Have you heard the first two singles ("Feel Good Inc.," "Dirty Harry") yet??? This album practically goes to the top of my "best of 2005" based on the strength of those tracks alone. Hell, if he keeps this up, Damon might as well just to drop the rest of his Blur mates so he can spend more time with his new cartoon buddies.
Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth (Matador)
Solo album #3 from the former Pavement leader. Check out the CD release party Wed. night at aliveOne, or see the man himself gracing the stage of Metro on June 11.
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (Sub Pop)
Album #7(!) from these veteran indie-rock grrls, but their first for Sub Pop.
Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (Matador)
All seven of the band's EPs released on Scotland's Jeepster label are collected here in an economical and convenient 2-disc package.
Head of Femur - Hysterical Stars (spinArt)
2nd album from the Chicago via Nebraska indie-rock supergroup. They will be performing this latest release in its entirety, complete with a 21 member rock group/orchestra, this Friday at Subterranean.
Son Volt - A Retrospective: 1995-2000 (Rhino)
Meat Beat Manifesto - At the Center (Thirsty Ear - Blue Series)
Maria Taylor - 11:11 (Saddle Creek)