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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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Of Montreal Brings the Groove to 'White Is Relic / Irrealis Mood'

Kevin Barnes is back to experimenting. But this time around he drapes the weirdness in a layer of danceable grooves.

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Of Montreal: Innocence Reaches

Kevin Barnes has found his center again. He's figured out how to combine his melodic skills with his musical idiosyncrasies.

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Kevin Barnes' Monolithic Egress: An Interview with of Montreal

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes explains why it's OK to make music that's ugly, why he loves Os Mutantes, and why he can't recreate his most hated song ever.

Ben Morss
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Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (take 1)

Aureate Gloom is a soliloquy to anyone willing to listen, an intense affirmation of the confusion that comes with change, and of the uncertainty that comes with difficult choices.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.

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First Single from of Montreal's New Album, 'Lousy with Sylvianbriar,' Is Released

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes abandons the funk and electronic cut-and-paste pop of the band's last several records for a sound inspired by '60s and '70s guitar rock, creating his most organic and compelling music in years.

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of Montreal - "Micro University" (MP3)

of Montreal have a new album coming out on October 23rd and it's a collection of rarities called 'Daughter of Cloud'. "Micro University" dates from 2006 and is one of 17 songs presented on the record.

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Kishi Bashi: 151a

Singer/violinist/multi-instrumentalist K Ishibashi takes some cues from both Andrew Bird and Animal Collective and creates a lovely debut album that's equal parts romantic yearning and playful non-sequiturs.

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Of Montreal + Deerhoof: 20 March 2012 – Los Angeles

Just what the (witch) doctor ordered: a real chance to let loose. Tune in, turn on, drop doubt that good music will prevail.

Melissa Bobbitt
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Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks

Kevin Barnes takes Of Montreal out of its sexy funk phase and into its...20th century atonal minimalism phase? Yikes.

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20 Questions: Casiokids' Omar E. Johnsen

Ever have to turn in a term paper at the last second? While your band is on tour? The day before your back gives out? Well, Of Montreal-endorsed dance-rock group Casiokids know such pain, but share a great deal of wisdom and emotional depth in this fascinating 20 Questions feature . . .

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Late Fall New Music Playlist

New releases plus a trip to a music festival gives plenty of options for a playlist

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Soundscape Mix #9: Disco, The Continuing Last Days

PopMatters' latest free mix tape presents some aspects of the lasting effects of disco and associated funk, with ace selections from Squarepusher, of Montreal, Matthew Dear, Goldfrapp to keep that boogie in your shoes.

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20 Questions: Casiokids

Norway's latest dance-pop export has songs so catchy, they don't even feel they need to re-record their tracks in English to appeal to US listeners, and as this 20 Questions reveals, a love of all things Woody Allen, a penchant for stealing keyboards, and a wish to travel to Greece are just part of what drives this fascinating, delightful breaking band ...

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B.O.M.B. Festival: 30 May 2010 - Durham, CT

B.O.M.B. festival was a great event with a cozy atmosphere in an excellent space. Room enough for some family entertainment, live music and, more importantly, to grow in future years.

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B.O.M.B. Fest Explodes Into Durham, CT

It’s explosive, hip...it’s where you want to be May 30th. It’s the BOMB!

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James Husband: A Parallax I

On his debut solo effort, Of Montreal multi-instrumentalist James Husband demonstrates his real knack for penning melodies, not albums.

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of Montreal + The Ruby Suns

Kevin Barnes' individual narratives may be filled with confusion, miscommunication, and rejection, but his music's eminently inclusive.

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Of Montreal: Jon Brion Remix EP

This EP teases at what could've been: a full-fledged meeting of eccentric minds that not only works, but sounds almost exactly like what you'd expect it to.

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Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping

Following Hissing Fauna, it shouldn't be too surprising that Skeletal Lamping is a bit of a let-down, but it's still a nonsensical dancefloor freakfest that only Kevin Barnes could pull off.

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Various Artists: This is Next

The world is better for every new pair of ears that gets turned on to Of Montreal and Ted Leo. The only real question is this: do you really need this album to begin with?

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Of Montreal: Icons, Abstract Thee

This EP offers some tasty leftovers from Of Montreal's excellent 2007 full-length, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.

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COUNTERPOINT: Of Montreal

Care-free stuff or kiddy fluff? Longtime Of Montreal fan Kevin Peterson takes the band to task on some of the points that our first reviewer, Lyra Pappin, raised with reverie.

Kevin Pearson
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Of Montreal

A friend of mine complains that his students draw dark, depressing images. I suggested they start listening to Of Montreal...

Lyra Pappin
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Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Depression, isolation, infidelity, violence; Of Montreal once more in top form.

Vladimir Wormwood
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Of Montreal: Satanic Twins

Satanic Twins was meant for the club, and as a collection of club tunes, it does just fine.

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Of Montreal: Deflated Chime, Foals Flower Sibylline Responses

With only two new tracks padded with a couple old favorites, this peculiar tour EP may be best examined as if it were a 7" single.

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Of Montreal: The Early Four Track Recordings

Series of reissues offers recent fans a chance to turn back the clock to Of Montreal's formative years and explore the progression out of the garage and into indie pop brilliance.

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