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6 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Skalpel: Konfusion

Many electronic artists work in the gray areas separating jazz from hip-hop and electronic music, but few do so as effectively, or should I say invisibly, as Skalpel.

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6 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Statistics: Often Lie

A solid, yet somewhat innocuous outing from Desaparecidos cofounder Denver Dalley.

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	Popstar Assassins: Moderne

The determination and dreams of DIY bands are alluring, but indie rock will eat itself.

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	Dave Liebman, Steve Smith, Eydin Esen, Anthony Jackson: Flashpoint

Fusion forward -- Dave Liebman fronts a musical version of That '70s Show.

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	Talib Kweli: Right About Now

Right About Now is Kweli's attempt to free himself from the burden of expectations, and just make music.

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	Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom: The Days of Mars

Strip away all the fun from LCD Soundsytem, extricate the funk from The Juan Maclean, put Black Dice on downers, and what's left? DFA's most leftfield manifestation yet.

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6 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Beck: Guerolito

Rock's resident chameleon has his latest album remixed by the likes of Air, Diplo, Boards of Canada, and the Beastie Boys' Adrock.

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	Various Artists: Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar

Touted as a reference work, it's nearly complete as a list of names, and some samples from unknowns might inspire Amazonian voyages. But can four CDs manage everything this set claims to be?"

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	Various Artists: Only in Canada, EH: 77-81

Not all Canadian kids listened to Rush during the late 1970s, as this superb anthology of Canadian punk rock proves.

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5 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Craig Wedren: Lapland

The Shudder to Think and Baby front-man makes a sterling, songful solo debut.

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5 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ernest Ranglin: Surfin’

This album, in a fair world, would re-establish Ernest Ranglin on an international stage.

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	Messer Chups: Crazy Price

Feel like an album that's good in parts and leaves you scratching your head in others? Then this one, my friend, is for you.

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	Halloween, Alaska: Too Tall to Hide

Humble Minneapolis schmoes land on The O.C., add a final nail to the indie rock coffin.

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5 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Clor: Clor

Yet another British indie band that's cooler than you. Proof that four great synth-spiked songs can make seven not-so-great ones go down a lot easier.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Back to Black

What is the sound of blackness? Part of the answer can be found in these obscure titles from the era when black was proud and spoke its name out loud.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Speech: The Vagabond

This is the sort of music -- pleasant, inoffensive, strangely nostalgic -- that you won't mind hearing piped over the sound system in your favorite coffee chain shop.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nelly: Sweatsuit

Nelly cuts the fat from last year's bloated double disc set, and somehow ends up with something almost as bad.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Lucy Show: Mania

Ever heard of 1980s band the Lucy Show? Me neither. Isn't that refreshing?"

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	Javon Jackson: Have You Heard

A jazz saxophonist wearing his funky party clothes, featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith's organ, but a forced good time.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Audion: Suckfish

This is hard, pounding music designed to accompany activities that are traditionally associated with hard pounding.

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