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The Beatles The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 (Capitol) – Four disc collection of the American versions of the early albums (The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, Help and Rubber Soul) in both stereo and mono. A tempting purchase, but unless you’re a completist it’s tough to justify.

Built to Spill You in Reverse (Warner Bros.) – There aren’t any big surprises on the Boise, indie rockers’ sixth studio album. They still have long songs, strong guitar playing and melancholy lyrics. Long time producer Phil Ek didn’t work on it, so some critics are picking up on a “rougher sound.” They’re appearing live at the Troubadour from 6/28-7/1. No free downloads, but you can listen to tracks on the band’s site.

Calexico Garden Ruin (Quarterstick) – Critics are giving it mixed reviews, with most saying it’s unfortunately a more traditional sounding alt-country record devoid of Calexico's signature flourishes. Listen to CruelHEREat their label’s site.

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Future Pigeon The Echodelic Sounds of (Record Collection) – The second album from LA’s best punk-dub band. You might recognize some of the band from the Echo’s Dub Club and/or the band Wiskey Biscuit. Yes that is LA artist Ed Ruscha’s son in the band. They’re appearing live at the Echo on 4/16 and Sea Level Records on 4/22. You can hear some tracks at their MYSPACE page.

LL Cool J Todd Smith (Def Jam) – Tons of guest spots: J Lo, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Ginuwine and a bunch of others. It's not the worst thing you'll hear this year.

Other releases: Eagles of Death Metal Death by Sexy (Downtown), Pretty Girls Make Graves Elan Vital (Matador), Peter Walker Young Gravity (Dangerbird), Imaad Wasif Imaad Wasif (Kill Rock Stars)