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Master C&J Featuring Liz Torres: Can’t Get Enough

The "Queen Bitch" of '80s-era house music gets a much-deserved comprehensive retrospective. It's history being made, and it still sounds good.

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Friends of Dean Martinez: Live at Club 7

The Friends of Dean Martinez bring on the noise for this live gig, just daring anybody, anybody, to label them "lounge music" ever again.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Motion Trio: Play-Station

There are not many experimental accordion groups who take their musical cues from arcade games. Motion Trio do it with inventiveness and technical skill.

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Various: Different Strokes By Different Folks

This is not the greatest disc in the world, this is just a tribute.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Psyche Origami: The Standard

Psyche Origami reps Atlanta in a whole new way.

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: Gay, Black and Married

Gay, Black and Married. If ever there were four words meant to be strung together to form a My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult album title, those are the ones.

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T. Rex: Tanx / Bolan’s Zip Gun / Futuristic Dragon / Work in Progress

The agony, the ecstasy, and the T. Rextasy are all on display in Rhino’s latest batch of glam reissues.

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LeBron James 21st Birthday Party

It sounds crazy: throwing a birthday party with no announced entertainment and charging admission. Of course, when you're LeBron James, you can do anything...

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Upstairs, Downstairs - Collector’s Edition Megaset: The Complete Series Plus Thomas and Sarah

Upstairs, Downstairs may not have been startlingly original, but its primary strength lay with its complex characters and class-based construct.

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20 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Chasing Windmills

Despite the predominance of soulless databases and faceless corporations, the Internet is widely thought of as a space where exhibitionism is the norm, a mess of web logs, podcasts, and other means of personal expression.

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20 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The White Countess (2006)

The final Merchant/Ivory collaboration is set in 1936 Shanghai and revisits the filmmakers' usual concerns -- loss, desire, and nostalgia for a moment that never quite existed.

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Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Race here is not an inherent or stable identity, but mutable and mutating.

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20 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Matador (2006)

While the next Bond film is stuck in pre-production as producers search for an A-List Bond girl, Pierce Brosnan is having the last laugh with his new film.

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)

Despite its title, Albert Brooks' new movie, like all his movies, is about his world.

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20 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

End of the Spear (2006)

It's a well-meaning, peculiarly wrongheaded movie in which Ecuadorian 'savages' are converted to Christianity.

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	Various Artists: God Save the Queen: A Punk Rock Anthology [DVD]

With a little more care, this '70s punk video anthology could've been great, instead of merely good.

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	Various Artists: Om:10—A Decade of Future Music

Ten years is like 100 in electronica time. And, as this soulful, three-disc set shows, most of them were good ones for Om.

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	The Notorious B.I.G.: Duets: The Final Chapter

Inflating his reputation to godlike proportions risks obscuring what made him so important to begin with.

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	The Invisible Eyes: Laugh in the Dark

Debut from Seattle-based garage quartet shows promise, but also a lack of identity.

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	Mick Harvey: One Man’s Treasure

Harvey's collection of emotionally brutal songs is delivered with the vision of a cowboy looking at life through the bottom of a glass of whisky.

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