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Silver Scooter, Ashley Stove, Hangin' From The Devil's Tree, XBXRX, Film School, Ran Away to Sea, Baby Carrot, Dallas Orbiter, The Moon & Sixpence, Genevieve Letarte, Ashen, Captain T, Bingo Trappers, Bugs Eat Books, Jim Knable, The Leela Fiasco, One World, SuperTC, Further Seems Forever, Requiems of Revulsion: a Tribute to Carcass, Scannerfunk, Paloma, Bridget Jones's Diary (Soundtrack), Idea, Mojo Bisquits, Midiboy


Silver Scooter / The Blue Law / Peek-A-Boo (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Goodbye"
Silver Scooter season their subdued, jangly guitar pop with a slight dash of bookish weirdness. The sound is silky smooth with a warm, enveloping ambiance reminiscent of the Eels minus the keys. While the album varies nicely between more agitated songs ("Black Stars") and dreamier tracks such as the reverbed "Dirty Little Bar", I find the mid-tempo songs more effective. In particular, the opening number, "Goodbye", is a perfect example of the intelligent rock that populated college radio before Nirvana hit. Finely crafted and slyly personable, this quartet's third release invokes some excellent memories of cutting class on the first day of spring and drinking beer on the front porch. In fact, I'm going to put this album on, finish this review, and go have a beer in the sun right now. -- rd


Ashley Stove / All Summer Long / Merge (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Devo Freak"
With every sweaty beat, All Summer Long evokes the mood its name promises. This CD is the soundtrack to play in an East Coast beach house rented by a group of friends in July. It makes me long for a Negro Modelo with salt and lime on the rim, though at the beginning of spring, that's all most office-dwellers are thinking of anyway -- beaches and beer. Hook and melody-driven, the disc should please the fans of power pop, but it's no ground-breaker. Two of the four members of Ashley Stove, Ben Barwick and Jennifer Walker-Barwick, have played with Mac McCaughan in Portastatic. While the similarities between Ashley Stove and Superchunk go beyond a shared label, the Stove is not merely a cheap knock-off; they're far more melodic and less manic. They don't rock so much as jangle chords politely. Those who find Superchunk a bit too hard-driving for their tastes (weepy Sarah McLachlan fans take note) will think that Ashley Stove hits exactly the right RPM. Their lyrics are perfectly quirky, as "A Secret Secret" proves: "Sutures and Alka-Seltzer / you wouldn't let anyone help ya / You've got control of everything". They mostly cover done-and-discussed subjects like crushes, smooth girls with dangerous edges and sunny days...but then, summertime is the perfect time to let your brain melt in the heat, if beach reading and drunken dune-buggy races are anything to go by. -- js


Various Artists / Hangin' From The Devil's Tree / Your Flesh (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of Goatsnake's "The Innocent"
It's not easy to assemble a CD that adequately expresses the "spirit" of a print mag, but Hangin' From The Devil's Tree, which both celebrates and benefits the venerable Your Flesh, pulls it off. Hangin's content runs the gamut from punk to proto-metal to stoner rock and out-there jazz; it's an eclectic mixture of serious riffs, serious noise and serious rock. The juxtaposition of artists provides for some wonderful moments, particularly when the cacophonous jazz of The Vandermark 5 w/ Wolter Wierbos' "8K (for Peter Brötzmann)" leads into the lo-fi sleaze of Monster Magnet's "Freakshop USA". If you've been exposed to a lot of twee pop, this is the perfect way to detox, since the only remotely lighthearted music is found in the background of Michael Gerald's amusing "Wisconsin Architecture, Game and Fish (The token spoken word piece)". As if helping Your Flesh recoup the expenses from their recent distro-related lawsuit wasn't reason enough to buy Hangin' From The Devil's Tree, you get tracks from Thurston Moore, Turbo Negro, Electric Airlines, Cobra Verde, Rocket from the Crypt, Bluebird, The BellRays and a bunch of other worthy bands. The majority of the material is previously unreleased. Yeah, it fuckin' rocks. Yeah, you need to own this. -- gz


