I recently got some new music for summer and the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, might be the album of the summer. I think it has the song of the summer with the feel good vibes of "Get Lucky." It is full of homage to old school disco and funk with a host of guest musicians like Niles Rogers and Pharrell. Other standout tracks include the first single "Lose Yourself To Dance," "Touch," and "Fragments of Time."
Most people are not familiar with Gerald Collier, which is too bad because he is a talented singer songwriter who I befriended in my Seattle days. He started out as label mates with Nirvana at Sub Pop with his band The Best Kissers in the World and got signed to MCA. They disbanded in 1995 and since then Gerald has been releasing heartfelt country-tinged solo albums including his eponymous debut for Warner Brothers. This May he released his latest album, Help Is On The Way. My favorite tracks are: "When I Think About You I Want to Kick Myself," "Sanctuary," "Nothing Lasts Forever," and "I Don't Believe I'll Make It Home For Summer."
Another favorite, The National, also has a new album out, Trouble Will Find Me, and this one is a grower-the more I listen the more I like it. My favorite tracks are: "I Should Live in Salt," "This Is The Last Time," and "Pink Rabbits."
The list is rounded out with the new Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City, which is some what of a departure from their afro-pop sound. That being said I am liking what I'm hearing, especially:"Step," "Don't Lie," and "Hanna Hunt."