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5 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Trey Anastasio: Shine

Phish frontman drops the funk for classic PH-M rock sounds. 'Bout time.

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: Daybreak: Fainne An Lae

Danu singer steps out for a solo record that has several Celtic nuggets and a Richard Thompson cover to boot.

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Rhymefest: Blue Collar

Kanye's fanbase may have their Lacoste logos and expensive cellphones, but Rhymefest's "blue collar niggas" have soul.

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Takagi Masakatsu: Journal for People

The Kyoto artist and musician has amassed a body of work that has established its own language and imagery, and both are on display with this CD/DVD re-release.

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Big Bill Broonzy: Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953

This two-disc set succeeds both as art and artifact. Broonzy not only sings and plays well, his between song patter also functions to reveal the poisonous effect of racism in the United States at this time in history.

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Luka Bloom: Innocence

A lovely and pensive album, Innocence finds Irish-born singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist Luka Bloom in very fine form.

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Camille: Le Fil

As far as pseudo-a cappella experimental pop albums go, Le Fil is undeniably excellent.

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Disco Biscuits: The Wind at Four to Fly

Lovers of "bisco" are in for a treat. However, if you are no "bisco" aficionado, then this will be a no no.

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Nick Lachey: What’s Left of Me

BoyBand Alum/Celebrity/Ex-husband/Hunk makes an album about not getting It anymore. Ouch!

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bent Fabric: Jukebox

It's not perfect, but when you find yourself dancing without even realizing it, it doesn't need to be.

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4 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Digweed: Transitions

The evolution of John Digweed continues.

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David Ford: I Sincerely Apologize For All The Trouble I’ve Caused

David Ford answers the hypothetical question: What would happen if Elvis Costello possessed James Taylor’s body?

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Celebrity: Mining For Twilight

Those only famous for being famous get People cover shots just for farting, it seems, while underrated groups like Celebrity pass under the radar screen unnoticed. But Mining for Twilight is too good to ignore.

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Etran Finatawa: Introducing Etran Finatawa

Two nomadic tribes from Saharan Africa join in hypnotic grooves and electrified caravan shuffles

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Miles Davis: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions

Four discs of the greatest American music there is. Feast.

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Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash: 16 Biggest Hits

16 Biggest Hits seems to trace the pair's evolution from passionate youngsters to a comfortable old couple.

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Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways

Cash walks into the sunset with a surprisingly gentle meditation on mortality.

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Baby Dayliner: Critics Pass Away

The sophomore album from Baby Dayliner is another mix of a crooner's voice complemented by some fine electro-synth pop a la Depeche Mode or New Order.

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Ashley Parker Angel: Soundtrack to Your Life

Angel's debut is fairly generic and unimpressive once you take a solid listen, which means that he hasn't learned much of a lesson since his O-Town days.

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Banco de Gaia: Farewell Ferengistan

Most bands don't become horrible overnight, just uninteresting over time, fading until you realize that you've missed a whole album and that you don't even really care.

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