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	Prefuse 73: Surrounded by Silence

Prefuse 73 loses the magical touch, filling out this album's incoherent and gaping holes with guest appearances.

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	Oxford Collapse: A Good Ground

Starting off badly but correcting itself quickly makes Oxford Collapse's new album a great leap from last go-round.

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	Lali Puna: I Thought I Was Over That

A pick'n'mix B-sides compilation that's more miss than hit, best in small rocking doses but served in a sprawled daze. Essentially non-essential.

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	Sara Lazarus: Give Me the Simple Life

American ex-pat jazz singer releases her first disc since winning the Monk award a decade ago.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Waldemar Bastos: Renascence

Angolan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Brazilian music. This, of course, makes Waldemar Bastos' new album the most listenable music of the year.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pat Benatar: Greatest Hits

Benatar was one of the first pop singers as famous for how she looked as how she sounded, and thus was instrumental for cluing the music industry in to how image alone could sell records.

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	Badfinger: Live: Day After Day

Reissue of the disputed 'live' document from the troubled, tragic, and sometimes magnificent '70s band.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Aquabats!: Charge!!

Much has changed in the ensuing six years for our Champions of Justice! The great eldritch Nuclear Ska Force that previously empowered their greatest weapons has been supplanted by an obeisance to the Great Lord of Pop-Punk!!!"

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It's wonderful to abandon all critical pretenses and to just go dementedly native and these guys are eye candy with enough skill to tear shit up. Adore them with me, please.

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Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season

Despite his muscle-headed tendencies, it's hard not to love Tim Taylor.

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Conker: Live & Reloaded

Instead of adding to the industry, Rare is now subtracting from it, choosing to capitalize on earlier success in lieu of solidifying future achievements and ushering in new gameplay experiences.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Silence Living in Houses by Esther Morgan

These poems are like my football hero Art Monk: they go about their job with a sense of dignity and devotion, without much flash, simply doing the job really, really well.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Island (2005)

Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson run around in an efficiently digitized near-future scary-scape, occasionally propelled by ethical questions about cloning.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Like most any pimp and smalltime dealer (at least those in the movies), DJay thinks he's got it down.

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Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (2005)

Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bad News Bears (2005)

Morris Buttermaker's (Billy Bob Thornton) efforts to 'get down' with his token black player lead to slogany appreciation for the struggle ('Don't trust whitey') and the requisite 'the shizzle'.

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	Various Artists: Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

Is it rolling? More like a dull unfurling.

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	Various Artists: Elektronische Musik - Interkontinental 4

Somewhere along the way, techno got skinny. Things were lush, then they got small. This is pan-European unity, microhouse-style.

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	Luke Temple: Hold a Match for a Gasoline World

One part Jeff Buckley, one part Neil Young, and one part Wayne Coyne, Luke Temple is responsible for the surprise of the year thus far.

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	Studio Pankow: Linienbusse

Teuton techno trio take six years to make improv record named after bus schedules. Unsurprisingly, it's not turbo-charged- but it was worth the wait.

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