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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: Paris

It's music to make you feel good, or, at least, 'good' in the modest sense of leaving you sleepy and smiling and disinclined to do wrong.

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Radney Foster: This World We Live In

Like both Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, Foster's music is stripped down with a southern twang that more tightly ties it to the country camp than country-rock bands like The Eagles or alt.country poster boy Ryan Adams.

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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sierra Swan: Ladyland

Welcome to Ladyland, where Linda Perry is the poet laureate and "What's Up?" is the national anthem.

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Roger Rodier: Upon Velveatur

Long-lost French-Canadian folk-rock album sounds like a forlornly fussing Nick Drake serving tea to Stephen Stills backstage at the Filmore.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

The following is a message from the Society of Music Fans for the Elimination of Double-Disc Releases.

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The Walkmen: A Hundred Miles Off

I'm content when this music's on, but I'm not here to be content.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Avant: Director

This R&B singer's out to prove he's not a clone. He's not that other guy. He's his own man.

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Ani DiFranco: Carnegie Hall - 4.6.02

A top-notch snapshot of a performer coming to terms with a world that has been changed forever.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

DMX Krew: Wave: CD

Unless I had the proof in my hands, I would find it hard to believe that this wasn't an authentic vintage mid-'80s artifact recently rediscovered and dusted off for public sale.

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The Darling Downs: How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine?

What's going on here? Why do these songs sound so alienating, so weird?

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Big Al Anderson: After Hours

Since leaving NRBQ, Big Al put out one solo record that featured his rockin’ side. His latest disc, After Hours, offers a different spin on his talents, showcasing his mellow side.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Yakuza: Samsara

“You got jazz in my metal!” “You got metal in my jazz!”

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Wolfmother: Wolfmother

Yeah, another "Wolf" band with tons of hype surrounding it.

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Booka Shade: Movements

Think you dislike techno? Don't think -- get physical.

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Philip Krumm: Formations

This gorgeous little cosmic artefact is a must for all aficionados of '60s avant-garde composition.

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The Dan Band: The Dan Band Live

If you've ever needed to own a CD in which a slightly overweight man belts out "Total Eclipse of the Heart", the Dan Band is for you.

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Frank Popp Ensemble: Touch And Go

Düsseldorf's Frank Popp Ensemble has collected a funky, overwhelmingly fun set of tunes that run from James Bond-style hedonistic danger to disdainful love to boogying down like it's 1969.

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Radioinactive: Soundtrack to a Book

While it doesn't reach the high level of his underground-classic collaboration with AntiMC, Free Kamal, quirky rapper Radioinactive's new album but stands in its own right as a solid (if short) addition to his discography.

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18 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mason Jennings: Boneclouds

Ram Dass may still be alive and lecturing, but thanks to a catchy new song by Mason Jennings, contemporary audiences will begin equating the phrase "Be Here Now" with the Minnesota musical seeker of wisdom.

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Thievery Corporation: Versions

If you find yourself in the market for a record to put on in the background while you chat to your mates, or if you have a particularly awesome sound system that you would like to put through it's paces, then you could do a lot worse than buying this album.

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