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Lambchop Surveys the Senses on 'This (is what I wanted to tell you)'

Lambchop's new album is the musical equivalent of that final "walk" monologue from Synecdoche, New York. It's a heavy listen, but potentially a rapturous one as well, for anyone who has ever experienced a reverie of aging and all it entails.

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Lambchop: Democracy EP

Democracy is an excellent companion to Mr. M, and a look into the solitary vigil that's behind all the communal beauty of that album.

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Various Artists: Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox

Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, Will Oldham, Stephin Merritt, the Mountain Goats, the late Jay Reatard, and dozens more pay tribute to one of the best songwriters no one has ever heard of -- and what a joy it is to listen to.

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Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small by John Cook

Despite some generous editorializing, Our Noise is as engaging (and human) a music industry tale as you're ever going to read.

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Part 2: Katzenjammer to Xiu Xiu

From Katzenjammer to Xiu Xiu, PopMatters presents our second batch of Slipped Discs, 40 great albums that didn't quite make our year-end list in 2008, but our writers thought belonged there.

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Lambchop: OH (ohio)

This might be the best country record of 2008. Or maybe it's the best soul record of 2008. Or the best folk record. Who knows? Lambchop has never cared much for genres.

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Lambchop: Damaged

Lambchop have long been one of America's greatest bands, and Damaged is their greatest achievement.

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Lambchop: The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years

Aside from the occasional clunker, this album of b-sides, rarities, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks shows that Lambchop should be remembered primarily as a fine alt.country community, not some sock the late Shari Lewis wore on her hand.

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Lambchop: Aw Cmon / No You Cmon

It took some guts, but Kurt Wagner's confidence in his wealth of material has yielded two of Lambchop's strongest albums to date, and the band has regained the form they showed in the late '90s and 2000.

Adrien Begrand
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Lambchop: Is a Woman

It's a difficult album, despite its warm and friendly feel, and it doesn't stand a chance in seven hells of yielding anything remotely resembling a hit.

Andrew Gilstrap
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Lambchop: Tools in the Dryer

A mixed bag? Surely that was the intention all along. You've got to love a band that defies easy categorization, if any at all. Now for that eagerly anticipated sixth album!

Kevin Mathews
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Lambchop: Nixon

Nixon is an excellent record and proof that Lambchop is no longer just a talented or interesting band but a good one.

Fred Kovey
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