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	The Hypstrz: Live at the Longhorn

Bomp! reissue finds early '80s garage rockers to be the missing link between Nuggets and today's garage revival scene.

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	Nnenna Freelon: Blueprint of a Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday

Nnenna Freelon has the best voice in jazz"

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	The Drones: Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By

Capturing the desolate side of the sea-and-surf life, this Australian band swims in dark waters with gut-wrenching results.

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	Chris Brokaw: Incredible Love

Best known for the bands he has been in, Chris Brokaw breaks free and asserts compelling individuality on his fifth solo release.

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	Various Artists: Brazilectro: Session 7

Ultimately, the sound of Brazilectro is as much or more about the ubiquitous influence of international modes -- house and hip-hop -- as indigenous expression.

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	Juelz Santana: What the Game’s Been Missing!

A! Now that Juelz has got your attention...

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10 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Rob Swift: Soulful Fruit

Before he helped the X-Ecutioners become all-stars, Rob Swift, in what some consider to be the first turntablist record ever, got soulful.

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10 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Knut: Terraformer

Shame that current drone faves Sunn O))), or hyperliterate Lightning Bolt, have taken heavy music in new, more interesting directions.

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	Goblin Cock: Bagged and Boarded

Pinback's Rob Crow turns in a refreshingly earnest take on metal that eschews obvious sarcasm for outright headbanging. Rock out with your Goblin Cock out.

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	Face to Face: Shoot the Moon: The Essential Collection

Exploring the melodic side of the So Cal skate punk scene, Face to Face's new retrospective lives up to its name by distilling their best work into a single disc package.

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	Blood on the Wall: Awesomer

Sludge/blues/punk rock influenced by the best Sonic Youth guitar lines. Relive the '90s. Make it new.

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Robert Strauss: Quasars and Phasars

The problem is that producers such as Strauss seem to have such a good ear for synthesizing incredibly funky and compelling sounds that they are unable to utilize any kind of editorial discretion.

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	The Lashes: Get It

Disposable power pop made in Seattle sounds like disposable pop made everywhere else.

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Landing: Brocade

Landing cut the tightrope they've been walking between song and space, and rocket off into galaxies far, far away.

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Cyndi Lauper: The Body Acoustic

If you take a 52-year-old former '80s pop star and strip away her huge production values, is there anything left?"

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

Kano: Home Sweet Home

Ah, those witty Brits. Jabs aside: Kano's album is ridiculously good.

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	The 88: Over and Over

Sophomore record by L.A. pop quintet bolsters the band's charm with some pliant brawn.

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9 Jan 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Cabruêra: Proibido Cochilar

Brazil's Cabruêra offers up an eccentric mishmash of their country's traditional musics (samba, forró, coco) with rock, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music.

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	Various Artists: Soulsearching - The Compost Radio Show

Michael Rütten burns his popular radio show to disc, and the result is an ultra-cool mix of soul, jazz, funk, dance, and emotion.

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	We Are Scientists: With Love and Squalor

As another voice in the suddenly crowded milieu of retro-minded indie rock bands, We Are Scientists debut with an album that's strong for the scene, even if that scene may not survive much longer.

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