For this new playlist series I will be taking a random group of CDs, pulling a single track from each into a playlist, and doing a mini-review for each album. And when I say random, I mean random.
Admittedly, these playlists will only be for the steadfast music fan as they will jump from genre to genre without a second thought. Anything is game, and you'll never know what's coming next.
Or check out individual tracks, full album links and mini-reviews below.
British Sea Power return after a long wait with a 5-song EP titled Krakenhaus? The EP should hold you over until they release their next full-length, Do You Like The Music?, in February. The opening track "Atom" is a rollicking indie slap upside the head. And the other four songs are solid and diverse.
The great-lipped one has finally released a collection of his very best solo work. And I for one say, "Thank God!" Let's face it, Mick's solo records have been hit or miss, but when you take the very best tracks, and one brand new blues-injected number, you've got yourself a disc worth the price of admission. Video trailer
Sia's new album Some People Have Real Problems won't hit stores until January 2008. So while we wait, I thought I'd throw this song from the March release Lady Croissant, just in case you missed it.
The Deadly Syndrome have an excellent new album out titled The Ortolan, but unfortunately it is not yet available on Yahoo Music Unlimited. However, my favorite track from the new album, "Eucalyptus", is available as a live version recorded this past June.
Power of the Damager is without much doubt the best album Prong has released in quite some time. However, they will most likely continue to be under appreciated and unnoticed. If you're a metal fan, make an effort not to miss this one.
Health recorded this debut LP at an all ages venue in downtown L.A. called The Smell using antiquated equipment. The end result is much like a fever dream that could very well be on the soundtrack to an eternity in hell. But in a good way.
Remember what I said a little while ago about the new Health record being part of the soundtrack to an eternity in hell? Well, this one is on that soundtrack too, but it's the one they play while you're raped by rusty, razorblade-encrusted baseball bats.
This will probably be the only playlist ever created to follow Xasthur with Sakai, and if you've gotten this far you certainly have an open mind. This soulful R&B singer has released her sophomore full-length Dream Big, and it's smoky neo-soul that wears it's Philly influence well.
American Idol winner Jordin Sparks sounds just like you would expect on her first single. Stunning vocals with pathetic lyrics surrounded by mechanical and obviously manufactured song structure and production. In other words, if you like American Idol, you'll love it!