Beth Ditto - Beth Ditto EP
To be completely honest, I like Beth Ditto most in her band Gossip and when they released Standing in the Way of Control. However, her solo stuff is great, too, if not 180º different. She does the dance pop style so much better than certain other artists. She's also a great role model for positive body image. Amazing!
"I Wrote the Book"
The Dø - Both Ways Open Jaws
Indie pop at its best! Up until last week, I thought this was entitled Slippery Slope. Until five minutes ago, I thought it was just an EP, but it is a full-length album. That makes it even more exciting. One problem, it has not technically been released in the US, just Europe. Grrr... I loved A Mouthful and was so excited for the new release, but I'll find it somehow, I always do!
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
This guy is the perfect mix of mellow guitar-driven rock and classic "roots" style. He writes beautiful, introspective songs. Already on Pitchfork's Best New Music, the album is streaming in its entirety over at NPR (quickly becoming my favorite source of streaming music!)
Morning Teleportation - Expanding Anyway
This is apparently Modest Mouse's new favorite band. And for good reason, they have a very eclectic sound, but at their heart and fast, fun rock and roll. You can stream this, their debut album at Soundcloud.
R.E.M. - Collapse into Now
This album, the band's fifteenth, promises to be a return to form after a few disappointing releases. While it certainly is no Out of Time, it's a pretty good outing. This one is also streaming at NPR. The official video for "Mine Smell Like Honey" is already one of my favorites this year.
"It Happened Today"