Various Artists

Tea at the Palace of Hoon

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What do you do for a second act if you run one of the most unique and open-minded, stageless (as statement) cultural/social spaces for music, poetry, theater, perfomance art, and more? You not only have to give a lot of respect to the folks behind the Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ), in a little burg like Submarine-center New London, CT, but they sure know how to make a double-CD compilation out of acts they booked to celebrate their eclectic fun. For before you're even lured by a multiform sampler that includes Moe Tucker (singing Bo Diddley's "Crackin' Up"), Bevis Frond, Butterflies of Love, Elf Power, Wheat (another wired gem, "More Than You'll Ever Know"), Mary Lou Lord (a psychedelic interpretation of Wire's seminal "Outdoor Miner," though Lush's version was even better), Retsin, Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion, Ted Leo, Danielle Howle, and 23 other lesser-knowns, you're reeled in by the crafted box-set cover and 106-page CD-size booklet. The music runs the gamut, from space rock to weird tribal anti-music, to pristine pop, atmospheric pop, neo-folk, and a lot of nods to the Velvet Underground's continual loopy inspiration (Tucker's inclusion is thus apt). Well done. (46 State St., New London, CT 06355; rlm@hozomeen.org)