I've been lazy as a mofo lately and thus haven't followed up on my weekly musical purchases...but with yesterday being a holiday and today not seeing shit at the record store (for the first time in over a couple months) I figured today would be a good day to recap some of the latest albums I've picked up...
Head over to The Hype Machine and give some of these songs a listen.
AGAINST ME! * NEW WAVE
This is the lil' album that could. I love these guys, they're pop-punk without being Blink 182 or Fall Out Boy or any of that shit. There's no screaming for the sake of screaming and their lyrics are just as awesome as their melodies. Mark my words, this album will catch on with plenty of people before the end of the year and turn up on numerous "Best Of" lists!
(Must listen: Thrash Unreal)
PEARL JAM * LIVE AT THE GORGE
For a band that's stuck around for 17 years, they sure still sound fresh and exciting! This 7-disc set from three concerts (over two years) is amazing. They rarely perform the same song twice and belt out old forgotten classics like Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and Victoria Williams' "Crazy Mary" like they did back in the early 90's!
(Must listen: Hail Hail)
PATTON OSWALT * WEREWOLVES & LOLLIPOPS
Easily one of the funniest comedy albums in recent memory. You haven't lived until you've heard him go off on a heckler for ten minutes straight, using the phrase "You fucking Douche Nozzle" repeatedly!
(Must listen: I Tell A Story About Birth Control And Deal With A Retarded Heckler)
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS * THE ELSE
One of their stronger outings musically in quite some time. Their kids albums are okay, but here they shine. Plus, if you bought the album when it first came out, you got a free 30 song "EP" as well for FREE!!!
(Must listen: The Cap'M)
SPOON * GA GA GA GA GA
Best album of the year, thus far. (yeah, I know I've said that about three times this year, shut it) If you don't already own this album, you're missing out. 10 tracks, half and hour of music, not a second of it wasted. Perfection.
(Must listen: Don't You Evah)
RILO KILEY * UNDER THE BLACKLIGHT
Their catchiest album to date and man, is Jenny Lewis needing sex bad enough that she willing to pay for it?! Plenty songs about sex on here and plenty of catchy hooks and dancing and hand-claps to boot! This album will bring a smile to your face...then make you want a cigarette.
(Must listen: Silver Lining)
PAUL ANKA * CLASSIC SONGS, MY WAY
Laugh all you want (especially you, Jamie) but he does some amazing Vegas-style covers of songs you wouldn't expect to work out that well. Case in point, The Killers?!
(Must listen: Mr. Brightside)
LYLE LOVETT * IT'S NOT BIG, IT'S LARGE
Really nice, relaxing album. I enjoy more of the "Lyle" rather than the "Large Band." Luckily, there's plenty of him just finding his way through love and loss and creating a sound that is uniquely his own.
(Must listen: No Big Deal)
BEN HARPER * LIFELINE
Another short album that isn't missing a single note. Recorded in seven days in Paris right after getting finished with a nine month European tour, they recorded the entire album on analog...no Pro Tools or computers or anything. The sound they created takes you back to old Otis Redding and Sam Cooke...songs about longing for a woman's touch and dealing with being away from the one you love. I cannot recommend this album enough.
(Must listen: Needed You Tonight)