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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Grinderman, Grinderman
(Holy crap, I love this album. Nick Cave and a new group of bad seeds unleash the fury with a tasty collection of pub anthems and U.K. lovelorn stompers. It’s dirty, rough, and hits you in the gut. I mean for Christ’s sake, there’s a song called “No Pussy Blues.”)

2. Feist, The Reminder
(Canada’s biggest buzz siren of the year, delivers some very fine goods on this new disc of mid-tempo folk/R&B tunes. There’s a skip in the step of every song, no matter how sparse or serene it may be.)

3. Ola Podrida, Ola Podrida
(Debut album from David Wingo’s new band, is a winner. While full disclosure means I should tell you that I’m already a personal fan of Wingo, this new album is very good. Not totally convinced? Those picky audiophiles at Pitchfork recently awarded it an 8.0 rating.)

4. Patrick Wolf, The Magic Position
(Brit wunderkind’s third album is a mature and textured piece of glam art. With soulful pop that spins like a cross between Rufus Wainwright and the Scissor Sisters, it would be a guilty pleasure except he’s too damn talented.)

5. Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
(Modest Mouse’s return to the spotlight, after some Top 40 success, comes to us without much compromise or defect. Adding Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to the lineup has added a wave of new shine to the lush indie-rock vibe. “Florida” is the jam. Seriously.)

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