Frank Turner: Sleep is for the weak – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Frank Turner. This is the second album of his that I have listened to and really liked it. I am not as hot about it as his other album, but it is still great.

Andrew Bird: Noble Beast – I like this album better that his first one. More memorable moments and less boring ‘whipsy’ sounds.

Ben Folds: Way to normal – I have to admit that I hated many of the songs the first time through. I still consider it his weakest solo effort… Love ‘You don’t know me’, ‘Before Cologne’ , ‘Cologne’, ‘Effington’ and ‘Kylie from Connecticut’, the rest of the album can take a hike.

Ben Lee: Awake is the new sleep & The rebirth of venus – Ben Lee is one of my new favorites. Interesting, smart lyrics, memorable moments spread throughout the albums and a unique but pretty voice… Think Ben Folds without the sometimes overly aggressiveness.

Bob Dylan: Together Through Life – I was a BIG fan of his last original album ‘Modern Times’… Not as big of a fan of this album. To be perfectly fair I have only listened to it 5 or 6 times so I am not sure I am ready to throw the nail in it… I will let you know.

Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the innocent & the E street shuffle – The Boss brings it in a BIG way in his second album. LOVING THIS ALBUM RIGHT NOW… Here is my Boss list: Born to run, Nebraska, The Wild…, Born in the USA.

Dave Matthews Band: Big Whisky and… – I want to like this album so much! I want DMB to be ‘back’ after a string of straight up BAD albums. They seem tired… I will always love them for ‘Crash’ and ‘Under the table’, but I wish they would stop already.

Deerhunter: Microcastle – 1 part Radiohead, 1 part Arcade Fire, 1 part Deathcab: Shake till you get Deerhunter.

Elis Regina: – Talk about romantic music! Holy crap I need to find this on vinyl!!!

Esthero: Breath from another – Duffy with a hip-hop beat and some guest rappers… Pretty good ‘while you are doing something’ music.

Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes – I know that I have mentioned them before, but I am REALLY loving them right now… It took me a while.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova: The swell season – Carly told me about this album over a year ago and I did not ‘get it’ till I saw the movie ‘Once’. I think I am going to listen to this A LOT this winter.

James: Hey ma – 2 parts Arcade Fire, 1 part acoustic guitar: shake.

Joao Gilberto: Na Casa de Chico… – BOSA NOVA baby! Smooth, romantic, subtle… PLEASING.

Joshua Radin: Simple Times – Singer/songwriter cut from the John Mayer cloth. He is GREAT.

Maria Mena: Cause – Regina Spektor, Missy Higgins style chick tunes. Great full-sounding music.

Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch – Tom Petty brings his first band back together for a more bluegrass feeling album. I really dig this one after about 5 listens through… Petty’s voice keeps sounding more and more like Dylan as he gets older.

My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges – I typically HATE albums and bands that can not pick a sound. This album start’s with a falsetto sound with active drums and finishes with wailing guitars and a more traditional rock sound. Favorite song ‘Highly Suspicious’ (sounds like Admiral Akbar makes a cameo).

The National: Boxer – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS ALBUM! Smooth, deep voice, beautiful flow from song to song. Favorite song ‘Slow Show’.

Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping – Erased this album because I hated it so much. Most annoying singing voice in the world.

Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Sorry to do this again, but, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS ALBUM! I have loved this band since I went to Sweden and they have not stopped putting out GREAT modern-pop music that is fun, driving and well thought out. PLEASE give them a try!

Ray LaMontagne: Gossip in the grain – Ray LaMontagne is such an amazing talent and this album is a beautiful example of where music needs to be going. AMAZING, smooth voice. Non-overpowering horns. Non-overpowering backup singers… BEAUTIFUL music that is soooo soul-full.

The Republic Tigers: Keep Color – I am really into this one the last week. I have gone to it just about everyday. They are taking what ‘Tears For Fears’ did and pushing it into a more modern place. JUST GREAT! PLEASE TRY IT!!! I would LOVE to find this one on vinyl!

Sia: Some People Have… – If you like Duffy you are going to LOVE Sia (Because the music is BETTER). DEEP, soul-full female vocals with some modern sounding unforgettable hooks thrown in towards the end of the album. Favorite song: ‘Academia”.

The Smiths: The very best of the Smiths – It’s f-ing amazing that I am just now listening to The Smiths. How did I get out of high school without listening to them? Anyway, they are obviously great!

Stan Getz:– I have more of him on vinyl than on Boris (my iPod)… Saturday night. Bottle of wine. Candles. Good smells. SMOOTH MUSIC.

Steve Martin: The Crow – What can I say, I am a SUCKER for the banjo! Martin sings only one fun number on this album filled with guest singers and delightful banjo insturmentals.

U2: No Line… – I listened to this about 5 times and I am ready to delete it… Seriously, is U2 the most overrated band ever? I know, I know, without U2 there would not be MANY other bands that I really like, but I seriously CAN NOT get into them.

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend – STILL LOVE IT!

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T-ball tomorrow night and a double header on Friday… Another double header on Sunday and a game next Tuesday… Wendy and I will be making the drive A LOT over the next few days!

  1. amanda
    Jun 17, 2009

    YES – U2 IS the most overrated band ever. Thank you.

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  2. steve
    Jun 17, 2009

    let me ask my friend Justin if he can get you a Republic Tigers vinyl. He is the drummer for that band after all.

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  3. steve
    Jun 17, 2009

    and, my comment awaiting moderation is bush league.

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  4. steve
    Jun 17, 2009

    ok … having the correct email may help, but still.

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  5. steve
    Jun 17, 2009

    Let me ask my buddy Justin if he can get you The Republic Tigers on vinyl. He is the drummer for that band after all.

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  6. misty
    Jun 17, 2009

    i heart U2. why? joshua tree. one of THE most brilliant albums ever.

    dear. we totally can’t get married when we’re both 80 and sam has died if you don’t like U2. i think my heart just broke.

    off to check out the national.

    🙂

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  7. shannondg
    Jun 18, 2009

    glad you found hansard and marketa, love love love that album. and i think there are a couple of redeeming tracks on the new dmb, but admittedly they, like u2, have run their race already. you should check out brandi carlisle. i think you would dig her.

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  8. Joe
    Jun 18, 2009

    Misty – I do like most of Joshua Tree… I understand the appeal of them, I personally do not like the remainder of their catalog.

    Shannon – I will check her out! Thanks!

    Steve – Your rubbing elbows with pseudo-celebs now? WOW!

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