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Postholiday gift swap

Well-meaning relatives and friends stuffed your stocking with eight copies of Adele's 21? Exchange them (we won't tell!) for 10 great recent releases you might have missed

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Amy Winehouse, Lioness: Hidden Treasures
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul Time!
Find shades of the beehived diva’s neo-Stax sound on this rarities and B-sides disc from soul vet Sharon Jones, who played with the Dap-Kings long before they backed Amy.

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Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
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Danny Brown, XXX
Post-incarceration, Weezy got weirdly…normal. For genuinely out-there hip-hop haze, check out Brown’s psychedelic style-hopper. (Also great: Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 and A$AP Rocky’s woozy LiveLoveA$AP.)

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Radiohead, The King of Limbs
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The Indie Cred Test, by the staff of Chunklet
You don’t get extra credit for owning more than one copy of Radiohead’s latest humcore opus. How do we know? By testing ourselves with this encyclopedic, tongue-in-Will-Oldham’s-bearded-cheek series of indie-rock quizzes.

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Taylor Swift, Speak Now World Tour Live DVD
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Needtobreathe, The Reckoning
Those who arrived at a Taylor tour stop at exactly headlining-act o’clock missed her openers’ Kings of Leon-esque Southern-rock boogie; here’s a chance to fix that.

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Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
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Austra, Feel It Break
Flo, lovely as she is, doesn’t have the lock on lady-druid mysticism; Austra’s lush debut is equally alluring in its own Kate-Bush-is-my-spirit-animal way.

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Nickelback, Here and Now
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F—ed Up, David Comes to Life
If you insist that your rock be loud, melodic, and Canadian, grab this Toronto hardcore collective’s double-length concept album, loaded with roof-rattling riffs.

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David Guetta, Nothing but the Beat
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Martin Solveig, Smash
So you’ve already ee-yo-oh’d along with the Parisian Top 40 kingpin’s ”Without You”? Sub in Solveig’s Eurodisco breakthrough, more proof that the French have invaded America.

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Aretha Franklin, Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia
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Various Artists, Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels
No dis-R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the Queen, but why not dig into this undeservedly obscure — and awesomely finger-snap groovy — survey of Chicago’s ’60s and ’70s soul scene instead?

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Miranda Lambert, Four the Record
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Ashton Shepherd, Where Country Grows
The twangy Alabama native has Lambert’s lyrical gift for bad-boyfriend payback — if not her firearms license. Still, even revenge can take a Saturday off: See tipsy-afternoon tribute ”Beer on a Boat.”

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Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
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Alexander, Alexander
Until Marcus Mumford and the boys Sigh again (word is there will be a follow-up in 2012), check out their recent tourmate — and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros frontman — who has a few gorgeously jangly gems of his own.