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Top Ten Albums of 2013

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The National’s Trouble Will Find Me tops Identity Theory’s 10 best albums of 2013.

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“Weightless” by Washed Out: Song of the Month, December 2013

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You’ve waited all your life
To leave it all behind

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“Sea of Love” by The National: Song of the Month, November 2013

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Our music editor Anna-Lynne is in love with “Sea of Love” by The National so hard that she selected it to be our song of the month for November.

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“Brennisteinn” by Sigur Rós: Song of the Month, October 2013

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“Brennisteinn” by Sigur Rós is our song of the month for October 2013.

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“Horses” by Grand Hallway: Song of the Month, September 2013

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Grand Hallway’s Tomo Nakayama sings “Horses” in Lynn Shelton’s new film Touchy Feely.

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“Reconstruction” by Dawn Oberg: Song of the Month, August 2013

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San Francisco singer-songwriter Dawn Oberg’s “Reconstruction” is our song of the month for August 2013.

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Top Ten Albums of 2012

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Top albums for 2012 as selected by our music editor include releases from Sigur Ros, Beach House, Tame Impala, and more.

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“Working Titles” by Damien Jurado: Song of the Month, February 2012

Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles” is the Identity Theory song of the month for February 2012. The track comes from his new album, Maraqopa. Watch the Seattle, Washington-based singer’s live performance above or listen on Soundcloud.

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Best Albums of 2011

In 2011 my listening didn’t have much to do with new music that was coming out. The only cds in my car were the works in progress of my friends which have not yet come out officially.

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Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers”: Song of the Month, January 2012

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"Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten: Song of the Month for December

Our song of the month for December is Sharon Van Etten’s “Serpents.”The tune is off her forthcoming (February 2012) album, Tramp.Listen to the track and/or download it on SoundCloud.Visit the artist at sharonvanetten.com.

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Prey For Paralysis – Higher Brain

Brand new video debut from the new collaboration between Sadistik and Kristoff Krane. The album is now available for pre-order (with limited edition T-shirt packages as well) at both www.sadistikmusic.com and www.micheallarsen.com

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It’s not hard to love Bill Patton, whether he’s playing his own songs or someone else’s.

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Most of my favorite songs from the upcoming album by Bill Patton are originals, but the man has a way with covers that has revived my enthusiasm about artists playing each other’s songs.

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Black Tin Rocket: A New EP of Transmissionary Six Songs as Covered by Eef Barzelay

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Due to pleasant coincidence and shared taste, Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide, and solo fame) has just recorded an EP of songs by Seattle songwriter Terri Moeller, the voice behind Transmissionary Six and Terri Tarantula.

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"Shaker Star" by Eef Barzelay: Song of the Week

“Shaker Star” by Eef Barzelay is the Identity Theory Song of the Week.View the video above, visit Eef Barzelay on MySpace, and look forward to an interview on Identity Theory’s music section relating to Barzelay in the coming weeks.

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