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16 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jake Shimabukuro: Dragon

The ukulele virtuoso shows why he is a perfect ambassador for the Aloha State to the rest of the world. Now it's time for the Mainland to catch up.

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	Tim Ries: The Rolling Stones Project

Raise your hand if you've been hankering for a set of jazzified Rolling Stones covers.

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	Andrew Pekler: Strings + Feedback

There's 'experimental', and there's 'unlistenable'. And Pekler's tortured electronic sounds are both.

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	George Jones: Hits I Missed… And One I Didn’t

Very strong voice after all these years on very strong covers makes the Possum's latest a very pleasing, enjoyable, repeatable listen.

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16 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Deadly Snakes: Porcella

A soundtrack for both the hungry and the overfed; this is soul food.

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	Clever: Breakbeat Science Exercise 5

A fun, funky and diverse mix, it's also easily one of the best mix CDs of the year.

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	Animal Collective: Feels

Yet another gorgeous album of magic and whimsy from everyone's favorite purveyors of shamanistic pop.

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	APSCI: Thanks For Asking

Prize media beasties amongst the new Quannum litter deliver very little bite to their Philippines/Sydney/Bronx bark. Future promise, but for the moment, mostly mess.

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	Various Artists: Bargrooves Manhattan

The 12th entry in the prog house series for sophisticated ex-clubgoers is smooth, soulful, and a tad bland.

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Richard Thompson: Front Parlour Ballads

No popcorn or peanuts, just a crackerjack album of mostly solo acoustic tunes about people behaving badly.

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	Master P: Greatest Hits - Remix Classics

I like to think of P in the same vein as Ed Wood -- if Ed Wood had been able to trick a major studio into bankrolling and distributing Plan 9 From Outer Space.

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	Rickie Lee Jones: The Duchess of Coolsville: An Anthology

One of the most idiosyncratic and powerful voices in pop sums it all up.

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	Jerry Garcia: The Jerry Garcia Collection Vol.1: Legion of Mary

The fickle line that divides 'Essential Document' from 'Opportunistic Filler Release' is only a shade lighter than that which separates 'True Fan' from 'Layman'. Or in this case, Deadhead from dilettante.

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	Grupo Exterminador: El Hijo de México

Loving the Exterminador.

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13 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Eames Era: Double Dutch

It's a shame kids aren't having as much sex as they used to (i.e. stop listening to music).

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	Danger Doom: The Mouse and the Mask

It will undoubtedly keep the heads of Halo 2 tournament participants bobbing with satisfaction for months to come.

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	Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene

Highly anticipated follow-up to Canadian collective's breakthrough album is an overblown, underdeveloped mess in need of new ideas.

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	Zucchero: Zucchero & Co.

One double tall skinny Italian pop star, no whip, with room.

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12 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Anoushka Shankar: Rise

Gone are the strict raga compositions, tweaked ever-so-slightly; these are songs that use raga bases, and they are filled with as many hooks as drones.

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	Spin Doctors: Nice Talking to Me

The first album from the original Spin Doctors in more than a decade is so cool it should come with it's own winter coat-ah.

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