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	Various Artists: -40: Canadian Propaganda Films of the 1940’s Reworked

The raw materials assembled herein are not merely songs, vocal snippets and video clips, but the very national heritage of Canada itself, spliced and reworked to create new meaning in a new era.

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	The Penetrators: Basement Anthology: 1976-84

Syracuse, NY's 'Kings of Basement Rock' finally get their day in the sun... 20 years late, but better late than never.

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	Megadeth: Greatest Hits: Back to the Start

Dave Mustaine has put together his second career retrospective in five years, but this time, with a little help from his fans.

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28 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Great Lake Swimmers: Great Lake Swimmers

The aural equivalent of a quiet late-summer night spent sitting in the backyard with only a cool breeze, the crickets, and your regrets to keep you company.

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28 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Al Green: Back Up Train

By no means does this brief, half-hour album musically measure up to Green's unparalleled '70s work, but because Green became the artist he did, it's an interesting document nonetheless.

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	June Carter Cash: Keep on the Sunny Side—June Carter Cash: Her Life in Music

Keep on the Sunny Side is the poignant story, told through her own music, of the life of June Carter Cash. No longer playing second fiddle in the shadow of the Man in Black, Cash emerges from the 'ring of fire' as a woman who walked the line between southern traditions and feminist rebellion.

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28 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Beth Nielsen Chapman: Look

The big-ballad songwriter extraordinaire delivers a solo record spanning several styles.

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28 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

Johnny Cash: The Legend

Johnny Cash was a punk, but the best kind of punk. The Legend proves that Cash can show both love and hate, and fear God with equal passion, and do so with honesty, intelligence, integrity, and class.

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28 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Blusom: The Metapolitan

Blusom has created something wholly original on The Metapolitan which simultaneously evokes feelings of joy, loneliness, and just a touch of something dark and weird under the surface.

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	Luke Vibert: Lover’s Acid

Beware of a bad trip -- Lover's Acid is Luke Vibert on autopilot.

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	20 Minute Loop: Yawn + House = Explosion

On 20 Minute Loop's new album, the band imagines what it would be like if the New Pornographers combined forces with Boston.

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27 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	S.E.V.A.: S.E.V.A.

The project is an attempt to approach themes of a self-conscious spiritual nature through the medium of instrumental hip-hop.

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	Settlefish: The Plural of the Choir

Settlefish reach back to the early days of indie rock for inspiration, creating both deja vu and excitement on their sophomore release.

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	Babatunde Olatunji: Circle of Drums

If you're not already a fan of relatively unadorned tribal drumming, large sections of the album may sound repetitive and boring, but ultimately there is nothing on this disc that shames the memory of the great Babatunde Olatunji.

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	The Offspring: Greatest Hits

The Offspring are the latest band to ride the '90s nostalgia wave. But that's okay, because the '90s ruled.

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27 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Bob Mould: Body of Song

This is a good, even very good, Bob Mould album, but it doesn't measure up to masterworks like Copper Blue and Zen Arcade.

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	The Mainliners: Bring on the Sweetlife

Yet another deserving Swedish rock band is forced to beg for attention from indifferent American listeners.

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	Louis Armstrong: Jazz Moods: Hot

A selection of 14 tracks from The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, which is to say a thin slice of one of the sweetest cakes that was ever baked.

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	Wakefield: Which Side Are You On?

Wakefield may create empty pop songs cynically designed to reach modern rock radio, but don't hold that (entirely) against them.

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26 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tosca: J.A.C.

The Viennese G-Stone sound is alive and well, and J.A.C. is a fine example of some of the best downtempo music being made today.

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