Next Tuesday, August 14th, a new tribute album filled with indie rock covers of Fleetwood Mac songs will be hitting stores. Just Tell Me That You Want Me is the name of the project, and it features both the hits and some of their lesser known songs, performed by a variety of great artists, including IHYEB favorites like MGMT, Lykke Li, The New Pornographers and Best Coast. For the rest of the week and up until the release of the record on the 14th you can stream the album in its entirety right here.
Each month the Amazon MP3 Store will put 100 albums on sale for $5 a piece for the entire month. Amazingly each month there are tons of great albums to choose from, from both mainstream artists and lesser known indie groups. There’s a lot of great deals each month and for most people it’s hard to know which albums to go with. So I have decided to give you my top 5 choices out of the bunch each month. (I decided to disqualify Greatest Hits albums from making the list.) I obviously haven’t heard every single album on sale here, so if there is another album you would like to recommend please share it in the comments. Hope you enjoy some new cheap music.
The Shins – Oh, Inverted World
This is the debut album from The Shins, the band made famous by Zach Braff and Natalie Portman in the soundtrack of ’04 indie cult film, Garden State. If you’ve only heard the two songs from this album that were included on the Garden State OST, then you are missing out.
M83 – Saturdays = Youth
This is the indie-electronica outfit’s 5th studio album, but the first record of theirs that really hooked me and made me a fan. I think this is an absolutely perfect album for an autumn drive. So get it while it’s cheap here in the Spring and you’ll thank me come October.
Radiohead – OK Computer
Many people consider this the greatest album of the 90’s. Depending on the day, this is my favorite Radiohead album. I am pretty partial to The Bends, as it was the first album of theirs that I fell in love with. But it is hard to ignore the brilliance of this record. If you don’t own it, you need to snatch up this deal right away.
Best Coast – Crazy For You
There are a lot of albums that have come out over the past couple of years that were labelled as surf-rock and among those albums, I thought that the debut from Best Coast was by far the best. They are kind of like a garage band version of the Beach Boys without the harmonies and a female vocalist. I am a fan and think you should be too.
Spoon – Transference
These guys are indie rock. This is a subtle rock album. It took some time for me, not quite as catchy as their previous releases, but it is great album, that I think is worth a listen.
I have been a fan of the site Daytrotter for several years now. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Daytrotter, it is a music site that has a little studio they call The Horseshack in downtown Rock Island, IL. They invite bands to stop by in between shows while they are on tour to record a short little session, which is then put up on the site for free download along with a cartoon drawing of the artist and a short essay on the band and their music. Often the sessions are nothing more than spontaneous re-workings of songs on their previous records. But every once and a while an artist will use this opportunity to unveil an unreleased song they’ve been working on or to give us a cover of somebody else’s tune. Either way, they are a fun way to get introduced to a new band or to gain some fresh and unique songs from an old favorite to add to your collection. Over the years they have become pretty popular and are now pumping out several sessions a week. So I decide to take the time to share with you some of my favorite sessions of the year (so far). You can listen to one song from each session that I chose to give you the feel for the artist, and if you like it, I encourage you to head over to Daytrotter so you can listen to and download the full session.
11. Junip – Without You (removed 7/21/12)
If you don’t recognize the name Junip, you may be more familiar with their frontman, Jose Gonzalez, as I have mentioned him on here in the past. This is a great session with two songs off of last year’s Fields and one from the Rope and Summit EP.
Listen: Junip’s Daytrotter Session
10. Pete Yorn – Stronger Than (removed 7/21/12)
Surprisingly this is Yorn’s first Daytrotter session and it is a great one, with four songs off of last year’s Pete Yorn. He is starting to reach veteran status in the music world, and his songs are really showing it. I really like the maturity in his sound and songwriting. It is showcased reallly well in this session.
Listen: Pete Yorn’s Daytrotter Session
On sale for $5.99: Pete Yorn
9. The Belle Brigade – Sweet Louise (removed 7/21/12)
I am falling more and more in love with this group the more I listen to them. I shared with you last week their excellent single, “Losers.” There is a great stripped down version of that song in this session. These guys remind me of Simon and Garfunkel in the best of ways. The whole session is four songs from their self-titled debut.
Purchase: The Belle Brigade
8. Hurricane Bells – The Cold Has Killed Us (removed 7/21/12)
These guys came in and played a monster of a session with 8 songs from several different records. This is a great introduction these southern rockers if you are unfamiliar with their catalog.
Purchase: Tonight Is The Ghost (Deluxe Edition)
7. Guster – That’s No Way To Get To Heaven (removed 7/21/12)
Here’s another indie mainstay that is just now getting around to recording their first session and it’s a great one with 5 songs from 3 different albums. My three favorites all coming from last year’s Easy Wonderful.
Listen: Guster’s Daytrotter Session
Purchase: Easy Wonderful
6. Frontier Ruckus – The Upper Room (removed 7/21/12)
These guys were actually back this year for their second Daytrotter session and I really wish I had taken the time to listen to them last year. I just recently found these guys via one of the last Paste Music Sampler CD’s. His voice is a little off-putting at first, but I have actually grown to love it and now find it very endearing.
On sale for $5.99: Deadmalls And Nightfalls
5. Rosi Golan – Come Around (removed 7/21/12)
I wouldn’t know this girl from Eve if it weren’t for my lovely wife putting her on continuous rotation in our house. I would’ve written her off as just another throwaway female pop singer, but that would’ve been a mistake. This girl can really sing and this session shows off how great she is live. I can’t wait to hear the follow up to her 2008 debut, The Drifter and the Gypsy.
Listen: Rosi Golan’s Daytrotter Session
Purchase: The Drifter and the Gypsy
4. The Low Anthem – Dreams Can Chase You Down (removed 7/21/12)
If you haven’t gotten the chance to hear their new album, Smart Flesh, this is a great introduction to it. They play several songs from it, including the excellent “Dreams Can Chase You Down” which until now could only be heard on the deluxe edition of the album.
Purchase: Smart Flesh [+Digital Booklet]
3. Rooney – Holdin’ On (removed 7/21/12)
I bought these California rockers’ debut album about 8 years ago now based solely on the cover. Boy was that a great decision. Well fortunately for you, you don’t have to buy their new one based on the cover, you can just listen to their recent Daytrotter session and decide with your ears rather than your eyes.
Listen: Rooney’s Daytrotter Session
2. Best Coast – In My Room (removed 7/21/12)
These surf rockers actually recorded this session about a year and a half ago, before their debut album, Crazy For You, was even released. And for one reason or another it is just now being released for our listening pleasure. It is another large collection of songs, none of which ended up on Crazy For You, which makes this session even more fun.
Listen: Best Coast’s Daytrotter Session
On sale for $3.99: Crazy For You
1. Sarah Jaffe – Clementine (removed 7/21/12)
I have already posted one song from this session as my second favorite song of the year (so far) and I’m wondering if I sold it short. I can’t say enough about how much I love this girl. The control she has over her voice is absolutely incredible. Her live show was completely enthralling. I can’t stop listening to Suburban Nature and am dying for her to give us something new. This session has definitely helped tide me over til that day.
Listen: Sarah Jaffe’s Daytrotter Session
Purchase: Suburban Nature