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Debashish Bhattacharya: Calcutta Slide-Guitar, Vol. 3

Debashish no doubt has the fingers for a lot of things.

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26 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Animal Collective (Featuring Vashti Bunyan): Prospect Hummer

Hardly even a small step in Animal Collective's evolution, Prospect Hummer offers more of the same, only this time with a songbird amongst all the panda bears and rabbits.

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	Various Artists: Once More: Music of Thad Jones

Thad Jones was a singular trumpet master who died prematurely and too little acknowledged as a major composer-arranger. The little big band here is simply as distinguished as any on record.

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	Reel Big Fish: We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy

Reel Big Fish put the final nail in the coffin of their recorded alter ego by reducing them to cinders of irony.

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	Glen Phillips: Winter Pays for Summer

Hook-filled, dependable, and very easy on the ears, courtesy of former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman. Gorgeous artwork, too, by the way.

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Nile: Annihilation of the Wicked

The American death metal masters return with what could be their best album to date.

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25 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Gorillaz: Demon Days

Demon Days surpasses Gorillaz' debut in every conceivable way -- It's not just Damon's Wild Ride anymore.

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25 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Electrelane: Axes

Forget short pop songs with hooks; the ladies of Electrelane find that nothing beats a good, extended groove.

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	Gene Autry: The Essential Gene Autry

Two-disc collection of the singing cowboy's truly essential tracks is a quintessential piece of Americana.

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24 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Shrimp Boat: Speckly

Way underground legends' first vinyl is finally reissued. Test of time applied with mixed results.

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	Starflyer 59: Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice

With album number nine, Jason Martin rights the ship and delivers one of his best collections of wonderfully moody, thoughtful songs. They used to call this 'college rock'.

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	Screaming Trees: Ocean of Confusion: Songs of Screaming Trees 1989-1996

Solid overview of the Pacific Northwest band's definitive years on Epic includes two unreleased tracks.

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	System of a Down: Mezmerize

System of a Down have exceeded expectations, and they're only halfway done.

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	Mannie Fresh: The Mind of Mannie Fresh

Mannie Fresh has a very interesting mind. The word 'interesting' does not always mean something good, but here it does. This shit is bananas.

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	Johnny Maddox: Dixieland Blues

Gutsy stuff, lively and swinging, men who did it 75 years ago did it again 25 years later, jazz of 1929 with novelty ragtime interludes.

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24 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Konks: self-titled

True garage rockers that they are, the Konks more than live up to the standards of Bomp! Records, and the legacy of its founder, the late Greg Shaw.

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	Various Artists: Live at Continental: Best of NYC - Volumes 1 and 2

In a time when rock clubs are failing or being shut down faster than they can be reopened, clubs like the Continental are becoming more and more important. Captured here are 46 songs that provide a snap shot of New York's punk scene circa 1999.

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The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: Love in the Fascist Brothel

San Diego post-punkers redefine the meaning of the word 'full-length' with a 24-minute long player that swaggers, swoons, stomps, and spits its way into becoming one of the finest pieces of hardcore fury you're likely to hear this year.

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	Nobody: And Everything Else…

On which underground West Coast stalwart and Scott Herren compadre Elvin Estella sadly fails to do it better.

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	Marian McPartland and Friends: 85 Candles—Live in New York

This is a splendid and well-planned pair of CDs with a lot of music well worth hearing and more than a few surprises.

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