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(31) Days of Good: 12.2.12

Baltimore’s Beach House continue to impress with each and every release.  This year’s Bloom might be their best yet.  It’s definitely my personal favorite from the duo and one my top 10 favorite albums of 2012, which makes it incredibly difficult to pick one favorite.  Bloom is one of those records you can listen to start to finish, over and over again.  “Myth” was my first taste of Bloom and it’s an incredible leadoff track.  “Lazulli” is simply magical…or what I like to describe as “Legend of Zelda” meets dream pop.  Ultimately, I have to go with “On the Sea”.  Now this is just me, but this song makes me happy and nostalgic.  Whenever I listen, I can’t help but take trips down memory lane.  I also really love the “Rainbow Connection”-esque piano in the beginning, and how it delicately builds and builds, but never really bursts.

Beach House – On the Sea [from Bloom]
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I’ve been a fan of Brooklyn’s Yellow Ostrich for a couple of years now and I love what these guys are doing.  They have such a cool and authentic sound, simply calling them indie rock doesn’t do them justice.  The band had a big year.  The band’s biggest highlight this year was the release of Strange Land — an impressive, and surprisingly sophisticated, guitar-heavy pop record.  And along with touring extensively all year, the band also found time to release a great EP — Ghost.  If you haven’t given Yellow Ostrich a proper listen, you’re missing out.

Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner [from Strange Land]
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It comes as no surprise to those that know me, or read this here blog, that I am a big fan of The Antlers.  They released a full-length, Burst Apart, and an EP, (together), last year.  I figured they’d take this year off, God knows they deserve it.  Lucky for me, and the rest of the fans, the band surprised us with a fantastic new EP, Undersea.

The Antlers – Drift Drive [from Undersea]
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Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far): Part 4

 

Sorry for the delay, but here it is, the fourth and final post of my favorite albums of 2012 (so far).  If I had to rank my favorite albums of the year today, at least three of the albums below would make the cut.  But alas, I still have about 5 months to narrow it down, but please check back in December to see who makes the cut.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out parts 1-3 (part 1//part 2//part3) and please, leave a comment below, or look me up on twitter or facebook, and let me know what your favorite albums of 2012 are (so far).

 

Sigur Rós//Valtari

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Sleigh Bells//Reign of Terror

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Spiritualized//Sweet Heart, Sweet Light

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Tanlines//Mixed Emotions

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Teen Daze//All of Us, Together

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Tennis//Young & Old

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Vacationer//Gone

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The Walkmen//Heaven

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Yann Tiersen//Skyline

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Yellow Ostrich//Strange Land

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[new music roundup] 3.6.12

 

A few of my favorite new releases this week…

Andrew Bird//Break It Yourself
Eyeoneye (via soundcloud)
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Bowerbirds//The Clearing
Tuck The Darkness In
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Kaiser Chiefs//Start the Revolution Without Me
Little Shocks
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The Magnetic Fields//Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Andrew In Drag (via soundcloud)
houseoftomorrow.com
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Miniature Tigers//MIA PHARAOH
♩ Boomerang
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Said The Whale//Little Mountain
Heavy Ceiling
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White Rabbits//Milk Famous
Heavy Metal
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Xiu Xiu//Always
Beauty Towne (via soundcloud)
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Yellow Ostrich//Strange Land
The Shakedown
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For more new releases this week, be sure to visit Largehearted Boy and Amoeba.

[anticipation] Yellow Ostrich//Strange Land

Totally forgot to include this with my anticipated albums of 2012, but better late than never.

STRANGE LAND

March 6, 2012

Elephant King
Daughter
Marathon Runner
I Got No Time for You
Stay at Home
I Want Yr Love
The Shakedown
Wear Suits
Up in the Mountains
When All is Dead

Yellow Ostrich – Libraries (from The Mistress)

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