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Shawn Creeden of White Hinterland Drops a Quick & Easy Best of 2010

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BIG NUMBER No. 1: THE-DREAM – LOVE KING

Tie for No. 2: High Places – High Places vs. Mankind // The Books – The Way Out

Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Lib B – Blue Flame; Red Flame; Evil Red Flame; Rain in England
Wold – Working Together For Our Privacy
U.S. Girls – Go Grey
Gucci Mane – Jewelry Selection
e-40 – Revenue Retrievin’ (Night Shift)
Peaking Lights – Space Primitive
Salem – King Night
Balam Acab – See Birds EP
Sleigh Bells –
Treats
Zola Jesus – Stridulum; Stridulum II

Best New Nonrequired Listening 2010

Eric Deines, Project Manager

Eric Deines, Project Manager

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch — “Take It Easy on Kathy, At Least She Can Dance”

Hard to believe that Mexican Summer’s annual output has grown so dense as to already include lost gems like this. But alas, this stunner from Columbus, OH’s Andrew Graham dropped early this spring to absolutely no avail. For shame! Young Lou Reed (Graham) is drunk and feeling punchy. He’s leading Mo and the gang through a site reading of Vince Guaraldi, dropping a low-end riff that has just as much of a Stones swagger as it does some motorik fever. He ties little, colorful yarn knots that connect honky-tonk and beach music, Smog and Sesame Street. My loosey goosey romper of 2010. Fun Fact: Kathy is also the name of my lovely copdesk buddy and the glue of this label. And yes, she can dance.

Nite Jewel — “Tonight”

LA’s Ramona Gonzalez burst into summer with guns blazing, firing off this herky-jerky, faux-slick synth-R&B digital one-off. It’s a cover of Prophet, a crate digger lost ark of sorts, and Nite Jewel gets about 25 cool things going on here at any given moment. If everything sits just behind the beat, including the beat itself, then where the hell is the beat? And how do I look so great dancing to this? Lock-n-pop bass, Casio record-scratches, new age synths. If Beck’s way-underrated Midnite Vultures predicted the future of pop, this is the Delorean within which we will/have been travel/traveling (and hotboxing). Back To the Future 2: The Ride: The Song.

Gardens & Villa — “Orange Blossom”

Pop-guru Richard Swift produced some tunes for Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa earlier this year and posted “Orange Blossom” to his blog not too long ago. What a gift! I’ve been hooked since, playing it on end around the pad with the lady. And dudes, it’s melted the snow around our house’s foundation, a four-foot perimeter of Spring, all bursting green buds and fertile animalia. The band just put out a 7″ on Cool Summer Records, and “Orange Blossom” is the b-side to the also-excellente jammer “Black Hills.” Mega-warm, big-bliss pop-hookery.

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Halloween is coming up!

I think you know what that means…

I would appreciate any and all suggestions for Halloween costumes in the comment section.  What would a “Sexy Dead Oceans” costume look like?

Dive Into the Dead Oceans Spring Sale at iTunes

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If you’ve been trying to turn your friends on to your favorite record label or you just want a heavy dose of Dead Oceans’ new material all in one place, you’re in luck. The Spring 2010 Dead Oceans sampler is now available from iTunes for just $3.99. The sampler includes our favorite new tracks from Phosphorescent, The Tallest Man on Earth, White Hinterland, Frog Eyes, Citay, On Fillmore, Califone, Bowerbirds, John Vanderslice and Nurses. Get it right HERE.

This would also be a good time to pick up some Dead Oceans albums that are missing from your collection, since iTunes is running a $7.99 sale on several of our releases! Check out the list of titles on sale after the jump, or just see for yourself and buy them HERE.

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Dead Oceans Launches New Website, Celebrates

At long last, we are thrilled to unveil the new Dead Oceans website. We could not be more pleased with the end results. Have a look around, listen to some songs, watch a few videos, comment on a blog post or two. And, if you find any bugs, please let us know so we can fix them right away.

A big thanks to everyone who helped make this new site happen. Time to crack open the champagne and celebrate.

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