The Strokes, Ray Davies, Liz Carroll

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Long-awaited new music from The Strokes; a first-ever solo studio CD by former Kinks frontman Ray Davies; Tortoise and Bonnie Prince Billy collaborate on a new CD; Richard and Linda Thompson's son Teddy Thompson; Irish fiddle music from Liz Carroll; A cappella Ladysmith Black Mambazo; A saxophone improvisation by Assif Tsahar; Whimsical, trippy rock from The Earlies; Hardcore and soft, but Tender Forever.

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The Strokes, Ray Davies, Liz Carroll

First Impression of Earth

Vision of Division

  • Artist: The Strokes
  • Album: First Impression of Earth
  • Song: Vision of Division

Fans who've been eagerly awaiting a new CD from the New York rock group The Strokes should be pleased with the band's third release. It's a bold and brash collection of fiery rock tunes with some amazing guitar work. It follows their unbelievably popular 2001 debut Is This It and 2003's equally hyped Room on Fire.

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First Impression of Earth
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The Strokes

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Other People's Lives

Is There Life After Breakfast

  • Artist: Ray Davies
  • Album: Other People's Lives
  • Song: Is There Life After Breakfast

This is the first solo studio album ever for the former Kinks frontman. It's largely inspired by Davies' visit to New Orleans last year, before hurricane Katrina. Davies was mugged and shot in the leg while walking in the French Quarter. With no ill will, Davies says, "I owe as much to music of the Southern states as I do to the British music that inspired me."

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Is There Life After Breakfast
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Other People's Lives
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Ray Davies
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V2 Ada

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The Brave and the Bold

Calvary Cross

  • Artist: Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy
  • Album: The Brave and the Bold
  • Song: Calvary Cross

Tortoise, one of Chicago's most popular art-rock bands, and Bonnie Prince Billy, a lo-fi, folksy singer/songwriter, team up for a collection of curious cover tunes. The ten-song CD includes eclectic interpretations of songs by artists like Hank Williams, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen. The track featured here is by Richard Thompson.

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Calvary Cross
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The Brave and the Bold
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Tortoise, Bonnie Prince Billy
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Overcoat

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Separate Ways

I Should Get Up

  • Artist: Teddy Thompson
  • Album: Separate Ways
  • Song: I Should Get Up

Teddy Thompson is the son of musicians Richard and Linda Thompson. His parents join him on this new CD of folk-rock songs.

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I Should Get Up
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Separate Ways
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In Play

The Island of Woods

  • Artist: Liz Carroll & John Doyle
  • Album: In Play
  • Song: The Island of Woods

Though she's originally from Chicago, Liz Carroll is a master of music from Ireland. A master of the Irish fiddle, she's accompanied here by guitarist John Doyle for a collection of original, new-Irish folk music.

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The Island of Woods
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In Play
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Liz Carroll and John Doyle
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Compass

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Long Walk to Freedom

Homeless

  • Artist: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Album: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Song: Homeless

Ladysmith Black Mambazo first gained an international audience as the vocal group for Paul Simon on the album Graceland. For this album, they celebrate 40 years of freedom songs by collaborating with artists like Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Natalie Merchant.

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Homeless
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Long Walk to Freedom
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Lost Brother & Solitude

Lost Brother

  • Artist: Assif Tsahar
  • Album: Lost Brother & Solitude
  • Song: Lost Brother

Assif Tsahar is an Iraeli-born saxophonist who studied music in New York. A gifted improviser, he's joined on this CD by Cooper-Moore on some homemade instruments and Hamid Drake on percussion.

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These Were the Earlies

One of Us Is Dead

  • Artist: The Earlies
  • Album: These Were the Earlies
  • Song: One of Us Is Dead

This is a collection of EPs by The Earlies. They're an electronic, art rock quartet with half of its members living in Texas and the other half in northern England. They wrote and produced most of these songs by recording each other's parts on digital tape and sharing the recordings with one another.

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One of Us Is Dead
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These Were the Earlies
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The Soft and the Hardcore

Then If I'm Weird I Want to Share

  • Artist: Tender Forever
  • Album: The Soft and the Hardcore
  • Song: Then If I'm Weird I Want to Share

Tender Forever is mostly a one-woman project started by singer Melanie Valera. Originally from France, Valera moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005 where she started Tender Forever and recorded this gorgeous debut with help from Calivn Johnson and Khaela Maricich.

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