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	The Whigs: Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip

On their impressive self-released debut, Athens, Georgia's The Whigs shed the 'local bar band' tag for good.

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	Mercedes Sosa: Corazón Libre

Can we give this woman some love, please?"

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11 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Oranger: New Comes and Goes

Oranger wants to be a constant, a monolith of rock 'n' roll that shows its contemporaries there is a zone of comfort and consistency that does not require boredom or downsizing.

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	Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Sameness of Difference

A hip and happenin' new-style jazz trio covers the (newly) usual indie-folk: Bjork, Brian Wilson, The Flaming Lips. In a word: Eh.

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	Fifths of Seven: Spry From Bitter Anise Folds

Sadly, the perfect accompaniment of the times.

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11 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eminem: Curtain Call

Eminem's new stocking stuffer Curtain Call has this bizarre morning-after effect, like the drugged pre-teen in 'Guilty Conscience' - oh my God, I totally can't believe we all fell for this guy.

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	Steve Dawson: Sweet is the Anchor

Sensitive songs about sensitive things, most often sung with an acoustic guitar. Yes, this has been done before, and better.

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	Robert Wyatt & Friends: Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974

A rare breed of musician who is forever alive to the possibility of new opportunities and forever blind to the existence of obstacles.

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	Martin Sexton: Camp Holiday

Martin Sexton kicks back, grabs a cup of hot cocoa and a guitar, and strums out a few Christmas tunes for all of us to enjoy.

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	Dave Seaman: This is Audio Therapy

The veteran Brit DJ's strong, stark prog-house mix is outshone by the 'bonus' disc of extras.

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	Pinetop Seven: The Night’s Bloom

This band is hard to compare to others, because they're quite unlike so many others.

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	Old 97s: Alive and Wired

The sweaty beautiful mess of the Old 97s in concert is finally captured on disc.

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	Willie Hightower: Willie Hightower

Hightower's story seems to be one of 'wrong song, wrong time' as his brand of gospel-infused soul, despite a few charting singles, gave way to other '70s styles, creating the misfortune of premature commercial obsolescence.

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	Test Icicles: For Screening Purposes Only

Try as he might, Robertson can't warm to these hyped UK youngsters.

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	Phosphorescent: Aw Come Aw Wry

Looking for something authentic? Be careful what you wish for.

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	Maximum Joy: Unlimited (1979-1983)

The group's use of complex percussion, horns, danceable bass lines, and overtly English female vocals built a bridge between the worlds of Afrobeat, reggae, avant-garde jazz, funk, and pop.

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	The (International) Noise Conspiracy: Armed Love

Rick Rubin leads the rocking Swedes to their demise.

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7 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Holy Fuck: Holy Fuck

Given the band's name, this might be the most expletive-filled review you'll read all year.

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	Budoár Staré Dámy: My O Vlku

Their sound is more sparkly and weird than other Czech rock/jazz/pop/etc. Cibula has heard.

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7 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

Kevin Blechdom: Eat My Heart Out

Kevin Blechdom undresses her choir in an electro musical about long-distance crushes, unrequited love, and nitrous-huffing. The results are as frightening and intriguing as the album cover.

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