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    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2011
    As predicted, the new Frank Turner is incredibly good. "I Still Believe" gave me goosebumps when I first heard it.
    • CommentAuthorRobson
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2011
    Listening mostly to Old People Who Still Rock, but I've enjoyed the hell out of these releases so far:

    Wire - Red Barked Tree
    David Sylvian - Died In The Wool
    Radiohead - The King of Limbs
    John Zorn - Nova Express
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2011 edited
    Wait, really nobody has mentioned the Mountain Goats yet? All Eternals Deck is fucking brilliant. A sense of quiet menace throughout the entire album. The Autopsy Garland may be my favourite song off it.

    I have also really enjoyed Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, and Vices & Virtues.

    Possibly my favourite album of the year though is Don't Change Your Plans by Jen Buxton, a local singer songwriter who until recently was in a band I really liked. It's real Sad Bastard Music, the solo stuff! If you have just had some kind of breakup or you just feel like having a good cry, this is what you want to be listening to. Unfortunately any songs from the album that are online in a non-live-youtube kind of way are streaming in different places, not sure what's up with that. Maybe I Am is on myspace and Don't Change Your Plans is on her record company's website. Most of the album is on youtube cos she opened for Frank Turner here in Sydney and someone was there with a good camera, buuut unfortunately the audience were dicks and so you can't hear the music very well over them talking in the back of the room. Whatever whatever I'm a fangirl :P

    and oooh really new Andrew Jackson Jihad? sweet! Looking forward to that. Those guys are fucked up. ETA that reminded me to check when the new Indelicates album is out, and it's already preorderable! yaaaay :D
      CommentAuthorMild Maynyrd
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2011 edited
    Seconding (or thirding?) both the new Beastie Boys (real greasy, grimy production ala Check Your Head; I like that) and the new TV On The Radio (easily their most positive group of tunes yet; plus "Caffeinated Consciousness" ranks for me as one of the best things they've ever written). Blueprint's new record (it's called Adventures In Counter-Culture)has probably been my favorite release of the year so far: totally independent of genre and trends, conceptual, dense. I really liked that Danger Mouse/Jack White/Norah Jones/Daniele Luppi project too (Rome), which isn't getting as much attention as it deserves. Very relaxing, really beautiful, patient songs that will make you believe in things.

    But yeah, I'm hoping the second half will be chocked full of better releases.

    *EDIT: Oh, and yeah Radiohead was cool, I liked it (although I know a lot of people did not).