Well, wait! Before we get to the albums, I have a musical bone to pick with AYT's readers. The first instance of Discuss a Song went well, but the second...?
Aretha Franklin - The Best of Aretha Franklin [
Azure Ray - Hold on Love
Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Cat Power - Moon Pix
Cat Power - The Greatest
Cat Power - What Would the Community Think
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
Daft Punk - Discovery
Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
DJ Shadow - The Private Press
Dressy Bessy - Pink Hearts Yellow Moons
Ella Fitzgerald - Pure Ella
Explosions in the Sky - Earth Is Not a Cold
Hem - Eveningland
Hem - Rabbit Songs
Jeffery Tate / Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Concertos
Johnny Cash - The Essential Johnny Cash
Low - The Great Destroyer
Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
Low - Trust
M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us
Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool
Nada Surf - The Weight Is a Gift
Natalia Gutman / Yuri Temirkanov - Shostakovitch: Cello Concertos
R.E.M. - Green
Rainer Maria - A Better Version of Me
Rainer Maria - Look Now Look Again
Say Hi to Your Mom - Discosadness
Simon & Garfunkle - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
The Cure - Greatest Hits
The Shins - Fighting In A Sack
Thievery Corporation - Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi
Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
Vitalic - OK Cowboy
Woody Guthrie - The Very Best Of Woody Guthrie
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Albums in Bold are especially beloved.
One could say that there's no Dylan without Woody Guthrie, so I decided that I had to listen to Woody. I find Say Hi to Your Mom to be a little weak musically and the lyrics aren't exactly poetic, but the lyrics make me laugh. I like Band of Horses, but love the new Belle & Sebastian album! I went with a fabulous group of five friends to see the Belle & Sebastian / The New Pornographers concert when it rolled through D.C. at the beginning of March.
I would have like to hear the NP's do "Stacked Crooked" during the show, but the charming Kathryn Calder's voice was weak due to illness. Belle & Sebastian opened with "Dress Up in You" my favorite song off of The Life Pursuit and worked in "Get Me Away from Here I'm Dying," so I left a happy camper. Here's a good review of the show (if you're interested in hearing more about it). Still like Okkervil River and added the only album my collection was missing.
Lastly, I'm still championing Last.fm, so if you are reading this and you use any common music utility (iTunes, etc.), then for God's sake, get on over to Last.fm. It tracks your tracks and gives your friends a chance to see what tunes you're spinning. Case in point, here's my Last.fm page.