Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately that I really like. I highly recommend all of these albums.
Artist: Sage Francis
Album: A Healthy Distrust
Notes: Sage Francis used to be known primarily for his slam poetry, but he has moved on to a great career as a rapper. He is often pretty chill, but his lyrics are always loaded and sometimes they get him riled up. This album features one of the most beautiful hip-hop tracks I have ever heard, called “Lie Detector Test.” I don’t know who his DJ is, but the guy is a genius.
Artist: The Go! Team
Album: Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Notes: An energetic, inspirational (in a fun way) album with an old-school sampled rock feel to it. “Ladyflash,” “We Just Won’t Be Defeated,” and “Huddle Formation” are probably my favorite tracks.
Artist: The Mountain Goats
Notes: For those that haven’t heard The Mountain Goats, the band (which usually has only one member) is a California indie scene standard featuring a guy named John Darnielle. Most of his songs consist solely of himself singing and playing an acoustic guitar in a folksy indie-rock fashion. Tallahassee is a great album from The Mountain Goats, second only to “The Sunset Tree” as far as I’m concerned. I hated “All Hail West Texas” and it got a little discouraged about buying more Mountain Goats albums, but my faith has been restored.