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New Releases: July 12, 2005

The Giraffes, The Giraffes (Razor & Tie)
Black Sabbath-inspired Brooklyn metalheads. Sample lyric: “You’re going home in a fucking ambulance!” (read more)
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Slim Thug, Already Platinum (Star Trak/Geffen)
Click here to listen to an exclusive Slim Thug album sampler and read Spin‘s review.
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Stephin Merritt, Two Chinese Operas (Nonesuch)
Magnetic Fields frontman comes out with his signature blend of whimsical, lovelorn indie rock.
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The Most Serene Republic, Underwater Cinematographer (Arts & Crafts)
The first release from Arts & Crafts that does not include members of the Broken Social Scene. Canadian rock continues its reign of indie-pendence.
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Nine Black Alps, Nine Black Alps EP (Tiny Evil)
Making a record that sounded anything like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, or their peers was way uncool; Nine Black Alps void that musical restraining order. (read more)
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Statistics, Often Lie (Jade Tree)
Denver Dalley, the driving force behind Desaparecidos, delivers some post-experimental art rock for your open ears.
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Xiu Xiu, La Foret (5 Rue Christine)
Moody, Joy Division-y esoteria straight outta San Jose, California. This is their fourth full-length in as many years.
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