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Lonely Avenue

Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
Practical Amanda
Year: 2010

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Lonely Avenue

Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
Your Dogs
Year: 2010

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An excellent slide guitarist with a confident, veloce curviness that varies high, lonesome country with moaning country blues, Whitley unraveled his early commercial potential one album at a time. He deserves our admiration for following up his mostly acoustic debut, Living with the Law, with a pair of white-noise albums loud enough to make Sonic Youth wear earplugs. But he also lost his lucrative contract with Sony. "Dirt Floor," with a barren, desperate quality and iterative images of running (especially on the intense "Ballpeen Hammer" and the love-and-loss ballad "Loco Girl") has the same airy, blues feeling of his superb early singles. --Steve Knopper
Dirt Floor

Chris Whitley
Ballpeen Hammer
Year: 1998

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XTC's frothy, Beatle-esque concept album about birth, death, and the passing of the seasons is hardly soft-headed: its melodic inventiveness and lush orchestrations supports bitterness ("That's Really Super, Supergirl"), displacement ("The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"), and agnostic tirade ("Dear God") as often as it does the pleasures of sun and shower. The greatest achievement of XTC's post-Drums and Wires career, Skylarking is a must-have for the first days of spring. This deluxe, remastered version of the album contains a bonus track, "Mermaid Smiled." --Rickey Wright
Skylarking

XTC
Ballet For A Rainy Day
Year: 1986

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Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan
Ballad of a Thin Man
Year: 1965

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Runt: The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren
The Ballad (Denny & Jean)
Year: 1971

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As If

!!!
Bam City
Year: 2015

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Tale Spinnin'

Weather Report
Badia
Year: 1975

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What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

Sara Bareilles
Bad Idea (feat. Jason Mraz)
Year: 2015

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What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

Sara Bareilles
Bad Idea (feat. Jason Mraz)
Year: 2015

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Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez
Bad Day
Year: 2011

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Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raitt
What You're Doin' to Me
Year: 2016

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Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raitt
All Alone with Something to Say
Year: 2016

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Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raitt
I Knew
Year: 2016

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Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raitt
Need You Tonight
Year: 2016

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Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raitt
Unintended Consequence of Love
Year: 2016

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Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn
Walking In Memphis
Year: 1991

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Ladies of the Canyon

Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi
Year: 1970

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Crown of Creation

Jefferson Airplane
Ice Cream Phoenix
Year: 1968

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Crown of Creation

Jefferson Airplane
Crown of Creation
Year: 1968

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Culcha Vulcha

Snarky Puppy
Beep Box
Year: 2016

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Culcha Vulcha

Snarky Puppy
Grown Folks
Year: 2016

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Katy Lied

Steely Dan
Everyone's Gone to the Movies
Year: 1975

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Import-only reissue of this career retrospective, originally released on LP and cassette in the U.S in 1978. The duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker created some of the classiest, most sophisticated pop music of the 70's. Their compositions are so musically complex and fascinating that the Julliard actually offers a class devoted to their music. Features all 18 tracks from the original release, including 'Do It Again', 'Reeling in the Years', 'Bodhisattva', 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number', 'Any Major Dude (Will Tell Ya)','Here at the Western World' (originally issued only as a B-side), 'Doctor Wu', 'Black Friday', 'Peg' and 'Josie'. Universal.
Katy Lied

Steely Dan
Doctor Wu
Year: 1978

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State

Todd Rundgren
Sir Reality
Year: 2013

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State

Todd Rundgren
Party Liquor
Year: 2013

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State

Todd Rundgren
Serious
Year: 2013

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O

De Staat
Murder Death
Year: 2016

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O

De Staat
Peptalk
Year: 2016

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Culture Clash

The Aristocrats
Cocktail Umbrellas
Year: 2013

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Antipop, indeed. Primus, led by mad genius/bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, enjoyed past radio success with "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" and "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver." And on Antipop, Primus's usual staccato freneticism and rhythm-propelled tunes are as compelling, demanding, and provocative as ever. Like Mr. Bungle, another oddball Northern California outfit, Primus's humor is omnipresent, though not in a Weird Al way, despite the fact that Claypool's nasal delivery is not unlike Mr. Yankovic's. Most of Antipop is patented Primus funk-pop, what with a song about "sniffing paint since the seventh grade" ("Lacquerhead") and the autobiographical title track ("I am the Antipop / I'll run against the grain 'til the day I drop"). Still, there are a few departures. The spacey, seemingly deliberate Pink Floyd homage "Eclectic Electric" is cool, as is the very Tom Waits-like "Coattails of a Dead Man." --Katherine Turman
AntiPop

Primus
Coattails of a Dead Man
Year: 1999

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The Rhythm of the Saints (Remastered)

Paul Simon
The Coast (Work-In-Progress) [Bonus Track]
Year: 2010

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The Rhythm of the Saints (Remastered)

Paul Simon
The Coast
Year: 2010

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Goodbye

Cream
Badge
Year: 1969

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Following a string of tasteful but sometimes bloodless collaborations with Sophie Van Otter, Bill Frisell, and the London Symphony Orchestra, Costello delivers his most visceral and satisfying CD in years with When I Was Cruel. Reunited with half the Attractions, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve, Costello sticks relatively close to the sharp new-wave melodies that sealed his reputation in the late '70s and '80s, but infuses them with powerful sonic touches: a hypnotic loop of Italian pop singer Mina that carries the title track, the melodica that casts an eerie glow over "Soul for Hire," and the frenetic, klezmer-inspired horns that drive "15 Petals." Costello's guitar is frequently drenched in tremolo, and his lyrical wit hasn't been this consistently spiky and unforced since Blood & Chocolate. Compared to some of his more uptown adventures, When I Was Cruel may seem at first a kind of semi-nostalgic slumming, but the opposite may be the case: like Woody Allen, Costello is at his most artful when he produces perfect pop trifles that will almost certainly outlast his more self-conscious "serious" work. --Keith Moerer
When I Was Cruel

Elvis Costello
45
Year: 2002

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57th & 9th

Sting
Heading South On the Great North Road
Year: 2016

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Sportin' Life

Weather Report
Indiscretions
Year: 1984

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Sportin' Life

Weather Report
Corner Pocket
Year: 1984

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Essential Oils

Midnight Oil
Truganini
Year: 2012

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Essential Oils

Midnight Oil
My Country
Year: 2012

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Essential Oils

Midnight Oil
Luritja Way
Year: 2012

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Blue Sky Mining (Remastered)

Midnight Oil
One Country (2011 Remaster)
Year: 1990

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Blue Sky Mining (Remastered)

Midnight Oil
King of the Mountain (2011 Remaster)
Year: 1990

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Blue Sky Mining (Remastered)

Midnight Oil
River Runs Red (2011 Remaster)
Year: 1990

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Earth and Sun and Moon

Midnight Oil
Feeding Frenzy
Year: 1993

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Earth and Sun and Moon

Midnight Oil
Truganini
Year: 1993

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