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It’s been such a crazy summer here in New England.  Humid days that turn into thunderstorms and tornado warnings.  Families that turn into old memories. Lost cat signs all over the place. Sicknesses of loved ones and deaths of legendary pop icons. Mixtape goodness. And those once in awhile moments where the sun is shining, there’s a cool breeze coming from along the ocean, lounging poolside with an extra spicy bloody mary and set of headphones, escaping on long road trips to new beautiful places, all the while peacefully feeling somehow a little more stronger than ever before…

Which brings us to the official soundtrack and Music Is Art’s Best Albums of Summer 2009.  An eclectic collection that combines pop-friendly, r&b, smooth jazz tones to electronic space music and indie rock dreams.  Listen to these samples of the preferred new releases of July and August. Be sure to also see the Best Albums of June 2009.  Below if something should be added to the list, please comment or leave a recommendation.  Enjoy!

MIA’s BEST ALBUMS OF SUMMER 2009

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maxwell

Artist: MAXWELL

Album: Blacksummers’ Night

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Label: Columbia

Listen: Pretty Wings

deadweather

Artist: THE DEAD WEATHER

Album: Horehound

Label: Reprise

Release Date: July 14, 2009

Listen: Hang You From the Heavens

sonvolt

Artist: SON VOLT

Album: American Central Dust

Label: Rounder

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Listen: Cocaine and Ashes

imogen

Artist: IMOGEN HEAP

Album: Ellipse

Label: RCA

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Listen: Canvas

theantlershospice

Artist: THE ANTLERS

Album: Hospice

Label: French Kiss

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Listen: Two

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Artist: THE BATS

Album: The Guilty Office

Label: Hidden Agenda

Release Date: July 23, 2009

Listen: Countersign

bowerbirds

Artist: BOWERBIRDS

Album: Upper Air

Label: Dead Oceans

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Listen: Northern Lights

anna

Artist: ANNA TERNHEIM

Album: Leaving On a Mayday

Label: Verve Forecast

Release Date: August 11, 2009

Listen: What Have I Done

postmarks

Artist: THE POSTMARKS

Album: Memoirs at the End of the World

Label: Unfiltered

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Listen: Go Jetsetter

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Artist: TEENGIRL FANTASY

Album: In The Loop, Volume 5

Label: Anticon

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Listen: Portofino

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Artist: VANDAVEER

Album: Divide & Conquer

Label: Supply & Demand

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Listen: Turpentine

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Artist: YOUNG GALAXY

Album: Invisible Republic

Label: Arts & Crafts

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Listen: Long Live the Fallen World

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Artist: THE CAVE SINGERS

Album: Welcome Joy

Label: Matador

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Listen: At the Cut

jackpenate

Artist: JACK PENATE

Album: Everything Is New

Label: Beggars

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Listen: Tonight’s Today

woodensky

Artist: THE WOODEN SKY

Album: If I Don’t Come Home, You’ll Know I’m Gone

Label: BlackBox

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Listen: Something Hiding For Us In the Night

RAMONA

Artist: RAMONA FALLS

Album: Intuit

Label: Barsuk

Release Date: August 18, 2009

Listen: Russia

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Artist: JULIAN PLENTI

Album: Julian Plenti is Skyscraper

Label: Matador

Release Date: August 4, 2009

Listen: Fun That We Have

magnolia

Artist: MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO

Album: Josephine

Label: Secretly Canadian

Release Date: July 21, 2000

Listen: Little Sad Eyes

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Artist: THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC

Album: …And the Ever Expanding Universe

Label: August 9, 2009

Release Date: Arts and Crafts

Listen: Heavens to Purgatory

mew

Artist: MEW

Album: No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry

Label: Columbia

Release Date: August 25, 2009

Listen: Silas the Magic Car

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  2. EF Matt

    nice! didn’t expect to see Maxwell on here… definitely a good one, as are those from Bowerbirds, Ramona Falls, Cave Singers, and The Antlers

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  3. Apexa

    I think you made a typo of Wooden Sky and labeling them as Wooden Hands. Just thought I’d telling you. Otherwise, I’m really loving the new artists I’ve found, so thanks for this!

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  4. jake

    Great list, not only some stuff I already know and love but some new things which are turning out to be quite pleasing to the ears.

    My top 3 albums of this summer which aren’t here are: Jamie T, Simone White, Horse Feathers. Check them out if you get a moment.

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