Here’s the final installment of my top 40 for 2011. Hopefully you’ve found a few potential new favorites on the list. Have a wonderful holiday season and a terrific New Year … and let’s all hope for more great music in 2012!

Matthew Sweet
Modern Art
(Missing Piece Group)

At first listen, the [...]

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Mates of State
Mountaintops
(Barsuk Records)

On their seventh CD, the Connnecticut-based husband-wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel offer ten songs loaded with melody, hooks, and emotion. Over the spare keyboards and clattering rimshots of “Unless I’m Led,” Gardner sings about finding her way through the woods with the help of [...]

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DeVotchKa
100 Lovers
(Anti- Records)

This Denver-based quartet blends a wide variety of Mediterranean and Eastern European musical styles into its pop. On its sixth full-length album, 100 Lovers, the band delivers its most consistently tuneful set to date. Guitarist Nick Urata sings tales of romance either gone wrong (“The words come easily, [...]

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If you get any iTunes gift cards this holiday season, here are a few suggestions, as to what you might download with them. I managed to review most of these albums for this site during the year, but a few of them slipped under my radar (or beyond the time I had for writing) until [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from AM & Shawn Lee, Blood Orange, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dum Dum Girls, Hercules & Love Affair, Chris Joss, Matthew Sweet, Mates of State and Trombone Shorty. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of the Music Mix programs [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Battles, Black Lips, Bootsy Collins, The Donkeys, Marianne Faithfull, Fonda, Foster the People, Kids on a Crime Spree and The Yes We Cans, as well as the Rave On Buddy Holly compilation. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Amor de Días, Daedelus, Hunx and His Punx, My Morning Jacket, Thurston Moore, Sloan and Wild Hares. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of the Music Mix programs on KRCC to hear selections from these new releases.

Amor de [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Beastie Boys, Lloyd Cole, Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Dum Dum Girls, The Feelies, Sarah Jaffe and The Watson Twins. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of the Music Mix programs on KRCC to hear selections from these new [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from The Antlers, David Bazan, Hammerstadt, Parts & Labor, Raphael Saadiq and tUnE-yArDs. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of the Music Mix programs on KRCC to hear selections from these new releases.

The Antlers
Burst Apart
(Frenchkiss [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Blue Sky Black Death, Fleet Foxes, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Booker T. Jones, The Kills, Shannon & the Clams and Poly Styrene, as well as the Positively Pikes Peak compilation. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Bibio, The Curious Mystery, Dengue Fever, Erland & the Carnival, Bob Geldof, Meat Puppets, Thao & Mirah and TV On The Radio. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of the Music Mix programs on KRCC to hear selections from [...]

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KRCC’s Delvin Neugebauer reviews new releases from Bass Drum of Death, Bill Callahan, Crystal Stilts, Elbow, The Joy Formidable, The Smithereens, Those Darlins and Wagon Christ. All the albums reviewed are recent additions to KRCC’s music library. Tune in to any of the Music Mix programs on KRCC to hear selections from these new releases.

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In a world where new music can seem as ubiquitous and readily available as digital air, we still believe in the trustworthy recommendation of a living human being at hand to sort the weeds from the grasses. As you may or may not have noticed, KRCC has a new music reviewer to help [...]

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