Seriously. I know only a few friends of mine who still actually spend hard earned coin on CDs. I do. Even when there is only like $13.83 left in my bank account… I’ll probably spend that on a CD. That’s just how I roll.
There is something about a CD, or even a record, that gets me a little wet. The cover art, the smell, the photos, the lyrics printed, even the shiny disc. I like that shit. That magic doesn’t come from iTunes or downloading music for free.
Plus, I really like albums as a whole. I don’t just want to hear some shitty single on the radio. I want that and more. You can’t say you’ve heard a song until you’ve heard it in the context of the album. Artists write/make music with that in mind. A song is only a piece of the puzzle.
I asked my students one time what their favorite album was. They had no idea what I was talking about. Anyway, here is a list of the past 5 CDs I purchased lately, in no order at all:
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
Everything the YYYs did right with their last whole album (Show Your Bones) and EP (Is Is) has been wiped free from the slate. This new release is poppier, dancier, and less care free. The result doesn’t make a better listening experience, as I’ve given it two whole listens by now and I can’t say I am going back anytime soon.
2. Dan Auerbach – Keep it Hid
The lead singer of The Black Keys does the world a solid by releasing his first solo album that is just about as good as any album the Keys kicked out. It’s a lot more bluesy than most but that’s what makes it so special. This is definitely a good bar album (to rock with brews).
3. Weezer – The Red Album
Despite the fact that this band has been dead to me since they reformed in 2000, I can’t help myself from buying their albums every time they spit one out. After their last monstrosity (the Rick Rubin produced Make Believe), I wanted no part of them. But this album was a bit of a surprise. I think I may be alone when I say this but it is definitely their best release since the immortal Pinkerton. And the sad thing is, I actually spoke a lot of shit about this record upon its release. How the tides has turn.
Jessica’s Owl (4/2009)
4. Jessica Lea Mayfield – With Blasphemy So Heartfelt
Probably the most girly album I own, aside from some Norah Jones albums, but one you should seek for those not-so-happy days. I heard her on the last Black Keys record and it was enough to hunt this down. It was definitely worth it.
5. The Walkmen – You and Me
Not quite as effective as their last effort but still a decent enough one to merit a listen or to. This time the boys have calmed down a bit and worked a bit on their Bob Dylan impression. That doesn’t make it sucks.
Now if only Eminem’s new album would hurry up and get here. That would probably give me something to talk about, especially considering his last album wasn’t a very funny joke. I also need a new Clutch album…