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Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson

In an ancillary sense, the author uses the events of Katrina to tell the African American community that they cannot have it both ways. One should not shout 'Amen' when Bill Cosby disses poor black folk yet cry foul when the media refers to African American citizens stranded at the Superdome as 'refugees'.

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tool: 10,000 Days

"Who cares about the music? It looks like Maynard's pointing right at me!"

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Amel Larrieux: Morning

An Ode to Amel Larrieux: on how to follow a masterpiece, why the label "Neo-Soul" must be destroyed, and how to deal in The Twilight Zone, oops, I mean "the music industry".

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Bruce Robison: Eleven Stories

Bruce Robison is one of the best songwriters in country music, which means that he's one of the best songwriters in the world.

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matisyahu: Youth

Youth may not be Matisyahu's second album, but it's still a sophomore slump.

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Cyrus Chestnut: Genuine Chestnut

The Telarc label has been collecting pianists -- Brubeck, Peterson! -- and the sometime Wynton Marsalis alumnus Cyrus Chestnut is another good one.

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Blondie: Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

Listening to all these songs in a row provides a reminder of what a great band Blondie was in its heyday, blessed with well-constructed songs, powerful vocals, concise playing, and great production.

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: Whipped Cream and Other Delights Rewhipped

Herb Alpert and his band possessed a horny genius for performing Latin jazz inflected pop. Here, it's been rewhipped for a younger crowd.

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Storsveit Nix Noltes: Orkideur Hawai

Storsveit Nix Noltes are the sweatiest and most rambunctious non-Bulgarian Bulgarian group around.

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Willy Mason: Where the Humans Eat

Mason's songs hum and thrill with the kind of poetry that gets you labeled 'the next Dylan', but his music is more firmly planted within the folk-blues genre.

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4 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Down in the Valley (2005)

Look out: here comes another revisionist Western.

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4 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Given his track record thus far, it is a safe bet that Paul Pope will satisfy his audience with his final explanation behind the mystery of the 'Bat-man of Gotham'.

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4 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Flaming Lips + The Go! Team

Queens and Fallen Kings: A Royal Evening with the Flaming Lips.

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Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship by Jack Klugman (with Burton Rocks)

In a notable departure from many Hollywood celeb tomes, Klugman eschews any self-aggrandizement to focus on honoring the memory of his best friend while also resisting the temptation to canonize him.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gomez: How We Operate

Yeah, it's a rave review of a Gomez record from Matt Cibula. Big surprise.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mogwai: Mr. Beast

In which Mogwai retain all their charm while still eating you alive.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rammer: Cancer

No life 'til leather, Rammer's gonna kick some ass tonight.

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Joey DeFrancesco: Organic Vibes

Hammond B-3 plus Bobby Hutcherson equals deeply sophisticated groove.

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Joe Satriani: Super Colossal

There is a very good reason why Joe Satriani has a reputation for being one of the best guitarists alive: because it's true.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Smoking Popes: At Metro

The Smoking Popes mark their triumphant return with one pretty fantastic live album. Reunions rarely feel so vital.

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