Hey there! There’s a ton of great music to get to today so I’ll make this intro pretty quick. As an added bonus, here’s another great picture of me as a baby gay that I found yesterday. I mean, was there ever any doubt?
Kitty Daisy and Lewis — Smoking in Heaven (Sunday Best Recordings)
My top album for this week comes from two sisters and a brother who have brought back some killer sounds reminiscent of Elvis, Ritchie Valens and Brenda Lee. They play anything they can get their hands on, record the old fashioned way and have my toes tapping throughout their entire playlist which is a front-to-back must-listen.
Class Actress — Rapprocher (Carpark Records)
In all honesty, Rapprocher could have easily been in the top spot this week. I love how dreamy it is; it’s like an electropop cloud you can rest your head on. Stream the album over at Spinner and preview and download “Weekend” below.
Niki and the Dove— The Drummer (Sub Pop)
There is one big problem with this album: It is too short. The seven great songs go by very quickly and blend organic sounds with electronic in the same vein as Bjork and The Dø while Niki’s voice is more of the Fever Ray variety. You can stream the entire album many times over if you head to Spinner.
My Brightest Diamond— All Things Will Unwind (Asthmatic Kitty)
Those of you who enjoy a whimsical, theatrical sound will really enjoy this new release from Shara Worden. It’s pretty interesting because her sound reminds me a little bit of St. Vincent (minus the electronic elements and Annie Clark‘s signature tonal and tempo quick-change) and also Tori Amos‘ latest lore-themed album. You know what the world needs now besides love, sweet love? It needs a remake of Peter and the Wolf with the soundtrack provided by Worden, Clark and Amos. Somebody please get on this. BTW, “Be Brave” is my favorite song on this album so far.
Lalah Hathaway— Where It All Begins (Stax)
The daughter of legendary musician Donny Hathaway has made a name for herself in her own right and R&B/Soul fans will be singing her praises with this latest release. Her music makes me want to get up, bend over a little and sway my butt from side to side with my hands in the air.
Kimya Dawson— Thunder Thighs (Great Crap Factory/Burnside Distribution)
Between the Juno soundtrack, the Moldy Peaches and her previous solo albums, I was ready to consider Kimya a one-note artist. I have always considered her a talented songwriter but there was only so long I could stand listening to her voice singing the same familiar notes in the same familiar ways. All of this has changed with the fantastically-named Thunder Thighs. Maybe I’m just at a different point in my life where I finally “get it,” but her music really has been sinking in. There are layers that weren’t there before and I’m ready to embrace them. Download the track, “Driving Driving Driving” for free!
Sneaky Sound System— From Here To Anywhere (Modular Recordings)
Disco-house is alive and well with the Sydney duo comprised of Miss Connie and Black Angus. Remixed or not, this album is perfect for getting ready to go out at night or, more specifically, your pre or post-Pride Parade party.
Honorable Mentions: Brown Bird, Body Language, Chris Isaak, Patrick Stump, Jane’s Addiction, Forest Fire, Everlast, Cradle of Filth, Micah Stampley, Penguin Prison, Wynton Marsalis, Rob Crow, The Japanese Popstars, Japanther, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, M83, Real Estate, The Joy Formidable (EP) and Russian Circles.