Indie Love Songs for Your Hipster Valentine

Love on Hipsterday

Contrary to popular belief, the best love songs aren’t limited to the croonings of Sinatra, Martin, or Adele. Houston, Dion, and T-Swift do not have a monopoly on the music of love. Many of the most emotional, heartfelt musicianship in indie music can be heard in their own attempts at the love song. They are all tender songs, and they can be found on this Spotify playlist.

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January’s Best Albums

January's Best Albums

In an mp3 society, good music sometimes has a tough time making it above the fray. So every Friday, I and the other editors are going to engage in music curation, alongside our Airspace reviews and our twitter reviews.

Today we have The Airspaces top albums for January. Enjoy. And if you don’t enjoy, be sure to let us know what we missed in the comments below.

A majority of the albums can be found here on Spotify and here on Share My Playlists.

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Fellini’s La Strada (1954): Personal Realism

Fellini’s La Strada clearly exists within the Italian Neorealist tradition. Yet, in Fellini’s translation of this social reality, the majority of the realism is captured within Anthony Quinn’s Zampanó.

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Attack on Memory: a Sugar Punk Masterpiece

Cloud Nothing’s Attack on Memory is an album that sets the standard for indie music in 2012. It is a triumph. If you read nothing else in this article, know that at 33 minutes long, this album is well worth your time.

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Future This – The Big Pink

The Big Pink’s Future This is a sea change, an unfortunate development musically but a positive one commercially. Their last album, A Brief History of Love, has an unmistakable and admitted extensiveness to it, a veritable noise and thematic experiment. And it works as an album, even without coherency. What one hears with Future This is a rejection of that inexplicable flavor in favor of more mainstream sounds. With Future This the Big Pink seem to have their future in mind, aiming to reach the more-stadium rock status of acts like Kings of Leon and Foster the People.

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undun – The Roots


undun is not Take Care. This album is not a self-centered confessional. It isn’t XXX. There’s no silliness to it. And it’s not Watch the Throne. It lacks the rich samples and grandiosity. It is instead a refreshingly different, soulful—a hip hop album that is at once a throwback to a simpler style and an expansion of that style, driven by strings, keys, and drums. It’s drastically different from most of what hip hop has become, but it seems to have a purity to its unparalleled sounds and lyricism. What you get with undun is an album that’s not for everyone, but that showcases a more beautiful side of hip hop.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Elite (10-1)

The Elite
This is the Elite. These are albums to not only buy but treasure for the wealth of musical excellence each has.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Keepers (25-11)

The Keepers
These are the albums that one ought to have in his or her collection. Multiple listens for these superb albums are a must.

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Echoes of Silence – The Weeknd

The Weeknd
How does The Weeknd’s latest mixtape stack up to the lush and (?!) gritty sound with which he has been wow-ing the indiespehere all year? The Airspace takes on Echoes of Silence.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Middle of the Pack (50-26)

The Middle of the Pack
These are some of the best albums of 2011. All of them are good and many aspired for greatness but fell short in some way. Nonetheless, they’re still great new records to pick up.

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