Pretty And Haunting

margot cover Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s – The Dust of Retreat
My friend bought this at a promo sale at his work because he thought the cover looked cool. Turns out this might be the best release I heard this year.

willie nelson songbird album cover Willie Nelson – Songbird
Despite getting jacked by the 5-0 once again for smoking that lime green what-have-you with a bus full of old-timers, Willie put this record out with the help of Ryan Adams and his Cardinals. Though you won’t hear it mentioned at the CMAs this year, it’s a great country album that moves past its country borders without turning into the industry pop muzak that makes me caveat declarations of love for country music.

colin hay cover colin hay cover Colin Hay – “Overkill” & “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin”
These two songs are on my iPod and get considerable playlist time as they are great. Nothing like a dude with an acoustic guitar and some shit to deal with.

Deadman – “Brother John”
I like this song. I don’t know why. Probably because this guy sounds like Ryan Adams and there are biblical references.

Sea of Japan – “Misery”
You have never heard of this band and may never again, but the songs that came out of the few recording sessions they’ve done are pretty and haunting – apparently the theme of this year’s list.

Andrew Bird – Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs
This guy is the best whistler you’ll ever hear, and I don’t get why he can do so much with so many different instruments.

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Jacksonville City Nights
Last year, but I’m still listening.

Beth Orton – Comfort of Strangers
I’m jealous Ryan Adams got to be with her. This album makes me want to date a musician [insert quote from High Fidelity]

Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Again with the pretty and the haunting and the everything. Her voice is ridiculous.

Chris Thile – Deceiver
Once again… Last year, but I’m still listening.