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Shearwater

Rook | Matador
To fans of the Austin band, this is all par for the beautiful but eerie course.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  June 24, 2008

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Ry Cooder

I, Flathead | Nonesuch/Perro Verde
Ry Cooder once again navigates a Southern California of strange realities and real strangers.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 24, 2008

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Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

Party Intellectuals | Pi
Humor, melody, and weirdness rule in this NYC avant guitarist’s sonic universe.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2008

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Silver Jews

Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea | Drag City
Wry, witty, and weird, this not-quite-coherent set of songs is a more freewheeling tour of lead singer David Berman’s increasingly playful lyrical sensibilities.
By: RICHARD BECK  |  June 24, 2008

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Ponies in the Surf

See You Happy | Darla
It’s high time the Ponies were recognized for the perfect-pop juggernaut (however gentle) they are.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 24, 2008

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Rachid Taha

Rock El Casbah: The Best Of . . . | Wrasse
On this first career-spanning collection, which skitters around chronologically, the consistency of Rachid Taha's work is more evident than ever before.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 17, 2008



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Contorted funk

Mound Magnet Pt. 2: Elevations Above Sea Level | Killer Pimp
The tracks on St. Werner’s fourth album as Lithops are eccentric, loose-limbed constructions, heavy on contorted rhythms, off-kilter beats, and writhing swirls of noise.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 17, 2008

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Judas Priest

Nostradamus | Epic
It’s a ridiculous album, sure, but also the most grandiose metal record likely to be released this year.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 17, 2008

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Pan-African

Made In Dakar | Nonesuch
Far more than a nostalgia act, Baobab are one of the freshest and most exuberant African bands on the road today.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  June 17, 2008

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Lil Wayne

Tha Carter III | Young Money/Cash Money/Universal
All rappers ride on the claim that they’re the best, but on III Wayne makes his case.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 17, 2008

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Scorch Trio

Brolt! | Rune Grammofon
Brolt! | Rune Grammofon
By: DEVIN KING  |  June 17, 2008



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Cassandra Wilson | Loverly

Blue Note
Blue Note
By: JON GARELICK  |  June 09, 2008

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Dr. John

City That Care Forgot | 429
Strident as it is, this CD was meant as a tonic for the people of the Crescent City.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 09, 2008

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Gal Costa

Gal | Dusty Groove America
The Brazilian tropicália movement had it bad for the Beatles.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 09, 2008

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Grupo Fantasma

Sonidos Golds | High Wire Music
For authentic Latin funk, you need to savor Fantasma live — yet the take-out option is anything but a letdown.
By: MARTÍN CABELLERO  |  June 09, 2008

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Philip Jeck

Sand | Touch
A recurrent theme of decay and loss haunts UK turntablist Philip Jeck’s music.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 11, 2008



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Robert Pollard(1)

Robert Pollard Is Off to Business | Guided by Voices Inc.
Pollard achieves the balance of indie and arena rock he’s been chasing for years, but he demonstrates something new in his approach
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  June 09, 2008

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Old 97's

Blame It on Gravity | New West
The guitars ring clear and true, the backbeat is snare-tight, the harmonies are heavenly, and the Old 97’s are back.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 03, 2008

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Nobody

Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II | Ubiquity
It’s the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (a track Nobody has covered) expanded into a full-blown stoner opera.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 03, 2008

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Mates of State: Re-Arrange Us

Barsuk
For their fifth album, Mates of State sought out and found the perfect pop tune. Ten of them, actually.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 03, 2008

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Gas

Nah Und Fern | Kompakt
Kompakt label head Wolfgang Voigt re-releases the four discs of his Gas project — long hailed as some of the best albums in ambient techno — along with a double LP of extended material.
By: DEVIN KING  |  June 03, 2008


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