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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jamie Lidell: Multiply

Snapshot of an artist moving from the white noise of the electro lab to the joyous communal feedback of black music's core.

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	Corey Harris: Daily Bread

Carib-Afro-blues meets ethics on the latest from a... traditionalist?"

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	A Certain Ratio: Live America 1985

A Certain Ratio firmly is one of the pioneering, genre-mixing wave of bands that led the way for the dance-oriented artists of the '80s.

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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Damon Aaron: Ballast

If Ballast consisted of nothing more than Aaron's guitar playing, the album would be a good deal better than it actually is.

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	James Blood Ulmer: Birthright

To hear Ulmer sing so nakedly about sex, race, and religion while playing such dusty music makes for a striking juxtaposition -- and is a strong case for the continued relevance of blues music.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Turin Brakes: JackInABox

Two happy guys surround themselves with all of the materials, but none of the means. Result: a house that collapses under the slightest scrutiny.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Piano Magic: Disaffected

I don't see any daisies sprouting out from this grave.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pale Sunday: Summertime?

Summer breeze make you feel fine? Then settle back in your plastic lawnchair with a caipirinha de tangerina and the new Pale Sundays record. Oh, and the Bill Hicks trench coat mafia need not apply.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Monolake: Polygon Cities

If you aren't already an initiate in the mysteries of minimalist techno, it's hard to get excited about such opaque differentiations.

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	The Forecast: Late Night Conversations

Don't give up on emo just yet, people.

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	Missy Elliott: The Cookbook

Elliott cooks up some tasty hits on her latest release. Now if she could only be more careful with her use of language.

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	Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

Gershwin project adds four distinguished hornmen to Charlap's now long-established trio.

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14 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ron Blake: Sonic Tonic

Production by Me'Shell NdegéOcello doesn't compromise this excellent jazz recording by an eclectic, muscular tenor voice.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Music

A compilation of fine jigs/reels and traditional Irish music making its 70 minutes fly by. And no, they don't even need the Chieftains to drive the point home!"

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13 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Soel: Memento

Coming to a hip café near you: immaculate, edge-free soul-jazz from the people who brought you St. Germain.

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	Sasha: Fundacion / James Zabiella: Renaissance Presents James Zabiella: Utilities

Fundacion and Utilities highlight the changing face of dance music while also serving to remind us -- as if we needed to be reminded -- that all the toys in the world are useless without the kind of discriminating ear that the best DJs bring to the tables.

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13 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Oranges Band: The World and Everything in It

The perfect pop album for the summer -- or any other season, for that matter.

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13 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mudvayne: Lost and Found

Mudvayne's first album in three years arrives just as nu-metal is receiving its last rites, and will only quicken the genre's demise.

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	Various Artists: Marty Thau Presents 2 x 5

Music impresario Marty Thau, known for his associations with Blondie and the New York Dolls, selected five New York bands to record two songs each for release on his Red Star label.

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	The Ying Yang Twins: United States of Atlanta

The Ying Yang Twins are filthy misogynistic geniuses, and their new record is their most derivative and brilliant yet.

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