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Mr. E of RPS Fam: Diplomatic Affairs

Diplomatic Affairs is a mixed bag, but there's enough good stuff here to make it worth checking out. DipSet marks will like it special.

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Puerto Muerto: Songs of Muerto County

All horror film sounds tracks need not be horrifying or horrible.

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Black Ox Orkestar: Nisht Azoy

Black Ox Orkestar bring a darkly serious tone to the world of folk music.

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P:ano: Ghost Pirates Without Heads

P:ano makes us wonder if we should engage the unengaged.

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Cowboy Mouth: Voodoo Shoppe

Like a big ol' bowl of jambalaya from Mothers restaurant, Voodoo Shoppe is tasty and fulfilling. Cowboy Mouth prove that life never left Nawlins.

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Sugar Minott: The Roots Lover 1978-1983

A clean, tight repackaging of music that was previously impossible to find. The only problem with these CDs is that there's nothing to complain about.

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Dead Prez Presents M-1: Confidential

Dead Prez's M-1 has become the Sun Tzu of hip-hop with a blend of R&B, soul, politics, and activism that will get you dancing before you realize he's wiretapped your boom box.

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Robin Dean Salmon: Gasoline

Rootsy, country, Americana singer-songwriter churns out another piece of work that fans of Earle, Crowell, Major, and Welch will enjoy.

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5 Apr 2006 // 10:00 PM

Take Six: Feels Good

Gospel-jazz a cappella mastery, again.

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Tanya Morgan: Moonlighting

Trio Tanya Morgan shines with a debut album that thumps with truly soulful hip-hop.

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South: Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars

They may not be Britain's kings of melodic rock songs yet, but at this rate, they won't even need The O.C. anymore.

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Autumn in Halifax: Kites with Broken Strings

Transitory and haunting, Autumn in Halifax's songs sound like all those past moments that determine your present situation.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth

Three reminders of the multiple ways that Sonic Youth has played around with popular music over the last 25 years.

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3/4hasbeeneliminated: A Year of the Aural Gauge Operation

A strange, twisting, bizarre, memorable experience: when it finally stops spinning, you might just re-think what all music should sound like.

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The Leano: Steps to Leanoland

The Leano, an English rapper, fails to join the progressive hip-hop bandwagon with his dire debut album.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Casey Dienel: Wind-Up Canary

A debut album that dazzles with imagination, heart, and a style that's genuinely unique.

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Shooter Jennings: Electric Rodeo

Waylon's son ups the country quotient on Album #2, maintains the high quality and sense of humor

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Raising the Fawn: The Maginot Line

Toronto's Raising the Fawn might not get the attention the rest of the Broken Social Scene splinter groups receive, but the band is emerging as one of the best of the lot.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various Artists: NY2LON

Reveal US bands to UK audiences, and vice versa, and what you have is an album of unsigned talents that are finally getting their due.

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Daddy Yankee: Barrio Fino En Directo

Daddy Yankee has had much success leading the big reggaeton parade, but there's just no telling if this (Daddy) Yankee doodle dandy is truly here to stay.

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