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Daft Punk:
Alive 2007

The sensual explosion that was Daft Punk's Alive 2007 show is difficult to overstate-- or reproduce. So rather than create a DVD, Daft Punk's focus on Alive 2007 falls to the reason they were allowed to lug 11 tons of equipment around the world for the last 19 months in the first place: their music. Playing like a flawlessly sequenced and paced greatest hits set, this live recording finds Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo connecting the booms between their three albums, officially cementing one of the year's most rewarding and welcomed comebacks. [Ryan Dombal]

Burial:
Untrue

The still reclusive, anonymous dubstep artist follows his critically acclaimed debut with the even richer, more complex, and more enveloping Untrue. Like Luomo's Vocalcity, the work of Massive Attack, or the electronic textures of Radiohead, Burial's music is a homage to dance that works best at home, in the car, on headphones-- his reverb-heavy and mournful songs feel almost like beautiful secrets being whispered to a listener. [Philip Sherburne]
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Record-icon Fri: 01-11-08:
Various Artists
The Heavy Metal Box
Focusing primarily on crossover and pop metal, Rhino compiles a grindcore/death metal-less box tracing the pop culture-driven elements of hard rock from 1968 to 1991. [Brandon Stosuy]
Record-icon Fri: 01-11-08:
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englabörn
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has his excellent debut album Englabörn-- a score featuring a string quartet, piano, glockenspiel, percussion, and organ-- reissued without alteration by 4AD. [Brian Howe]

Pedro: You, Me & Everyone
London's James Rutledge abandons his folktronica roots by eschewing sprightly minimalism and trading restraint for unchecked bombast. [Brian Howe]

Turin Brakes: Dark on Fire
Fourth full-length confirms that this London outfit has completely moved on from their roots as an acoustic duo. [Ian Cohen]

DJ Drama: Gangsta Grillz: The Album
The maestro behind the Gangsta Grillz mixtapes gets a major-label shot to replicate his ear for the Now-- including fantastic tracks by Outkast and Project Pat. [Evan McGarvey]

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File-icon-gray Fri: 01-11-08:
Column: Resonant Frequency #53
How to strike the right chords-- for musicians and non-musicians alike.  [Mark Richardson]
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Guest List: Black Mountain
Black Mountain's Jeremy Schmidt tips us off to Canada's newest record shop, recalls a showstopping stage fight at a Sunn O))) concert, and tells us the best place to take in a gig when visiting Holland. [Interview: Tyler Grisham]  [Jeremy Schmidt]
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Through the Cracks
Welcome to "Through the Cracks", a new feature in which every month or so a writer will spotlight a handful of records that he or she believes should have received some love from our staff but didn't.  [Scott Plagenhoef]
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Interview: Yeasayer
Pitchfork caught up with the Brooklyn band to talk about their debut full-length, All Hour Cymbals, the drawbacks of being young, poor, and ambitious, and dancing while Rome burns.  [Robbie Mackey]
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Dusty Grooves 3
As we've done the past few years, we dig through the crates and round up some of the best recently released but rarely talked-about compilations and reissues, including Yaala Yaala's Daouda Dembele (among others from that Drag City-supported series), LPs from Luv 'n' Haight, Soundway, and Ashphalt Tango, and entries into the Think Global and Rough Guide series.  [Joe Tangari]
File-icon-gray Fri: 01-04-08:
Guest List: Pinback
Pinback's Rob Crow celebrates his wife's pregnancy, blesses the church of the Casbah, and wipes his ass with this year's favorite purchase. [Interview: Tyler Grisham]  [Rob Crow]