Sleepover Disaster – Oceanographer EP (Overcast)
All new stuff this Top 10, a lot of it British, but not this one! And this is the best shoegaze/dreampop MY BLOODY VALENTINE-ish record I’ve heard in eons, even better than the Fresno, California band’s LP last year. This should make my Top 10 for the year!
Astrid Williamson – Day of the Lone Wolf (Incarnation/One Little Indian U.K.)
The woman with the striking looks and the piano-touched folk-pop can do no wrong, with one of the best voices in British pop, too. Only her third solo LP in eight years.
The Somatics – Elemental EP (Engine Room U.K.)
Psych pop like this can’t go unnoticed long!!! A huge step up from their so-so LP on Beggars a few years ago, this bodes well for an LP.
Snow Patrol – Eyes Open (Fiction/UNI)
No “Run” here but still some OK COLDPLAY-ish stuff, with a little more meat on the bones than that band
Morrissey – Ringleader of the Tormentors (Attack/Sanctuary)
His best work in 12 years, if still not quite on par with his 1983-1994 golden era.
Levy – Rotten Love (One Little Indian U.K.)
Hmm, here’s a local New York band doing some good post-punk pop.
Jon Auer –
Songs From the Year of Our Demise (Pattern 25)
Such a beautiful debut solo LP by THE POSIES veteran, I just keep playing and playing and playing this! Really lovely stuff, not at all like his band, much as I love them too. This is what solo LPs are for!
The Rifles – “Repeated Offender” (Red Ink U.K.)
Nowhere near as good as their last single, the incredible “Local Boy” but still top-notch. It’s album time for these East Londoners, it says here!
Duels – “Pressure on You” EP (Nude U.K.)
Just a single of harsh, quick post-punk for these Brits. Need to hear more, but this is not bad!
New York Dolls – Live at CBGB, March 28
I never thought I would see this day!!! What fun!!! “Looking for a Kiss” and “Personality Crisis” at CBGB? Makes me sorry the club is closing in it’s 33-year location after October.