Just a handful of post-holiday releases, but here they are.
CLAY AIKEN - TRIED AND TRUE
Standards. Just what we need. And if that's not news enough, he's touring with Ruben Studdard. Thanks, America. (Buy Marshall Crenshaw's "Jaggedland" instead. Please.)
BUY IT HERE--->http://www.amazon.com/Jaggedland-Marshall-Crenshaw/dp/B002656VHS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1275391782&sr=1-1
THE FUTUREHEADS- THE CHAOS
4th release from the post-punk, British almost-phenoms, The Futureheads, "Chaos" finds the band wading in the same likeable waters as their previous releases; short, sharp tunes that would make Andy Partridge, Joe Strummer, and Pete Shelley say, "Hey! Not bad."
BUY IT HERE--->http://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Futureheads/dp/B003ENTMAO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1275391806&sr=1-1
JACK JOHNSON- TO THE SEA
Wildy popular, surfer dude is back with cutesy blandness aimed at hacky-sackers and people with no record collection to speak of.
BUY IT HERE--->http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Jack-Johnson/dp/B003C1QIO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1275391841&sr=1-1
OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY- SEEMINGLY SOLID REALITY
"OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY recently got a lot of love from The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS who released a EP of Outrageous Cherry covers on Matador titled ''Togetherness - The New Pornographers play Outrageous Cherry''. After the critically acclaimed glam/psych miasma of 2009's UNIVERSAL MALCONTENTS, and subsequent tours in Europe and the USA, O.C. returned to their analog cave to record Matthew Smith's latest batch of tunes. Throughout SEEMINGLY SOLID REALITY, sweet melodies and harmonies soar over the gnashing of vicious, urban Motor City guitar workouts. Motown-fueled bass and drums throb hypnotically. "
I've yet to hear either, but I like them both. So...you're on your own.
BUY IT HERE--->http://www.amazon.com/Seemingly-Solid-Reality-Outrageous-Cherry/dp/B003H3D1I0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1275391870&sr=1-1
PAUL WELLER- WAKE UP THE NATION
Paul Weller's "22 Dreams" was my favorite record of 2008, and "Wake Up The Nation" feels like a natural follow-up. Losing (just a little bit of) soul and adding (just a little bit) more psych, Paul Weller is joined by ex-Jam cohort Bruce Foxton (at least on a couple of tunes) for a solid collection of what Weller does best, great melodies evoking the many influences of his long and delightful career. This one gets better with each listen.
BUY IT HERE--->http://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Nation-Paul-Weller/dp/B00377E4SW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1275391903&sr=1-1
Take a listen:
NO TEARS TO CRY