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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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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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Real Estate: Atlas

Without a doubt, this is another Real Estate album.

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Ducktails: Wish Hotel EP

The latest work from Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile's solo project mines the same sonic territory as his excellent new album, but with less rewarding results.

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Alex Bleeker and the Freaks: How Far Away

How Far Away is a pleasant album, expertly arranged and well recorded, but for a folk-based album that ruminates on the demise of a relationship, there just doesn’t feel like there is enough at stake.

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Taking It All In: The Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (Sunday)

The final day of Pitchfork brings a barrage of guitar bands, a tight race between coasts east and west and a feel-good farewell from the boys in Vampire Weekend.

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Cheers Elephant: Like Wind Blows Fire

Philadelphia quartet fans flames of success on new release.

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Coachella 2012: Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre + Real Estate + Santigold

Coachella streamed live this past weekend and here you can catch entire sets sets from hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, indie rockers Real Estate, and Santigold.

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Real Estate: Days

The songs on Days could be largely interchangeable with those on Real Estate, and, what’s more, there isn’t a really obvious attention grabber of a tune here as “Beach Comber” was in introducing the debut disc.

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Ducktails: Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

Real Estate side project offers similarly chilled-out soundscapes for your summer haze.

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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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Deerhunter + Casino Versus Japan + Ducktails: 12 October 2010 - Washington D.C.

Much like Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter's live show finds the band splitting the difference between ambient noise and delicately constructed pop.

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Real Estate: Real Estate

Cynics be damned: however the hype machine happens to play this one out, Real Estate have overcome the critics and released one of the most refreshing, satisfying and richly rewarding albums of 2009.

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Girls + Real Estate: 3.Nov.09 - Washington DC

Girls + Real Estate: 3 November 2009 - The Black Cat, Washington DC / Words and Pictures by Mehan Jayasuriya

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