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By Staff on January 10, 2012



FILTER likes music. There's no hiding it. We also like our own opinions a whole bunch, so once a week we give the masses a fleeting glimpse into our selective stereos and Internet browsers to let them see firsthand what fuels our endless devotion. We like to think of it as community service. We're selfless like that. So without further ado, here are the official, inarguable, objectively good FILTER Weekly Picks—providing everything from new LPs you should be spinning to the latest good-fer-you videos. Yeah, we're good at what we do:


Herman Dune “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Why: John Hamm + Blue Yeti = a warm fuzzy feeling I can’t quite describe. - Connie Tsang

L.R.S. - Mother (Danzig)

Why: Does this count - Ian Hendrickson

Lana Del Ray

Why: Why not. - Alan Sartirana

"Genesis" by Grimes (from the forthcoming album Visions, due out February 21 on 4AD)
Why: The first single from Grimes' debut reminds me of hints of John Maus and Enya would tightly together, and not to mention a few of her label cohorts (like Gang Gang Dance)—all a perfect taste for one of the great and strange records of 2012. Dizzying and delightful, Claire Boucher's dreamy (and sometimes nightmarish) vocals and fantastical, winding beats build for something completely out of this world. - Breanna Murphy

“Open” by Andre Agassi
Why: Sure you heard about the meth use and the Brooke Shields dishing when this memoir first hit shelves, but way more interesting is Agassi’s amazing memory and brutal honesty about every aspect of his on-court battles. When autobiographies by sports heroes come out, most people go running for the off-court scoop, but to read as Agassi recounts his Grand Slam failures in his early days, point-by-painful-point, is far more compelling than his tales of driving Lamborghinis around Las Vegas. Do you think Michael Jordan can remember what he was thinking during every shot he took in the playoffs? Tennis has never been more cerebral. Even if you don’t care about the sport (and you’ll be surprised to learn that Agassi feels the same way), this is a fantastic read. - Pat McGuire

David Bowie - Queen Bitch

Why: In honor of the Thin White Duke's  65th birthday, I've decided to revisit all my favorites of his (of which Hunky Dory is tops to me). What a genius. - Wes Martin

Snow Patrol, Fallen Empires. 
Why: New album is out tomorrow and it's pretty great. - Mike Bell


Memoryhouse – “The Kids are Wrong”
Why: The strings are poppy enough to make it feel like summer. Although, with this strange warm Winter weather, it’s not very hard to feel like summer at this point. Pick up the band’s upcoming release,
The Slideshow Effect, is due out on February 28 via Sub Pop. - Andrea Narvaez

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