Record of the week in my house is the new one from San Francisco garage rocker Mikal Cronin. A perfect roll down the car windows summer-time jam, MCII is full of narcotically catchy fuzzed out pop songs that balance chaos and melancholy with equal measure. It's been hard to dislodge this one from the CD player recently and as the last strains of the album's closer 'Piano Mantra' faded into the humidity the other day, my 6 year-old daughter asked "can we hear that one again, Dad?" I quickly replied "do you want to hear that last song --- OR the whole thing again?" She hesitated a second, then exhorted "the WHOLE thing".
There's plenty of other interesting new music in the popular collection. Use your library card to check-out some of these new titles as well:
Jake Bugg - self-titled
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
Savages - Silence Yourself
Black Sabbath - 13
Deerhunter - Monomania
Guided By Voices - English Little League
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Phoenix - Bankrupt!
Sigur Ros - Kveikur