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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 1)

PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.

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They'll Be Alright: An Interview with Will Oldham and Emmett Kelly

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang decided to record a song for a 1971 surf documentary soundtrack. Things only get stranger from there.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy and the Cairo Gang: We Love Our Hole 7"

Oldham and Kelly are seaside in Australia, lounging out two excellent recordings for a new film.

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Angel Olsen: Half Way Home

Angel Olsen puts together a spare, self-contained album.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Dawn McCarthy: What the Brothers Sang

Will Oldham and Dawn McCarthy update lesser known songs from Don and Phil Everly.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson: Architecture of Loss

Stunning album by the multifaceted Icelandic producer, label founder and musician that transports us to the glacial wilderness of his home country.

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Is There Such Thing as Too Much Will Oldham?: 'Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy'

Will Oldham is full of contradictions, slippery statements, and philosophical musings. Reading this provides a certain feeling that the curtain is getting pulled back to reveal the Wizard.

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Those People's Lists: On Pitchfork's Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.

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Trembling Bells and Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Marble Downs

The collaboration between Trembling Bells and Bonnie "Prince" Billy is peopled with underwear-clad angels, sinister demons, Johnnie Walker, Merge Haggard, the Grim Reaper, ruined livers and dead anniversary flowers. It sounds dour, sure, but beyond that, the record is damn fun.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy and The Phantom Family Halo: The Mindeater

After recording his own music for nearly two decades, it’s an interesting twist that Will Oldham would team up with a band and record an album that sounds just like an album he could have recorded himself. But still, as an introduction to The Phantom Family Halo, The Mindeater gives us something that will take some time to digest.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy: There Is No God / God Is Love

His God is "that which puts mouth on cock and vagina". Eat of my flesh indeed. Transubstantiation never sounded so appealingly weird.

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: Beware

Beware only sounds like loose, organic country, but sadly it's just another contrived piece to the Bonnie "Prince" Billy brand.

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Soy Un Caballo: Les Hueres de Raison

The male/female duo of Soy un Caballo concentrates on being enigmatic and adorable the way Axl Rose concentrates on being loud.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Summer in the Southeast

Will the real Will Oldham please stand up?"

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