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new music – 2008

Absent Kid – Misadventure : nothin’-special indie-rock
The Apes – Ghost Games : primal no-guitar rock with a touch of dirge
Black Mountain – In the Future : in-the-pocket stoner psych-groove-rock
Cat Power – Jukebox : some good, some bad
Chris Walla – Field Manual : perfectly non-offensive singer-songwriter stuff
Dead Meadow – Old Growth : stoner-riff-ic grtooves
Destroyer – Trouble In Dreams : another weird Bejar classicr
The Envy Corps – Dwell : interesting, if excessive, over-the-top 00’s rock
The Epochs – The Epochs : some decent, mostly cheezy, electro-pop
Hot Chip – Made in the Dark : repetetive electro-pop – with some crappy fake-soul too!

Ida – Lovers Prayers : basically shit indie-folk-b.s.
Jack Johnson – Sleep Through the Static : every song sounds just like every previous JJ song
Jim White – Transnormal Skiperoo : an outrageously fantastic musical adventure
Joe Jackson – Rain : very fun throwback JJ album
k.d. lang – Watershed : expertly executed adult-contemporary pop
Lenny Kravitz – It’s Time For A Love Revolution : as sterile and generic as ‘rock’ gets
Marah – Angels of Destruction : crazy(-good) rock-r&b-soul leaking chaos everywhere
The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath : freaky prod-adelic rock
Morcheeba – Deep Dive : uneven with some nice highs
Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride : another great set of literate, interesting MG tunez

Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful of Sunshine : overproduced like a mo-fo
North Mississippi All-Stars – Hernando : fun blueprint-following blues rock
Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) : ridiculous, self-indulgent, AND boring
One Night Only – Started A Fire : small doses=OK; long play=zzzzz boring zzzz
The Shackletons – The Shackeltons : fun, if modest, trip through modern rock sounds and textures
Sheryl Crow – Detours : nice and easy – nothing terribly interesting
Sons and Daughters – The Gift : fast paced, all-upbeat, modern rock-n-roll
The Stereotypes – 5 : solid, if short, indie-rock album
Supergrass – Diamond Hoo Ha : classic bar-room Supergrass fun
Teenage Bottlerocket – Warning Device : pablum pop-punk

This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You : quite good instrumental post-rock – still not my cup of tea…
Times New Viking – Rip It Off : great tunes, painfully lo-fi
UNKLE – More Stories : mostly eh
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend : over-broad rock with corny ‘ethnic’ beats; bah
White Light Riot – Atomism : churning, energetic, mildly dance-rock
The Young Republic – 12 Tales From Winter City: excellent, excellent symphonic indie-pop
Black Keys – Attack And Release : more rounded, less aggressive, still very, very good
The Dirtbombs – We Have You Surrounded : overlong and a bit rambling, but all Mick is good Mick…
Gutter Twins – Saturnalia : deep dark and moody knockout rock
HorrorPops – Kiss Kiss Kill Kill : upbeat genre-jumping rockin’ fun

SSM – Break Your Arm For Evolution : a crazy-quilt stylistic mish-mash, excellently executed, damn!
American Music Club – The Golden Age : nice and all, but I just can’t connect…
Andrea Bocelli – Vivere: Live in Tuscany : what, you’re expecting something different?
Autechre – Quaristice : interesting, but crazy experimental, electro tour
Bachelors of Science – Science Fiction : tolerable DnB pounding
Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (deluxe) : familiar Bragg sound; mildly interesting
Black Crowes – Warpaint : classic BC fare – bluesy southern-rock with a touch of country-boogie
Blood Red Shoes – Box of Secrets : inventive dancefloor rock-punk
British Sea Power – So You Like Rock Music? : at time quite good, but painfully uneven, uptight rock
Chilled C’quence – Dream Triggers : a few occasionally brilliant psych-trance moments

Chris Joss – Teraphonic Overdubs : fun and retro-funky background music
Clinic – Do It : weird as hell; intriguing to interesting, just shy of ‘good’
DJ Cam – Lost and Found : nice (if dated) smokey downtempo jazz-influenced trip-hop
Elf Power – In A Cave : E6! – psychedelic pop fun
Erykah Badu – Amerykah Part One (4th World War) : fairly unlistenable
Expreimental Aircraft – Third Transmission: Meet Me on Echo Terrace : some excellent post-rock-shoegaze
Fredrik – Na Na Ni : excellent: a quite odd, very fun, pop-folk-psych sound
Galactic Dice – Alleatoric Grooves : cool downtempo space-ambient
Ghostland Observatory – Robotique Majestique : shit, crap, piss … very ungood
Gimenez.E – Bastard Melodies : compelling 2-cd classic soul

Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple : fine modern pop/r&b, certainly nothing earthshaking
Grand Archives – Grand Archives : interesting sunny pop; BoH lite
Jason Collett – Here’s To Being Here : very nice ‘classic rock’, with maybe a hint of folk
The Kennedys – Better Dreams : sacharine sunday-drive americana
Klaus Schulze – Virtual Outback : nice space-rock/ambient noodling
LA Tool & Die – The Last Thorn of Summer : stupid. and I don’t mean ‘fresh’
Leon Russell – In Your Dreams : the classic Leon piano-boogie sound
Look Mexico – The Crucial Collection : interestingly quirky post-rock/indie with an emo underpinning
Lucy Bland – Down to Sea Level : very well named (this is too easy…)
Mazeffect – Horseshoes and Hand Grenades : nice indie/power-pop/punk

Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious : not bad, but sounds like all the same songs redone
Nada Surf – Lucky (+ bonus) : nice, elegant (non-annoying) jangle-pop
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig Lazarus Dig : brilliantly constructed genius
Nine Inch Nails – Ghost I-IV : interesting effort, with high spots, but mostly boring
Robert Pollard – Superman Was A Rocker : one for the ‘good’ R. Pollard pile
Robots in Disguise – We’re In the Music Biz : darn fun, if repetetive, elctro rock
School of Language – Sea From Shore : oddball de/re-constructed pop-rock – Rockist 1-4 = awesome
Sebastian Tellier – Sexuality : pretty boring shit
Supreme Beings of Leisure – 11i : not terribly diverse or dynamic, still fun lounge-groove downtempo
TAB the Band – Pulling Out Just Enough to Win : completely forgettable, but not bad

