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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Stars, In Our Bedroom After the War
(Impressive Montreal indie-rock band sheds the 1960s psychedelia in favor of 1970s pop for their third, and best, album. This will be a tough record to get out of your brain, or off your iPod. Highly/hugely recommended.)

2. Talib Kweli, Eardrum
(After a disappointing run recently, one of hip-hop’s best MCs rebounds with a stellar new disc. And, with guests as eclectic as Norah Jones, Kanye, Justin Timberlake, and UGK… can you blame him?)

3. Film School, Hideout
(Shoegazers, keep gazing. Film School’s latest release is a lush and thick epic. Ripped from the sounds of My Bloody Valentine and Ride, this album would make Kevin Shields proud. And, if you understood that reference, you’ll love this disc.)

4. Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul
(This album is the reason record stores still rock. So happy that I stumbled upon this recently-released compilation of vintage, early 1970s R&B and soul kid groups. They’re all trying to cash in on the success of the Jackson 5, and they all failed. But this album and these songs, are priceless and memorable nuggets of youthful crooning. I mean, some of the song titles are “Now That School Is Through” and “I’m Not Ready for Love.” And they are delivered with the same kind of passion and precision as Michael, Tito, and Jermaine.)

5. Simian Mobile Disco, Attack Decay Sustain Release
(This British electronic duo could do more to create an even greater England-France feud, thanks to their stylish – and mostly successful – attempts to dethrone Daft Punk and Justice as the kings of the smart disco. Big beats, catchy samples, and a whole lot of sweat.)

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