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Venice is Sinking: Sorry About the Flowers

Venice is Sinking strikes a perfect blend of honest, lush orchestral songcraft that's sadly missing from today's self-conscious music scene.

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20 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Diana Ross: blue

A lost 1972 album from the Motown superwoman is a categorical mistake.

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Smokey Robinson: Timeless Love

One of America's greatest musical treasures performing some of America's greatest musical treasures.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Swayzak: Route de la Slack

The remix disc showcases the English electronica vets' strengths; the rarities disc shows how those strengths developed.

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Lee Roy Parnell: Back to the Well

All Lee Roy Parnell does is write great songs, sing them well, and play the hell out of his guitar.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Coachwhips: Double Death

You'd have a hard time finding a single more jubilant, bone-headed, don't-give-a-shit celebration of the infectious sex-energy of pure unbridled garage-punk overkill than this here little disc.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Johnny Cash: Personal File

Spare and unadorned, these homespun sessions from Johnny Cash require an attentive ear for their quiet magic to be heard, but that investment yields a great pay-off.

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Fatboy Slim: The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder

Fatboy Slim proved that dance music could compete with pop on its own terms -- and more importantly, he also proved that dance music and pop weren't as far apart as most people probably believed.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Vetiver: To Find Me Gone

The first nine cuts on the latest Vetiver album are great folk pop to die for. Then things get a little off-kilter

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Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint: The River in Reverse

First full-album collaboration between British singer-songwriter and legendary New Orleans songwriter/producer/arranger includes appearances by the Crescent City Horns and the Imposters.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Suga Free: Just Add Water

Thanks for coming to the 2006 Player's Ball. And the winner of the Award for Best Pimp in a Pimpstramental Situation is...

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Mission of Burma: The Obliterati

Post-punk? Post-everything, more like.

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The Handsome Family: Last Days of Wonder

This land is your land, this land is my land, from the Devil dancing in the silent branches of thousand-year-old trees, to large iced tea, extra packet of ketchup, and small bag of onion rings.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

DK: King Me

Everybody knows a product is nothing if you can't distribute it. Purple City knows it. DK knows it. That's what mixtapes are for.

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Codec & Flexor: Killermachine

A little bit irreverent, a little bit aggressive, a little bit harsh and a little bit old school, Killermachine is a synth purist's dream.

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Tab Benoit: Brother to the Blues

Not musically as close as a brother to the blues, this is a committed set of old-style country music, with a couple of blues-ish items like you’d find thrown in by people without Tab Benoit’s gifts as a bluesman.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Aki Tsuyuko: Hokane

Filled with a kind of abstract childlike innocence that belies the complexity of the pieces, its just charming enough to distract from some unfortunate limitations.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend

Girlfriend sounds as vibrant and essential as it did when it hit the streets 15 years ago.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Now this is a story all about how hip-hop got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, as we talk about Jeff and his friend in Bel-Air.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You

Mojave 3 sheds some of their signature weepy melancholy for an album more pop than country.

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