St. Vincent: Actor

You've seen the longing looks, the sideways stares; your iPod longs for some attention now that Mr. iPhone has taken over your music storage. How's about some new material for that old gal to cheer her up? Enter the sophomore album from St. Vincent: Actor... [More]

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Jamie Cullum: The Pursuit

Jamie Cullum's first studio album in four years, The Pursuit, ($13) has Cullum playing no less than four instruments: organ, bass, piano, and guitar. The result is a jazzy, breezy set of songs that fluctuate between intensely personal and brightly pop-inflected - especially the first... [More]

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Zac Brown Band: The Foundation

The Foundation ($12) by the Zac Brown Band is twangy, down home good. Full of complex guitar & fiddle licks and sweet harmonies, ditties like "Sic 'Em On A Chicken," and "Toes" are just plain fun. The album is far from cookie cutter country, and... [More]

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Charlotte Gainsbourg: Irm

French actress & singer Charlotte Gainsbourg's newest album, Irm, ($12) was co-written and produced with Beck, and it's clearly reflected in this eclectic collection of tunes. Our favorite, "La Collectionneuse," features velvety, dissonant piano chords against Gainsbourg's signature whispery speak-singing style. Songs are by turns... [More]

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We Heart Shen & Zhao

We go way back. Well. Actually they have no idea who we are, but we've been fans of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo since the Nagano Olympics in 1998. (They're proof, if you needed it, that being in your early or even late thirties does... [More]

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea

After the smash success of her eponymous debut album ("Put Your Records On" was everywhere in 2006), Corinne Bailey Rae just... disappeared. Why? Sadly, her husband passed away unexpectedly, and she retreated for awhile to grieve and write new music. Her newest record, The Sea,... [More]

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Hope for Haiti Now

We're dedicated to filling our music collection with good tunes, and we're all about spending money for a worthy cause, so of course we picked up Hope for Haiti Now ($8). With 20 different songs from artists ranging from Beyoncé to Neil Young, it's well... [More]

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V-Day Gifts: The Player

Valentine's Day: it strikes fear into the hearts of kids with crushes and married-fifty-years types alike. Why? It's just a day... Okay, a day fraught with overblown expectations and way too many stereotypes. That's why, this year, we're presenting gift ideas that will really mean... [More]

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Sweetheart CD

This year's Starbucks Sweetheart CD ($13) is on constant rotation for us right now. The covers of 'love songs' (loosely interpreted) by contemporary artists is a pleasant compilation for head over heels lovebirds, but the mix is also mellow enough for those of us out... [More]

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iKaraoke Microphone

The iKaraoke microphone ($15) may very well be the mother of all iPod accessories (at least until they come up with something that cleans your house). Plug it into your iPod and stereo system aaaaaaand - BOOM you have an instant karaoke machine. The device... [More]

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Sade: Soldier of Love

We heard the eponymous first single off of Sade's new album (due out February 9), Soldier of Love, ($10) and were hooked. Chill, yet intense, it mixes signature R&B beats with electric guitar, military drummers, and sleek, sleek harmonies: the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing... [More]

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Magneto Siempre

Maybe you remember these guys. Maybe you don't. But if you've been thinking that NOTHING could turn "Sugar, Sugar" into a song that you'd actually want to listen to for longer than fifteen seconds, you're wrong. It's actually a lot better when sung (mostly) in... [More]

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Adam Lambert: For Your Entertainment

After seeing Adam Lambert's rather controversial AMA performance this past weekend, we felt we had to check out his new album, For Your Entertainment. ($10) Day-um. It's fabulous. The boy has one serious vocal range, and some very talented songwriters behind him. It's as though... [More]

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Best of Faces

Before Rod Stewart's disco crooning of Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, he did a brief run in a band called The Faces with Ron Wood, of Rolling Stone origin. Even though they weren't around for very long, they had a ton of hits like "Stay... [More]

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Lady Gaga: The Fame Monster

We've been Lady Gaga fans since the first time we saw her perform, "Just Dance" on TV. Never one to shy away from reworking her look or her music - seriously, have we ever seen her in the same outfit twice? - she's re-releasing her... [More]

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The Beatles USB Apple

We don't know if the hype around the Beatles will ever fade, and that's a-ok with us...especially if that means we keep seeing awesome items like The Beatles USB Apple ($280) that releases on December 8. Not only is it a freaking sweet design, it... [More]

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Kathy Griffin: Suckin' It For the Holidays

Labeled "Music with a twist" by, Kathy Griffin's new performance CD, Suckin' It For the Holidays ($14) is crammed full of the usual swear words and diatribes against Speidi and their ilk. No one is safe from her barbed wit, not even Maya Angelou... [More]

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Weezer Snuggie

No worries if your sweater's destroyed, you can use this Weezer Snuggie ($30, includes a copy of their new album, Raditude!) to stay warm! Seriously, we were never into the Snuggie thing (though it's theoretically not a bad concept), but now that our boys in... [More]

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Monsters of Folk

While the name conjures up images of big, looming beastly creatures, Monsters of Folk ($8) is actually quite an enjoyable musical experience. The supergroup is made up of M. Ward (She & Him), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes)... [More]

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Miranda Lambert: Revolution

We ain't ashamed to admit it, y'all: we lurve us some well-done twangin' country music. Hot off the heels of Kerosene and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Miranda Lambert's new album, Revolution ($10) is a boot-stompin', sing along-good album written by some of the best in the business.... [More]

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