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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Harvie S.: Funky Cha

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

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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The Love Letter Band: Fear Not My Brothers Fear Not My Sisters, for I Have Seen the Future

Just about everything you might expect a band with this name, who release their album on Valentine's Day, might sound like.

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Klimek: Music to Fall Asleep

Guitars add a lot to Klimek's ambience, but their presence doesn't stop an album called Music to Fall Asleep from working a little too well.

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Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin: Lost John Dean

Take two of the finer singer-songwriters around, put them together for another album with a talented multi-instrumentalist, and what do you have? Nothing less than a fantastic record.

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Maurice el Medioni & Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental

It was pretty inevitable that these two culture-hopping nomads would find each other.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Radio 4: Enemies Like This

Though they claim the title of quintessential New York rock, Radio 4 has none of the continually sprinting-forward attitude that makes New York what it is.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Supersilent: 7

This astonishing concert performance from one of the world's most uncompromising and idiosyncratic improv outfits feels like a heavy workout for your mind, body, and soul.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Om: Miami

Like its namesake, this latest mix from the tasteful dance label is bright, groovy, and sometimes superficial.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mr. Lif: Mo Mega

Over the course of Mo' Mega's 11 tracks, Lif manages to fulfill just about none of our expectations.

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Maritime: We, The Vehicles

How Davey von Bohlen got his groove back.

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Roots Tonic: Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell

Once you get the big picture, a whole world of invention opens up and an intergalactic, space-age dub transmission awaits you.

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