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	Matt Pond PA: Several Arrows Later

A middle of the road batch of well-constructed pop songs that will disappear in a puff of musical notes seconds after they're played.

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	Johnny Society: Coming to Get You

A CD that sounds like bar band classic rock. Only it ain't classic, and the rocking ability is hidden under labored lyrics.

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	Nachito Herrera: Bembé en Mi Casa

Herrera played Rachmaninov in his native Cuba, and these days he plays virtuoso Cuban in his adopted Minnesota. Omnivorous, over-versatile, on occasion overbearing -- with plush booklet on the overdone side.

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	Karl Broadie: Nowhere, Now Here

Far removed from his Down Under homeland of beer, footy, and Vegemite, Karl Broadie has actually crafted one of the finer examples of Americana of the past few years.

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	Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno: Iao Chant from the Cosmic Inferno

For those uninitiated into the world of these prolific Japanese space-rockers, Iao Chant... is as decent a place as any to start; but if you proceed, do so with incredible caution.

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	Various Artists: Freude-Am-Tanzen: Compilation 1

Freude-Am-Tanzen represents a slightly more pop-oriented application of the same minimal techno aesthetic that made Kompakt so succesful.

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	Snowglobe: Doing the Distance

Indulge your inner child and satisfy your outer adult with Snowglobe's ever-shifting pop rock.

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17 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Speedy: Nueva Generación

Is Speedy the greatest talent in reggaetón? No; that would probably be Daddy Yankee or Tego Calderón. But neither of those two have

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	The Life and Times: Suburban Hymns

This is what real 'alternative music' sounds like.

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	Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged

Feminem? M.I.A. in a cheeky kinda way? Ch-ching go the banks, but S-O-V gets the last laugh. All told in a letter from one concerned Blahberian.

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	Jens Lekman: Oh, You’re So Silent Jens

The latest collection of previously released songs by the prodigious Swede features some of his best material so far.

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	Davy Graham: Large As Life and Twice As Natural

A masterwork of psychedelic English folk music from the '60s has been handsomely reissued.

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	Amusement Parks on Fire: Amusement Parks on Fire

Having heard this album, you might be tempted to give the guy responsible a million dollars. 'Nuff said.

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17 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	AZ: A.W.O.L.

AZ is a ninja-Zorro-pirate-samurai-Neo-Tony Montana-Shaft-ass mofo on the mic, for serious!"

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	Various Artists: Fusion For Miles: A Guitar Tribute

I would not have thought that later Miles could ever be turned into Muzak -- that isn't exactly what happened here, but it comes frighteningly close in places.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Xiu Xiu: Life and Live

Xiu Xiu flourishes as it wades through layers of childish cries with unabashedly candid mutterings and confrontational arrangements.

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	Teddy Wilson: Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz

Musical father to hundreds of jazz pianists; once truly great, very prominent figure in breaking down the public color bar; Teddy Wilson became another, lesser pianist from whom only circumstances like this brought anything special.

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	Josh Kelley: Almost Honest

Josh Kelley takes the best of some polished pop bands like Maroon 5, but brings it into the realm of Marc Cohn and Chris Isaak at times.

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	The Everybodyfields: Plague of Dreams

Close your eyes, and Quinn and Andrews' keening, close harmonies will transport you to the late 1940s, to that blissful world of battery radios before the Nashville Sound came and sanded the edges off country music.

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	Digable Planets: Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles

Greatest hits and a few remixes and oddities from the hippie-hop trio that briefly defined a brand of kinder, gentler rap.

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