XBXRX / Gop Ist Minee / 5RC (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Song 6"
At this yearís SXSW, many festival-goers were blown away by the awesome, if fleeting, sight of XBXRX. Having not actually been there myself, I simply have to take their word for it. But after hearing Gop Ist Minee, the groupís mini-album produced by (of all people) Steve Albini, I can see how they would be something to see. Combining a new-wave sensibility with obvious hardcore leanings, this quintet from God knows where (Alabama?) whips up a frenzy the likes of which I have not seen for some time. Coming across like DEVO devouring the head of The Locust while guzzling sulfuric acid, these twelve apparently nameless songs flutter, bleep and thrash about like wild dogs in need of spaying. If you're looking for an adventure, find yourself a copy of Gop Ist Minee -- then watch for these kids to come to a town near you and prepare to be amazed...and possibly kicked in the face. -- jj


Film School / Brilliant Career / MeToo! (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Road to the Sunchairs"
Film School is a beautiful, shimmering exhibit of crisp guitars and drawn-out musical pinnacles. Whispering through compelling and serene guitar-melded melodies, the majority of songs here are relaxing even though they have the ability to engulf you with their impressive aural magnitude. Sounding a little like Pavement and Windsor for the Derby, Film School does a solid job alternating between quiet, layered tracks and booming, orchestrated expressions that dwarf the surroundings with their powerful presence. "American Turnip"'s grandiose display of evolving guitar riffs sets the tone for Brilliant Career, while "Road to the Sunchairs" combines experimental sounds with steady rock rhythms, showcasing the disc's diversity. Vocalist/guitarist Burton has capably merged space rock with inquisitive, Tortoise-styled post-rock to produce an album that perks your curiosity with its addictive rhythms, but also tests your mind with its intricacy and moody arrangements. -- am


Ran Away To Sea / I Won't Tell A Soul Except The World / Burnt Toast Vinyl (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Entrances And Exits"
I Won't Tell A Soul Except The World opens pretty much like a large majority of indie pop/rock releases. You'll hear jangly guitars, earnest vocals with odd and slightly maligned lyrics, a band member pounding it out on the keyboards, just the right amount of distortion, the use of random sound effects -- you get the picture. Thankfully, I like that sort of thing. Standout moments include "Breakthrough", a gut-wrenching tale that spurs thoughts of old loves who got married before you, and the haunting "I Haven't Slept". The latter is one of the strongest tracks, packed with swirling, driving guitars and utterly beautiful and simplistic keyboards. While I Won't Tell A Soul... won't blow you away with anything revolutionary, it deserves a place under the classification of Recommended, But Not Quite Essential, Listening. -- al


Baby Carrot / Play Every Day / Some Guy Down the Street (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Chinese Food and Donut"
Baby Carrot have been around for almost a decade, but San Francisco doesn't mind the loitering, historically unproductive band and its layabout ways. The city endures, and even likes them, because Baby Carrot perform their less-than-original indie music with affection and charm. Given the comparisons to Superchunk, the striking number of slow, acoustic numbers comes as a surprise, but they're all rather fun. "Kids These Days" wisely instructs fellow band members to "never fall flat on your face", while "Glasses" puts a nice perspective on blindness ("That's okay/there's nothing much to look at nohow") that Stevie Wonder would appreciate. These fellas simply seem like cool, contented guys worth befriending. They're not brilliant musicians, though, and their casual approach to music will continue to serve as both their greatest attribute and their downfall. Each song here is a pleasant trifle -- the sort of thing you enjoy, but never feel a compelling need to hear again. -- td


Dallas Orbiter / Self-Titled / Self-Released (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Sketchingairborneisabel"
I'm having a hard time placing this one in the grand hierarchy of smart but noodly space-rock bands. It's definitely on the poppier side of things, with some decent melodies and fairly normal song forms. But then there's that wonderful farfisa in the background, threatening to send things off into spaceland, adding just the right warbly strangeness to what might otherwise be a pleasantly mellow but unremarkable pop song. With layered choruses, thick and swirly instrumental sections and peculiar but lovely vocals, this is the sort of thing that you can really get lost in. Some tunes, like "Sketchingairborneisabel", get a little close to Queen-like drama for my tastes, but in general this is an intriguing, absorbing sample of a band that seems intent on carving out a little chunk of outer space music for its own. -- ib


