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Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Vol. 2

Snowglobe Records’ second attempt to bring back to light some of the lesser-known treasures of the ‘90s indie-label pop-rock scene is just as satisfying as

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Keith Jarrett: The Carnegie Hall Concert

Solo piano again -- but glorious again.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

TM Juke: Forward

Adventurous but not reckless, TM Juke's latest release is a skillful and soulful mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and downtempo electronica.

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Goodbye Tomorrow: Goodbye Tomorrow

Short but sweet EP offers three promising earnest modern rock tunes.

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Ray LaMontagne: Till the Sun Turns Black

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne finds his way out of his cabin only to get lost in the background of his sophomore release.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lady Sovereign: Public Warning

The major complaint is that we've heard so many of these tracks before. Most of her previous singles appears pretty much unchanged from their original form. Is this enough? It is, and here's why.

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Various Artists: Underground Hip-Hop Volume 4

A compilation whose name says everything (and nothing).

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Urban Tribe: Authorized Clinical Trials

This is roots music for the computer class, unsullied by the march of time or the vagaries of the wider marketplace.

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Magic Slim & the Teardrops/ Joe Carter with Sunnyland Slim: That Aint Right

This split-LP from the past offers two different treasures dating back to 1977 -- early Magic Slim, the sensitive bluesman, an original in fine shading, and happily still with us; and the late Joe Carter, who in his final recording had his own way with the Elmore James repertoire.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Adem: Love And Other Planets

Adem's got Love (the concept) on his mind, and his exploration of it is sophisticated, literate and surprisingly affecting.

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13 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

Ensemble: Ensemble

Ensemble elegantly bridges the divides between electronica, classical, folk, and indie-pop, effortlessly integrating all of these disparate genres into one lovely and unassuming sound.

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13 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

Debut EP from Boston-based rock quartet is yet another entry in the ongoing renaissance of '80s disaffection.

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Last Conservative: Pretty New Things

This band spent the past summer opening for the Goo Goo Dolls / Counting Crows co-headlining North American tour, as well as performing at the after-show

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Van She represents everything that’s wrong with Modular. I’m sorry, I love the label that’s brought us the Avalanches and the Presets,

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Toby Lightman: Bird on a Wire

Bird on a Wire is one of those albums that’s good on the surface, but seems to float by without the listener really retaining anything from it.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Hidden Cameras: AWOO

Pretty orchestral lit-pop fails to live up to the promise of its tag-line: 'gay church folk music'.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Squarepusher: Hello Everything

Hello Everything steps back from recent experimentation and, carefully and effectively, refocuses on melody.

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Lucero: Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers

Roots rockers Lucero add a keyboard to their already awesome attack, and get even better.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nomeansno: All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt

Nomeansno heads for their own middle of the road on All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Greg Laswell: Through Toledo

Sad but not miserable, this bit of heartache is both moving and comforting in its murkiness.

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