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The year is half over so take a glimpse of the best ten records of 2011 so far.

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Dan Bejar who also moonlights in The New Pornographers has his own band, Destroyer. Destroyer are known for consistent albums that change styles from baroque pop to full on Bowie to midi experiments. Next year the band are set to release their ninth full length Kaputt. Kaputt is unlike anything Destroyer has ever done, because it employs two new sounds, smooth jazz sax and female backup vocals. Today’s song of the day is the first taste from this truly amazing LP, “Chinatown.” It is the perfect lead in single as the sax is everywhere. Bejar’s wordplay is intact, proving him one of the best songwriters of the decade. There is female back up in the chorus, which may come as a shock to longtime fans. This is definitely not a good song for the Destroyer drinking game unless 2 new rules, sax and female vocals, are added. Hopefully this will get you excited for what will surely become one of the best albums of 2011.

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A new week of music, just a little less Lala (RIP)

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The Gossip’s Beth Ditto and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, for example, have emerged as two of indie music’s most visible gay musicians. Droste traffics in beautiful (if soporific) CSNY psych-folk and Ditto does such thorough justice to the stylings of Page and Plant that her band should consider buying rights to the name Lez Zeppelin. Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga may have their place, but the more “gay music” breaks from its reliance on dance-floor edifice the more I feel that individual gay people can do the same.

The songs below are featured because they are either quality songs by out gay artists, or straight-penned songs that I feel have gay themes worth bringing above the surface. What unites them is they provide a window to the past, queer or otherwise, that is too often missing in coverage of contemporary gay culture. This list is highly subjective and by no means comprehensive, so feel free to leave suggestions and additions in the comment box.