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November 28, 2012

{Acid Pauli}

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Yet another album I was a little late discovering...German producer Acid Pauli (aka Martin Gretschmann) mixes late night house grooves with experimental bohemian jazz. I would go straight for "(La Voz) Tan Tierna" to get an idea of how good this album is.

Stream the album right here or below.



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{Matthew Dear}

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Here's another album I was late on...former techno DJ Matthew Dear's latest album Beams is full of carnival whistles, hand claps, basslines and seedy synths.

Stream the album right here or below.



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{Waxahatchee}

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I'm trying to listen to as many albums as humanly possible so I can put a list together of my favs of the year. Here's one that I missed...Waxahatchee is Katie Crutchfield and her album American Weekend is a lo-fi recording filled with stark, confessional and personal lyrics.

Stream the album right here

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November 27, 2012

{Tracey Thorn}

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Everything But the Girl front woman Tracey Thorn has just released her very own Christmas album titled Tinsel and Lights. In addition to two original songs, it features covers of songs by The White Stripes, Sufjan Stevens, Randy Newman, Stephin Merritt, Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, Low, and others. Not every song is strictly a "Christmas" song, which I'm sure will make a lot of people happy.

Stream the album right here

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{Natalia Lafourcade}

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Indie darling Natalia Lafourcade's latest album Mujer Divina is a tribute to composer Agustín Lara. The album features collaborations with Adrián Dárgelos (Babasonicos), Kevin Johansen, Alex Ferreira, Café Tacvba’s Meme), Gilberto Gil), Devendra Banhart and more.

The whole album is available to stream via her sound cloud

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November 19, 2012

{Bjork}

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Bjork is set to release a collection of remixes of tracks from her 2011 album Biophilia. The album features contributions from: Death Grips, El Guincho, Matthew Herbert, These New Puritans, Hudson Mohawke, Omar Souleyman, and more.

Stream the album right here

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{The Rosebuds}

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Indie rock band The Rosebuds recorded their own version of Sade's fourth album Love Deluxe (released 20 years ago) and are offering it for free.

Stream/download the album right here or below...



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{Allo Darlin'}

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As the year winds down I try to get caught up on some albums that slipped through the cracks. London's Allo Darlin's album Europe is full of unashamedly upbeat twee-pop gems.

Stream the album right here or below...



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November 15, 2012

{Finding Joy}

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This is the story of a self-absorbed writer that rediscovers himself, his offbeat family, and what it means to be happy when he meets Joy-a spirited young woman who asks him to write her obituary.

Look for the film in select theaters February 8th.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{On the Road}

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Directed by Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the timeless story of Sal Paradise, a young writer traveling cross-country, on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism.
The film stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elizabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen.

Look for the film in select theaters December 21st.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{Heleno}

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I blogged about this film awhile back when it screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, but now it finally has a release date.
Rodrigo Santoro stars as "40s Brazilian soccer superstar Heleno de Freitas. The biopic also stars up and comer Alinne Moraes who plays Heleno’s estranged wife. Angie Cepeda plays a nightclub singer with whom the soccer star has an ongoing and passionate affair.

Look for the film in select theaters December 7th.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{Action Bronson}

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Queens rapper Action Bronson already released one of the best rap albums of the year (Blue Chips mix tape) with Brooklyn producer Party Supplies. Now he follows up with Rare Chandeliers, a full-length collaboration with producer the Alchemist.

Stream the album right here

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{Murs & 9th Wonder}

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Rapper Murs and producer 9th Wonder's fifth and final album together, The Final Adventure is now streaming online. Out the gate, I'm loving 'Whatuptho' and 'Better Way'.

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November 14, 2012

{Stumbleine}

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Bristol, UK electronic artist Stumbleine has just released a solo album titled Spiderwebbed.

Stream the album (and download the track "Honeycomb") right here or below...

Also, grab a download a cover of Mazzy Star’s classic “Fade Into You” right here and grab the download of "The Beat My Heart Skipped" here



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{Sufjan Stevens}

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Sufjan Stevens just released a 58-track Christmas album called SIlver & Gold. You can stream the album below and download the last two tracks "Justice Delivers It's Death" and "Christmas Unicorn" for FREE.

Stream the album right here or below...



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{Love is All I Got Mini-Mix}

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This is just a bonus mini-mix that I thought I'd share. Enjoy! (Cover art by No Moda)


Have a listen...

"Love is All I Got'" (click on the download button)

Here's the track listing:
Isaac Delusion - "Walking in the Midnight Sun"
Poolside- "Do You Believe"
Erasure- "Always"
Mexican Institute of Sound - "Se Baila"
Feed Me & Crystal Fighters - "Love is All I Got'"
Kids of 88 (feat. Alisa Xayalith) - "Tucan"
The Very Best (Featuring: Seye Adelekan)- "Kondaine"

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{Calvin Love}

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Longtime guitarist in the Los Angeles bands Red Cortez and Just an Animal, Calvin Love blends lo-fi pop with electronic, new wave, and 80s inspired synth pop on his album New Radar.

Stream the album right here or below...



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November 07, 2012

{Kendrick Lamar}

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L.A. rapper Kendrick Lamar's new album good kid, m.A.A.d. city might just be a contender for the rap album of the year.

Stream the album right here

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{Crystal Castles}

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Electronic outfit Crystal Castles’ new album III mixes in some goth, trance, dream pop, and punk into their flow.

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November 06, 2012

{Rust and Bone}

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This French-Belgian drama is directed by Jacques Audiard, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts is based on Craig Davidson's short story collection with the same name.

Look for the film in select theaters December 23rd.

View the trailer right here

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{The Grandmasters}

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We finally get a look at Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters. The film tells the story of martial arts master Ip Man, the trainer of Bruce Lee. Add action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill, Fist Of Legend) into the mix, and you’ve got yourself something special.

The film will open in China on December 18th, though no U.S. date or distributor is lined up just yet.

View the trailer right here

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{Teen Daze}

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Vancouver chillwave producer Teen Daze just dropped his new album The Inner Mansions.

Stream the album right here or below...



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{El Perro Del Mar}

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Swedish pop singer El Perro Del Mar is set to release her latest album Pale Fire on November 12th, but you can stream the album now.

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{The Gaslight Anthem}

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New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem just released their Here Comes My Man EP. They got a cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love".

Watch the video for "Here Comes My Man' (starring Elisha Cuthbert) here

Stream the EP right here

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{Angel Haze}

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Last week new York rapper Angel Haze released a new mini mixtape that includes her reworks of tracks by Lauryn Hill, Lupe Fiasco, Missy Elliot, Jay-Z and Eminem.

Stream or download the mix tape right here

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{The Loneliest Planet}

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Gael Garcia Bernal Hani Furstenberg star in this drama about a young couple in love that are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains when something goes wrong and can't be undone.

This film is currently playing in select theaters.

View the trailer right here

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{Hecho en Mexico}

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Alejandro Fernández, Kinky, Diego Luna, Lupe Esparza, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Rubén Albarrán, Carla Morrison, Amandititita, Don Cheto, and Chavela Vargas all star in this film that weaves a cinematic tapestry composed of original songs and insights from the most iconic artists and performers of contemporary Mexico.

Look for this in select theaters November 30th.

View the trailer right here

Off the soundtrack, have a listen to Carla Morrison (Featuring Leon Larregui)- "Mensajero" right here

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{Back to 1942}

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In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it also had to do with the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.

There's no official US release date yet, but when we know more so will you.

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{The Soft Moon}

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The Soft Moon (aka Luis Vasquez) returns with moody Goth and industrial heavy album titled Zeros.

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