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More Music from the Inbox

Published on December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

One of the most pleasant things about running this website is the chance to listen to all kinds of new and interesting music.  Everything is heard; not everything makes the cut.  But then that's why you come here, right?  

Here's what made it through the filters this time.  Thanks to Juliette Jagger for the help sorting things out.

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The BBC Releases Their Long List of Hopefuls for 2012

Published on December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Around this time every year, the Beeb releases the BBC Sound of 20XX Longlist, their picks of the artists that they believe will break out in the next twelve months.  

The list then is whittled down to five through polling of various music journalists and tastemakers.  One act is named the winner.

I look forward to this list every year because it always features acts I've never heard of.  I'll admit that I'm completely clueless about half of this year's nominees.  That's fine.  It gives me something to do over Christmas.

Here's the BBC Sound of 2012 Longlist:

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The Recommendation Project Part 21: The Best of 2011

Published on December 3rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

We're in the home stretch for 2011 so it's time to review the year what was.  I need your pick for your favourite album of the year and then to pick one track from that record.

Personally, I keep going back to Washed Out's Within and Without and the song "Eyes Be Closed."  I don't know what it is about this song, but it always makes me happy.  I'm also rather partial to "Need You Now" from Cut Copy's Zonoscope.

Give it some thought.  I'll leave this playlist open for the next couple of weeks, so feel free to visit and contribute often.

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This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 02 December 2011

Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

We're pretty much at the end of the release schedule for 2011 (although we're still due a Black Keys album on Tuesday), so I've been looking for tracks that I've missed over the last couple of quarters.  This is what I've found.  

To listen, click the "Top 11" link on the right side of this page.  And, as always, thanks to Mediazoic for the help with the Top 11 player.  

The playlist is after the jump.

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I Like This: The Caretakers

Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

An answer to the question “Where have all the protest songs gone” comes from the Caretakers and their upcoming second record, Love, War and Propaganda.  Check out the video here. Flowers for Peace by the caretakers... Read More


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I Like This: Trailer Trash Tracys

Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

A recent signing to the very cool Domino label (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, etc.) in the UK.  Perfect for a dreary December day. Trailer Trash Tracys – You Wish You Were Red / Engelhardt’s Arizona by ... Read More


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I Like This: The Hippy Mafia

Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I’ve been evangelizing on behalf of this band for almost two years now because I really, really like their sound.  Based out of Burlington, Ontario, and featuring former Happy Mondays drummer Gaz Whelan (yes, he moved ... Read More


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Great Sampler from Dine Alone Records (And It’s Free!)

Published on December 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Gotta love Dine Alone for serving up a free sampler. Nice artwork, huh?  

Download everything you see below for zero dollars--and without any guilt, either.

1. Chains of Love – “In Between”

2. Hacienda  – “Savage”

3. Hanni El Khatib  – “Dead Wrong”

4. The Sheepdogs – “Birthday”

5. Library Voices – “Traveller’s Digest” (Nevado)

6. Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”

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More Music from the Inbox

Published on November 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

As we get closer to the end of the 2011 and all the big releases are out in time for Christmas, it's best we look at the cool music that's not getting the attention it deserves.  

Thanks to Juliette Jagger for helping sort through the submissions.

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I Like This: Active Child

Published on November 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

These people are on tour with M83 right now.  As one poster commented on a YouTube page: This song is like… entering the most magical vagina the earth has ever known. The pink drapes push aside ... Read More


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