Here are some albums that have been on repeat for a few weeks, days, hours, and minutes!
Sorry I haven’t put anything out recently, I guess I just haven’t gotten to it.
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver.
–To get ready for the album that came out TODAY, I had to remind myself of the awesomeness that is “Sound of Sliver.” Lots of variety with slow groovy songs to funky headbangers. Great, funky album that is always nice to listen to.
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)
The new Crystal Castles album is a lot more gritty and direct than their previous, and I like it. The song Doe Deer is teen angst distilled into one loud, crazy, noisy mess on about 1:40. Excellent period.
Ah, what can I say about Sleigh Bells? That they skyrocketed in popularity after their release on iTunes, even landing them a spot in Rolling Stone? Sure. MIA loves them? Sure. Can I say that they made one of my favorite albums of the year? YES. I have never heard trashy noise rock sound this good and refined, which sounds sort of strange, but trust me; this stuff will move you. Crown on the Ground is SO groovy, I can’t even stand it. Awesome. Super low price on iTunes as well, go hit it up!
I just found this band while doing one of those “related artists” runs through iTunes, and I love their throwback 60’s Psychedelic sound. It really reminds me of what I started listening to in 8th grade. Really good stuff right here, guys.
Crooked Still – Some Strange Country
Crooked Still, a pretty well-known new bluegrass band from California, released their fourth full-length album while on their album tour (NO WAY!) which I obviously went to. The album doesn’t disappoint, Aoife O’Donovans vocals are still as magnificent as ever, and all the instrumental solos are still manic bursts of musical genius. I still have a little bluegrass interest left.
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Lemme tell you this. At first listen, I didn’t like LCD. This was probably their song “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” and also 30 second previews are not that good of an indicator about a song. So sad. Well, I acquired Sound of Silver a little while back and started listening to that and I fell in love with it. So fresh and groovy! Awesome! Well, LCD’s latest (and apparently last!) album definitely does not disappoint. “Dance Yrself Clean” seems like the Stride flavor change gum where it changes from mint to berry, because it turns from a slow moving piece to a sweet dance jam. Yeah, all of the songs are sweet mastercrafted pieces of art. Definitely pick this one up on Amazon.
I had no idea what this was when I first saw the cover, but it piqued my curiosity so I checked it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Monae creates some fantastic R&B music, not YET clogged by the impressions of society. She calls upon Big Boi from Outkast on “Tightrope”, and silly pop band Of Montreal on “Make The Bus.” Definitely pick this one up, it’s a keeper.