I kind of can’t believe it’s not technically summer yet. The weather would have you believe it’s been truly summer for weeks now. I’m not complaining. I’m just saying. Anyways, of course with the arrival of summer comes the need for new tracks, new music, and lots of new albums. I have to start off by giving the new White Stripes album huge respect. Very few bands in the last decade have released consistently good albums, singles, videos, and styles. The White Stripes have this beautiful inconsistency about them. They don’t put out an album so different that you wonder what happened to your beloved band…but they do just enough experimenting and Jack White writes incredibly progressive and thought-provoking lyrics…“Well, Americans, What, nothin’ better to do? Why don’t you kick yourself out? You’re an immigrant too. Who’s usin’ who? What should we do? Well you can’t be a pimp and a prostitute too.”
This new album “Icky Thump” has such a fun/dark vibe to it. “Conquest” might take a while to grow on you, but it does, oddly… Can’t pick out any one song at the moment I love the most, it’s an “entire-album” album. Check out the new issue of NYLON for a really good write-up too… Alright, quickly here…new Queens of the Stone Age. Love it…I might love the cover art even more (here). Both of these bands are so good yet so refreshingly simple. Good rock and roll. And there’s not much of that these days with all this Daughtry and Hinder going around. Yikes. New Pumpkins coming out in a few weeks. I’m a little skeptical. Interesting move getting Shepard Fairey to do the cover art though… Oh. Check out Gallows too… aaand… Ben and/or Virgil will probably do a follow-up post with another set of new music…always good to get summer suggestions. For example the link below.