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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Urban Latino

A good mixture of anger, pop, and energy, with one surprise.

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Pansy Division: The Essential Pansy Division

Pansy Division were the first openly homosexual rock band I can remember, since Tom Robinson first told the world he was glad to be gay.

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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Devics: Push the Heart

With four albums already behind them, Sara Lov and Dustin O'Halloran use Push The Heart to gather themselves together and plan for the future.

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Band deflates rock mythology even as it reaffirms rock’s transcendent power in reissued classics.

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Various Artists: Om Lounge, Volume 10

Downtempo house doesn't necessarily have to be the new 'easy listening', but you sense Om's conscious struggle against a slowly sinking ship on the tenth volume of this series.

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Simon Joyner: Beautiful Losers

Stunning collection of scattered tracks by one of America's finest and most overlooked lo-fi troubadours.

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Various Artists: Check the Water

With this comprehensive, impressive 10-year retrospective, London's Leaf label proves that organic, acoustics-driven arrangements are not a new direction for IDM.

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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Charlemagne: Detour Allure

Sadly missing on most best of 2005 lists it may not be cutting edge but it is so well done that it deserves some recognition as indie pop done right.

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Various Artists: Studio One Women

Soul Jazz tweaks its extensive foray through Jamaica by presenting the ladies of Studio One as artists in their own right.

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Sam Bardfeld: Periodic Trespasses [The Saul Cycle]

Alt-Jazz violinist weighs in with a daring, fun session of melodic quirk.

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The slightest hint of sharp edges and dissonance lurking beneath Hatakeyama's billowing clouds saves the disc from strictly new age purposes, but it veers dangerously close.

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Ghostigital: In Cod We Trust

In Cod We Trust is truly bizarre spazz-industrial from the ever-warped mind of ex-Sugarcube Einar Örn.

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Hamell on Trial: Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs

Newfound fatherhood fuels Hamell on Trial's fun, yet uneven follow-up to 2003's excellent Tough Love.

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Buzzcocks: Flat-Pack Philosophy

The new record from the British pop-punk legends largely trades in the darkness and aggression of its predecessor for a poppier, more melodic approach.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clogs: Lantern

The fourth studio album from Australian-American post-minimalist chamber quartet Clogs, is a mellifluence of atmospheric, improvisationally-spirited classical chamber music with some of the vital immediacy of rock.

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Herbie Hancock: The Essential Herbie Hancock

A career retrospective of the great jazz pianist and popsmith spanning four decades, seven labels and as many styles.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Its!: The Its!

The Its! The Its! The Its! Their name alone is ridiculously bouncy and fun, and so is their debut.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jon Langford, the last angry Welsh-American, turns in his finest solo record

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Mudhoney: Under a Billion Suns

Apocalypse in the garage: Seattle’s answer to the Stooges returns with a powerful explosion.

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8 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sound-wise Figurines are indeed reminiscent of Modest Mouse or Built to Spill, that classically indie pop sound of jangled guitars and unexpected rhythms.

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