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New Albums from Jay Reatard, Jim James, Japandroids, and More


Here’s a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:

Jay Reatard, Watch Me Fall
Lo-fi mofo constructs palatial power-pop tribute.
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Yim Yames, Tribute To
A belated farewell to rock’s most unassuming artiste.
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Fruit Bats, The Ruminant Band
Self-aware chooglin’ with their shirts all tucked in.
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Circulatory System, Signal Morning
Iconic indie voyagers blast off for one more trip.
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Desolation Wilderness, New Universe
Songs for when the sun sinks into the ocean.
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Amanda Blank, I Love You
Sextronic rapper insists you smell her female.
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Japandroids, Post-Nothing
In-your-grill scuzz plus boyish sloganeering.
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Sollilaquists of Sound, No More Heroes
Preachy but potent trio rebut boom boom powism.
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Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is…Skyscraper
Suave NYC rock star seeks fresh relationships.
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U.S.E, L O V E W O R L D
Recession-era disco to fight new depression.
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Sian Alice Group, Troubled, Shaken, Etc.
Raging guitar wranglers led by an elusive muse.
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Throw Me the Statue, Creaturesque
Most dishes are winners at this indie-pop dim sum.
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Cale Parks, To Swift Mars
Sticksman steps from behind the kit, flexes multi-dimensional talents.
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Seasick Steve, Dog House Music
Musical nomad proves it’s possible to be buzzworthy and eligible for Social Security.
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Lightning Dust, Infinite Light
Black Mountain alums discover pianos, quirkiness.
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