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Feel the room swayin', while that ole band keeps on playin' one of Parton's old favorite songs from way back when.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Noches de Hip-Hop

A perfectly serviceable comp if you're just learning about rap en español.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Roll Deep: In at the Deep End

Watered-down grime-for-beginners that fails to capture the spark of Kano's Home Sweet Home, but still with enough radio-ready hits and grime bangers to chalk up another worthy entry in the growing catalogue of essential Brit-hop.

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	Todd Rundgren: Best of Todd Rundgren Live

A collection of Rundgren's legitimately beloved hits played live by various high-calorie bands between 1979 and 2004. The rock iconoclast is at his most melodic and tuneful but will seem overproduced by post-punk ears.

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	Amy LaVere: This World Is Not My Home

With the new year barely upon us, Amy LaVere's already released one of the albums of 2006. No, honestly.

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11 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	iD and Sleeper: Displacement

Hailing from the hip-hop hotspot of Lawrence, Kansas, iD and Sleeper have produced a memorable debut that effortlessly outpaces most everything else currently on the racks.

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	The Hypstrz: Live at the Longhorn

Bomp! reissue finds early '80s garage rockers to be the missing link between Nuggets and today's garage revival scene.

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	Nnenna Freelon: Blueprint of a Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday

Nnenna Freelon has the best voice in jazz"

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	The Drones: Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By

Capturing the desolate side of the sea-and-surf life, this Australian band swims in dark waters with gut-wrenching results.

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	Chris Brokaw: Incredible Love

Best known for the bands he has been in, Chris Brokaw breaks free and asserts compelling individuality on his fifth solo release.

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	Various Artists: Brazilectro: Session 7

Ultimately, the sound of Brazilectro is as much or more about the ubiquitous influence of international modes -- house and hip-hop -- as indigenous expression.

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	Juelz Santana: What the Game’s Been Missing!

A! Now that Juelz has got your attention...

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10 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Rob Swift: Soulful Fruit

Before he helped the X-Ecutioners become all-stars, Rob Swift, in what some consider to be the first turntablist record ever, got soulful.

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10 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Knut: Terraformer

Shame that current drone faves Sunn O))), or hyperliterate Lightning Bolt, have taken heavy music in new, more interesting directions.

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	Goblin Cock: Bagged and Boarded

Pinback's Rob Crow turns in a refreshingly earnest take on metal that eschews obvious sarcasm for outright headbanging. Rock out with your Goblin Cock out.

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	Face to Face: Shoot the Moon: The Essential Collection

Exploring the melodic side of the So Cal skate punk scene, Face to Face's new retrospective lives up to its name by distilling their best work into a single disc package.

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	Blood on the Wall: Awesomer

Sludge/blues/punk rock influenced by the best Sonic Youth guitar lines. Relive the '90s. Make it new.

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Robert Strauss: Quasars and Phasars

The problem is that producers such as Strauss seem to have such a good ear for synthesizing incredibly funky and compelling sounds that they are unable to utilize any kind of editorial discretion.

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	The Lashes: Get It

Disposable power pop made in Seattle sounds like disposable pop made everywhere else.

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Landing: Brocade

Landing cut the tightrope they've been walking between song and space, and rocket off into galaxies far, far away.

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