Brett Dennen - Loverboy
Dennen was getting a lot of attention a couple of years ago as an "artist to watch." He's primarily been a folk artist, but this is supposed to be his "experimental" record. I've only heard the lead single, "Sydney," not bad, but I feel it's lacking direction. We'll see what happens when I get a chance to hear the whole album.
Little Scream - The Golden Record
I got really into this band a couple of months ago upon hearing "The Heron and the Fox," absolutely beautiful. This album was technically released a few weeks ago, but only in digital version. For some reason, I didn't know about that. But I know now; by the way, I'll be seeing them next month at the MusicNow festival here in Cincinnati.
Listen: "The Heron and the Fox"
Panda Bear - Tomboy
My first stop on the way home from work today was to the record store to buy this on vinyl (granted that stop was when I was nearly home anyways). I think I may be in love with all things Animal Collective. It seems rare that members of a great band can all create great solo material.
Listen: "Last Night at the Jetty"
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
This is being hailed by some as a return to Simon's form on Graceland. I've listened to early streams and, while I think it's a bit of an overstatement, it is a good release. For full disclosure, I will admit to not having listened to Paul Simon's more recent work, but this isn't a bad venture.
Listen: "The Afterlife"
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Somehow, this release got deleted from my list and I forgot to post it initially (I swear it was on there!) I dislike it when bands get labeled "Afro-Punk" just because they have black members. All but one in this one are black, but the influences in their music is so varied and diverse (and more electronic than anything else), that Afro-Punk doesn't even begin to describe it. This is another great release from them, I loved the lead single.
Watch: "Will Do"
Vivian Girls - Share the Joy
Like their frequent collaborators, Black Lips, I think these noisy punk girls have grown up a bit since their earlier releases. Based on what I've heard so far, the sound is more straightforward, but they've still managed to maintain what kept them unique. I'll also be seeing them live soon, next week at the Southgate House (with Black Lips!)
Watch: "Heard You Say"