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Amandine: Leave Out the Sad Parts

Amandine's spare pop-folk sounds, gently accompanied by strings or muted brass or mellotron, are softly-observed, pretty pieces that can't for the life of them annoy.

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Jive 5: Collectors Gold Series

This is no jive: the true story of doo wop by a great vocal group that arrived late on the scene.

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Eagles of Death Metal: Death by Sexy

You know you'll feel like trash tomorrow, but you're going home with Death By Sexy anyway.

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Mr. E of RPS Fam: Diplomatic Affairs

Diplomatic Affairs is a mixed bag, but there's enough good stuff here to make it worth checking out. DipSet marks will like it special.

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Puerto Muerto: Songs of Muerto County

All horror film sounds tracks need not be horrifying or horrible.

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Black Ox Orkestar: Nisht Azoy

Black Ox Orkestar bring a darkly serious tone to the world of folk music.

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P:ano: Ghost Pirates Without Heads

P:ano makes us wonder if we should engage the unengaged.

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Cowboy Mouth: Voodoo Shoppe

Like a big ol' bowl of jambalaya from Mothers restaurant, Voodoo Shoppe is tasty and fulfilling. Cowboy Mouth prove that life never left Nawlins.

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Sugar Minott: The Roots Lover 1978-1983

A clean, tight repackaging of music that was previously impossible to find. The only problem with these CDs is that there's nothing to complain about.

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Dead Prez Presents M-1: Confidential

Dead Prez's M-1 has become the Sun Tzu of hip-hop with a blend of R&B, soul, politics, and activism that will get you dancing before you realize he's wiretapped your boom box.

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Robin Dean Salmon: Gasoline

Rootsy, country, Americana singer-songwriter churns out another piece of work that fans of Earle, Crowell, Major, and Welch will enjoy.

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5 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Take Six: Feels Good

Gospel-jazz a cappella mastery, again.

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Tanya Morgan: Moonlighting

Trio Tanya Morgan shines with a debut album that thumps with truly soulful hip-hop.

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South: Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars

They may not be Britain's kings of melodic rock songs yet, but at this rate, they won't even need The O.C. anymore.

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Autumn in Halifax: Kites with Broken Strings

Transitory and haunting, Autumn in Halifax's songs sound like all those past moments that determine your present situation.

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5 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth

Three reminders of the multiple ways that Sonic Youth has played around with popular music over the last 25 years.

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3/4hasbeeneliminated: A Year of the Aural Gauge Operation

A strange, twisting, bizarre, memorable experience: when it finally stops spinning, you might just re-think what all music should sound like.

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The Leano: Steps to Leanoland

The Leano, an English rapper, fails to join the progressive hip-hop bandwagon with his dire debut album.

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Casey Dienel: Wind-Up Canary

A debut album that dazzles with imagination, heart, and a style that's genuinely unique.

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Shooter Jennings: Electric Rodeo

Waylon's son ups the country quotient on Album #2, maintains the high quality and sense of humor

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