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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime: 4th of July Weekend 2008!

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime: 4th of July Weekend 2008!

Need a good soundtrack for the hot weather, the fireworks displays, the grill, and the cool-down at night? Luckily, there are some new releases that will fit in just fine:

1. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair
(Brooklyn-based DJ crafts a moody club album, with Antony on guest vocals. It’s catchy. danceable, and sort of like a goth version of Postal Service. Summer songs for the night-turning-to-dawn.)

2. Sigur Ros, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
(I’m just gonna say it: Iceland’s favorite shoegazers have made their best album since their debut LP. Apparently inspired by Arcade Fire, with increased use of percussion/horns/strings/choir, they still make an album that still their bleak/melodic own. Summer songs for the beach.)

3. Love As Laughter, Holy
(These friends of Modest Mouse delve into ramshackle folk-rock with a splendid sense of free spirit. Summer songs for the campfire.)

4. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
(Hot damn! No album this year, so far, embodies this kind of hyperbolic rock ‘n’ roll spirit. These New Yorkers owe a debt to The Boss, The Band, and the beer, and they’ve never sounded so melodic. Summer songs for your favorite dive bar.)

5. Girl Talk, Feed The Animals
(One may mistakenly refer to Pittsburgh DJ Gregg Gillis as “lazy,” though he’s anything but. The master of the mash-up has constructed an album so brilliantly precise, you would need a Masters in Musicology to dissect what he’s done. It moves, it rocks, it bounces. And, it’s smart as hell. Who else would have the guts to mash “No Diggity” with “Flashing Lights,” or Britney Spears with Air, or “Autumn Sweater” with “Ghetto Superstar?” Someone with a deft ear and an unstoppable sense of compilation. Summer songs for your day-long BBQ party.)

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