With 10,000 songs shuffling all the time (thank you, Airtunes) its hard to pick out the standout tracks for me right now, but there are a few records I must give a big shout-out to. Run, don't walk to get these on your iPod.
#1 Money Mark – Brand New Tomorrow
Money Mark, a Beastie Boys collaborator, is an enigma to me, but he sure makes sweet sounding discs. MM's Brand New Tomorrow is a beautiful pop record that stops you cold with great, well-played songs.
Here's a Quicktime video of Money Mark's Pick Up the Pieces.
#2 Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob
#3 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
This summer The White Stripes put the Icky back in Thump™! If you thought summer was a time to retire to the garden and sip juice, then spice it up with screaming guitar feedback and buy this record.
Here's the title track video on YouTube, Icky Thump.
#4 Any Trouble – Where Are All The Nice Girls
This is not a new record, only a new discovery. Any Trouble (who've recently re-formed to promote the re-release of Where Are All the Nice Girls) were one act from the famous Stiff Records heyday that didn't take off back during the New Wave period. I only just found out about the on eMusic, where I downloaded it (DRM-free) for next to nothing. Imagine that Nick Lowe or Joe Jackson never got heard until today. The freshness of this very catchy power pop record is remarkable.