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Crucial Cuts

Fidel
Nacional

Crucial Cuts is a collection from more than half a dozen solo albums.

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Manipulate And Multiply

Idaho, Alaska
Self-released

The 52-second opening track of Idaho, Alaska’s Manipulate And Multiply — a grinding, lyric-less and feedback-driven arrangement — teases you into thinking that the Lexing

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Outside Love

Pink Mountaintops
JAGJAGUWAR

He’s prolific, no doubt, but the better of Sam McBean’s two musical endeavors is not this band, it’s the other: Black Mountain.

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Floating

Invaders
KARATE BODY

Invaders are much more than a fuzzed-out version of The Merediths, but that’s the starting point.

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Like the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” EMI’s Hayes Archive is a massive structure housing untold thousands of hours of recordings, some dating to the 19th century.

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I Can Wonder … is a refreshing collection of songs from Julie Doiron that runs the singer/songwriter spectrum.

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Walking on a Dream

Empire of the Sun
Astralwerks

Welcome to this generic ’80s-ish clothing store at the mall! Lolz! I know! Isn’t this track, like, hella good? It’s by this band called Empire of the Sun.

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Try and Love

Ofege
Academy LPs

Continuing the current explosion of excellent 1970s African music being reissued in the West for the first time, Brooklyn’s Academy Records (a reissue label started by quite possibly the best

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My Electric Family

Bachelorette
Drag City

Bachelorette are creepy.

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First Recordings

Junior Kimbrough
Big Legal Mess

Charlie Feathers called him the “beginning and end of all music,” but Junior Kimbrough had to begin somewhere: so he did in 1966, with these six tracks, an audition for the Southern sou