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EYEBEAMS - Lonely Sea (2005   The Meth Lab) Lonely Sea is one of those albums that are difficult to explain, partly because there is so little information on the band; no direct website, no real background.


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dumate – dumate rite (the known knowns) (2005  Inatty Records) Hip-hop has had a hard time connecting with much of the popular-music community; far too many appear ignorant of the strong musicality that has always been


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CHARLEMAGNE – Detour Allure (2005   SideCho Records) Charlemagne’s Detour Allure finds our heroes outgrowing some of the down-home Americana charm of their debut record and replacing it with some serious big-city-style polish.  No, they haven’t left


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BLAKE THOMAS & THE DOWNTOWN BROWN – Real Like Theater (2005   Self-Release) If instead of growing up Irish on a diet of Van Morrison, David Gray had been raised somewhere in rural America listening to Johnny


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BASCOM HILL – Maybe (2005   Arrival Records) Written by John Payne According to their press release, Bascom Hill, a Madison band named after the large hill in front of the UW’s most well-known building, have a


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WISCONSIN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – Momentum (2005   WCO Records) Written by Judy Brady Some historians like to consider the chamber orchestra to be a slightly rebellious cultural entity that arose in response to the development of the


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SEVENONEFIVE – We Don’t Feel Like This For Free (2005   Crustacean Records) Written by Joe Price “Don’t let them make your decisions for you,” rasps SevenOneFive singer Douglas Bredlau on “Seat Belt.”  The entire song is


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BRAINERD – Animal Mother (2005   Party Records) Written by Joe Price Brainerd has an ambiguous style.  Animal Mother opens with a blistering metal assault of tribal drum rhythms and heavy guitars.  Singer Deitrich barks “Jesus!” repeatedly


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KILLDOZER – The Last Waltz (2005   Crustacean Records) There is something innately Madisonian about missing something incredible that’s festering right under our collective nose.  The juxtaposition of Killdozer and Crustacean Records seems to illustrate that point


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THE BRACELETS – The Bracelets (2005   Sector Five Records) My God, where the hell did this music come from? No disrespect to the German Art Students or Burr Settles or the other couple of artists who


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