The Moon & Sixpence / This Is... / Uncarved Block (7")

Sample 30 seconds of "Anomie Naomi"
Though I wasn't bowled over by this California five-piece, there's some nice stuff going on here. "They All Fell For You" starts things out in a pleasing, garage-y vein, a la Pavement and the Fall. Subsequent tunes add appropriately edgy keyboards; "Anomie Naomi" is a rough pop diamond, while "The Groom is Gone" heads away from three minute pop song structure, opting for a less predictable framework. As I said, nothing here is a radical departure from anything you've heard before, but it's all thoroughly listenable. -- gz


Genevieve Letarte / Chansons d'un Jour / Dame (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Le bout du monde"
What? You weren't out looking for an eclectic album by a 45-year-old French-Canadian multidisciplinary artist? Genevieve Letarte appears before us anyway with this beautiful, surprising disc. A poet, spoken word performer and author of three novels, Letarte sings with an offhanded grace, and her songs sound like lyrical conversations with a close friend -- one you might not be able to follow, if you're not a French speaker, but Letarte's entrancing voice and the easygoing warmth of the songs make that seem like a negligible problem. Chansons d'un Jour ("Songs of One Day") mixes smoky jazz and mid-tempo rock with Old World folk music and light touches supplied by accordian and dobro. The crisply produced album includes some unusual arrangements, such as the double-tracked vocals that provide counterpoint rather than harmony, and songs that are well worth hearing whether you understand them or not. The music here succeeds in transcending the boundaries of language. -- rt


Ashen / No Other Comfort / Two Sheds Music (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Three to Start"
Another sweet and endearing indie pop outfit has reared its head, this time in Yorkville, Georgia. You know -- Yorkville! Don't pretend you haven't been there a thousand times before. Ashen, with delicate female vocals that lilt over brittle, melodic guitar lines, offers a glimpse of hope for rock. While the tracks tend to run together a bit, this young outfit is off to an auspicious start. Cuts such as "Three to Start" harken back to other Southern pop upstarts, such as June and Pylon. This cut's delicate guitar and halting vocals do nothing if not charm. Most other cuts, including "Far Away", stomp on the effects pedals and push the crunch guitars to the fore. The result is catchy, but not quite as memorable as the more delicate songs. These Georgians might be on to something. Keep an eye on them. -- rg


Captain T / Sinister Ambassador / Artificial (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Girls Inc."
Alien-abducted Captain T returns with his guitar and another round of glitzy Hollywood-rockdom-via-NYC. This time around, the Captain and his masked crew of rock 'n' roll marauders seem to have a hankerin' for a little bit of surf, a taste for metal licks and a whole lot of attitude. The familiar rock-laced numbers are the most prevalent, espousing a spacey assault of permutated, ear-damaging vocals and tainted, bizarre lyrics. Besides incorporating a 20+ minute epic into this eight track CD, the Captain continues his obsession with burning guitar licks, drugs, thoughts of superstardom and faux-metal arena rock, delivering another unmarked parcel of amusing and rousing music. Will someone ever unmask this mysterious man? -- am


Bingo Trappers / Juanita Avenue / Animal World (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Track 8"
Despite sharing members with Solex's live band, the Bingo Trappers lack Solex's engaging inventiveness. Instead of Solex's curious melange of sounds, the band plods down the same well-worn indie-rock trails, although they add intermittent country flourishes. The first half of the disc holds true to indie production methods -- i.e. it sounds like the songs were recorded inside a mattress with a heavy hum blanketing all the sonics. Despite the low-tech sound, this Danish band occasionally hits upon an interesting track. The best of these apparently nameless songs (how I wish they would've included track titles) comes off like a Ringo-penned Beatles tune. Driven by slightly kooky guitars and featuring a harmonica solo, the song has the innocent, off-beat charm of "Yellow Submarine". Unfortunately, that cannot be said for most of the album; the bulk of the material here bogs down the lighter, better work. -- rd


Bugs Eat Books / All Sixes and Sevens EP / Bumblebear (7")

