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September 16, 2004
  WilcoPDF files may take a moment to load

The ghost may have been born and with us for a few months now, but even with so much time to process, it still comes off a little disappointing.

Wilco has a lot to live up to following Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, heralded nearly unanimously last year, many said it was the best album since Radiohead's OK Computer, until the inevitable backlash.

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September 16, 2004
  Terror SquadPDF files may take a moment to load

There seems to be this unwritten law applied to rappers, of needing to pull your homies out of the streets with you. One doesn't have to look far for evidence, superstar rappers trying to bring up their struggling crews--Eminem's D12, Freeway's Ice City, and 50 Cent's G-Unit are prime examples. In some cases giving fellow rappers a shot isn't a bad idea, but unfortunately, Terror Squad doesn't do much besides sink their flagship superstar.

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September 16, 2004
  Jonny SootentaiPDF files may take a moment to load

From the basement of Calgary's hip-hop crew Jonny Sootentai, comes the wickedly well-produced album From Classroom to Cubicles. Blessed by producer Aptitude's multi-talented skills, from being able to play any instrument to a thorough understanding of music theory, the album is a fusion of many musical genres. The songs flow from one to the next like ice cream in a root beer float--refreshing, full of flavour, and with just the right amount of pop.

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September 16, 2004
  Various ArtistsPDF files may take a moment to load

Boompa Records is a Canadian label started by Scott Walker of The Salteens. To celebrate their first year of business the young company has released an album highlighting their extraordinary pool of talent. Boompa boasts a wide variety of artists and songwriters melding and blending genres, resulting in a truly unique collection of music

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September 16, 2004
  Joni MitchellPDF files may take a moment to load

"... an essay, a tragedy, an opera, a dark comedy..." These words, presented within the insert of The Beginning of Survival, perfectly describe Joni Mitchell's latest release, an album spanning two decades of socially-conscious music.

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September 16, 2004
  BjorkPDF files may take a moment to load

Is it frightening that an album could be considered strange and inaccessible even by Bjork's standards? Pop music's queen of artistic indulgence and that's meant in the most positive of ways has long gotten away with everything she's tried. Her eccentric albums, her turn at acting in one of the most depressing musicals ever filmed and her propensity for wearing waterfowl to awards shows are things that could kill the career of a less talented artist.

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September 16, 2004
  Iron and WinePDF files may take a moment to load

Sometimes it really doesn't matter if you've heard something before. There are those who seek to remind the public of something more pure beyond the present. These few walk a thin line, either cast aside as a nostalgic novelty act or viewed as an important creative force.

Based upon his latest album, Our Endless Numbered Days, Samuel Beam of Iron and Wine can be counted amongst the latter.

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September 16, 2004
  Marble IndexPDF files may take a moment to load

You really have to hand it to the federal government for taking such good care of our Canadian artists, particularly our recording artists. Without the support and incentive offered for being artistic in Canada , all our rocking favorites like Nickelback and Sum 41 probably would never have left the garage. Unfortunately, a sucky band slips into the mainstream every now and then, and that's what the Ontario band The Marble Index and their self-titled CD does--Suck.

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September 16, 2004
  Beenie Man PDF files may take a moment to load

Beenie Man has had a turbulent last year. Not only suffering a series of life threatening injuries in a car accient, but also the violent death of long time road manager and friend, Paul Tyrell. Despite these experiences Beenie Man manages to release Back to Basics, dedicating it to Tyrell's memory.

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September 16, 2004
  The F-UpsPDF files may take a moment to load

This would be the perfect CD to sing along to when drunk at your next party. Heavily drunk. All you really need to know is to yell along all the song titles with F-Ups lead singer Travis Allen on their self-titled debut.

The songs are simple, guitar riff intermingled with a chorus repeated at least seven times. The F-Ups seem to be channeling a little of every punk group since the Ramones as if they were afraid nobody wouldn't recognize them as punk unless everything was included.

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