Live at the Copa The Supremes
Hip-O SelectMotown

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"at the copa: expanded edition" is another astounding album by a group called the supremes. diana ross, florence ballard and sometimes jean terrell singing lead they rivalled the temptations as motown's most successful act. with their commanding stage presence and singular voices, their tense balance between the cool and the flirtatious, their prodigious series of hits is captured here big time.

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Til the Casket Drops ZZ Ward
Hollywood Records

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"til the casket drops" is a superb album by zz ward. what she has created is a brilliant meditation on reality and fantasy. the idea is so huge she has just scratched the surface of it--all the ideas came together. as bruce once sand: "she's all that heaven will allow.

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Ask Me This Alcoholic Faith Mission
Old Flame Records

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"ask me this" is a truly dramatic album by the alcoholic faith mission. who are they? they are truly the sultans of smooth.

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Born to Sing: No Plan B Van Morrison
Exile Records

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"born to sing: no plan b" is a superb album by the one and only van morrison. the irish have no kings, and no irish knee has ever bowed before one. so it will never do to call van morrison the king of celtic blues singers. but it's tempting. for the past 40-plus years, van has worked his unique style, mixing a soulful irish growl with poetic rambles. he's an eccentric recluse with a mean stare. and he's one of the few singers who you know when you hear him singing one note on the radio. and now he's a working class hero: "you're a slave to the capitalist system and it's controlled by the global elite/ double dealing with banks, behind your back, just can't fight." all his albums are "must buy", including "born to sing: no plan b".

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Carry Me Back Old Crow Medicine Show
ATO Records

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"carry me back" is a great album by old crow medicine show. they just give us the tip of their iceberg. they treat us with a whole untapped world of texas, country and blues that is still hiding deep inside their soul.

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Winter Times Drew Paralic
Drew Paralic

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"wintertime tunes of drew paralic" is a provocative work of jazz by pianist drew paralic and his fine band. not even his fierce fans thought he's make an album this good.

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Home Rio Sakairi et al
Sunnyside

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"home--gift of music" is a dramatic album featuring various artists and produced by rio sakairi. the album's proceeds will go to those who have suffered from the japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster. these remarkable tunesmith's, including claudia acuna, becca stevens, taylor eigsti and many more reveal that they are heroes. they have created true love with their friends supporting them. do we need anything else.

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No More Pennies Dave Gunning
Wee House of Music

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"no more pennies" is a tingling album by dave gunning. the man writes about and sings about mother nature's revenge, silk-suited robber barons, the spiritual and romantic salvation always just beyond reach. the album is about history revealing itself, and his refusal to bend even in the harshest winds.

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Pickin' in High Cotton Memphis Gold
Stackhouse Records

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"pickin' in high cotton" is a sensational album by memphis gold, a.k.a. chet chandler. he captures a proud walk through a scorched earth that muddy waters would have recognized in an instant.

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Pharez Whitted For the People
Origin Records

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"for the people" is another stirring jazz album by trumpeter pharez whitted and his favorite band. the man touches feelings of loss, loveforced coming-of-age and fragile generational hope. this album touches on all these themes as it defines unique jazz.

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Say Yes Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys
Dillard Music

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"say yes" is a stirring album by akina adderley & the vintage playboys. that's right, akina is part of the adderley family. but this classic soul singer challeges all the rules. this little woman with the big voice dances across the boundaries that others are too afraid to even acknowledge. every sound is a bold move, but for akina adderley bold is never a problem.

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hidden truth Gideon's Daughter
Self-Release

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"hidden truth" is a throbbing album by gideon's daughter. they don't sing to you; they're talking to you. the sound is the equivalent of a sturdy old farmhouse that has stood for years in the fields, weathering all kinds of change yet remaining unmovable.

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Real as Ritual Portraiture
Self-Release

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"real as ritual" is a breathtaking album by nathan siler. brushing the dirt off his shoulders and body-slamming his enemies he has created a rock epic. he came to the original star, at once grandiose, warm and optimistic. next time, let's hope he doesn't take ten years to create a work of art.

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Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch
Broken Bow Records

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dustin lynch has released a monster self-titled album. the cat is a great singer; somebody who makes you believe what they're saying. he has that gift. he has a powerful voice--crytalline in tone, yet deep and emotional at the same time.

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Undead Six Feet Under
Metal Blade

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"undead" is another seething album by six feet under. chris barnes, their monstrous lead singer, devours their music with mad animal growls. let's face it, six feet under wants everyone to sweat. just listen to the album and you will.

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Listen up! Haley Reinhart
Interscope

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listen up! is a glorious album by haley reinhart. most love songs are just calculated attempts. there's nothing to do with real love. haley captures true love with her feeling and with the poetry in the lyrics.

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Down South Bedhed and Blondy
Self-Release

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"down south" is a tingling album by neo-south duo bedhed and blondy. there are all kinds of sounds here, but i hear a dance-off in the combat zone. the album is full of fury and musical imagination.

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Electric Lady Dream: The Eddie Kramer Sessions Buzzy Linhart
Buzzart

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"electric lady dream--the eddie kramer sessions" is a sensational album by buzzy linhart. buzzy doesn't consider himself outside of anything. he just considers himself not around. what he creates here is the trashy sound of an identity meltdown.


Just Begun Forest Sun
Self-Release

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"just begun" is a passionate album by a guy called forest sun. even though the album is rootsy americana, i nearly crashed my car and ended in a coma. he has that special gift. there's raw sexuality, gutbucket blues and gritty rock. a "must buy" album.

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Go! Pop! Bang! Rye Rye
Interscope

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rye rye has created a wicked album entitled "go! pop! bang!." as someone once said "pretty women never need any money." rye rye has brought rap into a new world.

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Control System Ab-Soul
Top Dawg Entertainment

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"this is about control," is how jhene aiko introduces ab-soul on this album; indeed, this album is about control, but it's also an exploration of struggle: affective, technological, and political. ab-soul, just like the rest of black hippy--kendrick lamar, schoolboy-q, and jay rock--drips with style, attacking without fatigue or respite. in a single breath, his aesthetic conjures some obtuse collision of sun-ra and eazy-e. the track, "terrorist threats" is a must-listen, a must-watch. "control system" definitely stands illustriously alongside lamar's good kid m.a.a.d city, but they're similarly as incomparable as tupac is to biggie.

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