Greetings, LI$TNRS. Donâ€™t worry, I canâ€™t think of anything clever to try to fool you with in celebration of this particularly annoying holiday, when everyone becomes a failed comedian, so you can feel safe while youâ€™re here. On another note, Spring weather has finally arrived, and Iâ€™d recommend enjoying this selection of tunes while simultaneously enjoying the wonderful benefits afforded to us by said season. Itâ€™ll just be better that way.
Here come the highlights.
- Love â€˜em or hate â€˜em, The Black Keys are back with a new album TURN BLUE, due May 13th.
- Singles, the latest album from Future Islands, is just plain great. If youâ€™re new to this band, brace yourself. Singer Sam Herringâ€™s voice packs quite a growl when he wants it to. For a taste of what youâ€™re getting into, check out their network TV debut performance from a few weeks back.Â Come for the music, stay for the dance moves.
- Bart Davenportâ€™s new to me, but I thought the lyrics to this track made it LI$T-worthy. Also, the lyrics are explicit, so this track is NSFW.
- The Strypes are also new to me, but their recent energy-charged performance on Letterman placed them firmly on my radar. Isnâ€™t it nice to see Letterman getting genuinely excited about the bands performing on his show lately? You can watch the aforementioned clip here.
- With 12 tracks that clock in a total of 12 minutes running time, Tony Molinaâ€™s latest album Dissed and Dismissed is a brief, yet interesting ride. What hooked me were the immediate lines drawn to early Weezer, in their blue album days.
- And finally, The Range makes the perfect breed of sparkling pensive electronica with which I love to close out these playlists.
Thatâ€™s enough out of me. I hope you enjoy this compilation as much as I do, and I hope to see you back here next Tuesday when I have another fresh LI$T ready for your consumption. Goodbye for now.