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Fat Freddys Drop: Based on a True Story

One day at work, a Kiwi colleague told us that he was going to play us something we’d like, and this was the album

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rub-N-Tug: Fabric 30

Fabric gives NYC underground act Rub-N-Tug their big break with the opportunity to contribute to the venerable Fabric mix series. And for the most part,

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Various Artists: The Bombay Connection, Vol. 1 Funk From Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977-1984

East meets West with the first two in a series of six compilation albums, collecting the best of Bollywood cinema score and song.

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Various Artists: Cabinet Classics 1994-1998 & Cabinet Unreleased Classics 1994-2005

Richie Hawtin selects prime singles and compelling outtakes from one of Berlin's great techno labels.

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The Autumn Defense: The Autumn Defense

John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are forever perfecting their blend of sunny AM rock, folk, and jazz. Here they both elaborate on that sound and prove the Autumn Defense is no mere side project.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rob Crow: Living Well

Go home. Kiss wife. Spend time with kid. Record full-blown confessional indie-rock LP. Sleep.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Finches: Human Like a House

As restricted as it is by genre, this small-scale release offers some charming moments

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Third World Love: Sketch of Tel Aviv

Starts brilliantly, ends brilliantly... major jazz talents sandwiching lighter-weight excitement.

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Brandon Pfeiffer: Nothing Short of Now

Mixing equal parts of rock and Americana, Brandon Pfeiffer’s six-song effort is pretty good. Falling somewhere along the lines of an indie rock version

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Lily Allen: Alright, Still

The UK's most famous MySpace member puts out her much-ballyhooed debut. Big Time, meet Lily. Lily, meet the Big Time.

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The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow: The House of Apples and Eyeballs

The Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow don’t immediately seem like natural collaborators.  The former deal in thick, catchy post-rock instrumentals propelled

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The Television Personalities: My Dark Places Remixes

Dan Treacy and his Television Personalities made a welcome comeback in 2006 with My Dark Places, but how many people, really, have been waiting with bated

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Sven Väth: In the Mix: The Sound of the Seventh Season

Another entry in Sven Vath's long-running In the Mix series

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Birch Book: Fortune & Folly

When I was in junior high I remember flipping through my older sister’s high school yearbooks (especially at the seniors), every town’s stereotypical

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Bettie Serveert: Bare Stripped Naked

Dyk's pleasant vocals shine in this CD/DVD package.

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Shelby Lynne: The Definitive Collection

Lynne may have blown up too late to catch fame in the Great Female Singer-Songwriter boom of the mid-'90s, but her music is more adventurous than either Sheryl, Alanis or Fiona.

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Damon Albarn's new project crackles with life and melody throughout. It might be as grubby and mysterious as the London it evokes, but it's also as animated and vibrant as the streets around Portobello Market it comes from.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tahiti 80: Fosbury

Parisian retro-pop: a little disco, a little Bacharach, a dash of '60s bubblegum melodicism -- a lot of fey contrivance.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mamadou Diabate: Heritage

Second album of virtuosic fusions of African and American song forms from this Malian native.

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Saliva: Blood Stained Love Story

Obvious feeling redeems a thoroughly cliched backdrop on Saliva's fifth album.

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