Ugress – Unicorn : very fun electro-dance-dub-spy craziness
The Againsters – A Few Notes on Darwin : decent, if unmemorable, garage-punk
Anti-Flag – The Bright Lights of America : uninspiring anthem-punk
The B-52s – Funplex : that party-friendly B-52 sound
Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward : great, fun high spots – some dullards drag the overall effect down
Bob Mould – District Line : some great tunes, the auto-tune is seriously awful though
Colin Meloy – Sings Live : not much new here
Counting Crows – Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings : standard CCrows fare
De Novo Dahl – Move Every Muscle Make Every Sound : fun, eclectic, indie-party-psych-rock – samey & different at the same time
DeVotchKa – A Mad & Faithful Telling : more concise and better paced to great effect

Dropkick Murphys – The Meanest of Times : mmmeh, not the Pogues
Justice Of The Unicorns – Angels With Uzis : alternates between awesome and awful
The Kills – Midnight Boom : uber-sexy cool-brat-punk; more complex, somewhat less intense
The Kooks – Konk : fun and bouncy, with just enough meat – better w/ each listen
The Long Blondes – Couples : energetic Blondie-esque glam-punk
M83 – Saturday Youth : disappointingly cheezy
Panic at the Disco – Pretty.Odd : a most interesting musical transformation…
The Photographic – Pictures of A Changing World : interesting post-rock instrumentals, i can’t imagine ever listening to this…
Pomegranates – Everything is Alive : interesting sweet-and-jangly pop/rock
Quiet Life – Act Natural : fantastic blues-and-country-influenced indie rock

REM – Accelerate : refreshingly rocking and immediate, notably not overdone
Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely : genre-hopping good-time r-n-r, great rawness and immediacy
Room Eleven – Mmm, Gumbo : fun, swinging jazz-pop
Savalas – Exercise and Karma Drills : interesting, if playbook, Euro indie-rock
She and Him – Volume One : great 70’s AM country-pop
Son Lux – At War With Walls and Mazes : interesting and occasionally compelling, a bit overwrought
Van Morrison – Keep It Simple : true nuff, kept simple (suggestion- stick to the Van catalogue)
We Are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery : buzzing guitar tones set over 80’s dance-rock
The Whigs – Mission Control : damn good indie rock with a southern-country-blues flavor, fairly by-the-numbers
Zita Swoon – Big Blueville : interesting and adventurous Belgian pop/rock

Adam Green – Sixes & Sevens : way overindulgent, but great pop-fun in bursts
The BellRays – Hard Sweet And Sticky : over-mellowed version of their usual ‘rock-and-soul’ extravaganzas
Black Hollies – Casting Shadows : groovy 60’s-psych period-piece, sorta lacks ambition/originality, nice and short
Breeders – Mountain Battles : moments of greatness, wish there were more of them…
Monkeywrench – Gabriel’s Horn : fuzzy sludge-laden guitars atop rolickingly retro/original song patterns – post-grunge fun
Ray Davies – Working Man’s Cafe : nice straight rocker – bar-band boogie + world-worn lyrics
Tapes ‘N Tapes – Walk It Off : not very original, still pretty good
Was (not Was) – Boo!! : fun oddball funky-funky-funk
What Made Milwaukee Famous – What Doesn’t Kill Us : somewhat middling, formulaic indie-rock; fun front-of-mix percussion/drums
Article A – Stay Now : fairly crap emo, with a few exception tunes

Boy Kill Boy – Stars And The Sea : promising sound killed by intensely boring songs
The Cat Empire – So Many Nights : mildly-“ethnic” light-“rock”
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid : grown-up pop/rock, not that there’s anything wrong with that…
Fighting with Wire – Man Vs Monster : decently rocking, with a throwback/grunge feel
Futureheads – This Is Not the World : energetic, choppy, brit-guitar-rock
I Am Kloot – I Am Kloot Play Moolah Rouge : honest, low-key, straight (brit) rock – quite good
Islands – Arms Way : very intriguing and stylistically broad; lacks any cohesion…
Jamie Lidell – Jim : mildly interesting 60’s-retro-soul
Kaki King – Dreaming of Revenge : interesting pop-structured tunes
Little Beirut – High Dive : very fun (great even) power-pop – very uneven.

Madonna – Hard Candy : fairly shit
Magnetic Fields – Distortion : JMC-ish feedback, as close to ‘rock’ as MF are likely to get
Man Man – Rabbit Habits : crazy Tom Waits/gypsy/jazz/…
Moby – Last Night : zzzzzzzzzz
Phantom Planet – Raise The Dead : fair indie rock
Portishead – Third
The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion : mildly interesting, overly sprawling, psych-pop
The Squires of the Subterrain – Feel the Sun : 60’s-70’s era psychedelic-rock, pretty fun
Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash : ‘the jam-band album’
Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell : decent indie rock, w/ a few high spots

The Waifs – Sun Dirt Water : interesting folky-ness
dEUS – Vantage Point : interesting, but overdone, modern rock
Apples in Stereo, the – Electronic Projects for Musicians : fun, but mostly forgetable
Dosh – Wolves and Wishes : crazy-thick rhythmic multi-instrument wordless goodness
The Dresden Dolls – No, Virginia : there’s tons-of-fun under the kitsch
Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark : some fine, contemporary songs here
Retribution Gospel Choir – Retribution Gospel Choir : very fun moody guitar rock
Slackers – Self Medication : fun, bouncing, reggae-heavy ska
Spiritualized – Songs in A&E : beautifully sparse and expertly constructed acoustic-based comedowns
Thea Gilmore – Liejacker : pretty good, for AOR drivel

