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Enjoy Side B of our “monthly” mixtape below.  If you missed Side A, you can check it out here.

1. Spider Bags – “Friday Night”

2. Flying Lotus feat. Earl Sweatshirt and Captain Murphy – “Between Friends”

3. Cat Power – “Cherokee” (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

4. Redd Kross – “Researching The Blues”

5. Seapony – “Prove to Me”

6. Petite Noir – “Till We Ghosts”

7. Sun Araw – “Like Wine”

8. The People’s Temple – “Looter’s Game”

9. Evian Christ – “FYTS”

10. Wavves – “Hippies Is Punks”

11. Captain Murphy – “Shake Weight”

12. PAWS – “Miss American Bookworm”

13. Levek – “French Lessons”



Our monthly mixtape slipped through the cracks last month, but we’re back with twice the music.  Enjoy the music below, and check back later in the week for Side B.  Hopefully you’ll find something you hadn’t heard before.

1. Swearin’ – “Here to Hear”

2. Domo Genesis & The Alchemist feat Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, and Action Bronson. – “Elimination Chamber”

3. Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”

4. Dirty Beaches – “Elizabeth’s Theme”

5. Balmorhea – “Pyrakantha”

6. Le1f – “Wut”

7. Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”

8. Moon Duo – “Sleepwalker”

9. Two Fingers – “101 South”

10. US Girls – “Jack”

11. Halls – “White Chalk”

12. Prince Rama – “So Destroyed”

13. Mister Lies – “Dionysian”

(To check out songs 30-16 on our list, click here)

15. Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Son”

Far out, man.  Far out.

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Making a Top 30 songs list is a lot trickier than making a Top 30 albums list. One’s opinion of a song is rarely static, changing with the mood, the time of day, the season.  Additionally, the shear volume of songs released in any given year ensure that any list will prove grossly incomplete.  Why even bother?

Well: because it’s fun, I suppose.  Because we get to have ridiculous debates about the quality of various 3-minute compositions.  Because we get to listen to all of our favorite songs over and over again in preparation.  And, most importantly, because we get to share them with you.  Here’s hoping that you find something you like below, and if you think we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments section.  Let the countdown begin.

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(All week we’re counting down our favorites of the year to date.  To check out albums 30 through 11 on our list, click here)

10. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Birdman’s best disc since 2005’s Mysterious Production of EggsBreak It Yourself finds the string virtuoso giving equal attention to expanding and restraining his unique songwriting style. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon, Break It Yourself is as expertly produced as it is written, giving Bird fans a more rewarding listen than any of his interim discs. Extra points for the inclusion of Annie Clark. -PTL

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I listen to hundreds of new records each year, and so I feel that I am as qualified as anyone to say that 2011 kind of sucked.  Of course, like every year, there were a handful of outstanding releases, but there was a genuine lack of depth in the field.  When the time came to fill in our year-end lists, coming up with 25-50 records that really felt like they belonged proved challenging to say the least.

No such problem in 2012.  Already there have been more excellent releases than I care to count, so much so that our lists have undergone almost daily post-deadline revision.  Hip-hop and straight-up guitar-based rock in particular have seem rejuvenated this year, as is reflected in the list below.  While some of the year’s most lauded releases just didn’t strike a chord with our staff (Beach House, Grimes), and others have not been in the world long enough for us to digest (Fiona Apple), there is more than enough good music below to keep you satisfied through the hot summer months.  And so, without further ado, the first part of our Top 30 Albums of 2012 so far:

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Death Grips

We at Frontier Psychiatrist are always excited when someone makes a bold attempt to re-invent hip-hop.  This explains our enthusiasm for Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, and it explains our excitement on hearing the The Money Store, the new full-length from Sacramento collective Death Grips.  Sounding like a well-armed militia from outer space, Death Grips have been captivating and terrifying critics since the release of last year’s mixtape Exmilitary.  They are back in 2012 with two new full-lengths, the first of which is streaming in its entirety below.  The music bears a resemblence to conventional hip-hop in that there are repeated samples and occasional rhyming lyrics, but otherwise we are dealing with something decidedly unconventional, with a level of anger and aggression typically reserved for anarchist book fairs mixed with oddly mood-elevating moments of danceability.  “I’ve Seen Footage” and album-closer “Hacker” are particularly representative samples of the group’s unique style.  As you can tell from the album cover above, you are probably best served listening somewhere other than work.

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