When I hear a new CD, I can’t seem to stop listening to it until I pretty much ram it into the ground. I never used to be that way because I didn’t want to get sick of that CD so quick. But in my older age, I can’t help it I guess. I listen to a lot of music at home and at work, but these are the top 5 albums I listen to frequently. This month’s selection is mostly indie rock but that doesn’t mean that’s all I’m listening to. I have been listening to The Riverdales and New Model Army a lot as well but those albums aren’t new so…Anyway, here’s my top 5 picks:
1. She & Him – “Volume 1”
Right before the album came out, I read that actress Zooey Deschanel was releasing an album with M. Ward and the result is She & Him. It’s just the two of them and they have this nice 60’s style folk & country sound that’s very pleasing to the ears. I was amazed how well & unique Zooey’s singing voice is. When I saw her sing in Elf, I was just wondering when she would do a musical or release a solo album or something. Not every song on here is great but the majority of songs on here I really enjoy listening to.
Check out: “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here” “Change is Hard” “This Is Not a Test”
2. Stereophonics – “Pull the Pin”
It’s the band I dreaded to see live over in my UK trip 2 or 3 years ago. I dreaded seeing the band because I didn’t know who they were, plus I was really sick. But after finally hearing the band on CD, I really dig their sound now. Granted this CD is from October 2007, it’s still fairly new in my mind. Kelly Jones has an awesome singing voice and their latest album is their best album to date. I don’t think there is one bad song on this album and that’s a rare thing for me to say.
Check out: “It Means Nothing” “Bright Red Star” “Daisy Lane”
3. DeVotchKa – “Mad and Faithful Telling”
This DeVotchKa album has been on my most anticipated albums of 2008 list and it doesn’t disappoint! It took me a few listens to determine if this was really good or just okay. Thankfully, it’s a really good album that’s a perfect follow-up to their last full-length album “How It Ends.” I’m not sure if the band will ever top “How It Ends” but you can tell in this album that they are really tightening up their unique sound. I can’t wait to hear these songs live in May when I see them in NYC.
Checkout: “Along The Way,” “Comrade Z,” “New World”
4. Billy Bragg – “Mr. Love and Justice”
After seeing Mr. Billy Bragg play to a sold out Pogues show in NYC, I’ve been listening to his brand new album a lot. I actually think it’s one of the best albums he’s ever put out. I love when he’s with his backing band The Blokes, but I also appreciate his music when he goes solo as well. You can preview 2 songs on his MySpace page to see if you like it, but I’m telling you; this album rocks! Its a “must-have album” if you call yourself a Billy Bragg fan!
Check out: “I Keep Faith,” “I Almost Killed You,” “Sing Their Souls Back Home”
5. Helio Sequence – “Keep Your Eyes Ahead”
I literally just got into the Helio Sequence last week or so. My twin brother got me into the band and told me I would like them. I guess for a change, he was right. The band is somewhat similar to label mates the Shins, but they have a somewhat different sound. They are more keyboard driven indie rock I suppose? Also, the vocals kind of remind me of Josh Ritter’s when the singer of Helio Sequence sings slow. Either way, I have been listening to the band’s latest album nonstop.
Check out: “Can’t Say No,” “Hallelujah,” “The Captive Mind”