The Wedding Present – El Rey : good guitar-driven rock-and-roll
Nine Inch Nails – The Slip : thoroughly interesting
Aimee Mann – @#%&! Smilers : fine adult pop
Alanis Morissette – Flavors Of Entanglement : poisonously awful – egad
Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends : very lukewarm by-the-numbers pop/rock
Eef Barzelay – Lose Big : great, dry pop, with nice fuzz guitar and a Brecht-ian waltz feel
The Night Marchers – See You In Magic : fun, riff-heavy rock with an R&B flavor – some serious duds
Pink Skull – Zeppelin 3 : smashingly interesting electro-whatnot
Santogold – Santogold : big, punchy dance-pop
500 Feelings – The Morning After : nice, if unmemorable, Scandanavian pop

Black Diamond Heavies – A Touch of Someone Else’s Class : gritty keys&drums blues with snarly Waits-ish vocals
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs : wake me when it’s over. nevermind, let me sleep
Del Tha Funky Homosapien – Eleventh Hour : Del drops it funky, funky, fun
Elvis Costello & the Imposters – Momofuku : very fun and light-hearted
Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be : lovely voice, lovely melodies, enjoyably sparse
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes : sprawling, lightly anthemic, psych-folk-rock-ish
The Fratellis – Here We Stand : fun, mindless, guitar-rock – perfect for the pub
Gemma Hayes – Hollow of Morning : fuzzed out and sweet as pie, with some seriously sappy moments
Guillemots – Red : tries to swing at everything (pop/r&b/dance/rock/world/…), mostly misses
Jakob Dylan – Seeing Things : laid-back singer-songwriter: not at all bad – not at all good

Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things : made-for-radio pablum crap
Jewel – Perfectly Clear : it’s definitely ‘country’. is it good? – not to my ears
Ladytron – Velocifero : goth-y electro-pop/rock
Local H – Twelve Angry Months : nothing spectacular, but solid, fun, guitar-driven indie rock
Maps – The Wick and the Fire : experimental post-rock instrumentals, natch
Mates of State – Re-Arrange Us : delightful adult-indie-pop
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular : uneven, but great at times
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges : a few decent rockers, mostly crap jam-swoon nonsense
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quartet – The Apocalypse Inside Of An Orange : jam-arific and prog-tastic, as expected: interesting…
Russian Circles – Station : metallic-flavored post-rock

Sam Roberts – Love At the End Of the World : straight-ahead Canadian rock
Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head : kudos for the effort
Shearwater – Rook : awful – can’t stand the voice…
Sigur Ros – Med Sub I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust : summons aural tranquility, without being sacharine
Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea : oddly compelling (as usual) indie-country-folk-weirdness
Tilly & the Wall – O : fun, fun, fun – breezy, light fun
The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing : hopscotch beats taken all the way to the extreme
Weezer – Weezer (The Red Album) : irony rock? not very good…
Why? – Alopecia : quirky and off-beat indie-rock-rap
Bitcrush – Epilogue In Waves : excellent, epic, lush instrumental electronic soundscapes

Black Angels – Directions to See a Ghost : good, dark drone-rock – heavy spaceman influence
Blind Mellon – For My Friends : not bad, but not good either
Brian Jonestown Massacre – My Bloody Underground : creepy, muddy, shoegaze-y, overlong, overlong, overlong
Cartridge – Fractures : lovely, lively, indie-pop
Dave Barnes – Me And You And The World : I can’t stay awake long enough to decide how awful this is
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge : retro arena-rock, pretty crappy
Delays – Everything’s The Rush : fairly awful arena-garbage
Doctors And Dealers – Confessions Of A Drunken Mind : simple, sweet, one-(wo)man Swedish pop
Dodos – Visiter : some darn good folk-indie-rock moments
Dropkick – Dot The I : fun, shiny, glimmery, country-tinged power-pop

Echo Revolution – A Safe Place To Start : adventurous pop-rock – moments of brilliance
Errors – Its Not Something But It Is Like Whatever : very interesting electro-math-prog-rock(?)
Explorers Club – Freedom Wind : cute, but way overdone, Beach Boys sound-alike album
Feeder – Silent Cry : decent anthemic, meodic pop-metal – not bad, nothing special
Filter – Anthems For The Damned : crrrrrappy
Forever The Sickest Kids – Underdog Alma Mater : standard lame-o emo
Foxboro Hottubs – Stop Drop And Roll : familiar, and damn good, pop-punk
Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight : quite great modern folk-rock-anthemz
Gavin Rossdale – Wanderlust : yuck
Russian Red – I Love Your Glasses : Spanish singer-songwriter with cute, gentle songs

Ghosty – Answers : Shins-esque pop-rock
Johnny Foreigner – Waited Up Til It Was Light : hyper-kinetic/spastic indie rock, a grower?
Johnossi – All They Ever Wanted : wow! – punk/blues/indie – wow!
Kids In Glass Houses – Smart Casual : barely tolerable power-pop
Look See Proof – Between Here And There : decidedly un-fresh, but interesting, angular post-punk rock
Maybeshewill – Not for Want of Trying : interesting, bombastic post-rock with a metal edge
Melody Gardot – Worrisome Heart : sultry jazz torch songs
Mock Orange – Captain Love : cool, quirky indie-rock (a bit like Modest Mouse…)
Mystery Jets – Twenty One : very good modern rock/power-pop, a bit uneven through the album
No Age – Nouns : darn cool rackety-rackety-rackety rock

The Pigeon Detectives – Emergency : fairly boring brit-rock crap
Royworld – Man In The Machine : interesting bits, largely drivel
Run Kid Run – Love At The Core : polished, professional, etremely lame
Alejandro Escovedo – Real Animal : honest, straight, adult rock-n-roll
Awesome Color – Electric Aborigines : let the heavy riffage begin…
The Cute Lepers – Can’t Stand Modern Music : fun pogo-y power-pop-punk
Feral Children – Second to the Last Frontier : crazy experimental/noise/indie rock/folk/madness – very scream-y
Glen Campbell – Meet Glen Campbell : great voice, decent songs, overall=boring
Langhorne Slim and the War Eagles – Langhorne Slim and the War Eagles
Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off the Lavender Bridge : uber-interesting folk-pop-country-rock-+++

