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Good new music

Filed Under: New Releases

Written by Brendan

Monday November 29, 2010

Mariage Blanc - Mariage BlancThe last few months of the year tend to be a little lighter on the new releases, but there are always a few that stand out as noteworthy. Among this list, and not to be missed in the rush to put together year-end favorite music lists are the following:

Mariage Blanc by Mariage Blanc
This self-recorded indie-pop effort is the debut LP for Pittsburgh’s Mariage Blanc, and one that had me hooked at first listen. From sleigh bells and shimmering melodies in “Whatever You Say I Am” to feedback-laced guitar and bouncing bass in “Poor Portraits” and “Rag to a Bull”, these guys have put together an album with no holes and quite a few bright spots.

All Those I Know by Eric & Magill
This is a free album that I would have gladly paid good money for. Yup, it’s free. The album’s complexity brings about a wide range of emotions. “You Make It So Good” feels like an expanding bouncing bubble beneath you, buoyant and energetic before “Should We All Wake Up” throws a giant pin into the bubble and brings you crashing down.

Undercard by The Extra Lens
The Extra Lens, once The Extra Glenns, is a collaboration of John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats fame) and Franklin Bruno. This is their first release in 8 years, and definitely a quality one. If you’re a Mountain Goats fan, pick this up.

Speaking of year-end favorite music lists, I have begun thinking of mine. It’s going to be a very tough year to choose just 80 minutes worth of music. If you want a copy when they’re ready, just shoot me an email using the “Email Me” link at the top of the page.

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One Response to “Good new music”

  1. AQ says:

    I am not a big fan of the holiday’s but your end of year music collection has been one of my highlights the last 3 or 4 years.

    I still have all of the original discs and cases (one of which is stapled paper).

    Can’t wait for this years!