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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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 PM

Kano: Home Sweet Home

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

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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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	Static: Re: Talking About Memories

Hanno Leichtmann -- the man behind Static -- is an expert at unpacking deceptively complex sounds to laudible effect.

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	Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars: Carnival Conspiracy

Frank London and his Klezmer Brass Allstars marry klezmer music with carnival exuberance, farting, fruity tubas, Rabelais, and shouts of ah-ha!"

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	Lucy Kaplansky: The Tide

Remastered and re-released after 11 years and four increasingly successful albums, The Tide gives us all a chance to re-evaluate Kaplansky's work.

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	Jackie-O-Motherfucker: Flags of the Sacred Harp

Someone should be making this music: it reminds us where we came from, and why it still matters.

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	Hot Karl: The Great Escape

Hot Karl is a white-rapper from the suburbs with a kitschy name, and doesn't fit the image mainstream rap is presenting right now, or likely will any time in the future.

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	Various Artists: I Like It Vol. 2

I Like It is a fairly eclectic and quite schizophrenic entity -- but, as you might expect, the music on display is also pretty damn good.

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	Various Artists: Choubi Choubi!: Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq

It could help people understand what Iraq sounded like before greedy bastards both inside and outside the country exploited it for its oil and ruined it and broke its people and bombed the shit out of it.

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5 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Tarantula A.D.: Book of Sand

Tarantula A.D. are best when they're not trying to be avant- anything. They underestimate classical music's power... it's not the bursts of noise we remember, it's the pulsing, haunting string melodies.

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