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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Clash/Joe Jackson/Madness mash-up in this dub-inflected garage rock head trip. It’s the promising sound of ska that doesn’t suck.)

2. Gorillaz, Demon Days (Damon Albarn’s cartoon band is back, proving they weren’t some fluke gimmick. The new album is more subdued and atmospheric with such diverse guests as De La Soul, Shaun Ryder, Ike Turner, MF Doom, Dennis Hopper, Roots Manuva, two gospel choirs, and more. A enveloping hip-hop/dance/worldbeat opus that sounds best in the bright sunshine.)

3. Caribou, The Milk of Human Kindness (The man formerly known as “Manitoba” changes his moniker post-legal battles and releases a jam-based electronic exploration. Blips and bleeps like something from Stereolab blend well with a tapestry of lounge-ready grooves.)

4. Ben Folds, Songs For Silverman (A cool breeze of piano pop from the talented Folds on his second solo LP. He’s matured quite a bit and there’s a sentimental tone replacing his usually irreverent compositions. At times here he even sounds like – what? – a really good Adult Contemporary artist.)

5. Common, Be (Chicago MC Common Sense takes a cue from his friends in The Roots and unveils his most accessible album to date. With Kanye West overseeing the boards, it’s a catchy and still contemplative slice of hip-pop.)

– “Marching the Hate Machines (Into The Sun)” by Thievery Corporation featuring The Flaming Lips (A great lead-off track to Thievery Corporation’s first new album in years, with a likable vocal turn courtesy of Wayne Coyne. It really sounds like a science fiction trip to the sun.)

– “Best of You” by The Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl and company continue to surprise with this engaging rock anthem, the first single from their upcoming double album. Also check out the Mark Pellington-directed video… which is a fascinating – and smart – return to the grunge video style he helped pioneer in the early 1990s.)

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