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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Charlemagne: Detour Allure

Sadly missing on most best of 2005 lists it may not be cutting edge but it is so well done that it deserves some recognition as indie pop done right.

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Various Artists: Studio One Women

Soul Jazz tweaks its extensive foray through Jamaica by presenting the ladies of Studio One as artists in their own right.

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Sam Bardfeld: Periodic Trespasses [The Saul Cycle]

Alt-Jazz violinist weighs in with a daring, fun session of melodic quirk.

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The slightest hint of sharp edges and dissonance lurking beneath Hatakeyama's billowing clouds saves the disc from strictly new age purposes, but it veers dangerously close.

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Ghostigital: In Cod We Trust

In Cod We Trust is truly bizarre spazz-industrial from the ever-warped mind of ex-Sugarcube Einar Örn.

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Hamell on Trial: Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs

Newfound fatherhood fuels Hamell on Trial's fun, yet uneven follow-up to 2003's excellent Tough Love.

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Buzzcocks: Flat-Pack Philosophy

The new record from the British pop-punk legends largely trades in the darkness and aggression of its predecessor for a poppier, more melodic approach.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clogs: Lantern

The fourth studio album from Australian-American post-minimalist chamber quartet Clogs, is a mellifluence of atmospheric, improvisationally-spirited classical chamber music with some of the vital immediacy of rock.

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Herbie Hancock: The Essential Herbie Hancock

A career retrospective of the great jazz pianist and popsmith spanning four decades, seven labels and as many styles.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Its!: The Its!

The Its! The Its! The Its! Their name alone is ridiculously bouncy and fun, and so is their debut.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jon Langford, the last angry Welsh-American, turns in his finest solo record

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Mudhoney: Under a Billion Suns

Apocalypse in the garage: Seattle’s answer to the Stooges returns with a powerful explosion.

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8 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sound-wise Figurines are indeed reminiscent of Modest Mouse or Built to Spill, that classically indie pop sound of jangled guitars and unexpected rhythms.

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8 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

This is art at its most mature and engaging.

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daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra: Various

While the daKAH orchestra lacks nothing in terms of musical acumen, it lacks the vital spark necessary to be considered more than a tepid example of the hip-hop genre.

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If you like your rock and roll dirty, unbearably loud and downright f*cking sexy then The Duke Spirit could be right up your street.

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Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Ozark Mountain Daredevils

There's a reason the Ozark Mountain Daredevils splintered apart in 1979: they hit the end of their creative road. The 1980 version of the band simply proved that point.

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David & the Citizens: David & the Citizens

This teaser EP does the job of stirring up the requisite interest, even if it only leaves you wanting the future to deliver on the bits of promise contained within.

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Wanna get Lucky? Old fashioned Texas style music meant for dancing and drinking from a band leader with a history.

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Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road

Kris Kristofferson is back writing and performing his own songs again, God bless him. But until he restores his lyrical palate completely to its expansive B.A. (before acting) state, he still won't be entirely all the way back.

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