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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Memphis Bleek: 534

Don't even try, snarky listener.

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	Madagascar: Forced March

Mostly instrumental compositions drawn from everything from chamber music to Yiddish folk, this debut is a gorgeous surprise.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hater: The 2nd

For God's sake, let sleeping dogs lie. The 2nd is a bunch of 10-year-old demos that we're supposed to treat like an album. Right.

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	Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South: Live at the 40 Watt [DVD]

With five superb studio albums behind them, the Drive-By Truckers have emerged as one of the finest American rock bands of the past decade, as

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Departure: Dirty Words

In an era of bands obsessed with the glassy disembodiment of Joy Division, the Departure are the first band to nail Curtis's alien menace, to wipe away the last identifiable traces of the human artist.

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	Charanga Cakewalk: Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge

'Mexicanos' is this album in a nutshell. Ramos takes a basic cheesy polka beat and keeps loading elements on top of it to see what will happen.

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Ever get arrested for your art? These Czechs did, over and over again. Now they're older, out of jail, and friends with Madeline Albright. Funny how that works...

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14 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lost

This is a story about human beings who were, in some way, lost well before they boarded their flight.

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14 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith

Smith has clearly harboured a fascination with the moon landings since childhood and has translated this enthusiasm into a grown up project, properly researched and examined with the sober eye of adulthood.

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Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Collector’s Edition) (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.

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	Various Artists: The Sexual Life of the Savages: Underground Post-Punk from São Paulo, Brazil

As with nearly any compilation, there are a few bands that were mercifully limited to one track, but that doesn't make the collection any less vital to anyone who's interested in Brazilian music or post-punk in general.

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	Various Artists: Elko! A Cowboy’s Gathering

Every January, for the last 21 years in a row, a whole bunch of people converge in Elko, Nevada, for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. You

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	Bill Laswell / Various Artists: Trojan Dub Massive Chapters One & Two

Thundering dub + space-rocker Bill Laswell = Spacey, even more thundering dub. Should you care?"

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	KaS Product: Try Out [Remastered]

Meet KaS Product, an obscure French new wave band of the '80s that combined cocktail jazz and bargain basement electronica. No, it doesn't make much more sense 20 years later.

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	The Coral: The Invisible Invasion

Already on their fourth album, this British septet trades in sea chanties and craziness for consistency.

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	Marcia Ball: Live! Down the Road

An over-glossy sound makes this first-ever live album of Gator music and blues a bit distant, but the piano chops and down-home vocals shine through.

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	Buckwheat Zydeco: Jackpot!

Oh mon dieu! Les roi de zydeco est... sorry, Buckwheat Zydeco's first album in eight years is a tad tamer and Hammond organ heavier than usual but still filled with the accordion-tinged blues found in Cajun bayous everywhere.

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13 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

's intrigue stems from the impossibility of determining how seriously they take themselves. You want to laugh at them, but you're never sure if the joke is really on you.

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13 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Family Guy / American Dad

The timetable for studio animation is slow, which means that American Dad's political jokes are dated as soon as they're written.

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Godlike by Richard Hell

The overall affect is the same as if your best friend called one day and said, 'An elephant walked into my apartment today and to get it out I had to beat up a rabbi,' and then hung up.

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