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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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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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29 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sia: Colour the Small One

Sia takes difficult subject matter and lovingly dissects it, allowing her listeners a beautiful glimpse at a tortured psyche.

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29 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Fra Lippo Lippi: Songs

CD re-release of super-dated 1986 gloom-pop record with bonus tracks. Be sure to keep your Prozac handy.

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29 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jonathan Kane: February

Ex-Swans drummer Jonathan Kane finds the link between Howlin' Wolf and avant-garde experimentation.

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Pelican: The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

For the most hip metal album of 2005, look no further…

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Konono No. 1: Congotronics

Their music accepts the distortion, overtones, and surprising sonorities of contemporary life, but re-imagines instrumental power from the trash heap of modernity.

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Eternia: It’s Called Life

Aware of the usual traps for women in hip-hop, Eternia tries to step back and play the game on her terms.

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Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit

Seventh studio album from Scottish septet includes more adventures in image-altering, twee-free pop.

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26 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Elected: Sun, Sun, Sun

Here we are, inside The Elected's idyllic world, where the song is the thing and the natural wonders of America are the backdrop.

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26 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lori Burton: Breakout

They don't make records like the Whyte Boots' "Nightmare" anymore.

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Monk’s Music Trio: Monk’s Bones

MMT delivers another solid batch of Monk's music, this time aided and abetted by the trombones of Max Perkoff and Roswell Rudd.

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Simple Minds: Black & White 050505

Cynics beware: this is not a band cashing in and checking out, or a band trying to recapture any past cultural significance; it's a band that still has something to say and a beautiful way of saying it.

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Various: Sand & Steel: The Classic Sound of Jamaican Steel Drums

Two hours of the steel drum? Yes, but be careful not to indulge both discs at one sitting. A fine introduction to this often underappreciated instrument.

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The Dirtbombs: If You Don’t Already Have a Look

Like the tiger doesn’t belong in that cage, the Dirtbombs don’t belong underground.

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The Green Pajamas: 21st Century Séance

Watch out, Bono. While you've been busy in Africa, This Seattle band has been stealing your moody pop.

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Julia Sarr and Patrice Larose: Set Luna

Set Luna is an album of serene, sweet-natured flamenco with a strong West African twist.

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