Pimp Me Pop Music

Light blogging today, because I'm having muscle spasms in my neck and shoulder again. Blogrolling and typing aggravate that, so there will be minimal posting for the rest of the weekend.

To fill a bit of space, though, here's a call for music recommendations: I bought a whole slew of Crowded House/ Finn Brothers stuff off iTunes last night thanks to Senor BaconCat, and I picked up the much-hyped new Arcade Fire album at the same time, but what else should I be looking at buying?

I'll throw out an oddball recommendation just to get things started: I bought the Holmes Brothers State of Grace on the basis of this review by Jeff Giles of jefitoblog, and it's really good. If the idea of a slow gospel version of "I Want You to Want Me" sounds interesting, well, this is an album you need to check out.


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I'm probably little help here. I just officially became the last person to the party on both the Decembrists and the Shins. Which I'm digging, a lot, but it's not like anyone hasn't heard of these guys already.

So how about a theme: 00s bands that sound like 80s synth pop, and do a good job with it. Here's three I'd recommend, with a good sample track from iTMS:

Cut Copy (Saturdays)
The Faint (I Disappear)
VHS or Beta (Night On Fire)

You should go listen to The Lab Rats. I think their album ("Half Full Ashtrays, Half Empty Glasses") is available on iTMS.

By Mike Bruce (not verified) on 09 Mar 2007 #permalink

Newer Releases:<\b>

Gob Iron (Jay Farrar side project): Death Songs for the Living

Son Volt: The Search

Menomena: Friend and Foe

Older Stuff:<\b>

Sun Kil Moon: Ghosts of the Great Highway

Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs

The Long Winters: When I Pretend to Fall

Sun Kil Moon: Ghosts of the Great Highway

Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs

The Long Winters: When I Pretend to Fall

I've got the first two of these, and they're very good. I'm not sure what the title of the Long Witners album I have is, but it's probably that one.

Muse. Boss introduced me to them 6 months ago, and I cant stop listening to them. Theyve got several videos and concerts on YouTube if you want to listen/see them before buying!