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Various Artists: Global Underground 10

Although it's still mostly an underground concern, you can walk into any Best Buy or Circuit City around the country and find the latest Global Underground mix. This is certainly progress, of a sort.

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Louis Logic & JJ Brown: Misery Loves Comedy

You know how contradictory we are in hip-hop. We are gluttons for punishment mixed into our pleasure. Happily, there's an album that'll give us equal doses of both.

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Rascal Flatts: Me and My Gang

More of the sweet, sweet same.

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The Bangkok Five: Whos Gonna Take Us Alive?

They might have toured Canada with the Cult, but the Bangkok Five are along the lines of the Strokes and the Killers, making for a string of rousing primal pleasers.

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Venice is Sinking: Sorry About the Flowers

Venice is Sinking strikes a perfect blend of honest, lush orchestral songcraft that's sadly missing from today's self-conscious music scene.

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20 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Diana Ross: blue

A lost 1972 album from the Motown superwoman is a categorical mistake.

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Smokey Robinson: Timeless Love

One of America's greatest musical treasures performing some of America's greatest musical treasures.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Swayzak: Route de la Slack

The remix disc showcases the English electronica vets' strengths; the rarities disc shows how those strengths developed.

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Lee Roy Parnell: Back to the Well

All Lee Roy Parnell does is write great songs, sing them well, and play the hell out of his guitar.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Coachwhips: Double Death

You'd have a hard time finding a single more jubilant, bone-headed, don't-give-a-shit celebration of the infectious sex-energy of pure unbridled garage-punk overkill than this here little disc.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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