Sample 30 seconds of "8:16 (and time to kill)"
There are four tracks here, all of them summery pop melodies bolstered with enthusiastic adolescent-sounding vocals. The music is cheerful, often bouncy, but never twee; the melodies are too robust and the vocals, while youngish, never lapse into preciousness. Ironically, the EP's most distinctive song, "8:16 (and time to kill)" sports the most sing-song delivery, but it works well, giving the vocals a bit of extra oomph. "Turncoat Redcoat", which shares the B-side, hints at a Television Personalities sound: the melodies are simple and a little hesitant, but likeable. I doubt that All Sixes and Sevens will set your world on fire, but it's a promising start -- and, as a bonus, features one of the most charming pieces of cover art I've ever seen. -- gz


Jim Knable / Miles / Self-Released (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Loraine"
It's not news that listening to a CD and attending a performance are two very different experiences. You can get really excited after seeing a band perform live, but then be disappointed when you buy their CD; there are certain kinds of energy that are very difficult to capture in a recording. Of course the opposite can happen, too -- who hasn't gone to see a favorite band for the first time and been sorely disappointed by a lackluster performance? I've never seen Jim Knable perform live, but I get the sense from this CD that he's a terrific performer and that an awful lot of his music's power comes from an audience's interaction with him and the music. The songs on Miles are interesting and well performed, and there's a definite "friendly singer-songwriter" vibe to the whole package. But despite some very nice lyrics and a fine voice, I find that I'm not really drawn into these songs in the way I think I would be if I saw them performed live. They're cute and intimate -- two qualities that only really work for me if I have some intimate knowledge of their source. Luckily, Knable seems to play out in NYC a lot, so if you get a chance I think he'd definitely be worth checking out. This is an impressive, lyrics-based folk/rock CD; I think that it will be even more compelling once I have a real person to connect to the songs. -- ib


The Leela Fiasco / Smoke & Mirrors / Leela Fiasco (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Face Front"
Wilmington, North Carolina is one of the coolest cities on Earth; it's home to Dennis Hopper, Dawson's Creek and some of my favorite cousins, as well as providing the background town shots to all your favorite commercials. It's therefore not surprising that Wilmington is also home to bands that want to be mistaken for Tortoise, though their opening track veers more toward a Grateful Dead jam. The musicians don't seem to be going anywhere with "Face Front", and even if you play it loud as possible, it sounds like music you want acid to drown out. For DeadHeads, the good news is that every other song on Smoke & Mirrors follows this route, making me absolutely mystified as to how the press release can claim the music powerful. It's peaceful, don't-give-a-shit music, at best; at worst, it's a recorded document of street musicians playing music for the stars, all the time hoping for a big payment from Katie Holmes to keep them quiet. May Hollywood always keep money in Katie's pockets. -- td


Various Artists / One World / Lusafrica (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of Meiway's "Le Gbouniac"
French record label Lusafrica says it is concerned with the exploration of the music of "the Portuguese world and beyond." With that in mind, this sampler presents music from artists from Cape Verde, Angola, Cuba, Cameroon, Corsica and Ivory Coast. It is generally more Latin-sounding than African-sounding -- lots of passionate acoustic guitar, soulful violins and mournful accordions -- but its cross cultural tendencies are not to hard to hear. Orquesta Aragon's "La Reina Isabel" is a smoldering samba. Fantcha might well be the Cape Verdian Billie Holliday; her voice is deep and sad on the ballad "Diva de Pé Nu". Meiway's "Le Gbouniac" melds African pop with hip-hop to fairly pleasant effect. As far as French-language rap goes, these natives of Ivory Coast are no MC Solaar, but they're not bad either. In all, this iteration of One World is well-done -- an impressive collection of world music that would be difficult to find elsewhere. -- nw


Super TC / Self-Titled / Longynis (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Turn You Down"
Detroit's Super TC could easily be the missing link between the edgy, guitar-laden Jellyfish and the later day solo workings of Jason Falkner. On this self-titled offering, the band interweaves hook-laden guitar melodies with straight-ahead pop/rock, creating an album as energetic as it is catchy. Songs like "Turn You Down" and "Can't Decide" explode with gorgeous vocals that wrap themselves around big, but not quite gaudy guitars, while "Hello" infuses the album with a Latin rythmic flavor, fashioning a sprawling pop epic of considerable urgency and heart. This is an exquisite mix of pop songs that will linger in your memory long after the first few spins. -- jw


