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Shout out to our boy Greg for the heads up on the charming and eminently listenable lo-fi guitar pop from HOOPS, which is seemingly just one of the many projects of a kid named Drew Auscherman. For our money, the songwriting is consistently as strong as the stuff with which it will inevitably be compared — Mac Demarco comes to mind — and there are legit flashes of brilliance to be found in the tapes' collective, gently warped 40-minutes, starting with tape #1's basketball-as-metaphor-for-love opening track "Nothing But Net"...

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video premiere: La Sera – “Break My Heart”

LA SERA BREAK MY HEART

Katy Goodman's own bedroom turns on her in this adorably violent, Cassandra Lee Hamilton-directed video for La Sera's "Break My Heart." La Sera's Sees the Light is out now on Hardly Art, catch her on tour right now with the great Father John Misty...

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EPs + Singles of 2009

EPs + Singles of 2009

Not all of the best music we heard this year was restricted to the long-player format. These are our favorite EPs + singles of '09, released in various vinyl/tape/digital formats.

EPs:

01 Memory Cassette | Call & Response 7" (Acephale)
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02 Animal Collective | Fall Be Kind (Domino)
03 Washed Out | Life of Leisure 12" (Mexican Summer)
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04 Dum Dum Girls | Dum Dum Girls 12" (Captured Tracks)
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05 The Bitters | Wooden Glove 12" (Captured Tracks)
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06 Pearl Harbor | Something About the Chaparrals (Mexican Summer)
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07 Bullion | Young Heartache (One Handed Music)
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08 Julianna Barwick | Florine (Florid)
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09 Best Coast | Where the Boys Are cassette (Blackest Rainbow)
10 Nite Jewel | You F O
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11 No Age | Losing Feeling (Sub Pop)
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12 Eternal Summers | Eternal Summers
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13 Alela Diane | Alela & Alina 10" (Rough Trade)
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Singles:

01 Best Coast | When I'm With You 7" (Black Iris)
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02 Burial + Four Tet | Moth/Wolf Cub 12" (Text)
03 Trailer Trash Tracys | Candy Girl 7" (No Pain in Pop)
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04 Girls | Laura b/w Oh Boy 7" (Fantasy Trashcan/True Panther)
05 Toro Y Moi | Blessa b/w 109 7" (Carpark)
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06 Best Coast | Sun Was High 7" (Art Fag)
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07 Smith Westerns | Be My Girl b/w Girl in Love 7" (Transparent)
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08 The Mantles | Trust (aka Don't Lie) 7" (Mt. St. Mt...

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