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Various: Different Strokes By Different Folks

This is not the greatest disc in the world, this is just a tribute.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Psyche Origami: The Standard

Psyche Origami reps Atlanta in a whole new way.

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: Gay, Black and Married

Gay, Black and Married. If ever there were four words meant to be strung together to form a My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult album title, those are the ones.

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T. Rex: Tanx / Bolan’s Zip Gun / Futuristic Dragon / Work in Progress

The agony, the ecstasy, and the T. Rextasy are all on display in Rhino’s latest batch of glam reissues.

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	Various Artists: Om:10—A Decade of Future Music

Ten years is like 100 in electronica time. And, as this soulful, three-disc set shows, most of them were good ones for Om.

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	The Notorious B.I.G.: Duets: The Final Chapter

Inflating his reputation to godlike proportions risks obscuring what made him so important to begin with.

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	The Invisible Eyes: Laugh in the Dark

Debut from Seattle-based garage quartet shows promise, but also a lack of identity.

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	Mick Harvey: One Man’s Treasure

Harvey's collection of emotionally brutal songs is delivered with the vision of a cowboy looking at life through the bottom of a glass of whisky.

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	The Gentlemen: Brass City Band

Meat-and-potatoes rock and roll may not win many awards, but the Gentlemen should win lots of friends with their solid third record.

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	Delta 5: Singles and Sessions 1979-1981

Delta 5 featured a trio of women singing in plain, unadorned voices, signaling a de facto rejection of the notion that female singing should be as sweet, simpering and desperately ingratiating as women themselves are too often expected to be.

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19 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Dwele: Some Kinda…

Improving upon his debut, Dwele delivers another set of smooth and soulful tracks unified by instrumental interludes and a loose conceptual theme that falls somewhere to the right of D'Angelo's Voodoo and Andre 3000's The Love Below.

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	Various Artists: Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970 Volume Two

Nashville musicians know how to get down, even if they're not getting down at a hoedown.

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	Solu Music featuring Kai Martin: Affirmation

There's some passion and verve here, and more than a little masterful musicianship, and that is enough to lift the proceedings out from the torpid shadow of similar enterprises.

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	Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds from a Bygone Age, Vol. 1

Asphalt Tango does a great job of reissuing this Romanian violinist's only album, a 1977 LP with a terrific backing band and arrangements by a 'cimbalom god'.

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	Quintron & Miss Pussycat: Swamp Tech

Grime-synth soul meets puppetry in the weird world of Quintron & Miss Pussycat.

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	Robert Pollard: From a Compound Eye

Pollard, the debauched saint of indie rock, releases his first solo album post-GBV. Yes, you still have a legitimate reason to sit at home and drink alone. Thank you, Uncle Bob.

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18 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Film School: Film School

The search for America's Radiohead continues, but Film School might be in the running a few years down the road.

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	Paul Duncan: Be Careful What You Call Home

An album that walks a tightrope between melody and off kilter experimentation with satisfying results and unexpected success.

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18 Jan 2006 // 2:00 AM

Various: Cuban Essentials

Escondida Music presents the second half of its 10-part Cuban Essentials series, covering a spectrum of greats from the last half-century. Not Been There, Done That; rather, Been There, Should've Done This, Instead...

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	Various Artists: Sound of the World

The latest instalment in Charlie Gillett's series of annual world music round-ups is a mixed bag of favourites, imperfect but interesting, an appetite-whetter.

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