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Six Organs of Admittance Brings the Cosmos Down to Earth

Six Organs of Admittance's Companion Rises begins and ends in a pre-dawn haze, shadowed by an inky sky that stretches out toward the cosmos before landing softly back on Earth.

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "Blueberry Jam" (track review)

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Blueberry Jam" is a drug-induced, fruit-fueled criticism of the world we live in today.

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Billy Wylder Wants Us to Hear the "Roar of the Wild" (premiere)

Former Bombino guitarist Avi Salloway brings his own brand of songwriting to the fore with multifaceted quartet Billy Wylder and their new song "Roar of the Wild".

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CocoRosie: Heartache City

Still taking on taboos, CocoRosie's latest effort Heartache City finds melodic wonder in a fiery cosmos that is their poetry and horror.

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Devendra Banhart: Mala

Mala is a cake that comes across as half-baked, which is sorrowful knowing that Banhart really wanted to have that cake and eat it, too.

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Trouble, Strife and Endless Crooked Notes: 'Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk'

Jason Weiss offers an in-depth examination of one of the most important independent jazz and avant-rock record labels. Focusing on insiders’ recollections of the label’s rise and fall, Weiss presents an eye-opening tale of commercial reality colliding with imaginative ideals.

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AU: Both Lights

On Both Lights, AU blends minimalist impulses with dramatic pop dynamics and flavor. It's the recipe for some great songs, but an inconsistent album experience.

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Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps: Little Wind

Smith has a quirky voice with a warble that resembles the freak-folk style of Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane. But while there is something Western about those two singers, Smith’s vocals have a Midwestern, plaintive air.

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All the Apparatus: All the Apparatus

All the Apparatus is a rollicking, eclectic, and hysteric form of indie rock, perfect for those who prefer celebration over navel-gazing.

Philip Majorins
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Skeletons: People

People is a dense, challenging listen, one that's grounded in reality and ever so more compelling as a result of it.

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Akron/Family: S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

The latest helping of left-field psych-folk from the Brooklyn outfit is one of 2011’s first great albums.

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The Winks: Twilights

If Lewis Carroll had come of age in the 1960s, started a band instead of writing books, and taken copious amounts of bad acid, he might have come up with something that sounds like arty Montreal psych-rockers The Winks.

Zachary Houle
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Josephine Foster: Graphic As a Star

The Snow White of freak-folk gets her Emily Dickinson on.

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Animal Collective: Water Curses

It’s been a full half-decade since Animal Collective came to prominence, bridging the gap between Brian Wilson and avant-garde tribal chant.

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Ilya E. Monosov: Seven Lucky Plays, or How to Fix Songs for a Broken Heart

If his latest CD with the cumbersome title of is any indication, Ilya E. Monosov probably says profound things in between bouts of sitting and thinking.

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Malachi: Holy Music

Considered to be one of the original albums of the “psych-folk” movement, this reissue of the 1966 album is one you could probably do without.

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