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I haven’t written a review in over half a year!

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I have been slow to catch onto the great indie-folk band Mountain Goats.  Known for their vivid and imaginative story-telling, Mountain Goats have released 17 albums since their beginnings and they are planning on releasing an LP later this year entitled All Eternals Deck.  Despite the fact that I have never listened to a single one of their 17 albums I am actually getting excited for the newest release due to the first track to leak. Check after the jump for my track review of Damn These Vampires

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Although Matt Mondanile is best known in the independent music world as the guitarist for New Jersey band Real Estate, I suspect that he will start receiving more well earned attention for his solo work as Ducktails.  Like Real Estate, Ducktails makes chill, down-tempo music that sounds both straight-forward and improvised.  Mondanile’s latest release, Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics, shows his strongest song-writing to date and the full review can be found after the jump.

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So far 2010 has been a year of great hip-hop for all types of listeners.  Das Racist established themselves a a more than just novelty with Sit Down, Man,  Big Boi garnered critical and mainstream success with his first solo effort Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, and Odd Future are creating some of the most interesting and inventive hip-hop with force and swag.  Now it is Yeezy’s turn to leave his mark on 2010 with his long awaited My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  Read the entire review after the jump.

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Keith Lynch is the single man behind the alternative-rock band Unknown Component.  Lynch is an Iowa native and it is easy to hear the mid-west influence on his music, his music all feels large and open.  The Infinite Definitive is the newest album from Lynch and you can read the rest of the review after the jump.

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California noise-rockers No Age hit gold with their 2008 album NounsNouns is a masterpiece of noise-rock and punk-rock that captured the feel of an entire scene with its love for experimentation, aggression and volume.  No Age is back with their third full-length Everything in Between.  Check out my full review after the jump.

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Das Racist’s newest mixtape has further solidified them as one of the most interesting hip-hop acts out today.  Das Racist approach the criticism that they are just comedians and not rappers with the song hahahaha jk? and prove that they are two guys that know what they are doing.

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