New Bloods – The Secret Life : americana-dance-punk? fun, spastic and temptingly complex
Raydios – Now : crunchy, punky, power J-Pop
The Vines – Melodia : Ho Hum
Whiskey Daredevils – Old Favorites : fun, kooky punk covers
Absentee – Victory Shorts : fun VU/Silver Jews lo-key album; “somewhere between unreachable romanticism and hopeless realism”
The Afternoons – Sweet Action : uber-sunny summer pop
Beck – Modern Guilt : fun mid-career catalog addition
The Bell – Make Some Quiet : the worst of the 80’s (minus a hair-metal ballad), in one package
Black Kids – Partie Traumatic : fairly fun shouty-pop with a Cure tint – not quite my ‘thing’
Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene Presents) – Something For All of Us : well-done indie-rock album, i like the ‘rockier’ bits

Clocks – Untitled : damn-fun summery throw-away pop
Cloud Cult – Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) : high points for ‘odd’, minimal points for ‘good’
Clutch – Full Fathom Five Audio Field Recordings : live knuckle-draggin-rock
Cool Hand Luke – The Sleeping House : (barely) tolerable piano-based emo-bombast
CSS – Donkey : indie-dance-party is the new black
Dirty Pretty Things – Romance At Short Notice : ho-hum brit rock, interesting bits with uber-dull bits
Earlimart – Hymn and Her : easy-to-hear pop, v well produced
Gentleman Auction House – Alphabet Graveyard : eccentric, bombastic, energetic indie pop-rock
Go Audio – Made Up Stories : sonically interesting pop-punk; vocals olk-skool-emo/whiney
The Herbalizer – Same As It Never Was : fun r&b live-band sound combined with funky beats

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive : classic, straight rock-and-roll; Mould+E Street band+
John Hiatt – Same Old Man : as expected, a fine John Hyatt album
Los Lonely Boys – Forgiven : ho-hum Latin-tinted rock/blues/bar-boogie
Low -vs- Diamond – Low -vs- Diamond : interesting, engaging modern-rock
Man Without Wax – Anchor : mildly-chaotic, fairly complex, rock-n-roll
Matt Pryor – Confidence Man : mmmeh
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Have Another Ball : fun shot of revved-up covers
Motorhead – Motorizer : big-swingin’-dick metal!- Lemmy rules!!- (mostly ho-hum)
One For the Team – Build It Up : overdriven guitar frenzy underneath glorious pop songs : awesome lo-fi summer pop fun explosion!
Primal Scream – Beautiful Future : explosively uneven [turn up¦off]

Readymade Breakup – Alive on the Vine : strong power-pop outing, moments of Cheap Trick-esque brilliance
Throw Rag – 2nd Place : awesome sonic desert-amalgam of punk-country-rockabilly-garage-…
Youth Group – The Night Is Ours : overdone arena piano-rock, some very nice moments
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – CSNY:Deja Vu live : fun(?) anti-war flashback
Baseball Project – Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails : fun, quirky baseball-oriented pop
Brazilian Girls – New York City : cute party amalg of world-pop-elec, overall needs a mercy flush
Bryan Adams – 11 : exactly as expected – only much better
Five Dollar Priest – Five Dollar Priest : you have just been kicked in the balls…
Jex Thoth – Jex Thoth : omg! this sucks!
Les Primitifs du Futur – Tribal Musette : fully-wacky balkan-latin-worldbeat oddities

Lords Of Altamont – The Altamont Sin : all the way up with a red-hot garage-rock poker
Mama Rosin – Tu As Perdu Ton Chemin : punk-cajun?
Snowman – The Horse, The Rat And The Swan : tribal, dark and brooding, almost industrial; darn good
Sparks – Exotic Creatures Of The Deep : quirky-as-hell high-pop
These New Puritans – Beat Pyramid : angular and tense, post-punk dance barrage
The Verve – Forth : mostly interesting psychedelic-rock meandering
17th Chapter – Around the Bend and Then Some : rockin’ fun with a pop sensibility, interesting instr., and a nice touch of chaos…
Anberlin – New Surrender : sounds like over-amped-emo crap to me…
Bears – Simple Machinery : uber-sweet pop, ala Sarah label
Bloc Party – Intimacy : still original in sound and effect, I could use less ‘dance’ influence in this otherwise very angular punk outing

British India – Thieves : straightforward rock with a few mildly noticable tunes
The Broken West – Now Or Heaven : fun, burbling power-pop
Brothers and Sisters – Fortunately : simple, straightforward, and well-executed 60’s style (country)-pop
Calexico – Carried to Dust : a return to the smoky, desert-cinematic feel
Chasing Bailey – Long Story Short : crappy manufactured pop
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Susquehanna : fairly fun party album
Clouds – We Are Above You : stoner-riffs galore, sadly paired with awful vocals and thoroughly un-inspired energy
Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst : exactly as expected, decent – not my thing
Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine : rolicking piano-driven barroom-pop-rock
The Disciplines – Smoking Kills : fun, crunchy, extremely well structured indie-rock

Duffy – Rockferry : factory-churned soul, good not great
Electric Six – Flashy : mildly entertaining stupid-rock
Everest – Ghost Notes : pleasant AOR-styled indie-rock, some serious dead spots
The Faint – Fasciinatiion : holy nonsense Batman – this SUCKS
Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords : damn that is funny
Goodnight Monsters – Summer Challenge : over-the-top saccarine pop
Grammercy Arms – Grammercy Arms : thinner than NYC pizza, still an extremely tasty treat
Human Highway – Moody Motorcycle : highly quirky, original indie-folk (from ex-Unicorns)
John Krane – Doris, Buzz and Friends : sweet, kooky and sparse pop
Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer : machine crafted pop – better than most…

