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Who lives in a house like this? There's dirty laundry all over the floor, piles of records strewn around, life drawings hanging in the bathroom and war medals displayed on the walls. Why, it's Pete Doherty, of course, the free-spirited scamp. In a video recorded for NME's website, the 33-year-old musician gives viewers a tour of his cramped Paris apartment.

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Album: Phantom Limb, The Pines (Naim Edge)

Four years on from their excellent debut album, Phantom Limb have refined their sound further to more clearly occupy the kind of country-soul territory once inhabited by the likes of Dobie Gray and The Staple Singers.

Album: White Denim, Last Day Of Summer (Downtown)

Before recording this year's acclaimed album D, the prolific White Denim snuck into drummer Josh Block's home studio one last time to initiate second guitarist Austin Jenkins into the band.

Album: Ryan Adams, Ashes & Fire (Columbia)

Ryan Adams's career continues to meander through a doldrums sharply at odds with the verve exhibited on his early Heartbreaker and Gold albums.

Album: The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time (Rounder)

It is spectacular bad timing, now that such as Jonathan Wilson, Dawes and Kalli are spearheading a full Laurel Canyon country-rock revival, for The Jayhawks to release their most insipid, uninspired album in years.

Album: Kalli, Last Train Home (One Little Indian)

The lure of Laurel Canyon stretches far and wide – to Iceland in Karl "Kalli" Henry's case, though he actually travelled to Nashville to record Last Train Home, surmising that top sessioners like Buddy Spicher, Hargus "Pig" Robbins and "Gentleman" Lloyd Green were best equipped to realise his country-rock dream.

Album: Neil Young International Harvesters, A Treasure (Reprise)

Featuring concert recordings from his 1984-5 tour, this shows that even while his studio releases were adrift in genre-hopping chaos, Neil Young could always cut the mustard with a crack band behind him – in this case, a star-studded country ensemble of Spooner Oldham on piano, Ben Keith on pedal steel, and the fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux adding a cajun drive.

Album: White Denim, 'D' (Downtown)

White Denim continue to expand in unexpected directions.

Album: Meat Puppets, Lollipop (Megaforce)

Lollipop is the best Meat Puppets album since the halcyon days of Up on the Sun and Mirage, full of scudding lysergic country-rock grooves bound in twisting skeins of dervish lead guitar.

Album: Various artists, Delta Swamp Rock (Soul Jazz Records)

If the country-rock-soul of Alabama has held its place in the hearts of UK music lovers for decades, it is largely thanks to The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Album: Steve Earle, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West)

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