That Was Fun: April 2012

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April 2012. Coachella happened... twice. Kanye West dropped a single... twice. Lana Del Rey collaborated with the internet's most buzzed about rapper... twice. Our favorite album of the year was seriously threatened, if not dethroned... twice. It was a busy month, and it was fun. (Click on the arrow buttons navigate through the Best Songs, Albums and Top Downloads of April 2012.)

April 2012: Best Songs (1 of 4)

Jai Paul – "Jasmine"

Purity Ring – "Obedear"

Beach House – "Lazuli"

Niki & The Dove – "Tomorrow"

Fiona Apple – "Every Single Night"

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April 2012: Best Albums (2 of 4)

Dirty Projectors – "Gun Has No Trigger"

Major Lazer – "Get Free" f/ Amber Coffman

The Walkmen – "Heaven"

Nicki Minaj – "Beez In The Trap"

jj – "Beautiful Life"

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April 2012: Best Albums (3 of 4)

Jack White - Blunderbuss
From our review: As much as I want to sing praises to Jack White’s expert musicianship and inventive lyricism, my admiration for Blunderbuss is rooted in sensation. Why overthink music this marvelous? Blunderbuss’ best tracks demand that you stop, listen, and experience them. Hell, the entire album demands it.
Stream: "Hypocritical Kiss"

Jack White Blunderbuss
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Chromatics - Kill For Love
From our review: Every song presented before us is a film unto itself. It’s all there. Some more obvious than others. Even the sublime ones beg for visual conjecture. But there’s no aimless guesswork here. Heart strings and brain cells swaying in concert with a masterful conductor.
Stream: "Kill For Love"

Chromatics Kill For Love

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
From our review: On Sweet Heart Sweet Light J. Spaceman forced himself to not write off traditional melody as the bane of rock n roll. Instead what we hear is hints of classic vinyl (Captain Beefheart, Link Wray) slightly warped and rendered through the “space rock” sound we’ve come to expect. What elevates this disc to magnum opus status is the best parts are unexpected — and gigantic.
Stream: "Hey Jane"

Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light
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Death Grips - The Money Store
From our review: Every sonically-challenging act in history has its fair share of lovers and haters, but Death Grips seem to attract a particularly passionate flock of the former, jumping to declare each new release the Most Important Thing In Music. The Money Store is no different, and with fairly good reason... The Money Store shifts paradigms.
Stream: "Get Got"

Death Grips The Money Store
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Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
From our review: It’s a mark of Spooky Action’s excellence that so much other zeitgeisty indie guitar pop feels incredibly one-dimensional and thin when held up against it. This is a record that manages to balance incredible layers of complexity with smart pop sensibility and come out sounding lush and instant, truly brilliant in both senses of the word.
Stream: "Strangers"

Lotus Plaza Spooky Action At A Distance
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April 2012: Top Downloads (4 of 4)

Major Lazer – "Get Free" f/ Amber Coffman
Theophilus London & A$AP Rocky – "Big Spender"
jj – "Beautiful Life"
Mr Little Jeans – "Runaway" (WAVVES Remix)
Purity Ring – "Obedear"
A$AP Rocky – "Goldie"
Azealia Banks – "Fuck Up The Fun"
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Dive – "How Long Have You Known?"
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May 2012: What To Look Forward To

May is jam-packed with albums from big names. It kicks things off with Santigold's long-awaited sophomore effort Master of My Make-Believe (5/1), as well as Lower Dens' stunning and dense new LP, Nootropics. Two weeks later, on May 15, lands Beach House's beautiful new album Bloom. Bethany Cosentino's Best Coast will also release their new album, The Only Place, on this day. On May 22nd, Gossip and El-P will release new albums Joyful Noise and Cure4Cancer, respectively. Closing out the month will be releases from post-rock fays Sigur Ros (Valtari), New York City bar stompers The Walkmen (Heaven) and Los Angeles indie-folk kings/township Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Here).

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