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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dandelion Gum
(If your idea of good summer fun is sitting out in the sweltering sun until you have no choice but to dive headfirst into a lukewarm body of water and stay under the surface until the sun sets… well, then we have an album for you! These Penn-based avant-popsters have unleashed a mammoth tidal wave of pretty melodies and sunburnt synthesizers, and quite possibly the experimental, collage-pop album of the season. A must-listen.)

2. The National, Boxer
(A better and more cohesive record than their last, The National have taken their Midwestern-meets-Brooklynite indie rock growl into a more subdued and even symphonic place. It’s the kind of shuffling, no-nonsense and folky rock that would make fans of both Tom Waits and The Arcade Fire see eye-to-eye.)

3. Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, Ultra Payloaded
(In the web of Perry Farrell projects, this one seems to be his most suitable. As cosmic and fun as the band’s name suggests, there’s also a conscious and earthy mood to every hypnotic song. And, when you have a guestlist that includes Flea, Fergie, Peter Hook, and Jim Morrison, it is appropriately trippy times ahead.)

4. Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band, Live in Dublin
(A live album from The Boss is kind of like an EP-only from Bright Eyes: common and indifferent. But on this one, Springsteen uses his folk collaborators/Pete Seeger appreciators to crucially kill two discs worth of traditional workingman anthems and a few Bruce classics. Essential for any Springsteen fan, of course, but also a vital and energetic collection from a master showman.)

5. Au Revoir Simone, The Bird of Music
(These three gals from New York create a much fuller sound than you’d expect from just vocals, keys, and programmed beats. Salty and sweet songwriting that recalls The Postal Service or Cat Power, or both. Not truly original, but it is truly enjoyable.)

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