Most of these didn't live up to the hype for me. Maybe you disagree? I don't wanna stop anybody from buying the Sufjan, Thom Yorke and James Figurine. None of them are bad records at all. The Format caught me by surprise in a good way.....
The Adored: A New Language (V2) – Local band.
Cansei De Ser Sexy (CSS): Cansei De Ser Sexy (Sub Pop) – This is that new Brazilian band that Sub Pop signed. I haven’t heard it yet.
Cut Chemist: The Audience's Listening (Warner Bros.) – You know him from J5, Ozomatli and his work bootlegs with DJ Shadow. Anybody heard it? Appearing at Amoeba at 7:00 PM Tuesday.
Every Move a Picture: Heart=Weapon (V2) – San Francisco dancey rock band that I haven’t heard.
The Format: Dog Problems (Nettwerk) – This record came in the mail and I didn’t know anything about it or have any expectations. I saw Steven Mcdonald’s (Redd Kross) name on it as producer, so I put it on. It’s strong power-pop. I strongly recommend it for the power pop fans. I’m listening to it a lot more than the Muse, Sufjan, James Figurine or Thom Yorke. Appearing August 31 at the Avalon.
Hylozoists: La Fin du Monde (Boompa) – If you love Vibraphones and Tortoise, then you’ll probably appreciate this. I got it in the mail and it’s good instrumental background music.
James Figurine: Mistake, Mistake, Mistake, Mistake [cd] – Jimmy Tamborello’s new CD. I was excited about it before it came out, but I’m having a hard time getting through it. Who disagrees? I know some of you do.
Muse: Black Holes and Revelations – This CD is so ridiculously over-the-top it’s pretty hard to listen to. I’ll still be seeing them live at the Greek Theatre on 7/19.
Oneida: Happy New Year (Jagjaguwar) – Fans of Oneida are digging it. Other people are probably getting headaches from it.
Peaches: Impeach My Bush (XL) – Not my thing.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: I Stand Alone (Anti) – Well respected by the indie community.
Soul Asylum: The Silver Lining (Sony) – Their first album since 1998. They’re appearing at Tower Sunset at 6:00PM on Tuesday and later that night at the Troubadour.
Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche: Outtakes And Extras From The Illinois Album (Asthmatic Kitty) – There’s some good stuff on here, but I’m a little sick of the record and it feels a little like work to get through it. I’ll still see him at the Wiltern on October 9th.
Thom Yorke: The Eraser (XL) – Another record I was excited about until I heard it. Kinda like the last two Radiohead records but without any guitars.
Various Artists: The Pilgrim: A Celebration Of Kris Kristofferson (Emergent)