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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Friends of Dean Martinez: Lost Horizon

Want to get away? Friends of Dean Martinez will take you on a 37-minute vacation to somewhere mostly peaceful and mostly serene.

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4 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gary Allan: Tough All Over

I am more open to Allan's music precisely because I assume it to be authentic as hell and rooted in a deep, personal tragedy.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stephen Duffy: Duffy

Why isn't this man famous? Re-issued Britpop-era gem from Robbie Williams' new writing partner.

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	Super Deluxe: Surrender!

Super Deluxe is the mid-'90s throwback you weren't really waiting for and don't really need.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Les Yeux Noirs: tChorba

Back with their sixth album, Les Yeux Noirs turn 'Eastern European, Jewish, gypsy... and rock music', into a friendly, polished blend.

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	Kiss Me Deadly: Misty Medley

Poorly produced but inspired and distinct, Kiss Me Deadly debut with an album full of skipping romps and screaming joy.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	INXS: Switch

Hard as he might try, J.D. Fortune can't quite overcome the problem of a tight, American Idol-like turnaround time.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Hot Chip: Coming on Strong

Hot Chip have a number of influences on their minds, but unfortunately they don't gel very well at all.

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	Amandine: This Is Where Our Hearts Collide

Swedish roots-folkers are steeped decidedly in Americana. I guarantee that a taste test will surprise you.

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	Various Artists: International Pop Overthrow: Volume 8

Exhausting compilation sums up the highs and lows of the associated festival.

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2 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Anyone who's ever shelled out serious money for one of those Guided By Voices boxed-sets -- yeah, I'm looking at you, Mr. More-Money-Than-Common-Sense -- should feel right at home here.

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	The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes venture into uncharted territory and offer a disc twice as long and half as good as their now classic first two records.

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	The Quarter After: The Quarter After

Most folk rock/psychedelic throwbacks are for the Byrds, but this holds promise. So where's the song writing talent?"

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	Buckethead and Friends: Enter the Chicken

One of the strangest personas in rock also wields one of the meanest guitars... and this time he brought friends.

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Blockhead: Downtown Science

Blockhead's latest foray into instrumental hip-hop isn't so much heavy as it is weighty, not so much oppressive as it is suffocating.

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Another old UK metal war-horse trundles out the big guns on their finest album in years.

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	Various Artists: Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked

Following in the footsteps of the Verve Remixed series, Impulse! opens its vaults to the young lions.

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22 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Shihan: The Poet

Artists with a poetic background like Shihan have a completely different approach to music than the likes of Kanye, Jay-Z, or even 'conscious hip-hoppers' like The Perceptionists.

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	The Prodigy: Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005

Retrospectives usually deal in past glories, but few document a group in decline as obviously as this one.

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	Neon Blonde: Chandeliers in the Savannah

Blood Brothers' Side Project Makes Their Noise With A Side of Lovely.

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