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Hank Williams, Jr.: Old School, New Rules

Hank Jr. would call this his dissertation on modern American politics, but that sounds way too much like something one of them big-shot liberal elitists would say. it's surprising this isn't just called America, The Album.

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Thelonius Monk Quartet: Misterioso

Monk's music, recorded live and in his prime.

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La Chiva Gantiva: Pelao

Hot-blooded freak-out folk-funk.

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Naam: The Ballad of the Starchild

Brooklyn's own "modern psychedelic" band Naam releases a new EP that would've been better as a single.

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Taraf de Hadouks & Kocani Orkestar: Band of Gypsies 2

The return of the fruitful collaboration between two of the finest groups in Eastern European music.

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Zita Swoon Group: Wait For Me

Eclectic amalgamation of Belgian prog-folk with West African traditionalism.

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Bo Diddley: The Black Gladiator (Remastered)

An unfairly lambasted and ignored near-masterpiece from rock 'n' roll's most humble elder statesman.

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Omar & The Howlers: Essential Collection

Get ready to howl with two discs crammed with good ol' Southern blues.

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Eric Bibb: Deeper in the Well

Eric Bibb delivers some down-home blues culled from deep in his soul.

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'Strange Fruit: The Beatles' Apple Records' Is a Bitter Biteful

Why exactly, this Beatles documentary is named after a song most closely related with Billie Holiday and lynching is a mystery, but the bizarre choice for a title is just the first tip-off that this unauthorized film lacks focus.

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Creepoid: Horse Heaven

Full-length debut from the creepy shoegazers manages to be more entertaining than not.

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Future Days

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Firebird: Firebird / Deluxe

Retro rock. Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1969.

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Big Deal: Lights Out

What's the big deal about Big Deal? There isn't one.

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Auktyon: Top

Art-jazz-prog rock from Russia with love. Weird, wild stuff, but also very good.

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Paley & Francis: Paley & Francis

What do you get when you mix Reid Paley with Black Francis? Paley & Francis, duh. No post-ironic band name necessary. And the result tastes pretty good if I do say so myself.

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