Those new songs in heavy rotation, in order of obsession:
Sonic Youth: “Incinerate”
OMG, this an amazing song! It's my favorite at the moment. Every time I hear it I want to get up and dance and spin with my arms straight out. Thurston’s voice, the guitar, the melody are fan-damn-tastic. I just got an advance copy of the new album, Rather Ripped, but I haven’t quit listening to “Incinerate” long enough to listen to the rest of the album. This is the song I listen to nine time straight before moving on to the next tune.
Gnarls Barkley: “Crazy”
Who doesn’t love this song? Added plus: They’re Georgia boys.
The Raconteurs: “Steady as She Goes”
Good beat; my pop song for spring 2006. Jack White’s guitar adds to the cool.
The Flaming Lips: “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”
I love The Flaming Lips. Like Sonic Youth, they’re folks my age who can still get it done — and still be cool doing it. This new song is pretty catchy. Still kicking myself for missing their free show last month at Centennial Olympic Park.
Gomez: “How We Operate”
One of the new UK bands. I really like the album; this title track is my favorite. Great vocals; cool instruments.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Way Out”
Wish I was a cool rock chick …
Michael Stipe feat. Chris Martin: “In the Sun”
I have yet to tire of this song, or the entire EP, for that matter. Still gets me in the gut. And it’s simply the most beautiful song released this year.
Cat Power: “The Greatest”
Cat has the coolest voice of anyone recording today. The title track to the latest album is haunting yet melodic. Thanks, Greg, for turning me on to Cat Power; did you know she’s an Atlanta girl?
Gnarls Barkley: “Gone Daddy Gone”
Great cover of the Violent Femmes’ tune. I always preferred this to “Blister in the Sun,” and I like what Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo have done with it.
The Minus Five: “Cigs, Coffee, Booze”
Nice alt-country sound from my buddies Mr. Buck and Mr. McCaughey, with a good pedal steel guitar. How can you not love a song with the refrain “All you really need / Cigarettes, coffee, and booze.”
Djay featuring Shug: “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp”
I just saw Hustle & Flow, so I’m a little late on the “Pimp” bandwagon. Great hook, great beat — and, damn, that woman can sing.
Little Willies: “Roll on”
Norah Jones does country. “Roll on” is this season’s morning song for me, best listened to early Saturday morning while drinking a cup of coffee on my deck. I recommend the entire album.
The Fray: “Over My Head (Cable Car)”
It’s getting a lot of airplay right now, so I might be sick of it in a month, but right now I really like it. It appeals to my lonely, romantic side.
What are you listening to?