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Deborah - Future Islands, In Evening Air (2010)
I been playing the hell out of Future Islands' debut lately, after forgetting it for a damn long long time. When first released, it was my go-to for long bike rides; letting me zone out to the repetitive nature of cycling while keeping me on pace with a driving bpm. The album is perfect post-wave darkness, filled with narratives of longing and loss laid over gorgeous synth melodies. It's definitely not all danceable, but the moments that are have had me spontaneously bouncing around my living room all weekend.
The subtle emotion in Samuel Herring's crooning vocals is also right on point - he's taken more than a few notes from Ian Curtis. I just bought their 2011 release, On the Water, in anticipation of the band's upcoming gig at Crowbar on November 7 - my homework for today. I was already stoked for the show, and then I saw Herring's erratic, emotional performance of the stunningly beautiful "Inch of Dust." Holy crap. Pumped. Video after the jump...
Evan - Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE (2012)
There's nothing generic about this R&B debut by Odd Future member Frank Ocean. channel ORANGE depicts a sensitive singer-songwriter's early 20s. Within the sonic atmosphere of neo-soul artists Bilal and Maxwell, Los Angeles landscapes and decadence come into view with a craftman's detail. Individualism flirts with indulgence at times, but the album retains its eccentric structure within 17 tracks. It's a captivating debut from the heart.
Scott - Van Halen, Women and Children First (1980)
Plenty of die-hard fans will argue that either one of the first two VH albums is the band's no-contest best, but I prefer the mix of party anthems and slightly more substantial material that makes up their third outing. There are a couple of throwaway tunes, sure, but every Van Halen full-length has a couple, and the dual opening salvo of "And the Cradle will Rock ... " and "Everybody Wants Some," along with the group's blistering version of "Take Your Whiskey Home," more than make up for a few shortcomings.
Valerie - Two Door Cinema Club, Beacon (2012)
The Northern Irish indie outfit recently released a followup to their 2009 debut (Tourist History) and it's just what I need to get myself motivated and energized this Monday. Something about this band, maybe their upbeat and dancey vibe, just always manages to put me in a good mood. Check out "Sleep Alone" below.