I just got headphones at work, and while they serve the dual purpose of helping me do transcription while making it look like I don't want to talk to anyone, they also allow me to listen to the venerable Radio 1190 line-up of indie music.
Here are the top ten from the week:
1. Andrew Bird: Fake Palindromes. I could listen to this all day.
2. Summerbirds in the Cellar: Sunight Sickness. A bit of a mouthful, but a very sweet-sounding band from Florida.
3. Rilo Kiley: Portions for Foxes. It doesn't get much more college-rock than this.
4. Tom Waits: Top of the Hill. Tom has finally given up all attempts at actual singing and is now just the slightly more musical equivalent of the grumbling sounds your grandfather makes while he's trying to sleep on the couch after Thanksgiving dinner.
5. Jello Biafra and the Melvins: Kalifornia Uber Alles, 21st Century. Damn funny and also kind of sad, like so much of what Jello Biafra has to say . . .
6. Miss TK and the Revenge: Sunshine, Sunshine, where are you? It's kind of like what it would sound like if Strawberry Shortcake went punk rock.
7. Matisyahu: King without a Crown. Now, I know we all laughed when we first saw that a Hassidic Jewish reggae artist had appeared on the scene. But you know what? He's actually quite good.
8. Celebration: Diamonds. Gotta love the mix of weird 1950s slow-dance music with Iggy Poppish lyrics.
9. Laura Veirs: Galaxies. Dex, this one's for you. A girl with glasses AND a guitar.
10. Freakwater: So Strange. As the song title suggests . . . sort of hillbily country mixed with dirty lyrics like "I defiled your cake."