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Idan Raichel: The Idan Raichel Project

When The Idan Raichel Project first arrived in my mailbox last year I was trying to think of ten albums that I could put in a list to mark the end of 2006 and I liked this one so much that I almost included it.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Cat Empire: Two Shoes

Melbourne-based six piece tries to crack the U.S. market with an exuberant fusion of Latin, reggae, jazz, hip hop, and soul.

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Fall Out Boy: Infinity on High

Warning: Do not take this album seriously, or suffer from your own extreme idiocy.

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Moros Eros: I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright

Moros Eros went face to face with Prince of Darkness and now has a debut album that’s both grim and glorious.

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Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter: Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul

The year seems too young for there to be so many incredible new records, but Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter have a sure masterpiece on their hands.

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Birdman and Lil Wayne: Like Father, Like Son

Lil Wayne and his adoptive father, Birdman, produce an uneven collaborative effort with no shine in spite of its excessive bling.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Lucky Dragons: Widows

Widows, Luke Fischbeck’s new album as Lucky Dragons, starts with stringed instruments that almost make it seem like some sort of Americana album, except

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The Good Mornings: The Good Mornings

Despite promising elements, this Lansing band doesn't create enough of the atmosphere required of their Americana-meets-Mazzy Star sound.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Voafose: Voafose

Jeremy Simmonds is probably best known as one half of early Leaf Label signee Boymerang, but he’s been around for years, ducking in and

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Jill Scott: Collaborations

If you're going to use Jill Scott on your track, it would help if you actually played to her talents.

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Crowded House: Farewell to the World

Ten years after they exited the stage, Crowded House still sound fresh and vital on this anniversary release.

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Rickie Lee Jones: The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard

Rickie Lee's hip-swingy voice is set in an indie-rock nest with kinda Christian lyrics -- yeah, I'm a bit baffled too.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Ut: In Gut’s House

Mute reissues this all-female post-punk act’s two song-oriented, late-career efforts.

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The Whigs: Give Em All a Big Fat Lip

A rerelease on a major label will hopefully gain the The Whigs more exposure in an increasingly competitive world, exposure they rightfully deserve.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Jenny Dalton: Fleur De Lily

Far better than coffeehouse folk, Jenny Dalton has some edge to her maudlin, melancholic-but-pretty songs.

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Shout Out Out Out Out: Not Saying/Just Saying

Electro-rock outfit from Canada unleash many outs -- and some stuck-in-your-heads.

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Dewey Jackson featuring Don Ewell: Live at the Barrel

Historically important St. Louis trumpeter, recorded less than a dozen titles in studios; wouldn't have been recorded again if he'd not substituted on this gig for another master who'd fallen ill.

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Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson In Crime

Seven songs in just over sixteen minutes. Sweet. TPC’s four members have been walking the line of mass critical acclaim lately as the tunes

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Eddie: The Eddie Lockjaw Davis Cookbook, Vol. 1

Tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, at various times a sideman for Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, made his Prestige debut as bandleader on 1958’s The

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31 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Aiden: Rain In Hell

AFI’s downward slide into irrelevance with their latest album Decemberunderground has thankfully not been equalled by imitators Aiden, who follow up last year’s

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