Here's a mixed bag of bleeps, bop, blues, banjos and all kinds of other stuff that's spinning on my solid state hard drive...
"Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" - Thom Yorke - yep, bleeps, moody keyboard, moody vocals from Radiohead frontman. not bad.
"Popular Problems" - Leonard Cohen - the old man delivers his wise and witty lyrices more spoken than sung. nevertheless worth a listen
"Bad Self Portraits" - Lake Street Drive - fabulous rock 'n' soul. love it.
"Leaving Town" - Bearded Gypsy Band - young local Adelaide band. super-talented. Swing, jazz, gypsy, folk, even a bit Tom Waits.
"Prologue" and "The Ash & Clay" - The Milk Carton Kids - sublime. Think "Simon and Garfunkel". Tight harmonies. Stunning guitat playing. Check out their video:
"An Awesome Wave" - alt-J - I don't know how you categorise this. English band who mix and match all kinds of musical styles. Interesting.
"Invisible Hour" - Joe Henry - damn fine album from master songwriter and produce. folky, rootsy, laid back. gorgeous.
"Riveresque", "Garage Sale", "The Big Don't Argue", "Scorn of the Women", "Roaring Days" - Weddings, Parties, Anything (with Mick Thomas) - yeah I thought I'd complete the WPA catalogue. enough said.
"Songs of Innocence" - U2 - it's growing on me.
"The Better Angels", "Strong Wine and Spirits" - John Francis - THISGUY is just SENSATIONAL. He was at Greenbelt but we didn't hear him, although I read a recommendation by Arlo Guthrie. So I bought his 2 albums for $20 and they're BRILLIANT. He sounds like Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley and 10 other people. Great songs, great singing.
"Universal Mother", "I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss" - Sinead O'Connor - an oldie and a newie. saw her at Greenbelt.
"Half Way Home" - Angel Olsen - sounds like 60's/70's California. Mamas & Papas meets Joni Mitcvhell.
"Trouble's Door" - Ash Grunwald - extremely capable Aussie bluesman.
"Mechanical Bull" - Kings of Leon - fine but not exceptional album from Nashville rockers
"Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne" - Various artists including Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Lindley, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin and Ben Harper - really good covers of excellent songs by a stellar cast, but few really standout moments
"The Last Place" - Army Navy - love this. jangly guitars. like a West Coast US version of Teenage Fanclub.
"My Dearest Darkest Neighbor" - Hurray For The Riff Raff - another great band. Alt-Americana. sultry singing. sitting on the front porch. guitars, fiddle and assorted instruments. lovely.