1. Low - C'mon (Sub Pop)
2. Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys (Polydor)
3. EELS with Strings - Live at Town Hall (Vagrant Records)
4. A Hawk and A Hacksaw - Cervantine (LM Dupli-cation)
5. Eastern Conference Champions - Speak AHH (Rockhampton Records)
6. Paulie Pesh - Shining Stars EP (self release)
7. Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What (Concord Music Group)
8. DeVotchKa - 100 Lovers (ANTI)
9. The Lonely Wild - Dead End EP (self release)
10. Low - Trust (Krank Records)
Low wraps themselves around my top ten for this week. The Low album, C'mon, is, I believe, a game changer for this band. It ought to catapult them into the major leagues...again. The earlier album from the band, Trust, wraps up the end of the list. The Elbow album, though not as smashing as their last two albums, still has some good things on it. The new Hawk and A Hacksaw CD, Cervantine, is interesting, intellectual and slightly dull, but I gave it a few spins.
On the other hand, the new CD by Eastern Conference Champions is a real winner. This band give electrifying live performances, but they translate to disc with all the energy and musical proficiency well displayed for all to hear. Paulie Pesh played my anniversary show, (how they fit seven musicians on that stage is amazing) and I'd been given their CD and find it a nice, tight recording with some fine singing. Still high from the Paul Simon concert, I'm still enjoying the record. And the DeVotchKa album and The Lonely Wild 45 are just plain wonderful.
O.K., that's all I got for now.