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	Prefuse 73: Surrounded by Silence

Prefuse 73 loses the magical touch, filling out this album's incoherent and gaping holes with guest appearances.

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	Oxford Collapse: A Good Ground

Starting off badly but correcting itself quickly makes Oxford Collapse's new album a great leap from last go-round.

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	Lali Puna: I Thought I Was Over That

A pick'n'mix B-sides compilation that's more miss than hit, best in small rocking doses but served in a sprawled daze. Essentially non-essential.

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	Sara Lazarus: Give Me the Simple Life

American ex-pat jazz singer releases her first disc since winning the Monk award a decade ago.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Waldemar Bastos: Renascence

Angolan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Brazilian music. This, of course, makes Waldemar Bastos' new album the most listenable music of the year.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pat Benatar: Greatest Hits

Benatar was one of the first pop singers as famous for how she looked as how she sounded, and thus was instrumental for cluing the music industry in to how image alone could sell records.

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	Badfinger: Live: Day After Day

Reissue of the disputed 'live' document from the troubled, tragic, and sometimes magnificent '70s band.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Aquabats!: Charge!!

Much has changed in the ensuing six years for our Champions of Justice! The great eldritch Nuclear Ska Force that previously empowered their greatest weapons has been supplanted by an obeisance to the Great Lord of Pop-Punk!!!"

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	Various Artists: Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

Is it rolling? More like a dull unfurling.

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	Various Artists: Elektronische Musik - Interkontinental 4

Somewhere along the way, techno got skinny. Things were lush, then they got small. This is pan-European unity, microhouse-style.

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	Luke Temple: Hold a Match for a Gasoline World

One part Jeff Buckley, one part Neil Young, and one part Wayne Coyne, Luke Temple is responsible for the surprise of the year thus far.

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	Studio Pankow: Linienbusse

Teuton techno trio take six years to make improv record named after bus schedules. Unsurprisingly, it's not turbo-charged- but it was worth the wait.

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20 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Major Stars: 4

One of the album's ample musical sequences seems to evoke Jehovah, general of heaven, controlling cosmic battle sequences between Heaven and Hell with his formidable lead guitar.

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	Daniel Lanois: Belladonna

Daniel Lanois' instrumental voyage willingly pitches us into an ocean made turbulent by conflicting emotions.

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	Doug Hoekstra: Su Casa, Mi Casa: The Official Live Bootleg

At his best, Doug Hoekstra shakes off the folk music clichés and demonstrates how songs can transport listeners to a specific time, place, and state of mind.

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20 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Doveman: The Acrobat

Funereal anti-pop songs from this New York City band court the post-post-cocktail hours.

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19 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Miguel Zenón: Jíbaro

Young jazzman Miguel Zenón is busting out all over the place.

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	Stanley Turrentine: Jazz Moods—Cool

Vintage CTI recordings that get the balance between jazz and schmaltz just about right.

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	The Tremeloes: Here Comes My Baby: The Ultimate Collection

When they say that this is the ultimate collection for these relics from the British Invasion, they really do mean ultimate.

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19 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Son Volt: Okemah and the Melody of Riot

The first new Son Volt album in seven years rocks as hard as Crazy Horse with the protest spirit of Woody Guthrie to guide it.

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