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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Early Years, Early Years
(Yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for. U.K. buzz band has finally released their debut album stateside, and it fuses guitar dissonance with lush melody, in a way that’s positively addictive. With a hint of Joy Division, but sunnier, like Ride or Yo La Tengo. Plus, the vocals are something out of the Red House Painters department. Add to that a space-rock, sonic assault similar to Spiritualized or Secret Machines, and you have one damn derivative band! But, I don’t care, because this is a really good record that will get played very loud very often. “All Ones and Zeros” is what you need.)

2. Peter Bjorn and John, Writer’s Block
(Three dudes from Sweden, one ridiculously unforgettable band. Already making waves in Europe, this month sees the hyped release make it to our shores. Well worth the wait. I know I just threw craze-praise on The Early Years, but this is actually a better record if you can suffer through all the indie-rock blog mania, ahem, and plunge deep into this sweet and twisted orchestra of awesome.)

3. Bloc Party, A Weekend in the City
(Eh. Not as strong as the last record, but still pretty good. For fans and casual fans… and you thought I couldn’t undersell with honesty?)

4. Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul
(This record makes that Lucinda Williams disc I liked from two weeks ago, seem absolutely mediocre. Sykes and her ensemble unleash more dreamy Americana rock, and do it with a college-radio twist. This one’s for the folks who are too embarrassed to be seen purchasing the Lucinda Williams record.)

5. Ron Sexsmith, Time Being
(Canadian folk-rocker is easy on the ears, but still holds a few of the convictions from his genre’s pioneer, Mr. Neil Young.)

THREE SXSW MP3’S TO DOWNLOAD NOW:
– “Cryptograms” by Deerhunter
(Hear that? That’s the lo-fi but delicious sound of the next blog-hyped rock outfit. Get used to them, because if you like your music quirky, you’re gonna hear them a lot.)

– “Limbs” by Emma Pollock
(She used to be in the Delgados. I miss the Delgados. But, for now, this simple acoustic-guitar/piano burner satisfies me just fine. I hope the rest of her solo debut is this good.)

– “Mind Your Head’ by Lethal Bizzle
(British hip-hop recently had success stories both big and small. Could Lethal Bizzle be the next Lady Sovereign? Or, the next Dizzee Rascal?)

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