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	I Am Kloot: Gods and Monsters

I Am Kloot is a good band, and Bramwell has the skills at the page/keyboard /mic/whatever to put together a classic. It doesn't exist yet.

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16 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Paul Brown: The City

A package hackneyed Smoove clichés, Mr. Brown's sophomore release is just the thing for all you cognac-smooth, French wine collectin', high stakes poker playin', condo livin' cats out there.

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16 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Art Blakey: Drum Suite

Blakey's Afrobeat-inspiring excursion: Thrilling percussion meets irresistible hard bop. And that's just the beginning.

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15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Vanity Project: The Vanity Project

Has someone already used the joke, 'Vanity, thy name is Steven Page?' They have? Oh, well.

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	Shantel: Bucovina Club Vol. 2

I find it remarkably difficult to judge whether or not this album is an exercise in crackpot genre-bending or legitimately visionary postmodernism.

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	SFJazz Collective: SFJazz Collective

Let it be clear that this is no jazz equivalent of the Wu-Tang Clan, coming together like Voltron to rescue the music from its infinitesimal market share.

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15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: Countryman

Nelson can't be faulted for the effort, and there are some good songs, but the 'regguntry' mix sadly is a hit and miss affair.

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	Ahmad Jamal: The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

These are the early sides that turned Miles Davis into a lifelong fan of this swinging, elegant pianist.

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	Idlewild: Warnings/Promises

The normally exuberant Scottish band have toned things down, with mixed results.

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	Ezekiel Honig & Morgan Packard: Early Morning Migration

Quintessential iPod music -- a soothing album that's not afraid to be quiet.

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: American Folk

This pleasant ramble through the contemporary singer-songwriter world isn't essential, but it's pretty folking good.

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	Waco Brothers: Freedom and Weep

Freedom and Weep is, in the best sense of the phrase, more of the same from the alt-country's elder statesmen.

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	Steel Train: Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Sun

Sophomore album from roots-meets-jam band has some fine songs but rarely maintains this momentum.

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	Son Volt: A Retrospective: 1995-2000

A look back at why Son Volt was so essential at one time, and a bit of insight into why Jay Farrar has not been since their parting.

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14 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here

Listen Here is adventurous without being pretentious, reckless but still controlled, both fun and challenging.

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	Holopaw: Quit +/Or Fight

A quick fix of shimmery weirdness for Florida's second-most famous kinda-folk band recorded for a label on the opposite end of the lower 48, and a sophomore release that trumps the debut.

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	The Hotel Alexis: The Shining Example Is Lying on the Floor

Hoteliers make a nice bed, but I'm not sure I can stay in it all night.

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14 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Armando: Trax Classix

Long-unrecognized Chicago acid house pioneer finally gets his due.

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	Various Artists: Rockin’ the Spirit: Piano Blues, Boogie and Spirituals

Despite some inaccuracies in the marketing of this live date, the music contained within is sure to please any fan of jazz piano.

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	Various Artists: Thai Beat A Go-Go, Volume 3

The Thai Beat A Go-Go has reached its third and final installment, but continues to deliver the finest twists on the American pop formula from Siam.

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