1. Three Mile Pilot - The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten (Temporary Residence)
2. Film School - Fission (Hi-Speed Soul)
3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Merge Records)
4. The Eels - Tomorrow Morning (E Works)
5. Birds and Batteries - Panorama (Velvet Blue Music)
6. Blitzen Trapper - Furr (Sub Pop)
7. Andrew Bird - Useless Creatures (Fat Possum)
8. Kelley Stoltz - To Dreamers (Sub Pop)
9. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts)
10. Radars To the Sky - Supra / Infra (self release)
The beauty of the Three Mile Pilot album is that it reveals new pleasures with almost every listening. It's such a departure from their previous work, over ten years ago, and shows such growth and maturity. It's a very special record and fans only had to wait 13 years for it.
Still loving the Film School album which is an easy choice every time I'm, like, in a 'what do I want to hear now' mood. I also had a sudden urge to hear everything by Blitzen Trapper for some reason and Furr came out on top.
The new Andrew Bird CD, Useless Creatures, was first released in the deluxe edition of Noble Beast, which may explain why it sounds like it's part of a separate tangent from Andrew's other albums. I even think it could be filed under classical music, as it's almost exclusively instrumental and the compositions are closer to Debussy and Ravel than to indie rock. That's one of the reasons I love it. It's genre-bending.