Twenty albums for the half-year.

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I Am Very Far by Okkervil River (2011)

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The Queen is Dead by The Smiths (1986)

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Circuital by My Morning Jacket (2011)

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Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes (2011)

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Disintegration by The Cure (1989)

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Astro Coast by Surfer Blood (2010)

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Showroom of Compassion by CAKE (2011)

(13)

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys (2011)

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Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio (2011)

(11)

Nothing is Wrong by Dawes (2011)

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Cults (2011)

(9)

Dye it Blonde by Smith Westerns (2011)

(8)

The King of Limbs by Radiohead (2011)

(7)

BiRd-BrAiNs by tUnE-yArDs (2009)

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w h o k i l l by tUnE-yArDs (2011)

(5)

Kaputt by Destroyer (2011)

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Cape Dory by Tennis (2011)

(3)

Yuck (2011)

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Elephant Eyelash by WHY? (2005)

(1)

Treats by Sleigh Bells (2010)

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Six albums for April 2011, with audiovisuals

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Yuck (2011)

(NOTE: This is the only album I purchased this month.  The rest I got from libraries.  [Have you heard of these things?] And it just so happens to be my favorite for the month.  Coincidence?)

(2)

Treats by Sleigh Bells (2010)

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Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies (1980)

(4)

The Lady Killer by Cee-Lo Green (2010)

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¡Simpatico! by Velocity Girl (1994)

(6)

Leisure by Blur (1991)

(NOTE:  Someone [I’m guessing male, Class of 1994 or so] donated these last two to the library, along with Beastie Boys’ License to Ill, among other like albums.  That’s textbook philanthropy, people.)

March Shoutout:

BiRd-BrAiNs by tUnE-yArDs (2009)

No joke, this is the music of a genius at work.

Four free albums for March 2011, with audiovisuals.

I spent exactly zero dollars on music this month.  There were a few albums that I picked up from my local libraries (I would argue that my most noteworthy overall March aquisition is The Cure’s Disintegration), and there was one that a friend of mine “exchanged” with me for CAKE’s Showroom of Compassion (Middle Brother’s self-titled debut.  It’s good.  They’re a modern day CSNY.  But if you enjoy this album, you should really just be listening to Dawes’ North Hills, Delta Spirit’s Ode to Sunshine, and Deer Tick’s War Elephant.  Those three debuts are much, much stronger, and much less road-weary, than Middle Brother.).  But really, a lot of the better albums that I acquired this month were albums that I stumbled upon while surfing the World Wide Web, and that are still out there at sea (or whatever), free to you and me and everyone.  So, here are four albums that will cost you zero (0) dollars to acquire for yourself, with links for your convenience:

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MixDisc2 by White Denim

This is a mixtape that White Denim just put out.  And it’s pretty amazing.  It’s a great insight as to where White Denim is coming from musically, and, for me anyway, a great resource for discovering new music and artists.  White Denim’s official page is filled with freebies, including last year’s Last Day of Summer.

(2)

House of Balloons by The Weeknd

(3)

Freaks & Geeks EP by Childish Gambino

(4)

Radical by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

A good deal of Odd Future’s discography is available for free on their Tumblr account.  If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, Odd Future is my brother’s generation’s Wu-Tang Clan.  The gf and I saw MellowHype (and Tennis, and Smith Westerns, and Yuck, and Bass Drum of Death) at the Fat Possum’s “I’m an Alcoholic and I Hate You” day party at SXSW.  It was terrifying.

Cheers, the internet, and thanks.

Seven albums for February, with audiovisuals.

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Kaputt by Destroyer (2011)

(2)

The King of Limbs by Radiohead (2011)

(3)

Zonoscope by Cut Copy (2011)

(4)

Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne (2008)

Part two, with slight overlap:

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Elephant Eyelash by WHY? (2005)

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Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan (1993)

(7)

Eyes of Veritas by Gilbere Forte (2011)

You can pick up the Eyes of Veritas mixtape right here.

Cheers, February 2011, and thanks.

Ten albums for January 2011, with audiovisuals:

(1)

Showroom of Compassion by CAKE (2011)

(2)

Cape Dory by Tennis (2011)

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Dye it Blonde by Smith Westerns (2011)

(4)

Libraries by The Love Language (2010)

(5)

Marquee Moon by Television (1977)

(6)

Surfer Rosa by Pixies (1988)

(7)

Night Ripper by Girl Talk

(8)

The Monitor by Titus Andronicus (2010)

(9)

Tanganyika by Davis Levels (2010)

My cousin Steve is in Davis Levels, so maybe I’m biased, but I think their six-song debut, Tanganyika is pretty legit.  They’ve got it up for streaming at their bandcamp page, and for “purchase” at a name your price cost.  What have you got to lose, 50 MB?  Don’t you have an external hard drive?  Doesn’t your phone have thirty-two gigs of  storage?

Once again, this album can be found right here.

&

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Duran Duran (1981)

Cheers, January 2011, and thanks.

With all due respect,

grawlsy.