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    Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself at NPR
    Label: Mom & Pop Music
    Release date: 03.06.12
    Break It Yourself is Andrew Bird’s first release since 2009’s Noble Beast and his sixth studio album to date. It’s also easily one of the most anticipated records of this year.

    Ceremony: Zoo at Spin
    Label: Matador
    Release date: 03.06.12
    California-based punks Ceremony return with Zoo, their widely anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Rohnert Park and a perfect way to relieve any angst/frustration you’re feeling right now.

    Xiu Xiu: Always at Spin
    Label: Polyvinyl
    Release date: 03.06.12
    Xiu Xiu follow-up 2010’s solid Dear God, I Hate Myself with Always, a 12-collection that again finds the West Coast outfit working with producer Greg Saunier, of Deerhoof.

    Magnetic Fields: Love At The Bottom Of The Sea at NPR
    Label: Merge
    Release date: 03.06.12
    Stephen Merritt’s latest Magnetic Fields album finds him leading his players back to the synthesizer-based sounds of his mid-1990s releases.

    Memoryhouse: The Slideshow Effect at Spinner
    Label: Sub Pop
    Release date: 02.28.12
    The Slideshow Effect is the proper debut album from Toronto dream-pop duo Memoryhouse, who last year reissued their acclaimed EP, The Years.

    Julia Holter: Ekstasis at NPR
    Label: RVNG Intl.
    Release date: 03.06.12
    Los Angeles resident Julia Holter’s latest release, Ekstasis, arrives amidst loads of buzz thanks to her experimental take on dreamy synth-pop.

    White Rabbits: Milk Famous at NPR
    Label: TBD Records
    Release date: 03.06.12
    After hearing Milk Famous‘ lead single “Temporary,” we’re convinced White Rabbits have it in them to break through to a bigger stage in 2012. They just might accomplish that with this new release.

    Pond: Beard Wives Denim at Hypemachine (or below)
    Label: Modular Fontana
    Release date: 03.06.12
    Pond, who share several members with Tame Impala, return with the release of their fourth studio album, Beard Wives Denim.

    Nneka: Soul Is Heavy at Spinner
    Label: Decon
    Release date: 02.28.12
    Nneka’s third full-length album, Soul Is Heavy, arrives on our shores following an international release last year. The album features Black Thought, of the Roots, and Ms. Dynamite.

    Various Artists: Minimal Wave Tapes 2 at Spinner
    Label: Stones Throw
    Release date: 02.28.12
    For the second time, Stones Throw has compiled a slew of previously unreleased or rare tracks from ’80s electronic artists on Minimal Wave Tapes.

    Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames: New Multitudes at Spinner
    Label: Rounder
    Release date: 02.28.12
    Singer-songwriters Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker have joined forces on New Multitudes to bring life to previously unrecorded lyrics from Woody Guthrie.

    Retribution Gospel Choir: The Revolution at Pitchfork (or below)
    Label: Sub Pop
    Release date: o3.27.12
    When Alan Sparhawk isn’t playing with Low, he’s churning out new music with his other group, Retribution Gospel Choir. The Revolution is their latest release and it serves as the follow-up to 2010’s 2.

    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: Acid Reflex EP at Stereogum (or below)
    Label: Play It Again Sam
    Release date: 04.21.21
    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have put together a special release for this year’s Record Store Day. Their new Acid Reflex EP features remixes from Washed Out, Twin Shadow, and others.

    PO PO: Dope Boy Magick at Spinner
    Label: Mad Decent
    Release date: 02.28.12
    Dope Boy Magick serves as PO PO’s first release since joining Mad Decent and it continues to showcase their psychedelic take on synth-infused dance music.

    Munchi: Moombahtonista at Mad Decent
    Label: Mad Decent
    Release date: 02.28.12
    Although its title might leave you thinking otherwise, Munchi’s new Moombahtonista EP actually dives into the Moombahton sub-genre of Moombahcore. The five tracks blend Dutch house, Reggaeton, baile funk, and much more.