Just a snippet to give you a tip on some notable discs I've bought. The rating is strictly to draw your eye to discs I think you should look out for.
**** Personal Favourite
 *** Recommended
  ** Probably a good choice if you like the genre
   * Enter at own risk

 Now Spinning:
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Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies ***
Best Detroyer by far; accessible off the bat and extra rewarding the more you loop it. Canadian indy art rock gonzo lyricist of fury.
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Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit **
Return to classic strong form, mostly upbeat this time around.
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Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine **
Fiona's still got it, this is as good an album as she's ever made. Solid throughout with a great song every 3 tracks or so.
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Buck 65 - Secret House Against The World ****
Back to front amazing rhymes. Beat poetry Hip Hop word imagery that'll knock you on your ass.


 Older Opinions:
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Nick Drake - Bryter Layter ***
I never realised that Belle & Sebastian have been trying to recreate this record the whole time. This is the original 1970 Fey Pop, but without the modern irony it feels a little...more.
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Nick Drake - Fire Leaves Left *
Nick's first (of 3), lacks the hook and immediate appeal of Bryter Later, his next album. Much simpler and plain folk compared to his later journey into jazzy pop.
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Nick Drake - Pink Moon **
Nick's last, two years before O.D. at age 26. Very sparse and bleak, but compelling.
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DJ Shadow - Live! DVD **
You've heard all his tracks, but Shadow plays two at a time on top of eachother, in time and in tune. More interesting than I thought it would be.
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Buck 65 - Talkin' Honky Blues ***
The introspective Canadian dusty highway The Streets, only better. Hip hop for people who don't like it, or do.
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Faithless - No Roots ****
Catchy, groovy, intelligent, emotional. Alternates between thumping rave stuff to keep the party going and soulful rap groove with lyrics 10 times more thoughtful than what you're listening to right now.
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Sasha - Airdrawndagger **
Mellow goes groovy electronically. I like Sasha's own material better than most of his DJ sets.
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Sondre Lerche - Two-way Monologue **
Fey pop like Belle & Sebastian, but more middling: the lows aren't as low nor the highs as high.
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Bjork - Medulla *
Yoko Bjorko.
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The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots ****
Art rock that's absolutely brilliant in every way. I think it's my favorite album ever.