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Full Albums:

  • Driver F, Chase the White Whale
  • Left Lane Cruiser, Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table, All You Can Eat!!, and Junkyard Speed Ball1
  • Mastodon, The Hunter
  • Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do2

Random Excellence:

  • The Gaslight Anthem, “The Diamond Street Church Choir”
  • TV on the Radio, “Playhouses”
  • Pearl Jam, “Severed Hand”
  • The Afghan Whigs, “Crime Scene Part One”
  • Big Boi, “You Ain’t No DJ”

Songs of the Week:

  • Left Lane Cruiser, “Busket”1
  • Eagles of Death Metal, “Speaking in Tongues”
  • Eminem, “Despicable”
  • Kanye West, “The Joy”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Y Control”

Reviews:

1. It’s just a whole bunch of awesome. When he yells out, “Two! Three! Four!” on “Busket” I get shivers. These are just phenomenal albums.

2. Now here’s an unreasonably good album. Admittedly, I don’t like “The News,” but my favorite songs are “A Long Time,” “Finally Falling” and “No Strings.” “The Walk” is proving to be pretty contagious, probably because it reeks of sixties soul, its lyrics are hysterical and the video is phenomenal. But a lot of the time, I’ll keep reaching for “No Strings” and I’ll often even listen to the “Classixx Original” version too because it’s also crazy good. It’s a great way to end the album because it keeps the whole thing circular: he ends the album with his (stronger) one night stand song and starts the album with a song about wanting to get to know a girl. Then it all builds into more songs about love and making love (or broken love a la “The Walk”). It’s disappointing to see that “Henny and Ginger Ale” isn’t on the CD, but all in all, this album’s appropriately titled. This is his time to shine.

Comment:
I’m excited about a lot of music right now, whether it’s out or about to come out. I don’t know if this is preemptive, but I feel like there’s kind of a resurgence happening right now. Then again, I could just be paying more attention than usual. All I’m saying is, there’s lots of good stuff out there and I want to listen to most of it.

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