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All the hype over Beach House's new album, Teen Dream, out today via Sub Pop Records, is more than well earned. We are not just going to jump on the BH band wagon (after listening to Teen Dream again and again for two weeks straight), but, we're willing to go a step further - regardless of what other sensational releases come out in the next 11 months, we think Teen Dream could be the best album of 2010 (although Midlake is poised to pose a strong challenge).

"Norway" - Beach House from Teen Dream (2010)

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Beach House on MySpace

Magnetic Fields - Realism

One of our favorite bands of all time, The Magnetic Fields, are back with their follow-up to Distortion, a folksy LP, titled Realism, which drops today via Nonesuch Records. Unlike the electric edge and reverbs of the appropriately named Distortion LP, Realism - meant to be a 'companion' piece' - centers more on acoustic strumming, folk sensibilities, flourishing keys and subject matter such as cults and shipwrecks. The blogger Spork wrote: "The Magnetic Fields continue their playful love-hate relationship with pop music with Realism, a new album full of love songs, un-love songs."

"Walk on a Lonely Road" - The Magnetic Fields from Realism (2010)

Magnetic Fields on Nonesuch Records

Magnetic Fields on MySpace

Magnetic Fields official website

Have You Seen This? Free, Legal downloads of Magnetic Fields' covers

Beastie Boys Vs. Alphabeat - "Intergalactic Spell"

White Panda Records sent us a mash up yesterday of The Beastie Boys vs. Alphabeat on a song called "Intergalatic Spell." Pretty cool; nice going White Panda - we're really starting to love you guys.

"Intergalactic Spell" - Beastie Boys vs. Alphabeat via White Panda Records from the Versus mixtape (2010)

No Through Road - Winner

Australian band, and Low Transit Industries recording artist, No Through Road, drop their second album, Winner, today. The songs, as evidenced by the "Girls Are The Devil" (but really, they're not) track below, demonstrate NTR's soaring, shredding and dark anthem-like rock, featuring elements of goth and punk - "like a Kiwi-distorted combo of Strokes, You Am I, Guided By Voices, Interpol and Pavement."

"Girls Are The Devil" - No Through Road from Winner (2010)

No Through Road on MySpace

Get Winner from Low Transit's Bandcamp page

Spirit Spine - Jungle Bridges

One of our top featured unsigned artists of 2009, Spirit Spine (aka Joseph Denny), who impressed us last year with his DIY home-recorded self-titled debut, is back with a new EP. In the span of less than a year, Denny has signed with Lovegiraffe Records and opened for well-known indie artists such as Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi.

"Slept Away" - Spirit Spine from Jungle Bridges (2010)

"Crashers" - Spirit Spine from s/t debut (2009)

Spirit Spine on MySpace

Retribution Gospel Choir - 2

Remember the spectacular slowcore band Low from Duluth, Minnesota? Well, they are one of the best 'underground' bands of the past two decades (and despite rumors, have not split up), and easily one of Minnesota's greatest contributions to the indie rock genre. Low's frontman Alan Sparhawk took some time off to form Retribution Gospel Choir in 2007 along with original Low bassist Steve Garrington and Eric Pollard on drums and vocals.

Their new album, 2, drops today via Sub Pop Records. RGC are currently on tour through mid-April, with jaunts throughout North America and Europe. Check the tour dates via their website link below or their MySpace page.

"Hide It Away" - Retribution Gospel Choir from 2 (2010)

Retribution Gospel Choir website

Woodpigeon - Die Stadt Muzikanten

Die Stadt Muzikanten is Woodpigeon's third full-length album and follow up to the internationally acclaimed Treasury Library Canada. The band's latest album was released on January 12 in Canada, via Boompa Records, and is available today in the States.

"Empty-Hall Sing-Along" - Woodpigeon from Die Stadt Muzikanten (2010)

Woodpigeon on Myspace

Citay - Dream Get Together

Surprisingly, a lot of music folks don't know about one of San Francisco's best bands - the psych pop rock outfit, Citay. The band's new album, Dream Get Together, is colorful, vibrant and full of fire and thrust, as demonstrated on the LP's opening track, the swinging, seven-minute psychedelic rock jam, "Careful with that Hat." The LP drops today, January 26th, via Dead Oceans Records.

"Cafeful with that Hat" - Citay from Dream Get Together (2010)

Citay on MySpace

Boy Genius - Staggering

Jason Korenkiewicz began writing songs in 2006 for what was then a two-man acoustic project. At a party one night that year, someone declared them, "neither boys, nor geniuses," and thus the name of the Brooklyn indie pop band came to be.

The band recorded their first two EPs, and their debut LP, Anchorage, with New York engineer Josh Clark, who is credited for his work with Beirut and the New Pornographers. For their latest album, Staggering - out today on Greenpop Records - the band worked with legendary producer and musician Mitch Easter, who is known famously for his work with bands such as Dinosaur Jr., REM, Pavement, Superchunk, Velvet Crush and many others.

Boy Genius consists of Korenkiewicz (guitar and vocals), Marisa Cerio (lead guitar), Lisa Klimkiewicz (drums), and Jeffrey Mensch (bass).

"Old New England" - Boy Genius from Staggering (2010)

"Ramona Saves The Day" - Boy Genius from Staggering (2010)

Boy Genius on MySpace

Other Releases Today:

"When You Walk in the Room" - Fyfe Dangerfield from Fly Yellow Moon (2010)

"Spy on the Floor" - Chicago Underground Duo from Boca Negra (2010)

"Hurried Feathers" - The Berndt from GBGBG (2010)

Better Late Than...

The following are tracks from other January releases that we missed for one reason or another.

"Lovely Weather" - The Vandelles from s/t debut (2010)

"City Kids" - Boy Without God from single release (2010)

This track is provided under the Creative Commons license via Bad Panda Records

"Poor Boy Can't Dance" - Barton Carroll from Together You and I (2010)

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At 3:17 AM , Blogger Yoel Engel said...

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At 7:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad panda records! not white panda :)

At 7:44 AM , Anonymous playeru said...

Looking forward to listening the new Beach House album, I loved the previous one. I don't know about being the best of 2010, many many releases on the way(Arcade Fire to name one).


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