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Jam of the Day | jj – Beautiful Life

Sweden’s jj are one of those bands that sound awesome on record – crafting songs that are immediately catchy upon first listen but also reveal onion-like layers the more plays you give them. Their live show is vexing, however, and after seeing them twice and leaving not knowing if they were on the drugs, or … Read more

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The Best 20 Covers of 2010

So, we’ve gone through all of our favorite original songs of 2010 already. Now, it’s time to pay attention to the non-originals: the covers we enjoyed most this year. Dagnabbit, cover songs are squirrely; they are very hard to do well. Even we four at Speakers in Code know that, and all we can do is … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part One

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Over the next four days, we’ll be bringing you our favorite albums of 2010, in no particular order. These are the records that turned round and round throughout our year, and they’ll continue spinning long into 2011. Robyn | Body Talk, Part One (Cherrytree/Interscope) [buy] Robyn, Swedish songstress and dance-pop goddess, … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 50 – 26

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Wanna see the entire list so far? Click thisaway. 50 The Fresh & Onlys – Waterfall Gloomy guitars jangle flawlessly as angelic voices call out of the tugging wind and darkness, pleading with singer Tim Cohen to deliver hazy, yet romantic vocals. [buy the album] [more from The Fresh and Onlys … 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