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Lykke Li’s best moments on Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic) offer a modern take on the 1960s girlgroup sound. Melodic hooks gain swagger from handclaps, primal beats and reverb-drenched guitars. The flipside sees the 24-year-old Swedish artist nursing a broken heart, mining the mournful side of soul music. Either way, Feudi di San Gregorio 2009 Fiano di Avellino Campania, Italy $29.99 (044479) has got you covered.
Dinosaur Jr. mastermind J. Mascis seems most comfortable when his anthemic rock songs “go to 11,” as Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel would say. But his new solo album, Several Shades of Why, confidently showcases a kinder, gentler sound that still resonates with major force. The same rock and roll spirit can be found in the bold and flavourful Tahbilk 2009 Marsanne Victoria, Australia $16.95 (117945).
In 2008, Fleet Foxes stumbled out of the woodshed and made mass vocal harmonies the Auto-Tune of the indie rock set. The Seattlebased band’s new disc, Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop), delivers similar folkpop thrills while expanding the sonic scope. The lush sound calls to mind the rich and rewarding character of Tawse 2009
Robyn’s Block Chardonnay Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula $41.95 (204982).



Best Movies

Sofia Coppola’s knack for making movies that are long on mood and short on plot reaches its apex in Somewhere. The stylish, meditative film that looks at the life of a rudderless celebrity is as close to Italian art house movies as anyone in Hollywood will likely ever make. It’s as poised and delicately nuanced as the Travaglini 2005 Gattinara Piedmont, Italy $29.95 (713354).

A plot that revolves around a suicidal teen doesn’t seem to ring many “feel-good movie of the year” bells. But the relationship between Keir Gilchrist (Craig, the aforementioned teen) and Zach Galifianakis (Bobby, his mentor) turns It’s Kind of a Funny Story into an optimistic John Hughes-style feature. Enjoy the flick with the equally agreeable DeLoach Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir California $15.95 (220434).



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