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Every 30 days we bring you our five favorite music videos of the month gone by; if you missed any of last year’s entries, click here. The music video is off to great start in 2012, and there were many fantastic entries that could not find room on the list.  If you take a look at some of them, head over to our tumblr where we have posted several (and where we frequently post new music and videos).  In the meantime, enjoy the months’ best, featuring shadow puppets, action figures, dangerous car stunts, and gay porn stars.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Of all the lists that this website produces over the course of the next few weeks, I expect to receive the most angry and confused comments about this one.  As I see it, 2011 is the year that mainstream hip-hop let us down.  High profile releases from the likes of Lil’ Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, The Game, and Pusha T (to name only a few) left me wishing I still bought CDs so I could use them as coasters.  Meanwhile, as month after month of flaccid rhymes and bombastic beats hit record store shelves, a new hip-hop underground began to emerge through a series of independent releases and free mixtapes.  These are the records that had me coming back over and over when I needed a jolt this year, and the list below (compiled with the help of super-staffer Peter Lillis) reflects this predilection.  As such, there are some notable and, I will admit, potentially egregious omissions.  Allow me to list the most glaring of these up front:

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(Today, we continue our countdown of the top 20 albums of 2011 so far.  For previous entries in the series, click here.)

10. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

Over the past 5 years, there has been an ongoing effort in the indie music community (led by Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and others) to meld classical pop music with the avant-garde.  Merrill Garbus’ uke-and-loop project tUnE-yArDs created something of a landmark in this synthesis with this year’s w h o k i l l, a record layered with expressive vocals, tribal percussion, and melodic clarity.  It will make you jump, scream, dance, run, and finally surrender in exhaustion and delight. -LVL Read the rest of this entry »

Is it just me and the rest of the internet, or has 2011 been a year of game changers? We’ve seen a lot of great, forward thinking tunes come down the pipe, and it’s only (almost) July. Ishmael Butler—formerly Butterfly of Digable Planets, now Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces—has put another wrinkle in the already more complex year. Their debut album Black Up, out now on Sub Pop, will be a serious contender for hip hop album of the year.

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