M. Ward "Hold Time"
Easily the the best album I've heard this year, possibly longer. I'm a believer in vintage equipment and the sounds they produce. So is Matt. Guest appearances by Zoe Deschanel, Lucinda Williams and a nifty little cover of Buddy Holly's "Rave On." What else you want?
A stellar major-label debut by the Glaswegian group. I read somewhere that they sounded like a cross between the Raveonettes and Jesus and Mary Chain but I think there's a little Joe Strummer in there as well. All black leather and stand-up drummers and wayfarers and mouths full of lager. Check out "Daddy's Gone":
Franz Ferdinand "Tonight"
Another winner from the boys. It's been out for a few weeks at least but is definitely worth whatever you pay for music.
Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion"
I love it so far but need a good day on the beach I feel like to give it the solid listen it deserves. It's definitely a slow-burner.
East Bound and Down - HBO
I heard Danny McBride say that he always thought southerners were played as caricatures and so he wrote a show for himself. And it is hi-lar-i-ous. It reminds me a lot of my own high school baseball coach who once played pro ball only to flame out and end up back teaching high school. Loads of foul language, a killer mullet and a jet ski. It's set and filmed in North Carolina.
Here's the opening setup: