On the Record

By Bill Chenovert
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James Blake

James Blake

(Universal)

Sounds Like: The wunderkind of the indie world drops his debut of glitchy, dubbed-out, heartwrenching R&B-flavored vocals that somehow makes for pretty pop songs.

Free Association: After the Internet hits, the rest isn’t allllll that (and a bag of chips).

For Fans Of: Radiohead + Stevie Wonder, Burial, white soul, minimalism.

The Mountain Goats

All Eternals Deck

(Merge)

Sounds Like: John Darnielle’s back with his eighth as the Goats—another quirky dense collection of literate songs and bizarro witticisms.

Free Association: To freaky fans he poos haikus, to nonfans he’s a little obnoxious.

For Fans Of: They Might Be Giants, R.E.M., pretentious intellectualism.

Protest The Hero

Scurrilous

(Vagrant)

Sounds Like: The Toronto quintet’s third is nonstop apreggios, metal riffing, Adam Lambert-style wailing and mathy tempo changes.

Free Association: Hail the heroes of the Prog Metal Renn Faire.

For Fans Of: Coheed and Cambria x the Darkness, metal geeking out.

Bob Geldof

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