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New Music Tuesday

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This week’s new albums make me want to drink- (mostly) in a good way.---

Blood Pressures by British/American duo The Kills is sexy, powerful and ready to party. Vocalist Allison Mosshart sounds great and follows in the footsteps of the most badass ladies of the ’80s.

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The Raveonettes released Raven in the Grave. Spacey vocals, retro guitar riffs and shoe-gazing lyrics abound (that’s a genre, not a swipe). Perfect for making out with your boyfriend and his handlebar mustache after you both get drunk on Pabst.

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Ozarkians Ha Ha Tonka released Death of a Decade, another energetic album of country you can feel about. There’s a song for every stage of drinking (sad, happy, invulnerable, angry, nostalgic, etc.) and features some truly sweet use of the mandolin.

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Solo artists Thao and Mirah joined forces to release Thao & Mirah. Despite the title, the album is unrestrainedly creative. Album opener “Eleven” is silly, sweet and joyous- think a perfect afternoon in the park with your best friends and favorite wine. Watch out for “Hallelujah,” though: it’s not a cover, even if the chorus sort of sounds like it.


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Oh yeah, and the Big Four record labels put out a compilation yesterday called Songs For Japan. Classics like John Lennon (yep, they included “Imagine”) and Queen share space with Sade and, um, Enya, but it’s $10 for 38 songs and it’s for a good cause. So buy it. Or don’t buy it and give the money to the Red Cross instead. Up to you.

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