In no particular order:
“Maximo Park”:http://www.maximopark.com/maximopark/news.php – A Certain Trigger. I keep coming back to this album. It’s got great energy, great guitar driven melody, a quirky singer, and an awesome accent.
“Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah”:http://clapyourhandssayyeah.com/news.php – Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah. Channeling Talking Heads and a drunken cowboy shaman, these guys play the most upbeat feel good indie pop lollipops. Their site is a great representation of their music.
“The Flaming Lip”:http://www.flaminglips.com/main.phps – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. I can’t begin to understand how I’ve made it so far in life without having listened to The Flaming Lips. With seven albums and a handful of EPs on iTunes, I sense an orgy of excess coming up. Great site too.
“The Dears”:http://www.thedears.org/ – No Cities Left. Continuing to 4 for 4 on the quirky singer list. I cannot get enough of this album. It’s my default “feel like listening to something but I don’t know what” album. I’ve got the live album too. Not as much.
“Stars”:http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/s/stars/set-yourself-on-fire.shtml(link to a Pitchfork Media review) – Set Yourself on Fire. Like The Dears, lush sounds, quirky singers, from Montreal. I’m so into Reunion; a story of a drunken 10th high school reunion fling. I never actually graduated from high school. So I never got to go to my reunion…
“The Libertines”:http://www.thelibertines.org.uk/ – The Libertines and Up The Bracket. I had no idea this was the band of that english guy who’s always getting busted for drugs. The one who was dating Kate Moss. He’s good!
“The Meligrove Band”:http://www.meligroveband.com/ – Planets Conspire. Album spanning, minor key, piano, warm glow from the vacuum amp. Best band you’ve never heard of. They look really young too.
“Arctic Monkeys”:http://www.arcticmonkeys.com/ – Demos. Speaking of young. These guys are like 19 or 20. They’re the biggest selling band in Britain. Which only goes to show that the british have fine taste in music. Plus, they have a logo.
“Beth Orton”:http://bethorton.astralwerks.com/ – Comfort of Strangers. I’ve been a fan or Orton’s since her early work (aren’t I cool?). This album is strongly in the vein of her early albums. Which is good. I was disappointed the first time through. But it’s really grown on me. It’s my “what should I listen to next” backup.
“Belle & Sebastian”:http://www.belleandsebastian.com/ – The Love Pursuit. As similar as Beth Orton’s new album is to her old, The Love Pursuit is the weirdest Belle & Sebastian album to date. But does it ever work. We go from pure ear candy to more ear candy. Belle & Sebastian have become funk superstars, in a very Scottish way.
“Spoon”:http://www.spoontheband.com/site.html – Gimme Fiction: What James Bond would listen to today. It made all the best of 05 lists for a reason.
h2. Quirky singers
Two Sides to Monsieur Valentine / Spoon
My Mathematical Mind / Spoon
Sukie In The Graveyard / Belle and Sebastian
For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea / Belle and Sebastian
To Be Myself Completely / Belle and Sebastian
Conceived / Beth Orton
Worms / Beth Orton
Dancing Shoes / Arctic Monkeys
Riot Van / Arctic Monkeys
Planets Conspire / The Meligrove Band
Isle of Yew / The Meligrove Band
The Man Who Would Be King / The Libertines
Can’t Stand Me Now / The Libertines
What I’m Trying to Say / Stars
Reunion / Stars
Lost In The Plot / The Dears
22: The Death Of All The Romance / The Dears
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 2 / The Flaming Lips
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 / The Flaming Lips
Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood / Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
The Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth / Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
Graffitti / Maxïmo Park
Apply Some Pressure / Maxïmo Park