bid for album of the year.

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Machine Head: The Blackening

A true comeback album among the best, molten riffs and tricky melodies herald the arrival of The Blackening.

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