Further Seems Forever / Moon is Down / Tooth & Nail (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Wearing Thin"
When I listen to Moon is Down, all I can think about is what could have been. As many of you already know, lead singer/lyricist Christopher Carrabba has left FSF in order to pursue his side-project, Dashboard Confessional, on a full-time basis. In the wake of his departure the band has made the decision to go on without him -- which after listening to this, their debut album proper, doesn't seem like the wisest of choices. For all its guitar-driven bravado, the true heart of Moon is Down lies in Carrabbaís spectacular vocals and insightful lyrical lamentations. As much as another vocalist might try, lines like "go your own way, Iíll be with you, make mistakes and Iíll forgive you" (from "Wearing Thin") probably won't sound right coming from the mouth of anyone other than Carrabba. In their defense, the remaining members of the band do a stellar job here, constructing ten moving and powerful musical foundations and employing a complex melodic interplay of guitars and rambunctious percussion to emphasize their points. Songs like "The Bradley" and "Madison Prep" show a melodic intuition comparable to that of stalwarts like Jimmy Eat World or Mineral. Ultimately, though Further Seems Forever may well attain a high level of success without Carrabba, Moon is Down points to how good the future could have sounded. -- jj


Various Artists / Requiems of Revulsion: a Tribute to Carcass / Death Vomit (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of Cattle Decapitation's "Burnt to a Crisp"
Who would ever have thought that grisly grindcore artist Carcass would eventually merit their own tribute album? This UK outfit single-handedly introduced the largest and most medically articulate vocabulary into the metal scene, taking the genre to a level of comparatively "higher intelligence." Featuring bands like Impaled, General Surgery, Cattle Decapitation and Pig Destroyer, this compilation takes the already extreme music of Carcass and ups the ante with today's death metal fanatics. There are still plenty of hammering drums, crashing cymbals and guttural vocal howlings to creep you out, as favorite tracks like "Empathological Necroticism" and "Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency" take on a new life (or is that a new death?). It's still not a replacement for the almighty Carcass, but this compilation does a great job paying homage to the doctors of death metal with another round of brutality and disemboweling metal fortitude, spit forth with just the right combination to make any metal fan grimace with pleasure. -- am


Scannerfunk / Wave of Light by Wave of Light / Sulphur (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Cosy Veneer"
Iím not familiar with Robin Rimbaudís work as plain old Scanner, but all indications lead me to believe that his album as Scannerfunk is something of a departure for him -ó it's less experimental and more dance oriented. Normally I find electronica annoying in the extreme, but Wave of Light by Wave of Light is actually pretty good, even to a hostile listener like me. At its best moments it sounds like Kraftwerk (which is, in my opinion, what all electronica should sound like). The song "Cosy Veneer" was supposedly created by translating a photograph of Lenny Kravitz into sound information. Thatís a pretty cool idea. -- az


Paloma / Self-Titled / Divine Industries Inc. (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Cancion de la Paloma"
Paloma features Coco Love Alcorn, formerly a jazz singer and the daughter of one of Canada's better jazz musicians, crooning an updated R&B/quasi-techno mix. She writes all her own songs, and is the frontwoman for this five-piece band, whose members make up the popular Canadian pop group 54-40 (for whom she sings backup). The fairly sensual lyrics match her creamy, super-lipsticky (Porsche-red lipstick, by the way) voice. At least two of the song titles feature food -- "Chocolate Cake" and "Donut Shop" -- and you know how Freud feels about things oral, guys. Picture Sade with some street cred or Basia with hipness, and you'll sort of have an idea of Alcorn's performance, and therefore Paloma. Don't give up your R. Kelly CDs yet, but definitely make room for Paloma on your R&B shelves. Owners of Kimono stock will thank you graciously. -- js


