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Wussy | Strawberry

Shake It (2011)
Wussy's a brilliant Cincinnati four-piece for whom the local record shop turned into a label.
By: DAN WEISS  |  November 22, 2011


Brian Eno | Panic of Looking

Warp (2011)
For those who enjoyed Brian Eno's collaboration with English poet Rick Holland from earlier this year, Drums Between the Bells, this follow-up EP may be a nice digestif.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 16, 2011


Caveman | Coco Beware

Magic Man! Records/ORG Music (2011)
Hold up on that Brooklyn backlash just yet, there's still some sweet music coming out of the trendiest and most despised of the five boroughs.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 16, 2011


Jeremy Dubs | Speak!

The Bureau (2011)
Normally, Jeremy Dubs co-heads Bunnies, whose aural designs emanate from an alternate future of classic rock, evoking ecstatic awe and/or divine terror — a seriously crazy band.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 16, 2011


Los Campesinos! | Hello Sadness

Arts & Crafts (2011)
"I've been digging my grave for quite some time," speak-sings Gareth Campesinos on his band's unrelenting fourth album.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2011


R.E.M. | Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011

Warner Bros (2011)
Now R.E.M. have died two deaths: first, when drummer and founding member Bill Berry split for the comforts of country life in 1997, and then nail-in-the-coffin style, when the Athens, Georgia, band announced its official break-up two months ago.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 16, 2011


Sepalcure | Sepalcure

Hotflush Recordings (2011) 
Taste-making electronic music Web site Resident Advisor recently declared 2011 as Sepalcure's year, citing early buzz from this release, their debut LP, and solo releases by members Travis Stewart (a/k/a Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a/k/a Braille).
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 16, 2011


Atlas Sound | Parallax

4AD (2011)
If 4AD were to send a memo to Bradford Cox saying "not so much reverb" and "please write more than two-chord vamps," he'd be screwed.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 09, 2011


Jedi Mind Tricks | Violence Begets Violence

Enemy Soil (2011)
It's a daily struggle to avoid murdering Drake fans who bump that trash on the train in front of me, cliché Auto-Tune hooks leaking from their Skull Candy and polluting my perimeter.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 09, 2011


Korallreven | An Album By Korallreven

Acephale (2011) 
Think of the happiest sound you've heard in your life. Maybe it's waves crashing on a serene shoreline, or the delicate rattle of wind chimes.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 09, 2011


Kurt Vile | So Outta Reach

Matador (2011)
This six-song, 30-minute companion EP serves as a victory lap for long-haired Philadelphian Kurt Vile, whose vacillating and absorbing Smoke Ring for My Halo is certainly one of the year's best albums.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 09, 2011


Megadeth | Th1rt3en

Roadrunner (2011)
While Metallica is in Lulu-land, in the doghouse of fans and critics alike, sometime-nemesis Megadeth stay the metal course with another solid release served without the pretense of musical evolution or artsy growth.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 09, 2011


Sigur Ros | Inni

XL (2011)
The Icelandic quartet's last album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, came out three years ago, and besides one new instrumental tacked on at the end, the songs here are nothing we haven't already heard (and obsessed over) for years now.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 08, 2011


The Beach Boys | Smile

Capitol (2011)
Never doubt the impact of whimsy as it applies to Brian Wilson's art. At the peak of his powers — 1965-'67, let's say — the Beach Boys boss was a sage arranger/composer and bona fide pop innovator.
By: JIM MACNIE  |  November 02, 2011


David Lynch | Crazy Clown Time

Sunday Best Recordings (2011)
Psychically separating Crazy Clown Time from David Lynch's peerless filmmaking legacy is sort of like guzzling Lynch's signature brand of coffee until overstimulation compels you to write Twin Peaks fan-fic erotica staring Agent Cooper and the Log Lady, and all the while telling yourself these actions do not co-relate.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 02, 2011


Emperor X | Western Teleport

Bar/None (2011)
Every so often a bright, nerdy, nasal-voiced and infallibly catchy male songwriter appears to less critical notice than he deserves for his remarkably concrete lyrics and thoughtful melodies.
By: DAN WEISS  |  November 02, 2011


Florence + the Machine | Ceremonials

Universal (2011)
Like that awkward yet talented girl in your high school drama class, Florence Welch exploded on the pop scene two years back with her sleeper hit, Lungs , charming as many listeners as she confounded.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 03, 2011


Various Artists | Phil Spector Presents the Phillies Album Collection

Legacy (2011)
Before finding infamy as a perm-'fro courtroom crazy, the guy who held the Ramones at gunpoint, or the dude who dared helm murky post-Beatles waters, Phil Spector was synonymous with '60s-pop Wall of Sound production.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 02, 2011


Saviours | Death's Procession

Kemado (2011)
The genre now vilified as "hipster metal" can trace its roots back to the stoner-rock movement of the '90s, when a shameful acquiescence to grunge and pre-nümetal meant that vintage gear, downtuned sludge, and tuneless neanderthalisms were taken as preferable to the pentatonic shred-age and adenoidal shrieks of classic metal.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 02, 2011

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Jane's Addiction | The Great Escape Artist

Capitol (2011)
Since the origins of The Great Escape Artist nearly two years ago, the outfit has had five different people on bass duties.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 25, 2011


Justice | Audio, Video, Disco

Elektra/WEA (2011)
It takes only a second into "Horsepower," the gurgling, raging first track on Justice's second full-length, to realize these nutso French geniuses are operating on another electronic plane: a kingdom ruled by distorted synth-bass and overblown rhythms, a wonderland of carousel keyboards and unstoppable funkiness.
By: RYAN REED  |  October 25, 2011

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