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	Cuizinier: Pour le Filles: Street Tape Vol. 01

Nothing else this year integrates more types of music, both smoothly and not-so-smoothly, than Pour les Filles does.

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	Terry Bozzio & Metropole Orkest: Chamber Works

A solid yet challenging album from a drummer who's managed to pack a lot of experience into his years.

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13 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ashton Allen: Dewdrops

Pleasant, lazy pop music with not enough specifics and too many tried and trues. Beware, or Ashton Allen will steal your girlfriend.

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10 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

Sunn O))): Black One

Doom greats Sunn O))) and their collaborator Oren Ambarchi provide us with two wildly disparate, yet similarly abstract examples of ambient/drone music.

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	The Del McCoury Band: The Company We Keep

Because there's nothing wrong with a divebombing mandolin run followed by a short sharp shock of fiddle, double-quick switchbacks and turnarounds at the last second, shifts in tempo that you don't see coming until it's just too late.

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	Maria Muldaur: Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul

Maria Muldaur has put her camels to bed and taken your hand off her leg. She's always had the blues, and she's singing 'em better than ever.

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	Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Absencen

Absencen is free from the qualities that would allow its music to be summed up in one sentence, or a genre name.

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	Heathen Shame: Speed the Parting Guest

Horrifying, terrifying, revolting doesn't even begin to describe this pile of shit. Heathen Shame is really a shame.

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10 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Buddy Holly: Gold

It's probably impossible to overstate Buddy Holly's importance.

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	Jamie Cullum: Catching Tales

British Boy Wonder of Kinda-Jazz Delivers a deeply ambiguous sophomore set.

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	Comet Gain: City Fallen Leaves

Decidedly hip, knowing, British indie pop... yawn.

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	Hank Williams: Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection

It attempts to wrestle Williams' body of work into manageable chunks, to show that this wasn't a guy who just churned out country songs indiscriminately, but an artist who documented the major facets of his life.

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9 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tom Vek: We Have Sound

A front-loaded but funky frolic makes for one hell of a debut with an impressive lack of lulls and lows.

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	JamisonParker: Sleepwalker

'All manner of gorgeous sounds'? Or just plain unfocused?"

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9 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Kip Hanrahan: Pinero

Much as Kip Hanrahan wants you to know about Miguel Pinero and even roots and proper purposes of rap, you could postpone finding out till you'd heard this fine music. Needs no further reference but might inspire it.

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	Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip-Hop Violinist

It's a Miri Ben-Ari album because she wrote and arranged the strings and plays violin on it, but at the end of the day it is simply an excellent hip-hop mix-tape.

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	Apollo Sunshine: Apollo Sunshine

Inventive musical chameleons continue to mutate, flipping from psych-pop to Southern rock band with their usual reckless abandon, and refusing to sit still long enough to be labeled.

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	Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock and Roll

As long as there are young Brits with amplified guitars slung around their shoulders, there will always be the odd few who come off as cheeky arseholes. And, bless 'em, Art Brut are the latest.

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9 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Aphrodite: Overdrive

There's not a lot of variety to be found on Overdrive, but that's hardly a problem if all you're looking for is a shot of pure adrenaline.

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	Various Artists: Jamie Oldaker’s Mad Dogs & Okies

A celebration of Oklahoma's country blues musical heritage.

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