Marching Band – Spark Large : lively, lilting Swedish pop
Juliana Hatfield – How To Walk Away : nice pop-rock with some clever songwriting (and no helium voice)
Obscured By Clouds – Psycheclectic : comparisons are an insult to the Floyd
Okkervil River – The Stand Ins : sheep will swoon -there are good tracks here- but nothing inventive or original
Port O’Brien – All We Could Do Was Sing : interesting folk-twee-gipsy-indie; ridiculous nautical themes
Randy Newman – Harps And Angels : fun, pertinent, goofy – typical RN :-)
Terrible Twos – Jerzy The Giant : fun but entirely unmemorable
Torche – Meanderthal : aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh metal
AC/DC – Black Ice : the fun, balls-out, classic ac-dc sound
All the Saints – Fire On Corridor X : space-gaze metal

Brimstone Howl – We Came In Peace : raw, lurching, punk-blues
The Drones – Havilah : too ‘serious’ to be really fun, but moments of awesomeness
Duchess Says – Anthologie Des 3 Perchoirs : chiming, angular, post-punk wack craziness
E.S.L. – Eye Contact : a fun listen – playful string-pop
The Ettes – Look At Life Again Soon : great girl-group/garage : sweet-spot alert
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night : all new sound, still fun
Matthew Sweet – Sunshine Lies : delightful throwback power-pop, at times sheer genius
Mercury Rev – Strange Attractor : mmmeh. not giving away the good stuff I see…
Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul : typical Oasis: moments of brilliance, lots of filler
Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation : smoky downtempo-dub party beats

TV on the Radio – Dear Science : undefinable – more interesting with each listen
The Cure – 4:13 Dream : classic cure sound – knockoff killer?
54-40 – Northern Soul : (relatively) aptly titled – decent, gentle Canuck faux-soul
The Aliens – Luna : brilliantly crazily psychedelic
Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer : intriguing, but not my cup o’ tea
Ben Folds – Way to Normal : typically fun BF
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly : ho-hum hard rock
Cold War Kids – Loyalty to Loyalty : at times damn fun blues influenced indie howlers
Crooked Fingers – Forfeit/Fortune : wildly variable in quality, the high notes are sky-high
Damien Jurado – Caught in the Trees : melancholic singer-songwriter, fairly well done yet boooooring

Daniel Wylie – Car Guitar Star : interesting, if somewhat sterile, adult pop-rock
Dear And The Headlights – Drunk Like Bible Times : fairly middling indie-rock
Deerhoof – Offend Maggie : weird as hell, but damn compelling
Eagles of Death Metal – Heart On : damn fun pure rock-n-roll
Everlast – Love, War & The Ghost Of Whitey Ford : occasionally tolerable
Get Set Go – Sunshine, Joy, And Happiness : moments of greatness, but the goofy-factor turns it into something of a joke
The Go Getters – Hot Rod Roadeo : fun old-school rockabilly
The Weepies – Hideaway : un-complicated singsong folk; decent Sunday drive music
Grupo Fantasma – Sonidos Gold : cumbia-salsa-funk extraordinaire
Headlights – Some Racing, Some Stopping : nice, light indie-pop

Hotel Lights – Firecracker People : extremely well done; very mellow
James Taylor – Covers : egad, next…
Jem – Down to Earth : so-so trip-hop/tv soundtrack tunez
Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue : interesting songs, sweet voice; needs some Blake Stennett
Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads : fairly ho-hum brit-pop/rock
Klaus Schulze And Lisa Gerrard – Farscape : weird, bland soundscapes
Lambchop – OH : subtly brilliant – nothing here not to love
Lindsey Buckingham – Gift Of Screws : some interesting moments, well worth a listen
Liz Durrett – Outside Our Gates : very nice southern-chantreuse with new lush backing tracks
Louis XIV – Slick Dogs and Ponies : uniformly crappy

Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
Mogwai – Hawk Is Howling : great sonic textures from the post-rock flag bearers
Mount Eerie – Lost Wisdom : softly-sung, lo-fi minimalism (fairly boring)
Mr. Scruff – Ninja Tuna : mixed bag of electro-funk
The New Year – The New Year : mostly bullshit Coldplay-esque unmusic, a few nice slow-build moments
Nicola Conte – Rituals : a straight (middling) adult-jazz album
Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping : decent, fun, crazy-quilt glam-rock/funk; not nearly as fun as some prev. releases
Pretenders – Break Up the Concrete : really nice, not earthshattering, but nicely done; very easy to listen to
Queen Adreena – Djin : at times interesting; evocative, exploratory indie rock
Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line : to-the-day-hip, mostly very enjoyable

Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It : very fun retro r&b
Ray Lamontagne – Gossip In the Grain : love some of the upbeat stuff : else zzzzzz
Ryan Adams & the Cardinal – Cardinology : typical RA – some awesome, some god-awful
Sebastien Grainger – Sebastien Grainger and the Mountians : different and inventive rock
Star Fucking Hipsters – Until We’re Dead : ho-hum punk smorgasboard
The Stills – Oceans Will Rise : catchy and accessible pop-rock; very easy to listen to
Story of the Year – The Black Swan : not necessarily terrible if you can stomach it (I mostly can’t)
The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed : engaging, but I just can’t get behind it…
Strut & Shock – Damn You Devil, Let Me Go : very raw, but rocking
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman – The Fabled City : decent, sombre singer-songwriter

The Walkmen – You And Me : mostly ‘whatever’
Gunslingers – No More Invention : crazy, insane rock madness – They call themselves ‘Massacre-Rock Deviant Inquisitors’
Mother Mother – O My Heart : non-standard, interesting pop/rock (goth?)
Movie Star Junkies – Melville : simply ‘nuther great voodoo rhythm band
+/- – X’s On Your Eyes : fairly simple, straightforward indie-pop
Blitzen Trapper – Furr : Excellent ‘americana’ indie-folk
Britney Spears – Circus : some way-better-than-average modern pop diva-ness
Cheveu – Cheveu : very intense, very interesting electro-psychedelic punk
Civet – Hell Hath No Fury : raucus hellcat rock-n-roll
Cliff Hills – The Long Now : some fun, upbeat tunes – overall cloying

