If you don’t have it by now, run on down to your local record store or iTunes or Amazon MP3 or anywhere, really, and pick up Disclosure’s debut album.
Disclosure - “Defeated No More”
There’s not question- this is New Porn’s best album. I’m not a huge fan anymore, but The New Pornographers were one of the first indie bands that I latched onto. Gotta give them credit for their accessibility.
The New Pornographers - “Sing Me Spanish Techno”
The album reminded me a lot of a a less melodramatic I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning or a more personable Alligator.
Ok, those comparisons probably don’t make sense at all. Just listen to the album.
Silver Jews - “Random Rules”
Here’s my inner monologue every time I listen to The National’s new album, “Trouble Will Find Me”:
This album is good. Nice. Sweet. Classic Berninger.
Then “Sea of Love” starts playing.
Man I love The National.
And every time, like a ton of bricks, it hits me, the part where the song sort of just stops and Matt achingly croons:
"If I stay here, trouble will find me."
and I get chills. Every time. Like the chill-inducing break in Lady Gaga’s masterfully constructed “Bad Romance.” When I took a history of rock music class in college, my professor once was demonstrating visceral responses to music. He put on Bad Romance, and everyone, every single one of the eighty-or-so students in the room felt it. We were the standard assortment of liberal arts school students, either thinking we were too good for Lady Gaga or updating our facebook statuses in class because oh my god we’re actually listening to lady gaga in class this is amazing omg colllllege. I didn’t matter who we were; music doesn’t discriminate. We all felt it. My professor said something to the effect of “If you didn’t feel that, check your pulse, because you’re dead.”
In summary, the National have given us our indie rock Bad Romance, and I for one welcome our new Dad-rock overlords.
The National - “Sea of Love”