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	Wilco: Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Auteur theorists beware: Wilco leaves the studio behind in an attempt to just plain rock you.

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	Gerald Wilson: In My Time

Gerald Wilson's second CD with his new New York recording big band -- starry veterans supporting stunning juniors -- demonstrates what a considerable jazzman he still is; and was for all those decades of doing other things too.

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	Ivan Smagghe: Fabric 23

Frozen synths, hot sweat and digital disco drugs in the mix of the year so far from the gallic Darth Vader of electro; a daddy not afraid to scare his children...

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14 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Pilotdrift: Water Sphere

If you find the Flaming Lips too conservative for your tastes, you may have found your new favorite band.

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	P.J. Olsson: Beautifully Insane

Another quirky yet appealing album that makes you think that being in a haze isn't so bad at times.

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	John Lennon: Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon

John Lennon may not be a true 'working class hero', but he is still a heroic figure, nevertheless.

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	Kid Icarus: The Metal West

The Metal West is notable mostly for its creator's chosen band name, which is far from enough to justify its existence.

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	Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Summer in the Southeast

Will the real Will Oldham please stand up?"

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Bill Withers: Just As I Am [DualDisc]

A 'dualdisc' version of Bill Withers' first album -- a folk-soul fusion that reminds us what the '70s were really good for.

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	Joy Lynn White: One More Time

What a joy! A strong female voice brings back California style country rock as if the '70s were here again.

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	Little Plastic Pilots: Little Plastic Pilots

Little Plastic Pilots treads the line between pleasant and boring just a little too closely.

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	Mike Ladd: Father Divine

Infesticon, Nostalgiagator, poet, MC and producer goes semi-conceptual and ends up between destinations. He's still smart and funky, but it's not really enough.

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	Richie Hawtin: DE9: Transitions

Hawtin has not only produced one of the most singularly fascinating albums of the year, but taken the very concept of a mixed CD into unprecedented territory.

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	Cuizinier: Pour le Filles: Street Tape Vol. 01

Nothing else this year integrates more types of music, both smoothly and not-so-smoothly, than Pour les Filles does.

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	Terry Bozzio & Metropole Orkest: Chamber Works

A solid yet challenging album from a drummer who's managed to pack a lot of experience into his years.

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13 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ashton Allen: Dewdrops

Pleasant, lazy pop music with not enough specifics and too many tried and trues. Beware, or Ashton Allen will steal your girlfriend.

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10 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

Sunn O))): Black One

Doom greats Sunn O))) and their collaborator Oren Ambarchi provide us with two wildly disparate, yet similarly abstract examples of ambient/drone music.

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	The Del McCoury Band: The Company We Keep

Because there's nothing wrong with a divebombing mandolin run followed by a short sharp shock of fiddle, double-quick switchbacks and turnarounds at the last second, shifts in tempo that you don't see coming until it's just too late.

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	Maria Muldaur: Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul

Maria Muldaur has put her camels to bed and taken your hand off her leg. She's always had the blues, and she's singing 'em better than ever.

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	Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Absencen

Absencen is free from the qualities that would allow its music to be summed up in one sentence, or a genre name.

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