Worth a listen: Starfucker, Ancient Astronauts

The new R.E.M. album is the big news this week but a bit of a snooze. However, two of my early favorites of 2011 finally hit stores this week, and you should definitely give ’em a listen. First up, Starfucker’s Reptilians, a hook-laden shot of synth-heavy indie rock. There’s not a single weak link on the album, but “Bury Us Alive” is an early frontrunner for my 2011 year-end best-of playlist:

Head to iTunes and grab the deluxe version Reptilians, which includes a couple of excellent bonus tracks.

Who’d have thought that the best turntable-focused hip-hop album in years would have come from Germany? Ancient Astronauts’ Into Bass and Time is sharp, funky, and loaded with compelling beats, rhymes, and grooves. Dig “Worldwide,” my favorite cut:

Download Into Bass and Time at Amazon MP3.

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