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Another note from Wynonah Steen at Melody Records. Special props to anyone who can piece together those initials!

Staff Picks:

  • a.q.: Alias, Resurgam
  • c.w.: Kindred the Family Soul, The Arrival
  • w.s.: Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Party Intellectuals
  • h.h.: Tricky, Knowle West Boy
  • d.l.: Chromeo, Fancy Footwork
  • c.m.: Hank Williams, Sr., The Unreleased Recordings
  • g.s.: Cropper & Cavaliere, Nudge It up a Notch
  • n.e.: Tobacco, Fucked Up Friends
  • k.s.: Kate Nash, Made of Bricks
  • mr. d.: Gustavo Dudamel w/ Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Fiesta

More buzz below the jump.

As for buzz:

h.h. says that the best show of the year will be the Clutch coming up on the 29th and that Nick Cave was a close second. d.l. enjoyed Chromeo and Justice and remembers the Digitalism show being a big deal. d.l. was also on hand at the Madonna release party at Bebar. c.m. enjoyed seeing Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio and g.s. enjoyed Betty Lavette. n.e. said Slick Rick with Biz Markie was awesome and a.q. expressed the same sentiment about David Banner. k.s. thought Vampire Weekend was great and c.w. couldn’t stop raving about Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke and Earth, Wind and Fire. mr. d. loved La Traviata and also saw Gustavo Dudamel. as for w.s., she thought King Khan and the Shrines were outstanding at the Rock and Roll Hotel, (so many people on that small stage!), and Mudhoney was good too—at least they didn’t do some geriatric acoustic show. Everybody seemed to be asking about the new Jennifer Hudson album, and we had a run on Michael Franti after his show at the 9:30. People also asked us about Coldplay, Fleet Foxes, Esperanza Spaulding and our hometown faves Thievery Corporation.

—Wynonah Steen