Cowboy Mouth – Fearless : stupid as hell, maybe (almost?) fun anyway
Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night : drone, drone, mumble -> mumble, mumble, drone
Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont : lush, adventurous ambient rock : the new face of the shoegaze style?
Division of Laura Lee – Violence is Timeless : big, chiming guitar-rock: (wants to be SY)
Dr. Dog – Fate : fun retro-ish bar-band rock
Girl Talk – Feed the Animals : awesome crazy-quilt mash-up
God is an Astronaut – God is an Astronaut : post-rock. I am tired of (non Mogwai) post-rock – even if this is pretty good
Hinder – Take It To the Limit : stinky arena pseudo-metal
Kid Down – I Want My Girlfriend Rich : occasionally interesting power-pop, a touch too ’emo’ for my taste
Kilowatts and Vanek – Focus and Flow : this is definitely! not for me

Little Joy – Little Joy : consistently fun rock tickler – very well named, btw
The Little Ones – Morning Tide : fun, well crafted pop
The Living End – White Noise : mmmmmeh, pretty lame-o
Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed : those crazy kids and their crazy pop-hijinxes
Low of the Low – Land of Lincoln (demos) : knucklehead hesher rock
Milow – Coming of Age : schmaltzy crappola
Q-Tip – The Renaissance : funky funk (egad n jones)
Queen and Paul Rodgers – The Cosmos Rocks : fairly crap wish-i-still-was arena-rock
Razorlight – Slipway Fires : it would be quite hard to make a record more milquetoast than this one
Rip Off Artists – Esque : interesting and well done – nothing grabs thought

The Rosebuds – Life Like : fun smart pop tunes
Sara Bareilles – Between the Lines: S.B. Live at the Fillmore : polished, professional, piano-pop
Scott Weiland – Happy in Galoshes : a valliant attempt? decent at best
The Script – The Script : sappy sappy sappy sappy
Sleepercar – West Texas : mildly fun smoky-bar alt-americana
Starflyer 59 – Dial M : not awful but i will never listen to this again, promise
The Storys – Town Beyond the Trees : ‘adult’ americana: occasionally interesting, mostly pap
The Subways – All or Nothing : very solid, fun rock album; not a stinker in the bunch
These Arms are Snakes – Tail Swallower and Dove : interesting post-hardcore, a bit repetetive and dry…
Tony Bennett – A Swinging Christmas

Twilight Sad – Killed My Parents and Hit the Road : dark and (overly) emotional dirges
The Zutons – You Can Do Anything : fun, propulsive R&B
Boston Spaceships – Brown Submarine : R Pollard = unfiltered genius: this is damn good, natch!
Bubblegum Lemonaide – Doubleplusgood : fuzzed-out (often ala JAMC) 60’s jangle pop; too short (boo-hoo)
Greg Dulli – Live at the Triple Door : nice window into the tour-de-force of Dulli
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday at Devil Dirt
Nightmares on Wax – Thought So : awesomely downtempo – shhiiiiiiiiiiittttt


Half Man Half Biscuit – Live On Marc Riley 01-04
Rogue Wave – Daytrotter Session 01-07
Langhorne Slim and the War Eagles – Hotel Oregon, McMinnville OR 01-19
Arcade Fire – Enmore Theatre, Sydney AUS 01-23 FM
Spoon – Enmore Theatre, Sydney AUS 01-23 FM
Heavy Trash – La Maroquinerie, Paris FRA 01-27

Gutter Twins – La Maroquinerie, Paris FRA 02-19
The Dirtbombs – The Picador, Iowa City IA 02-22
Cat Power – Live on KCRW 02-29

Radio Moscow – Swamp, Frieberg GER 03-04
The Dirtbombs – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne AUS 03-07
John Mellencamp – Rock and Roll HOF 03-10
The Kills – WOXY.com Lounge Act – SXSW 03-11
Bob Mould Band – The Paradise, Boston MA 03-12
Elf Power – 40 Watt Club, Athens GA 03-29

The B-52s – Live On KCRW 04-02
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Daytrotter Session 04-07
Kelley Stoltz – Daytrotter Session 04-08
The Gutter Twins – Manchester Academy 3, 04-08
Black Keys – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN 04-11 early show
Spoon – The Norva, Norfolk VA 04-12 [matrix]
The Eels – Live on KCRW 04-15
Califone – National Theatre, Richmond VA 04-16
Fleet Foxes – Daytrotter Session 04-17
White Denim – Daytrotter Session 04-25
Carbon/Silicon – Coachella, Indio CA 04-26
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – BJCC Arena, Birmingham AL 04-26
The Eels – Enmore Theatre, Sydney AUS 04-27
dEUS – Black Session, Studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris, FR 04-28
She and Him – Vista Theatre, LA CA 04-28

The Breeders – Amoeba Records in-store, SF CA 05-01
The Raconteurs – Stubb’s BBQ, Austin TX 05-03
The Raconteurs – Gentilly Stage, Jazz Fest NOLA 05-04
The Kills – Opera House, Toronto ONT 05-06
The Dirtbombs – KEXP Studio, Seattle WA 05-13
Islands – Daytrotter Session 05-19
Bob Mould Band – Manchester Academy 2, 05-24
Mountain Goats – Daytrotter Session 05-26
Spiritualized – Live on KCRW 05-27 (acoustic with strings)

Bob Mould Band – Luxor, Cologne GER 06-03
Jim White – Daytrotter Session 06-04
The Kills – Black Session, Maison de la Radio, Paris FRA 06-10
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Manchester Academy 2 ENG 06-12
My Bloody Valentine – Institute of Contemporary Arts, London ENG 06-13
Spoon – Daytrotter Session 06-16
Tom Waits – Jones Hall, Houston TX 06-22
Liz Phair – Fillmore, SF CA Exile in Guyville 06-23
Liz Phair – Hiro Ballroom, NYC Exile in Guyville 06-25
Cheap Trick & Hollywood Bowl Orchestra & more – Sgt Pepper 41st Anniversary Show, Hollywood Bowl, LA CA 06-28

