Category Archives: Albums of the Week

Album Picks Of The Week: 3/20/12

★ Of The Week: The Shins – Port Of Morrow

This album is one of the most positive albums I’ve heard in a long time. It’s encouraging and reminds the listener of people they love and friends that have carried them through hard times. It’s an album full of great pop music and great lyrics. Definitely give this album a listen folks.

Listen here.

Various Artists  – The Hunger Games Soundtrack

This soundtrack features new music from artists including: Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Neko Case, and Kid Cudi.

Birdy – Birdy

This young 15 year old artist has a great voice and picked some alternative hits to cover for her new self titled album. Some of the artists she covers are: The Postal Service, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The National, and The XX.

Listen here.

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Albums To Check Out September 7

My pick of the week:

The Thermals – Personal Life

Interpol – Self Titled

The Clinetele – Minotaur

The Acorn – No Ghost

Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart

Anberlin – Dark is the Way, Light is a Place

Albums to Check Out August 31

Jenny and Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now

Carl Broemel – All Birds Say

My Pick of the Week:

Sonny & The Sunsets – Tomorrow is Alright

The Weepies – Be My Thrill

From a Fountain – Shale and Sandstone

Albums to Check Out August 24

My pick of the week:

Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP

Hear it here and buy it if you like.

S. Carrey – All We Grow

Eels – Tomorrow Morning

Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard

!!! – Strange Weather, Isn’t It?

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk

Land of Talk – Cloak and Cipher

Dead Confederate – Sugar

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Albums To Check Out August 17

My pick of the week:

David Gray – Foundling

Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway

Lissie – Catching Tigers

Peter Block – Self Titled

If you like Ben Folds and the Beatles you’ll most likely enjoy Peter Block’s music.

Albums to Check Out August 10

My Pick of the Week:

Stornoway – Beachcombers Windowsill

Feel good music. Great vocals. Enjoy. I look forward to hearing the whole album.

Landing on the Moon – We Make History Now

Landing on the Moon is an emerging band hailing from Omaha, Nebraska that has a lot of heart. Their sound is similar to The Hold Steady and Band of Horses. There are both male and female vocals throughout the tracks. It’s all around great listening with this band!

Kathryn Calder – Are You My Mother

One of the better female folk pop vocalists singing today.

Dreamend – So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite

The guitarist of Black Moth Super Rainbow makes some great experimental pop folk music.

Starflyer 59 – The Changing of The Guard

The album talks about how things change, and you have to learn to accept the fact that things change – Tooth & Nail.

Sky Larkin – Kaleide

This is very fun, aggressive, and strong rock music.

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Albums to Check Out August 3

My pick of the week:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Another Masterpiece from the Canadian outfit. It’s amazing, one of the best albums of the year. In The Suburbs, Arcade Fire not only provide us with great pop rock music but they share wisdom about life. They sing of opening one’s mind, freedom from personal prisons, not allowing your life to be dictated by other people and culture, and the beauty in waiting.

House of Heroes – Suburba

I was impressed with this new album. I think it’s more accessible than their last album The End Is Not The End. I think it is a little less adventurous than their last album but that doesn’t make it a bad album. For fans of Muse, The Beatles, and Green Day.

Candy Claws – Hidden Lands

A very unique band whose vocals are subdued with atmospheric music. Definitely a fresh new band to check out.

Albums to Check Out July 27

This is a refreshing week in music. It’s been awhile since some truly great music has come out. Some albums coming out this week will most likely be on many people’s best of the year lists. Next week will be even better with possibly my favorite album of the year Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs coming out and House of Heroes’ Suburba. I am bubbling over with excitement for those albums.

My pick of the week:

Menomena – Mines

This album pulled me into Menomena’s rabbit hole of creative music and I enjoyed the whole wonderful experience. It’s very accessible and its production is great. Mines is epic and reminds me of literature similar to Dante’s Inferno and The Odyssey. I’m not certain about why the album is called Mines but I think it could relate to how the people in each song seem to be searching, and mining for something. They seem to be searching within their souls. It’s a very honest album about admitting weakness and searching for hope. Desire seems to be a major theme of the album. The songs sing of ghosts, devils, God, beasts, sinking ships, liars, and McDonalds. You read that right. This has become one of my favorite albums of 2010. Everything is great. The music, lyrics, vocals, production. It’s solid. Go down the rabbit hole with Menemona and witness life and humanity at it’s rawest.

Best Coast – Cray For You

If you’re crazy for the band She & Him and 60’s sun drenched pop music then you will find much to love about Best Coast’s debut album Crazy For You. It’s all about love and relationships. Hey that’s a cute cat on the cover.

Jaill – That’s How We Burn

Some nice new Psychedelic Pop Rock music.

Vanish Valley – Self Titled

Similar to the band Blind Pilot and singer/ songwriter Joseph Arthur. Andrew McAllister sings of life, faith, and redemption. Great alt country folk music.

Andrew Peterson – Counting Stars

This is one of singer/ songwriter Andrew Peterson’s best releases to date. The themes on the album are promises and hope.

Albums to Check Out July 20

Secret Cities – Pink Graffiti

Ra Ra Riot — Boy EP

Richard Youngs – Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits

Mountain Man – Made The Harbor

Frazey Ford – Obadiah

Albums to Check Out July 13

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul

Haven’t listened to the whole album but it’s sounding really good. Paste had some good things to say about it. Paste review (9.0/10) excerpt: “It’s a breathtaking set of atmospheric ballads (plus a few rockers) that explore cosmic concerns, from the self-destructive trap of revenge to the possibility of spiritual renewal.” Jon Young

The Innocence Mission – My Room In The Trees

Refreshing folk music. One of the best female folk releases I’ve heard this year. It’s very peaceful.

School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire

With great female vocals, harmonies, and a sweet 80’s dream pop sound you can find a lot to learn and enjoy from the School of Seven Bells.

Sun Kil Moon – Admiral Fell Promises

Mark Kozelek leads you to a thoughtful, peaceful place with his music. His guitar playing is superb. Admiral Fell Promises is another good release from Sun Kil Moon.