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2007-08-17 - 1:19 p.m.

I raved a while back about the track "The Matter of Our Discussion" by Boom Bip and Nina Nastasia. The song appears on her new collaboration with drummer Jim White, and--bad news first--White's bebop stylin's totally ruin the transcendent thrill of the song.

However, the rest of the album is pretty good. White's drumming can be very sensitive and skillful, and adds color to Nastasia's beautiful songs. (Although I have to be honest, half the time I feel like he's cluttering up the feng shui.)

While we're on female folk-pop singers, Sarah Blasko's album has several things going for it, not the least of which is an excellent title. She also has a nice voice and an ear for a fetching, off-kilter melody.

And issuing forth from a completely different psychic space is The Eat, whose 2-disc career-spanning compilation is one yuk after another. Simple but satisfying old-skool punk with great lyrics and song titles: "Psychotic McHale's Navy," "Manatee Smacker," (yes, they're from Florida), "Nixon's Binoculars," etc.

And if you have ten minutes to watch this whole thing, you may find it as hypnotic as I did:

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