I know it’s been awhile since I was able to do one of these, but there are so many wonderful CDs coming out today and I felt it necessary to invest some time into pointing them out. I hope you, in turn, will invest some time into listening! Click on the artist’s name for more info on them and how to get their new CD.
Human Again – Ingrid Michaelson
I first heard this CD about a month ago and I have been counting down the days for its release. I’m a huge fan of Ingrid Michaelson and she takes this record to darker places both musically and lyrically and I love it! My full review of the album will be printed in the winter issue of High Voltage Magazine, but suffice it to say, fan or not, I think you should check out this record.
The Church of Rock and Roll – Foxy Shazam
When I first heard this group (sight unseen) I thought they were being led by a powerful black woman. Imagine my surprise when I found out their lead singer was a diminutive white guy. The surprises are never ending with Foxy Shazam and their newest record, The Church of Rock and Roll, definitely pushes the boundaries of what is expected from a rock band from Ohio. Check them out if you want something refreshing for your ears. And when they come to your town, do NOT miss the opportunity to see them live.
I had the pleasure of discovering these Brits at The El Rey last week when they opened for Augustana. They play the kind of music that makes it easy to smile and sway along. I got the CD that night and have been listening to it on repeat. My favorite song is “Free”. I hope it can make you smile as well…
Others I hope to look into:
- Songs of Freedom : The Songs of Bob Dylan – various artists (a 4 disc compilation of Dylan covers from a wiiiide range of artists put together in honor of Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary)
- The Lion’s Roar – First Aid Kit
- Plastic Moon – Madi Diaz
- 2101 Grammy nominees – Various Artists
- Area 52 – Rodrigo & Gabriela
- Dark Adrenaline – Lacuna Coil
- The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy – Nada Surf
- May Day – Matt Pryor
Listen, Learn, Love!