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Various Artists: Freshly Composted Vol. 2

Started in Munich, Germany 13 years ago by Michael Reinboth, Compost Records quickly developed into what superstar DJ Gilles Peterson described as "the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe".

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Fern Knight: Music for Witches and Alchemists

Fern Knight play a vibrant British-influenced folk that sounds like all their clocks stopped dead some time between 1972, when Scottish singer Shelagh McDonald became an

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Various Artists: Om: Chilled

San Francisco-based Om Records has released a lot of quality downtempo electronica and chillout house music over the years, especially on its “Mushroom Jazz” and “

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Dredg: Live at the Fillmore

As far as live albums go, it’s fairly rare for a release to reach the status of a How the West Was Won or

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Various Artists: The Ultimate Stupido Sampler (Before the Next One)

Helsinki’s Stupido is an independent pop label with a roster of bands who perform in English and Finnish. On this sampler we get to

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Four Letter Lie: Let Your Body Take Over

Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt

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Southern Culture on the Skids: Countrypolitan Favorites

This SCOTS curveball, an ode to Nashville's countrypolitan sound, actually makes a ton of sense.

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Elisabeth Withers: It Can Happen to Anyone

Dear Oprah, I know you're busy. But you should start a music club. And I know which CD you should select first.

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Eyeless in Gaza: Plague of Years

Plague of Years proves itself to be a frustrating, difficult... ultimately pointless listen.

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The Colour: Between Earth and Sky

The Colour has the unfortunate timing of following in the footsteps of another, more competent and similar contemporary.

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Bobby Conn: King For a Day

We all can be kings for a day, but remember tomorrow to be back at work. In the meantime it's important to party.

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Richard Swift: Dressed Up for the Letdown

What artist in any field wouldn’t want to be the new Beatles and transform the world? Swift consistently expresses grand ambitions and great feelings, which should be applauded.

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Cheeseburger: Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger's one of the more aptly-named bands out there right now.

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen

More atmospheric complexity from Jan Jelinek

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Geir Jenssen: Cho Oyu 8201m

Geir Jenssen, who also goes under the name of Biosphere, lives in a town in northern Norway and assembles soundscapes. The noises he uses in

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Bob Margolin: In North Carolina

Bob Margolin likes playing blues (and did so as Muddy Waters’ longtime guitarist); he has a very attractive baritone voice, notable on a final track

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Precious Fathers: Precious Fathers

This is a Vancouver band that plays instrumentals that supposedly are meant to inspire gazing at one’s shoes.

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Luke Slater: Fabric 32

Slater delivers an excellent mix of hard-edged, funky techno that’s a little bit unpredictable.

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Triffids: In the Pines

Largely forgotten '80s rockers get the reissue treatment on two of their greatest albums.

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Marnie Stern: In Advance of the Broken Arm

A lot of crazy young people will blow out their eardrums to this in the next several months.

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