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Untied States: Retail Detail

Fractured noise, beat-dropping time signatures, touching intervals of melody and bizarre wordplay -- this is the sound of intelligence devouring itself.

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Murs & 9th Wonder: Murrays Revenge

Murs proves himself better than your favorite rapper on ten more 9th Wonder loops, post-beard, post-profanity, still dope.

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Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland: Sangam

The last of the great cosmic jazzmen takes a trip way out east with this exhilarating live recording.

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Rainer Maria: Catastrophe Keeps Us Together

A strong release, with attitude, that still manages to follow expectations and yank on the heartstrings.

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No-Neck Blues Band and Embryo: Embryonnck

Ethno-improviser Christian Burchard explores the strange indigenous music of Harlem's No-Neck tribe

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The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living

In many respects, fame has not changed Mike Skinner: he's still charismatic, he's still insecure, and he's still just as messily pessimistic.

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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Under the Covers, Vol. 1

With the warmth of the sun beating down on a Sunday Morning, these power-pop veterans swoon lovingly through a collection of 1960s covers. And these birds can sing.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Part Chimp: I Am Come

With great power comes great responsibility.

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Taylor Hollingsworth: Tragic City

Duke Jupiter for the MySpace generation.

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Young and Sexy: Panic When You Find It

Vancouver’s other great indie pop band make their long-awaited return with a more mature sound.

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Guillemots: From the Cliffs EP

How did four ever so slightly geeky, hopelessly uncool birdwatchers from southern England (via Brazil) get around to making the pop record of the year so far?

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Electric Light Orchestra: No Answer

The release of No Answer and E.L.O. II turns the spotlight on a part of Lynne's career before he was writing pop symphonies transmogrified into schlock by decades of movies and TV commercials.

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28 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Essex Green: Cannibal Sea

The Brooklyn three-piece's third album of melancholy '60s indie-pop won't come as a surprise to anyone, but who really wants to be surprised all the time anyway?

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ghostface Killah: Fishscale

Ghostface Killah is all grown up now. And he's got some stories to tell.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Massive Attack: Collected

Simply on the basis of the fourteen songs included on Collected, Massive Attack stake a mighty persuasive claim towards being one of the best pop groups of all time.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sing-Sing: Sing-Sing and I

Sing-Sing’s second album inches closer to the dreampop of Lush, with a few detours along the way.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Supreeme: Supremacy

Touting a new record deal and the same old skills, Supreeme may not be on the top of the rap game yet, but with more albums like this, they're definitely on their way.

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Zemog el Gallo Bueno: Cama de la Conga

He's got a lot to say about Latin music and about the history and treatment of Puerto Rico by the U.S.

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27 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lylas: Lessons for Lovers

Nashville alt.brooders used to love you like a sister... now they want to teach you how to kiss.

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Roy Orbison: The Essential Roy Orbison

The story of the Big O from the beginning of his career to posthumous releases can be found on this new compilation. Orbison knew the mystery of dreams could be better suggested by a trill than by words alone.

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