Jay Reatard – Blood Visions – Fifteen short, spaz-tastic guitar jams. Very DIY. It makes me want to pick up my guitar again. Make sure you get a look at the album cover – it’s gross and excellent at the same time.
R.E.M. – Accelerate – On the first spin, I really didn’t get all the buzz about this being their comeback record. It just sounded kind of…well, plain. On the way home from work the other day, I put it on again and I was pleasantly surprised. Not a classic by any means, but it’s a fun, buoyant listen.
Jamie Lidell – Jim – The best white guy in the game doing faux-soul right now. Poppy, playful and overall a great listen.
Jay Reatard – Blood Visions
R.E.M. – Living Well is the Best Revenge
Jamie Lidell – Another Day
This lineup is ridiculous. It’s only partial, but it’s off the charts. Here’s the list so far.
Nine Inch Nails
Rage Against The Machine
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
G. Love and the Special Sauce
Mates of State
The Cool Kids
The Go! Team
…At the same time, sorta reminds me of the ’06 lineup…
Here is the article from his Sun-Times blog.
The Hold Steady – Live in Austin 3/27/08 – So? I’m in a rut! This is a live show from earlier this week. Kind of a mini departure for the group – short on talk, more on rock. Set opens with the new cut (and sure to be summer anthem) ‘Constructive Summer’. Well worth checking out. If you haven’t seen these guys yet, I implore you to do so. It will be the best concert experience of your year.
Low – Things We Lost In The Fire – Super quiet, deeply meditative record. Absolutely stunning. Just don’t listen to it in the middle of night like I did. A bit creepy.
Mike Watt – Contemplating The Engine Room – Mike Watt’s become my hero recently. Touted as his ‘punk rock opera’, this album is autobiographical and spans his entire career. It’s certainly quirky – Watt’s ‘old man’ vocals and basslines make for an interesting combo. Also, Wilco’s Nels Cline plays guitar throughout.
The Hold Steady – Hot Soft Light (Live in Austin 3/27/08)
Low – Sunflower
Mike Watt – The Boilerman
Cool interview and performance by Bon Iver. Gives you a little bit of insight into the recording of the album.