The Barometer - 01/01/10

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The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
The heartfelt title track from the latest album by these Carolina bluegrass hipsters.

jj - Ecstasy
The Swedish ambient pop-makers return with their third LP and a UK tour, supporting The xx, in March; until then, we'll make do with this stunning slo-mo take on rave and hip-hop from last year's jj n° 2 album.

The Maldives - Time Is Right Now
The Seattle nine-piece kick up a country-rock storm.

Yeasayer - Ambling Alp (Memory Tapes remix)
This sunny remix of the band's current single will keep us sated until their new LP arrives in February.

Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
The original and best version of the R'n'B classic, included on the soundtrack of Nowhere Boy.

Orange Juice - Rip It Up
"Rip it up and start again," declared Edwyn Collins and company in this new-wave classic from 1983. The perfect motto, perhaps, for a new year and a new leaf.