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'Nutmeg State of Mind': New Music for a Cause, Honoring Newtown

Connecticut-based bands present a new compilation by the Up-Turn with 100% of profits going to Mental Health America

Terry Carr and Peter Kelly of the new music discovery website The Up-Turn have released a comprehensive compilation of Connecticut-based bands in honor of the Newtown tragedy. Nutmeg Stage of Mind is dedicated to the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as an "opportunity to help give some positive meaning to the outcome". These two guys from Greenwich, Connecticut, put together a 19-track album encompassing many genres to "demonstrate our rich music scene and deep Connecticut pride while also attempting address a problem in our country". 100% of profits will be donated to Mental Health America, the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to "helping all people life mentally healthier lives". With a suggested donation of just $5 per download, music fans are encouraged to listen/donate/share at the link here.

The music begins with the carefully crafted indie pop of A Beacon School. More indie cred follows with Ghost of Chance, Dwight Smith and the Guru. Yet the collection boasts impressive breadth, with songs funky (Body Cheetah), punky (Fins) and folksy (Closely Watched Trains). The solid rock in Birth of Flower along with a raucous trio of M.T. Bearing, Sidwalk Dave and Myty Konkeror, balances out the rap of Chef the Chef and Ghost Row. There's the electronica of Color Plus and the fuzzed out psychedelia of Slates, while the cryptic spoken lyrics of Steeve provides closure with a wistful synth soundscape. Lots to explore musically, plus the download comes with a PDF of artfully curated photos taken in Connecticut.

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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