Here’s what I bought:
Gossip (pictured), “A Joyful Noise” – Oh my, how I love Gossip. This may not be the band’s best album but it’s still so much fun. The band’s dance-punk-new wave style is still there, with plenty of attitude. I am so in love with the 80’s-ish single, “Perfect World” – lead singer Beth Ditto sounds unbelievable on that track! I also love “Move in the Right Direction,” a super-powerful, motivating song.
Father John Misty, “Fear Fun” – This former Fleet Foxes drummer has created a weird, lovely little folk rock album. Everything’s dark and weird but pretty and funny (for those with a dark sense of humor). If you want a good idea of what the album sounds/feels like, check out his videos for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “This is Sally Hatchet.”
Ladyhawke, “Anxiety” – This New Zealand pop singer made her debut at about the same time as Lady Gaga, and I used to say Ladyhawke was my Gaga. Her first record is still one of my favorites and I think it’s one of the smartest pop records made in the last several years. Therefore, yes, I’m really digging “Anxiety.” Her 80s-ish pop is smart and sincere and, in my opinion, she’s one of the best pop/alternative stars out there.
King Tuff, “King Tuff” – I wrote last week that I expected this to be one of my favorite records of the year, and yeah, it definitely is. There are a ton of excellent tracks on this punk-pop record, like “Alone & Stoned,” “Bad Thing,” “Anthem” and “Stupid Superstar.”
What are you listening to?