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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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17 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Rocky Votolato: Makers

This is an album of refreshingly earnest songwriting and sweet vocals. Makers is as relaxed as cold lemonade on a summer afternoon.

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	Some Girls: Heaven’s Pregnant Teens

Icily dull hardcore screamo metal that has been Pro-Tooled within an inch of it's life. Daring and scary and brutalizing and eardrum bleeding? In its dreams.

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	The Sons of Emperor Norton: The Putrid Minds Anthology: Battle Hymns for the Blue States

In which politics and humor prove to be self-negating.

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	45 Grave: Only the Good Die Young

This group continues to prove that death is never the end.

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	Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash / Daylight Again

Two fine reissues from the seminal trio of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, not the seminal trio of Crosby, Etheridge, and Cypher. Sorry, had to.

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The Coffin Lids: ‘Round Midnight

The garage rocking Coffin Lids finally show their serious side, but don't worry, they are mainly serious about having fun.

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Sarah McLachlan: Bloom Remix Album

The producers of the remixes on Bloom do everything they can to make the songs their own, but the centerpiece remains McLachlan's beautiful voice.

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The Supahip: Seize the World

Two songwriters overcome self-imposed limitations to deliver a solid pop collection.

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Talking Heads: 77 / More Songs About Buildings and Food / Fear of Music / Remain in Light [DualDisc

Following last year's career-spanning Brick box set, the first four studio albums from the seminal art-pop band are reissued as individual DualDiscs.

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Amadou and Mariam, Dimanche À Bamako

Their collaboration with Manu Chao brings the good parts of all three musicians together in wonderful ways.

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