This week in Last Week In Music saw a huge boom in Devendra Banhart. Why? His new album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, may just be the best album that’s come out this year. It’s funny, because he sings in Spanish in 3 or 4 songs, and I honestly have no idea what he’s saying, but I sing along all the same. He’s made a near perfect album that’s mostly folk, but even goes into the realm of dub. Swear to god. The album comes out next Tuesday, so keep an eye out.
Then was The Radio Dept., which is actually pretty new to me still. I’d first heard them, like I’m guessing everyone else had, on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. But I decided to get Lesser Matters, their debut album. And I’m pretty hooked on it. It’s pretty easy to see what Sophia Coppola liked about them, they sound to me like an updated version of My Bloody Valentine.
The rest of the list is filled out with the other usuals I listen to, with Beirut, Spoon, Earlimart, The Thrills, Travis and Jens Lekman’s albums still being listened to on a constant basis. And of course my staples, Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, and Bright Eyes.