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	Vast Aire and Mighty Mi: The Best Damn Rap Show

They get equal billing, but Mighty Mi is the star of this rap show.

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12 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Torche: Torche

On their fiery debut album, Miami's Torche explore the sunnier side of stoner rock.

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	Erin McKeown: We Will Become Like Birds

If this is a breakup record, it works hard to avoid all the pitfalls and clichés that have come to define the sonic diary-on-wax.

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12 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mahjongg: RaYDONcoNG

I rike za Aye-teez! Puh-lease...

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	Mumps: How I Saved the World

How I Saved the World, the latest Mumps compilation, is one more for the retro fetishists. Mumps were one of the more obscure bands that

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	John Hiatt: Master of Disaster

John Hiatt goes to Memphis with mixed results. Producer Jim Dickinson knows how to build a groove, but sometimes it grows into a deep rut.

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	The Doleful Lions: Shaded Lodge and Mausoleum

The Doleful Lions are obsessed with Satan, warriors, knights, kings, and ghosts. And they make it all sound so innocent and dreamy...

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	Chet Baker: Jazz Moods: Cool

One masterpiece with Gerry Mulligan and one interesting yet not fully realized arrangement with Jim Hall and Paul Desmond. Otherwise, the too exclusively emphasized musical side of Baker at the too low level associated with CTI recordings.

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	Backstreet Boys: Never Gone

Backstreet's back, with sleeker suits and more ridiculous hats.

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	Various Artists: Planet of the Popboomerang, Vol. 2

Roughly 150 minutes, 46 Songs, roughly 40 bands, two discs, one label. Pure pop fanatics rejoice. Friends, Australians, Pop music-trymen, lend us your ears.

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	The Rumours: We Are Happy

Like most young bands, the Rumours stand a bit too close to their influences. This, however, is easy to forgive when you consider the quality of their songs.

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	The Peppermints: Jesus Chryst

This Animal Collective sponsored spazz-rock band goes out of its way to make the Collective seem downright mundane.

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	Primordial: The Gathering Wilderness

The new album by Ireland's Primordial packs an emotional punch we rarely hear in metal today.

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11 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kaskade: House of Om

San Francisco deep house meets New York big club mentality; much flange and reverb ensues.

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	Felt: Felt, Vol. 2:  A Tribute to Lisa Bonet

Hey, maybe Slug and Murs can pull Lisa Bonet from obscurity into the public consciousness. Probably not, but anything's worth a try.

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	Joey Beltram: Trax Classix

A powerful time capsule from the dawn of hardcore techno. Headphone listeners need not apply.

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11 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Boy Robot: Rotten Cocktails

Boy Robot seems stranded between the heavy computerized punch of Daft Punk and the melancholy of Boards of Canada, with a good bit of Autechre's mechanistic precision thrown in for good measure.

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	Various Artists: Kalk Seeds: A Karaoke Kalk Compilation

Quite possibly the single most eclectic label compilation ever in the history of the human race.

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10 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Xiu Xiu: La Foret

Trust Jamie Stewart to deliver the Feel-Bad Hit of the Summer.

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	Bobby Valentino: self-titled

Don't mistake this Valentino for the old-time heartthrob named Rudy. The less than talented Bobby doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence.

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