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Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962

Counter-culture prophet, or corporate shill? Aww, who cares, as long as the music still reflects the passion and power that made the man famous?

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Ray Davies: Other People’s Lives

The first true full-length studio album from the legendary leader of The Kinks is spectacular.

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The Electric Six: Senor Smoke

With Senor Smoke, the Electric Six establish themselves as serious pop craftsmen on this surprisingly moving -- nah, I'm just messing with you, it's another collection of jokey sleaze rock.

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Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings: Voodoo Lovin’

A wholly idiomatic, gutsy blues band with roots in the 1960s blues revival, a top-line harmonica player, beautifully supported, and achieving what white kids back then hoped to.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dean Gray: American Edit

This album is a bastard child. This is the bad seed that has strayed from its noble parents, the mutt on the street.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liars: It Fit When I Was A Kid EP

This Liars EP is a little last minute, but works as a teaser for their full-length Drum's Not Dead.

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Volcano the Bear: Catonapotato

The height of avant-garage sonic exploration captured in its most feral state.

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The Beautiful New Born Children: Hey People!

Dirty, rough, rambunctious rock and roll! Oh this is not for the faint of heart brothers and sisters. Gather around for sonic bliss a la Is This It.

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controller.controller: X-Amounts

All the musical chops in the world don’t mean squat if you don’t have the songs.

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Desert City Soundtrack: Perfect Addiction

On their second-full length, Portland piano-emo trio mature but fail to make a lasting impression.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Compost 200

Those who might never before have encountered Compost -- or who may have unfairly dismissed their output as yet more cosmopolitan chill-out crap from the continent -- could probably get a great deal of enjoyment from this disc.

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Various: Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack

It doesn't take braaaaains to enjoy the simple pleasures of a solid cover album, even when it's in the dicey realm of indie rockers covering classics.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Darondo: Let My People Go

Darondo is more than just a footnote. Even if his recorded output prior to this release was only six tracks, wow, what a six tracks they were!

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Zulya and The Children of The Underground: The Waltz

Zulya's voice is as silvery as ever, but now she has a better band, and racier, more multilayered tunes.

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Otis Rush: All Your Love I Miss Loving

Before 1966, Otis Rush was a blues legend whose few recordings could hardly be found. In 2006, this tape of a live 1976 gig, finally issued, does everybody justice.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Weller: As Is Now

The new album from Paul Weller does exactly what it says on the tin. A return to form? Not quite, but not a bad attempt.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dimmu Borgir: Stormblåst

The Norwegian black metal greats risk the wrath of their fanbase by re-recording a much-loved early album. Blasphemers!

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard-Fi: Stars of CCTV

A heady mix of punk and guitar pop influences, this debut full-length proves the UK act to be exciting, catchy and highly promising.

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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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31 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

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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