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I may have let a few things slip through the cracks in my music reviews, and this is by no means comprehensive, but here’s a bunch of albums of note to catch up on.

Can’t Miss Bets (or, these are awesome albums that I really like):

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Noble Beast

Andrew Bird

January 20, 2009 (US)

Andrew Bird is a ridiculously talented multi-instrumentalist, folk/baroque pop artist that plays something in between Sufjan Stevens and Fleet Foxes. But even that might be putting a box around an unboxable man.

For a taste, check out:

“Oh No” performed live

9/10

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Merriweather Post Pavillon

Animal Collective

January 6, 2009 (US)

Speaking of unboxable, I refuse to try to label Animal Collective. I’m still not sure what to say other than you need to listen. Like need to listen. Seriously. They conjure up some sort of primordial feeling in me that just wants to close my eyes, disappear into the music, and discover another world. Does experimental electronic pop do this justice as a category?

For a taste, check out:

“My Girls” music video

9.5/10

Not Worth A Rush (or, you might dig them, but they’re not for all):

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The Century of Self

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

February 17, 2009 (US)

This band, of the extremely long name variety, delivers sweeping, layered art rock.
For a taste, check out:

“Bells of Creation” performed live

7/10

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March of the Zapotec/Holland

Beirut/Realpeople

February 17, 2009 (US)

Zach Condon, known by his pseudonyms “Beirut” and the lesser-used “Realpeople” on this double EP brings forward a mix of styles. The March of the Zapotec half is what a Mexican funeral march would sound like if Antony & the Johnsons were a bit more upbeat. The second half (Holland) is like Jens Lekman meets Death Cab for Cutie, if that explains anything.

For a taste, check out:

“La Llorona” music video

7/10

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Havilah

The Drones

February 16, 2009 (UK & US) [released in Australia in Sept 08]

The Drones are an indie rock band that get the basics down pat. The guitars have that DIY feel. The lyrics are filled with allusions and hidden messages. If you dig the Clash you’d like these Aussies.

For a taste, check out:

“The Minotaur” music video

7/10

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2 thoughts on “Music that slipped through the cracks…

  1. I’m a little hesitant about the new ….Trail of Dead album. Source Tags and Codes, and World’s Apart were awesome, but I was disappointed in So Divided.

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