I just got these 4 cd’s and have been listening to them non-stop. I’d recommend any of them, if you already don’t have them.
This is Jack Johnson’s latest release, In Between Dreams (click on album). It came out on Tuesday 3/1, but I’ve had it since last Thursday, see here. It’s a great follow up to his sophomoric release On and On. This has more of a relaxed feel, of lounging around the house on a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do with some friends or a “special someone”. All in all it holds to the cool, calm Jack style that is apparent in this surfer, musician, filmmaker’s work. Some of my fav tracks are Do You Remember, Banana Pancakes, and No Other Way.
This is John Mayer’s 1999 independent release Inside Wants Out (click on Album). It features many of the songs on the Grammy winning debut album Room for Squares along with a few songs that you may not even be familiar with. This album (even as a “follow-up”) gives a great insight to the beginnings of this new rock legend. If you are already a John Mayer fan, some of these tracks can serve as an acoustic supplement to his other albums. If you are not yet a fan, it’s a great introduction to this man’s work. It does contain the original version (the other version is found on the live disk(s)Any Given Thursday) of my favorite song Comfortable.
This is the debut album from The Postal Service, Give Up (click on album). Not to be confused with the US Postal Service, which in fact you can order The Postal Service’s album from, go here. This album is a somewhere between electronic, pop, 80′s alternative and fantastic. Featuring 2 guys who collaborated through the USPS (hence the name) came up with a mix of songs that delve into the mind and soul. It even features guest vocals of Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley (see below). The intricate beats and loops keep your foot tapping and you take a journey into the world of the Postal Service. They also have a new EP out called We Will Become Silhouettes
This is Rilo Kiley’s 3rd album More Adventurous (click on album). I must admit I’ve only recently jumped on the Rilo Kiley bandwagon. I’ll get the other 2 soon…I promise. Rilo Kiley is the brain child of singer/song writer Jenny Lewis and friend Blake Soper/Sennett. Lewis first gained notoriety as an actress in such films as The Wizard, and Sennett as an actor on the TV show Salute Your Shorts. This LA based band is quickly gaining popularity on radio station KCRW. Her hauntingly beautiful voice and heartfelt lyrics about loves had and lost bring emotion and depth to this collection of songs. Keep your eyes and ears on this band as they continue to develop from an indie secret into a full fledged household name in anyone with a decent record collection.
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