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Jam of the Day | Brooke Fraser – Magical Machine

Photo: Patrick Fraser I’m your MRI Show you what’s going on inside I’m your ATM Take what you like my supply won’t end I’m your MP3 I get sad when you don’t pay for me I’m your IED Carry me very carefully New Zealand’s Brooke Fraser is your magical machine. Seriously, she’s better than the … Read more

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The 35 Best Albums of 2014

We hope you’re enjoying our Best Of lists for 2014. Let’s refresh what we’ve posted so far: — The 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2014  — The 150 Best Songs of 2014 Today, we’re excited to reveal another list: The 35 Best Albums of 2014. What this really means is that these were our favorites (ie, … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Brooke Fraser – Psychosocial

I love your protection But I don’t love you This is miles away from “Albertine.“ Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s just Brooke Fraser being the wonderful artist she is, expressing herself in the moment. Whatever it is, it’s been four years, and we’re happy to hear from one of our favorite artists again.

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Concert Review | Brooke Fraser at The Blue Note in Columbia

When I first interviewed Brooke Fraser in 2008, talking to her was a joy. She was polite (almost too polite) and she gave thoughtful responses, two things that are far from sure things during interviews. But, as I soon learned, Fraser, the person and the musician, is a different, eloquent breed among her peers. In … Read more

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Brooke Fraser (The Interview)

I don’t know why our words are so proud Yet their promise so thin And our lives blow about like flags in the wind Allow me to speak from the heart: There are few artists who move me like Brooke Fraser. I’m not about to make grand comparisons, or say she’s one of the best … Read more

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Video | Brooke Fraser – Betty

Our favorite New Zealander, Brooke Fraser, has hit us with another treat — this time a video for her newest single called “Betty.” It’s off her latest album, Flags, which we chose as one of our favorite albums of 2010. We think she’s pretty adorable in this video, no?

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Four

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Well, this wraps it up, folks. If you want to see the entire list of Best Albums of 2010 (all fifty of ’em), click thisaway. Thanks very much for playing. Dom | Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Burning Mill) [buy] Dom’s Sun Bronzed Greek Gods is built like a rock-solid soundtrack for a … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 75 – 51

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Check out songs 100 – 76 here! 75 Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) All of the members of the multi-musicianed Arcade Fire are clearly critical to the band’s immense sound and stunning performances. With “Sprawl II,” however, Regine Chassagne rises above the collective and shines in this astoundingly … Read more

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10 to Spin | Brooke Fraser

In early 2008, I fell in love with New Zealand indie-pop-rock sensation Brooke Fraser’s second album, Albertine. I played it everywhere – in my house, in my car, even outside while I fertilized my lawn. I enjoyed its honesty and pop flavor; songs like “Shadowfeet” and “Albertine” were among my favorites of the year. What … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Brooke Fraser – Something In The Water

A couple years ago, Brooke Fraser’s Albertine had my full attention for a good month or two. The gal from New Zealand’s voice and words were something I listened to constantly at home, in the car, and at work. I watched her video for “Albertine,” which she filmed in Rwanda, and fell deeper in love. … Read more