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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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Marshall Chapman: Mellowicious!

A self-proclaimed tall girl who looks to the heavens and sees stars, Chapman writes songs that sound as natural as a conversation with a friend.

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4 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Juana Molina: Son

The sun is warm and we're both intelligent people. Let's have some fun.

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The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

Daniel Johnston's extensive self-documentation is sometimes eerie, as The Devil and Daniel Johnston has an abundance of material from which to cull its storyline.

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3 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

HorrorPops

are like Blondie in the Cramps' lipstick. In other words, they're hell's perfect party band.

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Mohr by Frederick Reuss

The strength of Reuss's writing is more in his observations, the way he builds emotions out of little details like the objects in the clutter of a room or the way a certain person moves.

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