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Loyal readers of this site expect one thing: words. Lots of them.  Preferably with at least four syllables.  And, typically, we are happy to oblige.  The world of indie music has reached a point, however, at which there are more new songs released monthly than there are words in the OED.  As such, in our efforts to wax eloquent about each drop in the deluge of exciting new music, we run the risk of letting our words get in the way of that which they are trying to serve.

Thus, in an effort to increase the quantity of music we provide without sacrificing the quality of our writing, allow us to introduce our monthly mixtape series.  Each month we will bring 24 of our favorite new songs in two installments with (little to) no explanation.  Our first installment is a genre-hopping bonanza, with tracks ranging from synth-pop to street rap to hardcore punk.  Tune in.

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It is no secret that the distribution of music on the Internet has led to a radical re-appraisal of its free-market value.  With essentially every piece of music ever recorded obtainable at no cost through a well-planned Google search, the notion of paying $18 for 35 minutes of music has been rendered preposterous.  This shift has come at significant financial harm to many artists (frequently lamentable) and record labels (infrequently lamentable), but it has also come with a number of pleasant surprises.

The most pleasant of these, of course, is the ever-expanding universe of free and legal music.  What was once a friendly gesture has become a strategy for career growth and transformation, with established artists using it as a way to explore their creative margins (see: Radiohead), and unknowns using it as a low-risk path to stardom (see: Drake).  Each month we are flooded with free new releases, most of which we will never even know exist.  This year, Frontier Psychiatrist will attempt to remedy this gap with our new column Free And Easy.  Each month we will discuss some of the best free and legal releases from the  month gone by, with the hope of making this endless sea of new music more navigable for you, the reader.  Given that this is our first column, we may venture back a little further than one month; as always, we hope you’ll find something that piques your interest.  Now, on to the music.

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Virginia Beach’s The Clipse has always had a dark history with religion and theology. Just take a look at their breakout album titles: Lord Willin’ and Hell Hath No Fury. In 2011 the religious references still are still prevalent, but the circumstances are different. After 2009s lackluster Til the Casket Drops, the Thornton brothers have found themselves at a crossroads. Gene (known as Malice), typically the headier of the two, turned his eyes towards the Lord and published Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked, a searing and soul bearing memoir. Terrence (Pusha T), the flashier of the two, has been a bit more reluctant to change his ways. He signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label and released his solo-debut mixtape, Fear of God last Tuesday. A dark, vengeful and sometimes barking mad piece, Fear of God may be a return to form for big T, but it’s surely not progress.

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