Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
August 13, 2009 8:56 AM
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1. Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper
(Do you like the band Interpol, but wish they weren't always so gloomy and that they occasionally mixed up styles? You're in luck, because Interpol lead singer Paul Banks has launched this side project with winning results. It's the voice of Interpol, but a musical sound more like Arcade Fire or The National.)

2. jj, jj n2
(Another electronic act from Sweden. Do these grow on trees over there? I hope so, because jj has manufactured some smart pop with subtle beats. Oh, and a wicked Lil Wayne homage.)

3. Hockey, Mind Chaos
(Buzz buzz buzz. Another "buzz" band, but this one is gifted and capable of delivering the kind of hooky sneer that was all the rage back in 2004. A throwback, but a worthwhile throwback.)

4. Maximo Park, Quicken The Heart
(They may have let their buzz fade, but these UK rockers still give us Phoenix some weighty competition.)

5. Papercuts, You Can Have What You Want
(A one-man band that fuses moody Velvet Undergound/Yo La Tengo vibes with a breezy shine.)

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