Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest, 2009
Why does this band get compared to Animal Collective? That band is good, this band is boring. They were good on whatever late night show they were on last month though.
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca, 2009
If this is what passes for great indie rock these days, I guess I'm more into classic rock.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, 2009
I didn't love the super hyped EP but I like the LP a lot more. A band that definitely wears its influences on its collective sleeve but any band that reminds me of a fun mix of Rocketship and My Bloody Valentine can't be that bad, right?
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, 2009
I knew absolutely nothing about this band when Molly excitedly posted about their upcoming Saturday Night Live appearance a number of months ago. I set the DVR and was quite impressed. Then Jeremy started raving about them. Fine, I'll give the album a chance. I'm glad I did. This has been one of my albums of the summer of stay-at-home dadness.
I couldn't find the SNL footage but here's a performance from Letterman.
Sonic Youth - The Eternal, 2009
I've liked their last few LP's quite a lot but this has got to be their best release since I don't know - Washing Machine? Then again, I really liked the last album. Either way, they are in nice little groove. This is a damn fine album. There are a couple clunkers on here but I guess that is to be expected. Youngsters Sean and Rebecca recently mentioned to me that they thought Sonic Youth was too noisy and maybe older folks like me liked Sonic Youth but that younger folks didn't. This was part of a discussion of the silliness of the way Sonic Youth's music was used in Juno. I completely disagree with their sentiment - but if they thought Sonic Youth was too noisy and not melodic enough, I think this new album might be the one to convince them to like the Youth. Plus the song Anti-Orgasm definitely ranks up there with the other anti sex songs by Weezer, The Vaselines, and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Sonic Youth - definitely no Warren Zevon
God Help the Girl - God Help the Girl, 2009
God help Stuart Murdoch get back in the studio to record a new Belle and Sebastian. After you hear the version of Funny Little Frog on this LP though, you might decide to throw away all of your Belle and Sebastian CD's. Ugly. Overall, there are a few good songs on here but they don't outweigh the bad and the mediocre.
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion, 2009
Better than the Peter, Paul, and Mary show I saw at Merriweather Post but not as good as the Rick Springfield show.
Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo, 2009
I can't even remember the last Hitchcock LP I gave a good listen to but maybe I should go back and listen to some more. This is really good. Good melodies, quirky but not overly so. All around just good. Kind of reminds me of Eye even though this isn't acoustic.
M. Ward - Hold Time, 2009
Post Post-War Snoozefest.
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast, 2009
There are some good tunes here but this is definitely a letdown after his last few. Each of his last three kept getting better. This one is like 3 steps back.
Pete and the Pirates - Little Death, 2008
At first I really liked this, then I cooled on it, and now I'm back on its bandwagon. Power pop fun. Nothing terribly original but when the songs are this much fun, who cares?
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career, 2009
How do you follow up one of the best albums of the past few years? Let's Get Out of This Country was my favorite album of 2006. While this isn't quite as good as that album, this is definitely a worthy followup. The album never reaches the dizzying heights of Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken or the title track of their last album but there are definitely some gems here. Plus, SHR and I both love that the title track of this album sounds like she's singing Korea, all Malkmus style and all.
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