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Basement Boys: The Basement Boys Presents Mudfoot Jones

The music of the mythical Mudfoot Jones swings, boogies, rocks, and sways like a congregation ought to when it’s calling up the Spirit. 

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Various Artists: This Is Crucial Reggae: Funk Party

Listening to these reggae artists covering American soul hits gives you insight into the evolution of Jamaican music. After all, many reggae pioneers were raised

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Various Artists: Sur La Mer Samp-Le-Mer

Noise label 5 Rue Christine’s first sampler initially looks like a rarities collection, but the “exclusive tracks” come off more like a compilation of also-rans

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Andre Williams and the Diplomats of Solid Sound: Aphrodisiac

Andre Williams always talked through his tunes more than sang ‘em, and he does the same here. The difference between this disc and the 70-year-old’

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DragonForce: Inhuman Rampage

Are these guys serious?! Oh, screw it. "Cry for eee-TERNITYYYY!"

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Wailin Jennys: Firecracker

Canadian trio makes a glorious racket with mix of traditional country-folk and elegant vocal harmonies.

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Da Muzicianz: Da Muzicianz

Booty-centric rap side project actually worth a listen.

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Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther

Is it a concept album? Is it a rock opera? It doesn't matter because ultimately this is one of the best albums of 2006.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The 5 Browns: No Boundaries

They are five fingers of the same talented hand, and if they just happen to bring in a younger audience to the Classical Appreciation Club, more power to them.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Voicst: 11-11

The bar has been raised and the gauntlet is down. I would love to hear a better collection of songs this year, but I won't be holding my breath.

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31 Jul 2006 // 10:30 AM

Brookville: Life in the Shade

Opening with a great Coldplay knockoff called “Blue Morning”, Brookville’s second LP is nothing if not melodic.  However, the simple strings, warm synth

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:45 AM

Vandalays: Happy Ever After

We’ll do this the obvious way: Once upon a time, there was an indie rock four-piece called the Vandalays, who released an enjoyable five-song

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:00 AM

Baby Calendar: Gingerbread Dog

Sugar-coated pop is an acquired taste—you either like it or stick your tongue out at it as if you swallowed sour candy. Baby Calendar

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The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes

With catchy songs and studied irreverence, these three English teenagers in polka-dot dresses make the idea of girl groups seem fresh again.

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Spoon: Soft Effects EP/Telephono

A younger, brasher Spoon's early albums show a band gradually getting over its Pixies obsession and defining a jittery, soulful sound.

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nya Jade: My Denial

Do you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning? If so, Nya Jade recorded an album just for you.

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Tommy Keene: Crashing the Ether

Crashing the Ether is better than a lot of Keene's output over the last few decades, although it's not the masterpiece some of the singer / songwriter's best songs have hinted at.

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Elliott Caine: Blues from Mars

High-class hard bop such as can happily be found nowadays, but Caine's an exceptional trumpeter, hot but also a ballad master.

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Pure Reason Revolution: The Dark Third

On its first full-length release, a British band reaches into the future while remaining rooted in the glory of rock's psychedelic past.

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Presents The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh ‘The Soul of a People’

Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh (nationalist, opera-lover, maker of rhythmic drag) gets a well-deserved showcase.

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