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.