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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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	Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain

Rhode Island's most notorious drum and bass duo climb to the peak of prog-noise-rock perfection.

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22 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Billy Joel: My Lives

This box set isn't simply a look back at Joel's career; it's a document of the artist as a creator and interpreter.

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	Rosanne Cash: Seven Year Ache / King’s Record Shop / Interiors / The Very Best of Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash has always had a looming shadow over her career in that her daddy was Johnny.

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22 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Budos Band: The Budos Band

This is soul funk that tells you, without words, to shake your ass and your mind will follow.

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22 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Band: A Musical History

This five-CD/one-DVD set spans the most important years of the Band's existence, from its days with Ronnie Hawkins to The Last Waltz's curtain call. It's both a lavish dedication and definitive documentation of the Band's legacy.

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	Windy and Carl: The Dream House / Dedications to Flea

From tragic origins comes evocative, vital drone.

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	Tender Forever: The Soft and the Hardcore

This is a woman who gazes upon the wet spot in her sheets, feels her cheeks burn, and pens a simple tune to remember the complex mix of endurance gymnastics and safety cuddling.

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	Ris Paul Ric: Purple Blaze

A murky, psychedelic journey through the backwaters of the former Q and Not U singer and bassist turns up a dense solo debut that is tough to get your head around.

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	Embrace Today: We Are the Enemy

Is being straight edge really that important, anymore?"

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	Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

Between the poles of staunch convention and limitless freedom, Burk and Co. explore chaos and control.

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