Here is some music that I have downloaded fairly recently:
Valhalla (K-OS): Picked this one up off the latest episode of “Entourage.”
Crank That (Soulja Boy): This song will be huge before the end of the summer. It’s got some 50 Cent influence. It has replaced “Go Getta” as my favorite song to play loud in the car.
Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend): I’m not sure how to describe these guys. Take a little Paul Simon from his “Graceland” period, mix it with some Clash and some ska and there you have it. They’ve toured with the Shout Out Louds, another group I like. The whole album is pretty good.
Little Bombs (Aimee Mann): Available only on iTunes as far as I can tell.
Johnny Cash: Unearthed Volume III Redemption Songs: 14 songs that all hit home. Cash does duets with Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, Fiona Apple and Glen Campbell. His version of “Redemption Song” with Strummer is amazing. “Wichita Lineman” is on here as well along with an early version of “The Man Comes Around.”
I know, I know. You think Johnny Cash is a dead country singer from the 1960s. Give him a chance, he rocks.
Rock and Roll Queen (The Subways): I can’t remember where I got this suggestion from. But it must have been Mark Hale of the Post. If so, good job by Mark.
Higgins (Umphrey’s McGee): A jam band from South Bend that for some reason I like, because I usually have no time for Phish or Dave Matthews. Maybe because because they don’t sound wasted.
Let me know what you’ve picked up lately. I have a flight to California on Sunday and can always use some new music.