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Judged by Twelve, Carried by Six

Blessure Grave
ALIEN 8

If someone tried to rip off Joy Division the same way Xiu Xiu did, but without the raw talent and ballsy experimentation, this is the result.

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Double Portrait

Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
BLUE NOTE/EMI

“Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together” is a famed documentary about New Orleans piano giants Tuts Washington, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint.

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Fire Away

Ozomatli
DOWNTOWN/MERCER STREET

Can a band tighten its grip on capturing its live sound, yet lose its way in the songs it wants to capture? On Ozomatli’s fifth, this seems to be the case.

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Several Hundred People

Several Hundred People
SELF-RELEASED

It’s hard not to have flashbacks of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

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Champ

Tokyo Police Club
MOM + POP

Canadian (not Japanese) pop outfit Tokyo Police Club is skating on wafer-thin ice.

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Here’s to Taking It Easy

Phosphorescent
DEAD OCEANS

Phosphorescent’s new album, Here’s to Taking It Easy, opens with a curious horn section on the intro to “It’s Hard to Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)

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Said And Done

A Lion Named Roar
SELF-RELEASED

A Lion Named Roar should rename themselves A Cat Named Meow.

Everyone Is A Ghost

Monster Movie
GRAVEFACE

If you passed a misspent youth staring wistfully into your bedroom mirror while playing an imaginary keyboard, this could well be the album to reignite your teen dreams and/or angst.

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The Good Old Fashioned Way

Hamper McBee
DRAG CITY/TWOS & FEWS

I can smell the moonshine coming off this collection. Country music scholar Charles K.

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Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph

Frog Eyes
DEAD OCEANS

In the latest installment to Frog Eyes’ saga, the band wraps itself in a messy coat of noise and distortion, sometimes shaped and sometimes as unruly as a bear backed into a corner.