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1 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ray LaMontagne: Trouble

Alright, it came out a year ago, but hey, on his debut, this young singer-songwriter evokes the gritty vocals and beautiful accompaniment of Van Morrison.

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	The Hope Blister: Underarms / Sideways

Previously net-only release, plus a new 'reinterpretation', tries to keep the This Mortal Coil / 4AD torch alive. It just barely succeeds.

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	Tommy Dorsey: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection

A comprehensive selection from an American pop music superstar, sometime 1920s jazzman (better jazzman on trumpet, nonpareil instrumentalist on trombone).

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	Various Artists: I Heard It on NPR - One World Many Voices

An interesting assortment of hits and misses from public radio.

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	Ticonderoga: The Heilig-Levine LP

Don't be fooled, on occasion Ticonderoga sounds like a rock band, but it's not. I don't know quite what it is, but it's not a rock band.

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30 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Skygreen Leopards: Jehovah Surrender

A jungle of sounds and nature's call colliding in six cinematic songs most fully appreciated in their immediate environs.

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30 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bobo Stenson: Goodbye

A modern master of jazz piano plays against the ECM clichés to create another in a series of deep trio albums, this time with Paul Motian on drums.

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	The Rakes: Capture/Release / Retreat [EP]

The Rakes' pub crawl soundtrack on the Capture/Release UK album and the Retreat US EP reveal the 'it' band hype is somewhat unfounded.

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	The Paddingtons: First Comes First

If you found this Paddington in a British train station with a polite tag attached to it, you would probably decide to leave it rather than accept it into your quaint home.

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	LD & the New Criticism: Tragic Realism

If a cathartic set of silly breakup anthems that usually result in the death of one or more parties sounds like your cup of tea, LD is here to help.

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	Bloody Hollies: If Footmen Tire You…

They plug in their guitars, take a handful of time-tested garage, surf, and blues riffs and proceed to blow out the speakers for 30 glorious minutes.

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	Various Artists: Back Against the Wall

Ultimately, reproducing an icon like The Wall is a no-win situation: Perform the songs spot-on, and you lack creativity. Monkey with the material and you infuriate the faithful.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Cat Stevens: Gold

Stevens was once of the biggest, most beloved musical stars in the world. Gold, a new two-disc compilation of his work is a useful reminder of why that was.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

The Americana/jazz violinist performs a perfect dozen miniatures with a perfectly modulated chamber septet.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Slipknot: 9.0 Live

The world's angriest band gets the double live treatment, with very intense results.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jan Jelinek: Kosmischer Pitch

Tired of cold, repressed minimalism? Step into a lush album where sounds might not be what they seem.

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	The Joggers: With a Cape and a Cane

The latest from the Joggers stands as the epitome of indie, which somehow renders it inessential.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Fall: Fall Heads Roll

Punk's last lone standing band of any repute returns with an infectious record that secures their certain doom.

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	Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (Special 25th Anniversary Edition)

So maybe Jello Biafra wants nothing to do with this release -- his presence is still felt, all over this newest version of the classic, brilliant, first Dead Kennedys album. Accept no imitations.

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28 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Texas: Red Book

Almost 20 years on, Texas is still the best pop band American hasn't discovered.

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