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14 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cave In: Perfect Pitch Black

A band loses its underground fans, gets rejected by the mainstream, and makes the best album of its career.

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	The Boat People: yesyesyesyesyes

This Brisbane band has got the non-pretentious, upward-looking pure guitar pop thing down; the gentle wit, the optimistic, floating melodies, but without the jangly edge of The Shins.

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	Various Artists: Love Peace and Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music

Turkish folk meshes with American rock and out comes offbeat, psychedelic pop.

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13 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Enrico Rava: Tati

This album is also cool. Not like 'hey daddy-o let's go to your hipster hootenanny' cool, but cool like gelato, cool like Marcello Mastroianni.

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13 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	O.C.: Smoke & Mirrors

Incessently rhyming about how "complicated" you are can be dangerous, but O.C. eventually backs up his claim.

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13 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Killa Kela: Elocution

The esteemed British beatboxer takes on songwriting, singing, and rapping -- and winds up with his very own Graffiti Bridge.

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	The Darkness: One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back

Simply put, rock and roll don't get no realer as we hit the home stretch of the new millennium's first decade.

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13 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Drums & Tuba: Battles Ole

Drums & Tuba do not always hit the mark on Battles Ole, but they produce some arresting moments, and they seldom fail to be interesting.

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13 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Chap: Ham

Group of intellectual reprobate Brit pranksters proffer a sophomore album that values everything, is sweetly sad, rocks stoopid hard, and holds nothing sacred. Get your Ham on!"

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	Various Artists: Crunk Hits

Crunk Hits offers up an exploration of the crunk music enigma, whatever it is.

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	Denny Zeitlin: Solo Voyage

The sense of liberty and simplicity, bluesiness on an un-bluesy instrument, I find captivating, right to the pedal note on neo-melodica.

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	Shakira: Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

Shakira is the truth, people, and she's proven it twice over in 2005. She's made the best pop album of the year.

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	New Sense: Flowers Before Hours

Put all of those Postal Service comparisons to rest. Seriously. Though it has only been two years since New Sense’s self-titled E.P., which

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	Joe McBride: Texas Hold ‘Em

I wanted to like this record, on the basis that Joe McBride seems like a pretty good guy, and the other basis that not many

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12 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Reba McEntire: #1’s

Reba is divinity unmatched. Even if this hits collection is entirely superfluous.

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	Clapan: 21st Century Lullaby

21st Century Lullaby is what happens when the Aphex Twin sound is coupled with inspiration from a young boy.

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	The Whigs: Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip

On their impressive self-released debut, Athens, Georgia's The Whigs shed the 'local bar band' tag for good.

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	Mercedes Sosa: Corazón Libre

Can we give this woman some love, please?"

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11 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Oranger: New Comes and Goes

Oranger wants to be a constant, a monolith of rock 'n' roll that shows its contemporaries there is a zone of comfort and consistency that does not require boredom or downsizing.

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	Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Sameness of Difference

A hip and happenin' new-style jazz trio covers the (newly) usual indie-folk: Bjork, Brian Wilson, The Flaming Lips. In a word: Eh.

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