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Welcome to Leakage, a BYT column dedicated to listening to your favorite band’s releases weeks before the street date. Every week I’ll be giving you brief reviews of said leaks with an MP3 to sample. If you want us to take down your song, holla back ([email protected]).

(Sorry guys, I’m not posting the album in it’s entirety or giving you something other than the single. Plus if you don’t know how to use Google by now, you’re shit out of luck anyway.)

Some parting words: if you like the band, buy the record. You don’t want to be that guy.

The Ruby Suns, Fight Softly (Release date: March 2, 2010): Like a lot of releases from this year Fight Softly is a departure from the previous release. Like 2008’s Sea Lion, the music remains very beat-centric but thematically it’s a lot darker. The new stuff that I heard when they open for The Dodos was pretty good, but it’s even greater on record. Dig it.

Listen: The Ruby Suns — “Cranberry” | Like it?: Pre-order Fight Softly

Animal Collective, ODDSAC (Screening begins March 2, 2010): Animal Collective has made a movie. It premiered at Sundance. It’s also being called “a visual album”. If the trailer has anything to show it’s that this movie would be awesome on drugs. Some more information can be found here.

U.S. Girls, Go Grey (Release date: February 16, 2010): U.S. Girls channel their inner Eno with their second full-length. It’s a place where fuzzy vocals and catchy melodies meet. It’s a scuzzed out ’50s R&B record that has been in constant rotation.

Listen: U.S. Girls — “Red Ford Radio” | Like it?: Pre-order Go Grey

Ted Leo + the Pharmacists, The Brutalist Bricks (Release date: March 9, 2010): Leo is back with another consistent gem of an album. Bricks takes off where Living with the Living left off with another 40 minutes of genuinely great power pop.

Listen: Ted Leo + the Rx — “Even Heroes Have To Die” | Like it?: Pre-order The Brutalist Bricks