Various Artists / Original Soundtrack: Bridget Jones's Diary / Island (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of Shelby Lynne's "Killin' Kind"
Okay, I'll admit it: Helen Fielding's two Bridget Jones novels are something of a guilty pleasure chez us. That said, I had my doubts about the inevitable film version. It turned out to be pretty good, but this soundtrack did little to inspire confidence. Let's be fair, though; Bridget wouldn't resemble a hip indie-rock chick unless that's what Cosmopolitan is telling women to be this month. Though Robbie Williams' take on "Have You Met Miss Jones", Jamie O'Neal's cringeworthy version of "All By Myself" and Geri Haliwell's unnecessary photocopy-cover of the Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men" are, as Bridget might put it, v. bad, they're probably in line with the character's tastes. I mean, hell, any soundtrack with Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" on it isn't exactly screaming "Hey, heterosexual men, buy me!", is it? Most of the disc amounts to musical fuckwittage, but there are some inoffensive -- dare I even say engaging -- songs here. The Shelby Lynne tracks are quite engaging, the Tracy Bonham song is rather good and the cuts by Sheryl Crow, Rosey and Alisha's Attic go down easily. Even the excerpt from Patrick Doyle's score is charming. In the end, though, this soundtrack seems like a missed opportunity. -- gz


Various Artists / Idea / HUSH (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of Reclinerland's "Vegas Remains"
Unlike some previous HUSH samplers, the only "idea" behind Idea is to promote the great bands currently making music for HUSH. The tracks aren't rare, either, but culled from current album releases -- two tracks apiece from the current HUSH roster. The whole thing is a promotion item, pure and simple -- but filled with lush, melancholy songs that seem well-chosen. For me, the joy (if not surprise) of Idea is that it now makes me add Reclinerland, Jeff London, and Amy Annelle to the list of HUSH artists I love. Fancie is grand, too, but her songs waft over me like an Ornette Coleman number; I have a hard time remembering a note of "Lovers Who Are Speakers", even as I push the song onto friends. I highly recommend going to HUSH and getting something from any of these artists. Once you do that, you'll get this free promotion item too. After that, expect to buy all the remaining music from the bands featured here, thereby making Idea an entirely redundant part of your CD collection. -- td


Mojo Bisquits / Self-Titled / Self-Released (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Freedom"
The Mojo Bisquits' sound could have stumbled, a little hungover but still smiling at the joy of it all, from any one of the hundreds of coffee houses and artsy bars that crowd their Raleigh-Durham stomping grounds. Singer and co-lyricist Sarah Roberts has what sounds at times like a mouthful of Ani Difranco (Nah...too easy. -- Ed.), her high-pitched, warbling voice gripping each note for a quick second before moving forward at a staccato pace. Co-writer and guitarist Cody Nickell and percussionist David Birchfield try hard to keep up, but their understated arrangements provide the gentlest of accompaniment and are often overwhelmed by the strength of Roberts' voice. Not surprisingly, "Addicted to Sex" grips most immediately, although its humorous talking blues aren't particularly representative. A religious undercurrent flows through the songs ("Sex" notwithstanding), and "151" proves to be moving in its simple, unveiled declaration of faith. These ten songs convey a down-home, undefineably Southern charm; the folk-rock tradition in which this album travels is no longer a new road, but there are worse paths to tread. -- rt


Midiboy / Stating the Obvious / Self-Released (CD)

Sample 30 seconds of "Hey God"
Midiboy blends an upbeat helping of synths and electronica to form the pop-counterpart of The Ten Commandments. Stating the Obvious is a Christian conceptualized musical-narrative detailing one man's fall from grace and eventual return to the Lord. The album alternates between being a plausible attempt at music and a sort of didactic synth-pop storytime. When Stating the Obvious attempts to make a concise musical statement, there's really nothing to jump through hoops about; basically, it's an album eighties-style processed electronica thrown under a Christian gauze and marketed to kids who think Alanis Morrisette is threatening. -- jw



gz - george zahora | nw - noah wane | am - andrew magilow | ib - irving bellemead | jj - jason jackowiak | td - theodore defosse | rd - ron davies
js - jenn sikes | rg - rodney gibbs | rt - ryan tranquilla | al - amy leach | jw - john wolfe | az - alex zorn

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