On my radar …
Elk City – New Believers (Friendly Fire Recordings) – My wife was a big fan of The Melting Hopefuls of whick Elk City’s Renee LoBue and Ray Ketchem were a part of. Luna guitarist Sean Eden joins Elk City on this throwback to ’50s and ’60s style pop.
Fightstar – Grand Unification (Trustkill) – UK band featuring a former boy band member (Charlie of Busted). I picked up an EP by this band a year or so ago and it reminded me of the Deftones and Jimmy Eat World. The full length could be worth a listen.
Graig Markel – Via Novella (Sonic Boom Recordings) – Look for a review of this CD here later this week.
Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts – Let’s Just Be (Lonely Astronaut) – Why don’t more people know about Mr.Arthur? He’s got all sorts of love from within the industry but has yet to really make a dent among recordbuyers.
Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing (RCA) – Avril’s all over the map on her 3rd CD – from song to song she wants to be Gwen Stefani, Sarah McLachlan, and Sum 41. It’s a slick sounding album (as well it should be with the money and production talent involved) that sounds like something an American Idol winner would put out.
Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero (Interscope) – This one took me a few listens to get into – and I think it could be trimmed by a few songs – but overall a strong release by Trent Reznor. The second half of the album is stronger than the first half.
Rock Plaza Central – Are We Not Horses (Yep Roc) – I regretfully say that I have never heard of this band before today but after listening to a few tracks on their website, I think this will be one I look for this week. Alt.country goodness with a horn section (at least on the track “Joyful”).
Superdrag – Changing Tires on the Road to Ruin (Arena Rock Recording Company) – What’s the bigger surprise – that Superdrag is still putting out records or that Arena Rock is still in business? (I didn’t know either were still around)
The Comas – Spells (Vagrant) – My pick of the week. A full review forthcoming but this sounds like The Jesus and Mary Chain mixed with Granddaddy. “New Wolf” is one of my favorite songs of 2007.