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New Music Tuesday! Holy Smokes!


January is fast making up for the dry spell we experienced on the album front in December. Last week we heard new tunes from Spoon. This week - man, oh man! The cup overfloweth with great music. Most Beach House fans have already heard Teen Dream streaming online, but this is one record that's definitely worth picking up in its physical form. The Sub Pop release comes as a CD/DVD with videos accompanying each song - each featuring a different director! So cool. Here's just one of the featured bits---:

Also out on Sub Pop, Retribution Gospel Choir's 2. The trio features Alan Sparhawk of Low and that band's aesthetic is definitely tucked beneath the hard-driving, straightforward rock RGC churns out on this gem.

On the R&B tip, don't sleep on Corinne Bailey Rae. The artist once specialized in Starbucks-ready sleepy-ballad type material but on The Sea she taps into some serious pain (her husband passed away suddenly in 2008) to produce an excellent, honest album that's balances melancholy introspection with expressions of tremendous (and groovy) hope.

Feels Like The First Time - Co...

Another goody: Basia Bulat (pronounced BASHA). Her voice is strong, unique and - if you dig it - addictive.

If Only You - Basia Bulat

And The Magnetic Fields don't disappoint with Realism

You Must Be Out of Your Mind -...

Other noteworthy releases: Patty Griffin's Downtown Church and Arj Barker's CD/DVD, LYAO.