Graham Coxon’s new album is more of the same, and that’s fine by me. His solo work just rocks. He has that power pop rock thing down to a science. The opening track of this mix is also the opening track on his new album. I never thought I would be putting a Forward Russia! track on a mix. I saw them at SXSW this year and thought they put on a real shit show. I wasn’t going to even bother listening to the album because of the aftertaste, but here they are and I love it. I can’t wait for the new one from The Long Winters. I wanted the new Guster album to be a little more sing-along than it is. I may just need to spend some more time with it. Grant-Lee Phillips’ cover of R.E.M.’s So.Central Rain is gorgeous. Nothing else to say about that. Do you watch Entourage? You should. It’s one of the best shows on the tele. I always check out the music from the show. The last episode featured "Hip-Hop" by Dead Prez, which has become somewhat of a theme song at the office. Another story. Another time. They have a new one dropping, so there’s that. The new Hope of The States is awesome. I’ve been listening a lot. Is it just me or does the lead singer sound a little Greg Dulli? You’ll be hearing The Automatic a lot this summer. I’m betting on it. Pavement covers rule, and thus Cassettes Won’t Listen (a.k.a. Jason Drake) do too. If you don’t own the new French Kicks album, you must must must. One of my favorites of the year.
I’ve been trying out a couple of interesting new blogging sites in the past few weeks and now it’s time to give Vox a go. I’ve been a TypePad customer since the beginning and was a beta tester for Movable Type back in the day. As time has gone on, I’ve wanted the ability to post quicker and quicker and cared less about messing around with the design and layout. I’m not a designer, but I know what I like, so I leave it up to the people who do it for a living (or at least hobbyists). I haven’t really changed the layout of my TypePad site since I started and it’s beginning to show a little age.