Amadou & Miriam:
Welcome to Mali (Nonesuch)
MP3: Amadou & Mariam - "Salbali"
We can't say enough about this Malian, husband and wife duo. Their modernized African music, infused with American R&B and Rap influences may cause spontaneous dancing, porch lounging and cocktail sipping. Listen wisely.
The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
MP3: The Rake's Song - MP3
You've probably heard enough about this albums' genre classifications. They don't want the "rock opera" label, but you be the judge. Some of the album jaunts hauntingly through love loss, while others rise up in Transfigurational-style beauty. Colin Meloy's voice is no different here as on other albums, so if you want that standard Decemberists sound, this is for you.
Ten (Reissue) (Epic)
It's Pearl Jam. "Jeremy," "Daughter," "Even Flow," "Alive," "Porch." Give me a fucking break. You'll buy it.
MP3: "Get Older"
This is Deacon's Merriweather Post Pavillion; we knew the day that he went slightly mainstream with more accessible, danceable tunes, would be the day drooling, and fawning would occur. Today's the day. Bromst explodes with pithy electro-jams, and songs, may we boldly say, you can sing to? Yeah, this is the shiznit.