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Our Musical Wants and Needs for 2013

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January 21, 2013

Only 20 days in and this year’s already promised so much: more long-awaited reunions, revivals and releases than we could’ve ever dreamt, maybe that new My Bloody Valentine and, of course, #BabyYeezy. The Exec Board shares what we’re looking forward to in 2013. Mike Creedon: ‰Û¢ Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety...

Songs of 2012: Favorite Cover Songs

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January 18, 2013

We loved so many things about 2012 that we’re not ready to let it go just yet. Here’s our favorite cover tracks from 2k12:   Divine Fits – “Shivers” “I’ve been contemplating suicide, but it really doesn’t suit my style” sounds exactly like the kind of cocky confessional Spo...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Titus Andronicus

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December 31, 2012

Titus Andronicus – Local Business Titus Andronicus‰' third album, Local Business, seems to find the band thinking about its long-term career and making some subtle changes in its sound and approach as a result. In this way, the record‰'s title has a lot more meaning behind it than just frontman Patrick Stickles...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Perfume Genius

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December 30, 2012

Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It When I named Put Your Back N 2 It my favorite album of 2012, I was often met with the response of “ugh, it’s so depressing though.” It’s true; one can easily get caught up in the record’s topics (“17” is about a gay teenager’s suicide letter, “Dark Parts...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Mount Eerie

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December 30, 2012

Mount Eerie – Clear Moon / Ocean Roar Mount Eerie’s latest albums show a perfect contrast: tranquility and disorder. Clear Moon feels emotionally satisfying with elements of Elvrum’s past concepts embedded (the black metal elements of Wind’s Poem, the folk ideals of Lost Wisdom and the pop...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Kool A.D.

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December 30, 2012

Kool A.D. – 51 Rappers love talking about being the realest in the game. About how none of their actions are dictated by societal pressures or whatever else forces one to act “non-authentically”. But here’s a newsflash: if you have to talk about being real, you aren’t and you never will be. ...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Azealia Banks

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December 28, 2012

Azealia Banks – 1991 After serving up a club smash with last year’s “212”, rapper/singer Azealia Bank came through this year with an ear-catching blend of hip-hop and house music on 1991, her short but sweet debut EP. This four-track effort showcases Banks’s talent for bold, spitfire rhym...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Julia Holter

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December 28, 2012

Julia Holter- Ekstasis “Avant-pop.‰” “Ambient experimental.‰” “Ethereal.‰” “Baroque-pop.‰” Try as they might, the blogs cannot pin a clean tag on Julia Holter‰'s sophomore album Ekstasis. Though they are not entirely wrong. Underneath the layers of antique atmosphere, swelling and ...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Holograms

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December 27, 2012

Holograms – Holograms Holograms‰' self-titled debut evokes the gray energy of Joy Division and the synth based percussion of the ’80s. Though a bit odd in theory, the Swedish quartet takes all of their frustration and despair and produces something that‰'s more than just another post-punk revival record. The opene...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Zammuto

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December 24, 2012

Zammuto – Zammuto When The Books broke up, music fans mourned. The band produced some of the most thoughtful, inspiring, and creative music of this generation between Nick Zammuto‰'s found-sound samples and Paul De Jong‰'s cello loops. Zammuto is Nick‰'s first solo project – backed by a full ...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Sharon Van Etten

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December 23, 2012

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp We can thank heartbreak for an endless wealth of classic albums‰ÛÓ Blue, On the Beach, Funeral, For Emma. But rarely has an album inhabited heartbreak so well that it universalized it. And rarely has one succeeded with such fire and passion as Sharon Van Etten‰'s devastating ac...

Overlooked Records of 2012: Regents

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December 21, 2012

Regents – Antietam After Party 2012, thankfully, was a year full of quality punk albums, and post-hardcore supergroup Regents capped it off with one of the year‰'s hardest releases, Antietam After Party. Made up of veterans of the fertile D.C.-and-Virginia hardcore scene of the ’90s, Regents ar...

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