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An Open Letter to Kanye West

Kanye West is a genius who needs our doubt, and his own contradictions — whether he says it or not.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia

That 'p' word is arguably false advertising — most of this stuff is fairly conventional South American salsa or cumbian dance music, just with some fuzzed-out guitar. Doesn't mean you won't still dance like hell to it.

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Otis Taylor: My World Is Gone

Talented Colorado bluesman once again overrates his voice and underrates his instrumental texturing. To say that the depth of lyrical commentary here centers on the treatment of Native Americans only extends to the cover photo would be wrong, but it's depressingly not far off.

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Lena Hughes: Queen of the Flat Top Guitar

Twenty-three minutes of one-guitar parlor songs, written mostly in the mid-19th century and recorded by this Missourian in the mid-'60s. You already know whether you're in or not.

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The Who: My Generation (mono remaster)

Well, since you asked: yes, this is necessary.

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In Defense of Taylor Swift and Gen-Y Pop Music

In which Taylor Swift ups the ante on consistency and sincerity in Top 40 music (and product). Cut to shot of the critical community balking on their next move.

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Various Artists: The Best of Perception & Today Records

Late-night radio DJs looking for some cool playlist filling, your prayers have been answered. This stuff, ladies and gentlemen, is known as 'The Shit'.

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Various Artists: The Karindula Sessions

A CD-DVD package that captures four groups in Congolese mining country playing what can only described as "static banjo performance art".

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The Doors: L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary Edition)

To put it as succinctly as possible, this is the version of L.A. Woman to get.

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Torche: Harmonicraft

In which the brawny but somewhat clinical roil of Miami's hardest-rocking export becomes a rousing, universal sprint.

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Rhino/Elektra

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Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection

Finally, a worthy compilation – and appreciation – of the greatest stand-up comedian of the '90s.

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The Two Things in One: Together Forever - The Music City Sessions

This young Bay Area soul combo recorded an hour's worth of material in the early '70s, none of which have been available on CD until now. Nothing mind-blowing, but anything that gives us a fuller picture of funk's evolution is most welcome.

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Little Jackie: Made for TV

You might be just as exhausted with Imitation Motown as the rest of us. But please, friends: quell your fears. This is charming.

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Plush Moon

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Bubbling Under the 75 Best Songs of 2011: David Guetta

Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

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Carlos Paredes: Guitarra Portuguesa / Movimento Perpétuo

The first two albums by the Portuguese guitar maestro -- and maestro of the Portuguese guitar -- are re-issued by Drag City. If Vivaldi ever created anything this hauntingly, violently sensual, he kept it to himself.

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Raleigh Moncrief: Watered Lawn

Moncrief helped produce the Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, but on his debut album he generally gives a less-melodic, more emotionally neutral take on Grizzly Bear. Cohesive it ain't, but some of the archness is transient enough to make for an engaging catch-yourself record. Good Halloween listen.

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Various Artists: The Essential Phil Spector

2011's Spector re-packaging continues with 35 songs of varying profundity, most of which will turn 50 in the next couple of years if they haven't already. Whatever. To the kids, it'll all sound like West Side Story anyway.

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Matthew Herbert: One Pig

The idiosyncratic Herbert completes his "One" trilogy with an album charting the life of a pig. Occasionally clinical but never gimmicky or exploitative, it's a thoughtful examination of our own consumption at a time when consumption has become something of a pivotal issue. Eccentrics rejoice!

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Fool's Gold: Leave No Trace

Group follows debut album espousing the wonders of African pop music with sophomore album espousing the wonders of turning African pop music into background party noise.

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Plush Moon Records

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Gui Boratto: III

When he’s on his game, Gui Boratto can let timbre subsume rhythm without sounding languorous. On III, he sounds languorous.

Nathan Wisnicki
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Neon Indian: Era Extraña

The Texan synth-popper follows his playful 2009 debut with an album that has little time for play...or for hooks, melody, or discernible emotion. Well-assembled, though. (Note: review does not contain the phrase 'chillwave.')


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