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XLR8R's 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

Rhino Boxed Sets

The Heavy Metal Box ($59.98)
The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium ($64.98)
Love is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 ($64.98)

Would XLR8R scribes typically cover stuff like hippie pop and ’70s metal? Not unless it’s filtered by rock’s finest distillery, the Rhino label. With these three sets, you can chart some of rock’s finest moments ever.

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Best Artists of 2007

LCD Soundsystem
2007 will go down as a very good year for LCD with the outstanding Nike album, the extremely well-received Sound of Silver, a pretty fucking tight live show, and “Someone Great,” which is a future classic. Not only that but they’re seriously down with the kids. How do they do that? Inspirational.
Duncan Stump, Tiny Sticks

James, I salute you. You are a mad perfectionist and it comes through live and on record. “I wish that we could talk about it.”
Gabriel Jaffe, Puma

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Switch: Artist of the Year

Switch is not what you think he is. You might even say he’s double-sided.

There’s one Switch who never wants the party to end, a prankster who dreads being bored. Then there’s another–Dave Taylor–who is low-key and understated, owns a farmhouse in Cheshire, and has a few carefully plotted plans to turn pop music on its ear.

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Somewhere: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Until recently, cumbia has been anything but cool in Buenos Aires. For decades Argentinian trendsetters wanted no part of this traditional folk-dance music of Colombian origin. With its repetitive percussion, cheesy keyboards, and trite lyrics, cumbia was often dismissed as music for the lower classes and the rural areas outside of Buenos Aires.

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Matt Furie: Fur, Fangs, Fantasy

Matt Furie’s mind must be a crazy place. It’s populated with bats wearing polo shirts and riding BMX bikes, French-kissing birds with boobs, and weeping daisies. Also present are ALF and Falkor (the dragon from The Neverending Story), Freddy Krueger cradling a child, and a guy with a hamburger for a head.

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