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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ultimate Bull Riding

The disc opens with a montage titled 'Hitting the Dirt.' It could also be called 'Hitting the Horns,' 'Hitting the Rodeo Clown,' and 'Getting the Head Stuck Between the Starting Chute Bars While the Hand Stays Attached to a Crazed Animal.'

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Inked - The Best of Season 1

What's the difference between a bad tattoo and a bad television show? The latter won't last nearly as long as the former.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Courting Alex

Here's hoping that Alex allows Jenna Eflman to explore the full extent of her comedic capabilities.

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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Big Lonesome by Jim Ruland

Beneath his clever camouflage of trendy, go-to-hell coolness, Ruland is a philosopher decrying our dehumanization and depersonalization.

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The Handsome Charlies: Gentlemen Never Tell

This Australian quartet has created a delicious bite of pop-rock with enough swagger and personality to be worthy of a decent following and a few iPod-worthy tunes you can flip through any time.

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30 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac

Confronting personal loss using public legacy, Rosanne has the last and most affecting word in a year filled with Cash legends.

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30 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Capes: Hello

Closely associated both musically and personally with their buddies in Bloc Party, the Capes are a band that's lacking much that would distinguish them from their brethren.

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Sonny Rollins: Essential Sonny Rollins: The RCA Years

If you don't need to have every one of his best performances for the label, this is one of three double CD sets with equal claims to quality. High claims if you have no Rollins yet!

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30 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Born Again: Pagan

Mediocre 1970s rock band is rescued from the dustbin of history.

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Richard Ashcroft: Keys to the World

The dull groove the former Verve frontman seems to have settled into is striking.

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Various: Dawning of a New Era: The Roots of Skinhead Reggae

Trojan explores rocksteady's transition to reggae and how UK skins helped with the jump off.

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30 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Bjorn Olsson (The Lobster)

Something has to be said for an album that confuses you when you see the sleeve and confuses you some more when you actually hear the tunes.

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30 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Apollo Sunshine + Controller.Controller + OK Go

Oh, to sigh my nights away with the dreamiest of dreamboats...

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24

30 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

24

Nothing is ever quite what it looks like in 24, whose writers famously revise and rethink as each season barrels along.

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30 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

Mehta has managed to paint a rich and intimate portrait of Bombay, one informed by a journalist's eye, and a homecoming heart.

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The Great Raid: The Director’s Cut (2003)

Archive shots of broken, diseased, and starved bodies provide a devastating illustration of the history that drives the film's fictions.

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Green Carnation: Acoustic Verses

An all-acoustic experiment by the progressive metal band turns out to be just as powerful as their amplified work.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Long Walk to Freedom

Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, and Emmylou Harris all appear on this record, but even they are overshadowed by the joyful harmonies of Joseph Shabalala and his cohorts.

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Sonic Youth: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui Su Tim Barnes

This is a disc that shows off the avant-garde side of Sonic Youth

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Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell: Begonias

The album thoroughly succeeds in injecting a much-needed dose of traditional country into the alt.country label under which it will be lazily categorized.

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