Gutter Twins – The Roxy, LA CA 07-10
Green River – Sunset Tavern, Seattle WA (secret show) 07-10
The Brakes – Wiggins Park, Camden NJ (XPoNential Music Fest 6) 07-11
Possessed By Paul James – Rudyards, Houston TX 07-11
Scott H Biram – Rudyards, Houston TX 07-11
Bob Log III – Rudyards, Houston TX 07-11
Mudhoney – Marymoor Park, Redmond WA (SP20 Festival) 07-12
Vaselines, the – Marymoor Park, Redmond WA (SP20 Festival) 07-12
Green River – Marymoor Park, Redmond WA (SP20 Festival) 07-13
Spoon – Prespect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY 07-15
The Moaners – Deep Blues Festival, Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo MN SBD 07-18
Spoon – Union Park, Chicago IL, Pitchfork festival 07-20
Randy Newman – The Largo, LA CA – Harps & Angels Live in LA for NPR 07-23

The Whigs – Lollapalooza: Grant Park, Chicago IL 08-03
Langhorne Slim – Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA 08-05 [matrix]
Richard Hawley – Picturedrome, Holmfirth ENG 08-15
Gutter Twins – Liverpool Academy 2 08-30
Beck – The Independent, SF CA 08-31

Calexico – Secret Show In Berlin – Balhaus Ost, Berlin 09-06
Mercury Rev – Black Session, Maison de la Radio Studio 105, Paris FRA 09-15
Spoon – Fillmore, SF CA 09-22
The Kills – Greek Theatre, LA CA 09-23
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Wilbur Theatre, Boston MA 09-25
Butthole Surfers – Stubb’s BBQ, Austin TX 09-27
Calexico – Live in Session on KCRW 09-30
My Bloody Valentine – Concourse Design Center, SF CA 09-30

Elephant 6 Orchestra – Cine, Athens GA 10-07
The Whigs – People’s Court, Des Moines IA 10-08 [matrix]
David Byrne – Wells Fargo Center For The Arts, Santa Rosa CA 10-08
Boston Spaceships – The Highdive, Champaign IL 10-09
Silver Jews – The Picador, Iowa City IA 10-09
Calexico – Columbiahalle, Berlin GER 10-09
Calexico – La Cigale, Paris FRA 10-14
Calexico – Volkshaus, Zurich SWI 10-17
Calexico – Rolling Stone, Milan ITA 10-18
Matthew Sweet – The Paradise, Boston MA 10-27
Eef Barzelay – Daytrotter Session 10-29
The Ruby Suns – Daytrotter Session 10-30

Matthew Sweet – WXPN World CafÈ, Philadelphia PA FM 11-05
Eagles of Death Metal – Electric Fetus (in-store), Minneapolis MN 11-08
Gutter Twins – The Paradise, Boston MA 11-09
The Broken West – Daytrotter Session 11-09
Elf Power – Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA 11-12
Calexico – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC 11-12
Calexico – Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA 11-16
Beck – Live in Session on KCRW 11-18
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Camerimage Film Festival, Filharmonia Lodzka, Lodz POL 11-29

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Volkshaus, Basel CH 12-02
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – BBC Radio, Radcliffe show FM 12-15
Mercury Rev – Live in Session on KCRW 12-16
Crooked Fingers – Daytrotter Session 12-17

Calexico – BBC Lamarr session and interview FM


Beck – Odelay (deluxe 2cd) : not much interesting added; still an awesome album
Eels – Useless Trinkets (1996-2006) : eels are cool
Lauryn Hill – Ms. Hill
Dax Riggs – If This Is Hell Then I’m Lucky (reissue) : deep, dark and dirge-y; southern rock flava’
Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture 07 : typically nice blind RT taster
Northstar – Broken Parachute : mostly crap b-sides, occasionally interesting
Cypress Hill – Collections
Legends of Country : 36 Great Performances : hell, I’m tryin’…
Queen – A Kind of Magic (reissue)
Soulsville Sings Hitsville (Stax Sings Songs of Motown Records)

Stax Does the Beatles
Sunn o))) – ÿÿ Void (reissue) : big and scary, dark and ponderous
Wet & Wild – Compiled by Twilight : extreme suck
Intruders – Save the Children (remastered) : make-out-style 70s soul
Soul Children – Finders Keepers (remastered)
Juno OST
Apples in Stereo – The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone (reissue) : long live the Apples, long live E6!
Rancid – B Sides And C Sides : mostly C’s, maybe a few B’s
The Very Best Of Outlaw Country
Fergie – Collaborations and Remixes

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (remaster)
The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray (remaster)
Minus the Bear – The Make Beer Comercials Like This EP (reissue)
Mogwai – Young Team (deluxe ed.)
Radiohead – Best of
Sex & the City OST
City Lounge 4
Warped Tour Compilation 2008
Download, Dig It or Die
King Khan & the Shrines – The Supreme Genius of … : SUPREME FUCKING GENIUS INDEED!!!

Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville [15th Anniversary Edition]
The Funhouse Comp Thing II : very mixed bag, but worthwhile for the highlights
Cafe Del Mar Vol. 15
Weeds – Music From the Series vol. 3
Jay Reatard – Singles 06-07 : chaotic and noisy, at times darn fun
70’S Dinner Party_ Music To Fondue To
Essential R&B Hit Selection
Lagos Shake – A Tony Allen Chop Up
Pineapple Express OST
Apse – Spirit (reissue) : darkly turbulent post-rock soundscapes

Sam Cooke – The Man Who Invented Soul (4cd)
Johnny Cash – The Very Best Of Johnny Cash
Can You See Russia From Your House? – Haughey Mix 2008
Hotel Costes 11 : a few interesting tracks
Notwave : damn, that’s some good shit
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist OST
Blondie – Parallel Lines (30th anniv. reissue) : ignoring the ‘disco’ aspect, a fun rockin’ album
Gomez – Bring It On: 10 Anniv. Ed.
Belle & Sebastien – BBC Sessions
Devo – This Is Devo

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles Series ’08 : fun punk-garage singles collection
Jesus And Mary Chain – The Power of Negative Thinking: B-sides and Rarities
Late Night Tales – Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (50th anniv. Ed. – remastered)


Bubblegum Lemonaide – Ten Years Younger : awesome C86-JAMC-60s pop combination
Strawberry Whiplash – Who’s In Your Dreams : see above, add female vocalist
Mobius Band – Love Will Reign Supreme EP : nice little freebie cover ep
White Stripes – Conquest pt. 2 [vinyl]
The Estranged – Sacred Decay 7″ : nice strapping guitar-punk
The Brute Chorus – Chateau CDS : great modern gritty blues-rock
The Information – Natural Language EP : direct and fun power-pop-punk
Unextraordinary Gentlemen – 5 Tales From God Only Knows EP
White Stripes – Conquest EP
Cornelius – Gum EP

Gnarls Barkley – Run CDS
HoneyHoney – Loose Boots EP : solidly ‘meh’
Natasha Bedingfield – Love Like This CDS
Comfort Fit – Restless Legs EP : nice electro-groove loaded with hip-hop beats
Joseph Arthur – Could We Survive EP : nice
Kylie – Wow CDS
Lottergirls – Bonfini EP : interesting modern take on ‘techno’
The Maple State – Say Scientist EP : pretty decent emo
Sinking – Dead Mans Groove EP : oh dear god…
Urban Deep – Urban Deep EP : no, no, no

Wooden Spoon – 3 CDR EP : ambient transcendence
Zero db – Heavyweight Gringos sampler
Apathy Eulogy, the – Introduction_ Walk North When Winter Hits EP : decent acoustic pop
Clinic – Free Not Free CDS
Clinic – The Witch CDS
Future Loop Foundation – Sunshine Philosophy EP : pleasantly expansive soundscapes
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Jerry 7″ : fun, fun, fun, fun, trashy fun
Animal Collective – Water Curses EP
Radishes – Strychnine EP : gritty, fun rock
Speed n’ Spikes 7″

Four Tet – Ringer EP
Milla Jovovich – laptop demos
Sex Vid – Nests 7″
Digital Leather – She Had A Cameltoe 7″ : crazy, but interesting, electro-rock
N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose (remix) CDS
N.E.R.D. – Spazz CDS
The National – The Virginia EP
Noisecontrollers – Shreez 7″
The Zutons – Always Right Behind You CDS
Sleaze Phonics – Rock Ya Head Top EP

The Dead Trees – Fort Music EP : great NY&CH-ish rock
Eagle Seagull – I Hate EPs EP : definitely one to watch…
Go:Audio – Made Up Stories CDS : fun single
Fifty Sixx – Prescriptions For The Rich : effortlessly unmemorable
Bomb the Sun – Bomb the Sun EP : heavy prog/stoner riffage!
Twilight Sad – Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did EP : bleck
A Thorn For Every Heart – Pick Up the Pieces EP : screaming wantstabe hardcore-pop?
A Year To Remember – Targets EP : decent, lightweight, power-pop/punk
The Antlers – New York Hospitals EP
Dropout Year – On A Lighter Note EP : smoothly elegant, well-produced, acoustic pop songs

Ellison – Color of Compassion EP : middling emo-indie-pop
Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant EP : very interesting, same-as-…
iLiKETRAiNS – We Go Hunting CDS
Phone Calls From Home – Phone Calls From Home EP : anthemic indie-emo-rock
Redtrack – Wait Around EP : interesting punk-pop-rock, if a bit derivative and thin
Sleepwalk, A Robot – Sleepwalk, A Robot EP : tantalizingly interesting, modestly-electro indie pop-rock
Stages and Stereos – Stages and Stereos EP : decent, non whine-ing power-pop
There For Tomorrow – There For Tomorrow EP : perhaps interesting to some … not to me
CSS – Left Behind CDS : awesome Breeders cover
A Bird A Sparrow – A Bird A Sparrow EP : sorta interesting, mostly cheezy

Bloc Party – Mercury CDS
Looks To Make History – Looks To Make History EP : No Thanks, No Time
Neimo – Poison the Chalice EP : lusciously hooky modern indie-pop; nods to the past, but rages ahead
Bad Sports – Bad Sports 7″
Brimstone Howl – Euro Tour 2×7″
Brimstone Howl – Tunnel of Love 7″
Antony and the Johnsons – Another World EP : weird as hell: Shake that Devil=genius
Basement Jaxx – Twerk EP (vinyl)
Ben Folds – You Don’t Know Me EP : fun as heck
Brighten – Early Love EP : moderately interesting power-pop

The Cure – Hypnagogic Stages EP
Embarassing Fruits – The First Time EP : semi-intriguing lo-fi/slacker indie rock
The Howls – Songs EP (promo) : very raw garage/rock/blues
Midnight Matinee – Contrast in Color EP : bleeck
Minus the Bear – Acoustics EP : nice sounds, a few real gems here
Sailmaker – Build A Fire EP : silky-smooth (if a tad lightweight) indie-pop
The Shapeshifters – Chime CDS
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Take the Blame EP
White Lies – Death EP

Amon Tobin – Taxidermia EP : classic AT poly-rhythms
Annuals – Wet Zoo EP
Crookers – Mad Kidz EP
Crystal Antlers – Crystal Antlers EP : interesting prog-influenced psych-rock
Deas Vail – White Lights EP : ppphhhhhhhtttttttttt
Lorene Drive – Out Alive EP
The Organ – Thieves EP
The Summer Set – In Color EP : death by auto-tune
Gutter Twins – Adorata EP : great collection of covers/originals