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To Willie

Phosphorescent
Secretly Canadian

You know those couples who sit on the same side of the booth, who talk babytalk in public, who call each other “Ma” and “Pa,” who are a little too much in love?

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Jigsaw

Lady Sovereign
MIDGET

I liked Lady Sovereign. Her debut had a lot of the fun and sarcasm that has been a requirement of British imports of late.

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Blood

OSI
Inside Out

For the third time, Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore have combined progressive metal and ambient electronica, producing an intriguing genre-bending album.

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Thank You Very Quickly

Extra Golden
Thrill Jockey

Why’s it difficult to blend Afrobeat rhythms with guitar-heavy rock?

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Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan
Drag City

Smog mastermind Bill Callahan traffics in the same casual baritone speak-singing of latter-day Lou Reed, but adds just enough of Lyle Lovett’s amiable wryness to keep the delivery light on it

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S/T

Chico Fellini
Self-released

Despite their name, Chico Fellini’s scope never feels cinematic; rather, their self-titled debut is insular and airless in a way that still manages to conjure plenty of drama in its own right

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Blue Bluer Bluest

The Flying Saucers
Self-released

The Flying Saucers may sound like your dad’s garage band, but age clearly doesn’t equal schlock for these bluesy beer-swillers.

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Leaves in the Gutter

Superchunk
Merge

FACT: The last Superchunk full-length came out in 2001. It (Here's to Shutting Up) was fucking great.

FACT: 2001 feels like a long time ago. Probably because it was.

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Jewellery

Micachu and the Shapes
Rough Trade

When Jewellery was bestowed upon me, I immediately Googled Micachu to find out if it was a Pokemon (is not) or these so-called Shapes had anything to do with Shapes and Sizes, The Shapes,

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Blazing Red

Anne Heaton
Spill

The girl who sat next to you in sixth period trig, the one with the Ani-inspired boots and the Boys for Pele T-shirt, wants you to like this album.