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Best Records of 2012 | 35 – 31

35. The Walkmen – Heaven – The Walkmen have consistently dropped a fine record every two years, in 2010 it was Lisbon, and in 2012 it is Heaven. Their sound on Heaven has grown up as the messy rockers too have grown up into men, they’ve reinvented their sound rounded the edges a bit, and made great music. “Dad rock,” might be the term some are using to describe this record, but ultimately this record just weighs heavier on the responsibility of getting older, its a great concept for anyone who’s been listening to this band for the last 12…

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New Music | Maps & Atlases – Winter

Maps & Atlases – Winter Maps & Atlases are finally back at us with some brand new music, an upcoming album and I for one am quite excited. The first cut off their upcoming album, Beware and Be Grateful (4/17) is “Winter,” combines dense lyrics about a freezing Chicago winter, and their stylistic guitar work that feels a bit high tech & almost mathematical, their variations on musicianship feel quite a bit like they are using the golden ration..its a creative sound that is almost poly-rhythmic as it explores cutting indie-pop / rock arenas.

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Video | Maps & Atlases – Living Decorations

Maps & Atlases “Living Decorations” from Barsuk Records on Vimeo. New tongue and cheek video for Maps & Atlases’ Living Decorations.  I absolutely loved this album last year, and saw these guys live here in Boston.  They are a very interesting band, and sound just as good live.  Good to see they are keeping their stuff fresh.  Now if only they’d record a new album. Buy Perch Patchwork

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Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork

Banished Be Cavalier Maps & Atlases gave us Solid Ground, the first track off their upcoming(at the time) album Perch Patchwork.  I received it in April, and I really enjoyed it.  I was curious what else would come, if this were a template for the rest of the music they’d include on the album.  When I got Perch Patchwork, I instantly fell in love with it.  The key & tempo changes, it was like a progressive folk, with dabs of psychedelia.  I think at first these guys were put into a Math or Art Rock kind of category that was just…

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