It’s The Best I Can Do For August

I feel like I need to apologize for the amount of stuff I can’t make available. I would be lying through my teeth if I said it didn’t matter. Frankly, I was on the fence about whether to even post something this month, but something is better than nothing, right? Is it any consolation that, were it not for my job, I would make everything available? But you know, if it weren’t for my job, I wouldn’t have heard a lot of this stuff. Enjoy what’s here and hunt around for the others.

01 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club . Six Barrel Shotgun
from the album Take Them On, On Your Own

02 Elbow . Fallen Angel
from the album Cast Of Thousands

03 Ocean Colour Scene . Oh Collector
from the album North Atlantic Drift

04 Longview . Nowhere
from the album Mercury

05 Travis . Re-Offender
from the album 12 Memories

06 Jem . Finally Woken
from the album It All Starts Here

07 The Black Eyed Peas . Hey Mama
from the album Elefunk

08 Outkast . Ghettomusick
from the album Speakerboxxx: Love Below

09 Grandadbob . Killed By Sweets
from the album Waltzes For Weirdoes

10 Chungking . Making Music
from the album We Travel Fast

11 Josh Rouse . Comeback (Light Therapy)
from the album 1972

12 Athlete . Beautiful
from the album One Quiet Night

13 Fountains Of Wayne . Little Red Light
from the album Welcome Interstate Managers

14 Jet . Are You Gonna Be My Girl
from the album Get Born

15 Spiritualized . She Kissed Me (And It Felt Like A Hit)
from the album Amazing Grace

16 The Kills . Hitched
from the album Keep On Your Mean Side

17 British Sea Power . Fear Of Drowning
from the album The Decline Of British Sea Power

18 Rooney . Stay Away
from the album Rooney

19 Paloalto . Breathe In
from the album Heroes And Villians

The Long Shortlist

The long list of nominees for the Shortlist Music Prize have been announced. Man, they aren’t kidding around when they say “long list.” It’s a venerable who’s-who of coolness, and a lot of stuff of which I’ve not heard. On some level it’s frustrating that I don’t know everything, but it’s all the more reason to make a visit to Amoeba in the very near future. They’ve got some damn fine tastmakers as well. It’s nice to see Cameron Crowe‘s name among them.

Of course I can’t let an opportunity like this pass by without putting in my two cents as to who should make the final list of 10 (in alphabetical order).

Bright Eyes – Lifted
Cave In – Antenna
Damien Rice – O
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Iron & Wine – Creek Drank The Cradle
Mogwai – Happy Songs For Happy People
The Postal Service – Give Up
Sondre Lerche – Faces Down
Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Behind The Music
Turin Brakes – Ether Song

My vote is for Turin Brakes, which I think is one of the finest albums of the year. Now it’s your turn. Comment away.