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  Calexico: Spoke their 1st (and finest) album dar  
  Joy Division: Heart & Soul 4-cd box set (has everything!) dar  
  David Sylvian: Everything and Nothing 3-cd retrospective (from Japan's "Ghost" through 2000) dar  
  Isotope 217: Who Stole The I Walkman latest from Tortoise side-project dar  
  Beach Boys: Pet Sounds history! dar  
  T. Rex: Electric Warrior from 1969 (with the essential "Jeepster") dar  
  The Sea and Cake: Oui their latest and it's SMOOV! dar  
  Stereolab: Dots & Loops the beeps, the bloops, the… french! dar  
  The Pastels: Illumination a delightfully wonderful album by these kids from glascow dar  
  The Pastels: Illuminati the above album remixed by the ilk of stereolab, john mcentire, mouse on mars, my bloody valentine, john o'rourke, to rococo rot and other geniuses! dar  
  Buzzcocks: Singles Going Steady just about all of it is pure gold dar  
  Bob Log III: School Bus I saw this guy live and he managed to stop in the middle of a song, tune his guitar, and start back up, and somehow it all seemed right. God bless the suspicious heritage of Bob Log III mz  
  Bob Log III: Trike More speed blues that's exploding my head, this time featuring pornographic "clapping" sounds mz  
  Salvage Vanguard Theater: The Intergalactic Nemesis 6 episodes on 2 CDs of the best olde-tymey science-fiction radio show ever. from the friendly folks at SVT with packaging design by TSP! tsp!  
  Afghan Whigs: Congregation their last on Sub Pop, before they went soul st/dar  
  Redd Kross: Third Eye this album and its resulting tour changed my life st  
  Big Black (everything) essential angst from the pre-grunge era st  
  Grandaddy: Under the Western Freeway folk? electronic? rock? Yup. st  
  The Jesus Lizard: Show, Bang they're all great (except Blue). Show is the next best thing to seeing them live and Bang is an excellent coda from a band who had the good sense to call it quits before they sucked st  
  Thee Milkshakes: 19th Nervous Shakedown! pre-Headcoats Billy Childish (c.1980) dar  
  Mark Robinson: Tiger Banana of Unrest, Air Miami, Flin Flon dar  
  Beastie Boys: The In Sound From Way Out all their instrumentals on one cd dar/st  
  Uncle Tupelo: No Depression any album that has a "movement" named after it has to be great, right? st  
  Friends of Dean Martinez: Atardecer swanky, smokey desert instrumentals (thanks, derkl!) st/dar  
  Spoon: Telefono one of the most interesting rock bands of the late 90s, early Naughties. What's matador know, anyway? (Aw buck up, Matador, we can't stay mad at you!) st/dar  
  The Flaming Lips: Hit to Death in the Future Head, Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, Providing Needles for Your Baloons, Clouds Taste Metallic all from the good old days when they were a real band. st/dar  
  The Chemical Brothers: Exit Planet Dust get on the floor and move it, sucka st  
  Liz Phair: Exile in Guyvillle take THAT, Mick! st  
  Wire: Pink Flag, 154 and Chairs Missing all the alternative music you think you like is because of these 3 albums from 1977-1979. and here they are in one package for you! dar  
  The Fall: This Nation's Saving Grace one of their (many) classics dar  
  The Wolfgang Press: Birdwood Cage not just anybody puts an old toilet on the cover of their album and gets away with it! dar  
  Cocteau Twins: BBC Sessions a nice 2-cd collection of CT's radio and uk tv appearances dar  
  Tortoise (everything they've done) the finest music ever recorded! dar/st  
  Pavement: Wowie Zowie! 3rd album on Matador dar/st  
  Mudhoney: March To Fuzz a 2cd collection of greatest hits and rarities. includes my favorite b-sides "paperback life" and "you stupid asshole" dar  
  Blast Off Country Style: In My Arms sweet kids from VA make good on the teenbeat label dar  
  Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight their third album digitally re-mastered so you can tell how much they really loved ELO! dar  
  Combustible Edison: I, Swinger this is where it all started for CE. the second cd don't do it for me but the 3rd one is pretty swingin' dar  
  Television: Marquee Moon essential music from the CBGB school circa 1977 dar  
  The Monkeywrench: Clean as a Broke-Dick Dog members of mudhoney and tim kerr do the blues the only way they know how: LOUD dar  
  Os Mutantes: Everything Is Possible psychedelic music from the late 60s on david byrne's luaka bop label. they're from brazil but you'd swear they were from outer-space dar  
  The Grifters: Ain't My Lookout i have to thank scotty for this one. they sound more new wavey than i would have thought possible for a band from memphis! dar  
  The Sir Dougls Quintet: The Sir Douglas Quintet Is Back Doug Sahm's San Antonio band from 1964 that was put together to compete with The Beatles (?) dar  
  Handsome Boy Modeling School: So… How's Your Girl? about 70 minutes of genius from Prince Paul. (lots and lots of samples from Chris Elliot's Get A Life tv show) dar  

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