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17 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Philip Krumm: Formations

This gorgeous little cosmic artefact is a must for all aficionados of '60s avant-garde composition.

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The Dan Band: The Dan Band Live

If you've ever needed to own a CD in which a slightly overweight man belts out "Total Eclipse of the Heart", the Dan Band is for you.

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Frank Popp Ensemble: Touch And Go

Düsseldorf's Frank Popp Ensemble has collected a funky, overwhelmingly fun set of tunes that run from James Bond-style hedonistic danger to disdainful love to boogying down like it's 1969.

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Radioinactive: Soundtrack to a Book

While it doesn't reach the high level of his underground-classic collaboration with AntiMC, Free Kamal, quirky rapper Radioinactive's new album but stands in its own right as a solid (if short) addition to his discography.

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17 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mason Jennings: Boneclouds

Ram Dass may still be alive and lecturing, but thanks to a catchy new song by Mason Jennings, contemporary audiences will begin equating the phrase "Be Here Now" with the Minnesota musical seeker of wisdom.

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Thievery Corporation: Versions

If you find yourself in the market for a record to put on in the background while you chat to your mates, or if you have a particularly awesome sound system that you would like to put through it's paces, then you could do a lot worse than buying this album.

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17 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Violent Femmes

aren't putting on nostalgia shows, so hold all your Rolling Stones comparisons. After all, you can't have nostalgia without an age to pin it on.

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Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream by Florian Keller

Andy Kaufman was not a traditional comedian, actor, or performance artist. He was a silly and many times ominous provocateur, instead.

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16 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kal: Kal

The band vivifies their traditional music with boings and booming echoes, wah-wah pedals, tango, and konakkol singing.

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Mick Moloney: McNally’s Row of Flats (Irish American Songs of Old New York, by Harrigan and Br

As a musician, Moloney opted for catchy tunes with humorous lyrics. While presumably Harrigan and Braham had melancholic and/or cloying tunes about the old country or troubles in the New World, none of them can be found here.

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16 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pink: I’m Not Dead

Who says you can't turn a funeral into a party? Pink says you can. And what Pink says goes.

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Secret Machines: Ten Silver Drops

A huge step for a band destined to make an album of beginning-to-end psychedelic space-rock perfection.

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The BellRays: Have a Little Faith

The BellRays are the band that convince the MC5 they'd have been better off in Memphis.

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Black Sabbath: Greatest Hits 1970-1978

Does Ozzy want a special prize for helping to invent the power ballad? Because I've got a bullet with his name on it right here, if so.

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Jimmy Cobb: Marsalis Music Honors Jimmy Cobb

A solid band pedigree propels this recording to impressive height.

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16 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shoplifting: Body Stories

It brims over with precisely the kind of heartfelt, politically-charged fervor that's far more likely to save rock, or at least to instill a true appreciation of its potential power, than any number of self-indulgently retro-oriented celebrants of traditional excess and irony.

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16 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

PopMatters Event Review

It's the time of year when academics come together to discuss the finer points of pop culture, because, you know, pop really does matter.

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Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyon

It is a book that will pummel your boundaries of acceptability if you don't keep an open mind. But it is an artifact that we, as a culture, should digest and ponder.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Easton: Ammunition

Ammunition was recorded over two years while Easton was satiating his wanderlust, and it feels like life on the road: immediate, restless, and inspired.

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15 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Snow Patrol: Eyes Open

So what has Gary Lightbody decided to do with his newfound clout? Sometimes it's not the album that gets you famous that's the sellout.

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