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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Long Winters, Putting the Days to Bed
(Indie-rock that sounds as poetic and eccentric as some of the best folk music of the last few decades. Songwriter John Roderick is one of Seattle’s best-kept secrets. Not for long, if this highly accessible and instantly infectious third LP is any indication.)

2. Trae, Restless
(I have Wyatt Pierson to thank for turning me on to this, the latest Houston hip-hop sensation to come to the table with a memorable and catchy collection of club and car anthems. Not as sharp as his cousin Z-Ro, but nonetheless a welcome return to underground H-Town.)

3. James Figurine, Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake
(The non-Ben Gibbard half of Postal Service unleashes a new electro-project. Scattered beats and harsh synths round out a cool glimpse of future-pop featuring special guests.)

4. Rhymefest, Blue Collar
(He may already have a Grammy for co-writing his buddy Kanye’s hit “Jesus Walks,” but this Chicago rapper is otherwise a relative unknown. On his major-label debut, he blends ideal samples with intelligent flow. Is the album a rhymefest? Indeed, and that’s such a rare treasure these days in Top 40 rap.)

5. Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
(UK soul/folk newcomer is obviously tailor-made for the Starbucks music set, but she still manages an impressive and breezy chill-out disc.)

– “Oh My God” by Lily Allen
(Stephen Saito sent me this. The Brit-pop gal covers the Kaiser Chiefs in epic form. Seek this out, for fans of both.)

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