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We’re already in the thick of year-end list season, which much like the Christmas-shopping season seems to creep a little further into November with each passing year. The B Side staff will be providing a ton of end-of-2011 goodness in our December 29 issue, but in the meantime Jessica Hopper has provided us with a selection of releases that you may have missed from acts that “did more than recycle the familiar, instead looking forward or culling sounds from unlikely inspirations.”