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Stella Chiweshe: Double Check

Since the early '90s, Piranha has worked to establish Chiweshe's reputation as the world's premier player of the mbira ... Double Check thoroughly cements that reputation, and even augments it.

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Grandaddy: Just Like the Fambly Cat

What happened to the family cat? I guess that, after a frequently brilliant 14-year career, she realized she was running out of ideas and decided to slink away on her own terms. Cats are like that.

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Various Artists: Compost Black Label Series Vol. 1

LCD Soundsystem, Tiga, Q-Burns Abstract Message, and Ian Pooley all have the right idea: Thumbs up for this groovily eclectic comp from the previously vinyl-only collection.

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9 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

AFX: Chosen Lords

Aphex Twin proves that music can be memorable without hooks or readily identifiable melodies.

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The Stills: Without Feathers

The "Canadian Interpol" significantly changes their sound. Reinventions rarely come as uninspiring as this.

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Michael Coleman and the Delmark All-Stars: Blues Brunch at the Mart

I'm glad I didn't miss this seriously interesting CD. Don't underestimate it.

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American Princes: Less and Less

It's always nice to make new friends. The American Princes let their guard down and kill us with kindness.

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Soledad Brothers: The Hardest Walk

Soledad Brothers are blooming into a great rock and roll band right before our eyes.

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9 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Scott Walker: The Drift

Walker has created a dense nightmare world on The Drift that -- in all its bloody, crawling glory -- is as boldly profound a comment on our times as has emerged so far this century.

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Paul  Shapiro: Its in the Twilight

More electrifying Jewish jazz from John Zorn's imprint, Tzadik.

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8 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley is certifiable.

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Ari Roland: Sketches from a Bassists Album

The gigantic sound of Roland's bass gives this quartet set, classic bebop mostly of his compositions, an individual sound. Chris Byars certainly has one of the most beautiful sounds on tenor today.

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8 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Extra Golden: Ok-Oyot System

There were three reasons why I wanted to love this album...

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The Black Heart Procession: The Spell

For their fifth album, Pall and Tobias seem stuck on Three Mile Autopilot.

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8 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Like Young: Last Secrets

Chicago's the Like Young buries hatchets, sings songs, and sounds fresh, pulling away from the stripped garage sound and heading into a thicker, more complicated version of the future.

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Elvis Costello/The Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue

Costello's latest non-rock excursion finds him fronting a 52-piece jazz orchestra at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival.

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8 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

NOMO: New Tones

Heady band encourages dancing and contemplation in measures that aren't quite equal, and that's a good thing.

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Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno: Starless and Bible Black Sabbath

This damaging riff-quake from Japan's premier freak-rock collective may very well be the sound Woody Allen had in mind when he coined the phrase "maximum heaviosity".

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The Veronicas: The Secret Life of the Veronicas

Sure, the potential is there, but so's all the fluff.

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Neil Young: Living With War

Neil Young may not have been born in the USA, but on Living With War he sounds born to run.

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