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The Free Zen Society: Free Zen Society

These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena

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The Exies: A Modern Way of Living With the Truth

Alt-rock group releases bland album, covers Talking Heads without irony, but pulls pleasant curveballs with a simple acoustic guitar.

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John Platania: Blues, Waltzes And Badland Borders

John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project

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Linkin Park: Minutes to Midnight

Linkin Park are no longer the enraged adolescent's friend. They really want to start again.

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Warren Zevon: Preludes - Rare and Unreleased Recordings

Paints a fuller portrait of a talent who remains underrated despite it all.

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A Northern Chorus: The Millions Too Many

A Northern Chorus displays a wonderful and rare ability to fill each song with a great number of wonderful and gorgeous sounds.

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Tangerine Dream: Madcaps Flaming Duty

After 40 years, Tangerine Dream still manages to make interesting, complex music.

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24 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Zeph & Azeem: Rise Up

Almost a classic. Almost the best hip-hop album of 2007. A few more songs matching the level of the ones already here would've wiped that "almost" away.

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Barrelhouse Buck McFarland: Alton Blues

Unique! A major discovery: Barrelhouse blues piano like nobody does now.

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24 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Parts & Labor: Mapmaker

Parts & Labor combine electronic noise and traditional punk with deft precision, creating beautiful, yet jarring, rock anthems.

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Bang! Bang!: The Dirt That Makes You Drown

"Goddam what I think we really need is love!"

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23 May 2007 // 11:03 PM

Olvis: Bravado

When it works, the sheer excess of Bravado is impressive, even chest-rattling. Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as often as it could.

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23 May 2007 // 11:02 PM

Minibar: Desert After Rain

With a sound less rambunctious than Old 97’s, vocalist Simon Petty fills these moody tunes with a likeable longing.

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JT And The Clouds: The Citys Hot Yeah The Citys Hot

Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.

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Miranda Lambert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

In “Kerosene”, the broken-hearted singer turned to arson to resolve her issues with a cheating boyfriend. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sees her opt for “Gunpowder and Lead”.

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Armand Van Helden: Ghettoblaster

Not just an homage to a specific sound or style, it's a love letter to an entire era.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow: Dandelion Gum

A mysterious Western Pennsylvania psychedelian collective paints daydream tableaus in vibrating, supersaturated colors.

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The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun

Another 'Best Of..' from one of the most anthologised bands ever but at least this one looks beyond the 'hits'.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East

Rough Guide compiler John Armstrong wades through two of the most musically complex regions of the world so that new world music fans don't have to float around aimlessly.

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23 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

A.G.: Get Dirty Radio

A.G. comes back with a vengeance to unite East and West Coast schools of hip-hop, educate fans on the genre's history, and for Pete's sake, create something new that's actually worth a damn. Even better, he succeeds.

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