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Obscure Sound: Best of April 2010

A collection of the best MP3s from April, with artists that include Gogol Bordello, The Mynabirds, Ariel Pink, Librarians, Sleigh Bells, Grimes, and Secret Cities.
 
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Obscure Sound: Best of March 2010

This month's compilation coincides with spring's emergence as artists like Gorillaz, Paul Weller, and MGMT provide us with some familiar invigoration, along with recent breakouts like Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Sleigh Bells, and...

 
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Obscure Sound: Best of February 2010

The best songs from February are rounded up for your convenience. Among the 11 stars are The Morning Benders, The Radio Dept., Lali Puna, The Kissaway Trail, and Wilderness Survival.
 
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Obscure Sound: Best of Winter 2009/2010

In a bit of a twist, this compilation encompasses both December and January. The “Best Albums of 2009” featured last month was a lot of fun, as was the three-week break I took after it was published. I am always exh...

 
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Obscure Sound: Best of November 2009

Music and tums are true post-Thanksgiving delights. As the latter appeases our stomachs after binges of food and drink, music soothes us with its accessibility and lack of commercialism. TV and radio become tiresome with all th...
 
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Obscure Sound: Best of October 2009

The month of October always seems to root out the Album of the Year contenders, making this and November one of the most active months in new music releases. Similar to the several months preceding the Academy Awards for film, ...

 
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A Brief Smile for a Sunshine State

I was a bit weary when Bishop Allen began their EP project, where they released an EP once every month for the entirety of 2006. Why rush artistic integrity and spoil the chances of a full-length masterpiece in the process? Man...
 
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Lymbyc Systym

To say that Lymbyc Systym represent the next large movement might be an overstatement, but their methodology is certainly becoming more prevalent among emerging artists. Almost all of us can remember being enamored with a certa...

 
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Surfer Blood on the Astrocoast

Stereotypes involving the carefree indulgences of a Californian summer have been circulating since surf-rock originated in the ’60s. Its inception was largely brought on by the development and popularization of the spring...
 
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Her Vanished Grace

Continuing with the recent theme of atmospheric pop music that Washed Out and Neon Indian showed us, Her Vanished Grace deliver a similar sort of layer-based sereneness that differentiates itself through dark and moody Brit-roc...