Just a snippet to give you a tip on some notable discs I've bought.
The rating is strictly to draw your eye to discs I think you should look out
**** Personal Favourite
** Probably a good choice if you like the genre
* Enter at own risk
Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies ***
Best Detroyer by far; accessible off the bat and
extra rewarding the more you loop it. Canadian
indy art rock gonzo lyricist of fury.
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit **
Return to classic strong form, mostly upbeat this
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine **
Fiona's still got it, this is as good an album as
she's ever made. Solid throughout with a great song
every 3 tracks or so.
Buck 65 - Secret House Against The World ****
Back to front amazing rhymes. Beat poetry Hip Hop word
imagery that'll knock you on your ass.
Nick Drake - Bryter Layter ***
I never realised that Belle & Sebastian have
been trying to recreate this record the whole time.
This is the original 1970 Fey Pop, but without the modern
irony it feels a little...more.
Nick Drake - Fire Leaves Left *
Nick's first (of 3), lacks the hook and immediate appeal
of Bryter Later, his next album. Much simpler and plain
folk compared to his later journey into jazzy pop.
Nick Drake - Pink Moon **
Nick's last, two years before O.D. at age 26. Very sparse
and bleak, but compelling.
DJ Shadow - Live! DVD **
You've heard all his tracks, but Shadow plays two at
a time on top of eachother, in time and in tune.
More interesting than I thought it would be.
Buck 65 - Talkin' Honky Blues ***
The introspective Canadian dusty highway The Streets, only better.
Hip hop for people who don't like it, or do.
Faithless - No Roots ****
Catchy, groovy, intelligent, emotional. Alternates between thumping rave
stuff to keep the party going and soulful rap groove with lyrics 10 times
more thoughtful than what you're listening to right now.
Sasha - Airdrawndagger **
Mellow goes groovy electronically. I like Sasha's own material better
than most of his DJ sets.
Sondre Lerche - Two-way Monologue **
Fey pop like Belle & Sebastian, but more middling: the lows aren't
as low nor the highs as high.
Bjork - Medulla *
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots ****
Art rock that's absolutely brilliant in every way. I think
it's my favorite album ever.