I'm guessing the Centro-Matic and Mogwai are your best bets.....
THINGS I NEED TO HEAR
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Ballad of the Broken Seas (V2) - Former Belle & Sebastian member teams up with former Screaming Trees lead singer. Isobel performs solo tonight at the Troubadour.
Centro-Matic Fort Recovery (Misra) - People who love Centro-Matic (like Jay Bennett, Drive-By Truckers, Ben Gibbard) really love them. Other people don't get it. I think it's Will Johnson's voice that divides. I'm loving the song "I See Through You" right now, but unfortunately they're not giving that one away.
Download "Triggers and Trash Heaps"
Mogwai Mr. Beast (Matador) - Scottish post-rock band that puts on an amazing live shows. Playing live at Coachella on 4/30/06.
Download "Folk Death 95"
OTHER NOTEWORTHY RELEASES
Architects Revenge (Anodyne) - Rock'n'roll band from Kansas City. Members were in the band the Gadgits.
Buzzcocks Flat-Pack Philosophy (Cooking Vinyl) - If you don't have Singles Going Steady you should buy it immediately. I haven't heard this new one.
Caroline Murmurs (Temporary Residence Ltd.) - She's a Japanese-American singer with glitchy music backing her voice.
Download "Where's My Love"
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-) - The singer in the New Pornographers puts out her fourth solo album. Her solo stuff is rootsier. If you don't have The New Pornographers' Twin Cinema you should buy it immediately. Playing live at the Fonda on 6/23/06.
Download "Hold On, Hold On"
Download "Star Witness"
dEUS Pocket Revolution (V2) - Mid tempo rock band from Belgium. Playing at the Troubadour on 3/18/06.
Devics Push the Heart (Filter) - They split their time between LA and Italy. Smooth female fronted KCRW light music.
The Duke Spirit Cuts Across the Land (StarTime International) - Female fronted blues rock band that's drawing comparisons to the Kills. Playing Coachella on 4/29/06.
Download "Cuts Across the Land"
Download "Lion Rip"
David Gilmour On an Island (w/David Crosby, Graham Nash, Robert Wyatt and more) (Columbia) - Solo album from the Pink Floyd guitarist.
Goldfrapp Supernature (Mute) - Good dance pop music if you're into that sort of thing. Playing at the Wiltern on 3/11/06.
Half-Handed Cloud Halos & Lassos (Asthmatic Kitty) - Lofi indie Christian rock.
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid The Exchange Sessions Vol. 1 (Domino) - Four Tet and former James Brown/Motown drummer. Appearing live at Spaceland on 3/28/06.
Hotel Lights Hotel Lights (Bar/None) - Mellow 70's-style AM rock band featuring ex-Ben Folds Five member Darren Jessee.
Download "A.M. Slow Golden Hit"
I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness Fear Is on Our Side (Secretly Canadian) - Austin, TX band that's getting compared to Joy Division (but in a good way). Produced by Ministry's Paul Barker. Playing 5/20/06 at the Echo.
Download "According to Plan"
The Impossible Shapes Tum (Secretly Canadian) - Neo-psych folk band. Playing live at Tangier on 2/23/06.
Download "Florida Silver Springs"
Juvenile Reality Check (Atlantic) - The man who brought you "Back That Azz Up"
Glenn Kotche Mobile (Nonesuch) - Wilco drummer. For crazy drummer nuts only.
Kris Kristofferson This Old Road (New West) - If you're a newcomer I'd pick up one of his early 70s albums first. Appearing live at the Troubadour on 3/8/06.
Matisyahu Youth (Epic) - Everybody's favorite Hassidic reggae artist. Appearing live at Tower Northridge on 3/9/06.
Mellowdrone Box (Columbia) - Local band that recently did a Spaceland residency.
Download "Fashionably Uninvited"
Van Morrison Pay the Devil (Lost Highway) - I like Astral Weeks but I haven't heard this one.
Nightmares on Wax In a Space Outta Sound (Warp) - Hip-hop electronica.
The Pink Mountaintops Axis of Evol (Jagjaguwar) - The guy from Black Mountain playing weird psych guitar music. Playing live at Spaceland on 3/11/06.
Public Enemy Rebirth of a Nation (Guerrilla Funk) - Written, produced by and featuring Paris; guests dead prez, MC Ren and more. Without Chuck D why is it Public Enemy?
Revolting Cocks (Ministry's Al Jourgensen) Cocked and Loaded (Megaforce/13th Planet) - Guests Jello Biafra, Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, members of Cheap Trick and more.
The Rogers Sisters The Invisible Deck (Too Pure) - Brooklyn hipsters. Playing 5/20/06 at the Echo.
Stereolab Fab Four Suture (Too Pure) - Reasonably priced collection of recent singles. Appearing live at the Fonda on 3/28/06.
The Weepies Say I Am You (Nettwerk) - Folk-pop. Appearing live at the Hotel Cafe 3/7/06.
Witch Witch (Tee Pee) - Metal band featuring J. Mascis on drums.