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This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem
DFA/VIRGIN

There has always been a faded, quiet line between all-out, LCD Soundsystem fandom and me, and I’ve finally hopped over.

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Push

Jacky Terrasson
CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Pianist Jacky Terrasson has moved from Blue Note to Concord for Push, an eclectic collection.

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Man From Another Time

Seasick Steve
RYKO

When I first heard one of Steve’s earlier albums, it seemed similar to a lot of minimalist (i.e., mumbling) folk-blues.

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I Will Be

Dum Dum Girls
SUB POP

At first blush, I Will Be seems like a day lily of an album: blooming, colorful, brief and prone to wilting.

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Cracked Love And Other Drugs

Unnatural Helpers
HARDLY ART

Is heady, dirty punk over already? In less time than it takes to make Hamburger Helper, Unnatural Helpers cobble together 15 songs in a half hour.

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Kindred Spirits

Jimmy Amadie
TP RECORDINGS

Acclaimed jazz saxophonists Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Lew Tabackin share the same instrument, and they all appear on pianist Jimmy Amadie’s latest release.

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Undercover of Brightness

Fjord Rowboat
RUXTON

Toronto’s Fjord Rowboat takes its shoegaze seriously.

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Secret Transit

Kaiser Cartel
DANIEL RECORDS

Crafting a sophomore full-length, from genesis to final note, is a dicey proposition.

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The Twistable Turnable Man

Various Artists
SUGAR HILL

Shel Silverstein started his road to fame with Playboy magazine, and his career ended with just play.

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Omni

Minus the Bear
DANGERBIRD

Seattle-based Minus the Bear have spent most of this century making a name for themselves as a band known more for potential than anything.