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Top Albums of 2012 (So Far…)

This year in music reminds me of the 2011 NBA Draft.  There hasn’t been any stand out stars in the releases thus far, but there are a lot of quality albums on the cusp of greatness. Last year, I had no doubt about what albums would make my top five for the mid-year list, but this time around, I moved albums up and down the list indecisively for days, finally settling on the order below.  My point: there could be a lot of shuffling when the real list comes out in December.  Before getting into 20 albums that you shouldn’t miss out on, here are six honorable mentions that could easily end up being this year’s Jeremy Lin.

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Video Clip of the Week: Jazzmaster Guitar

Last weekend I splurged and purchased a new electric guitar. Not just any guitar though – a Fender Jazzmaster.  The same legendary guitar that indie rock heroes like J. Mascis, Lee Renaldo, and Thurston Moore made famous. Oh, and I forgot to mention that little known artist Elvis Costello…here’s a couple clips of the masters explaining what makes the Jazzmaster so great along with some interesting stories as to how they ended up with the guitars that helped define their sound.

J. Mascis:

Lee Renaldo:

Elvis Costello:

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