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Mo' Recent Purchases

Pretty self-explanatory. I haven't listened to quite a few of these yet, but I'm working on it.
1 Eric Clapton

I've been meaning to get this for years, and when I saw it was half price at Best Buy, I couldn't resist. It's a very thorough, dense collection, but somehow isn't cumbersome.
2The Receiving End of Sirens
The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi

I've only listened to this twice, but the great steps forward these guys have taken since Between the Heart and the Synapse (an already excellent release) are obvious. Pale Blue Dot is simply incredible.
3Iron and Wine
Woman King

Between this, the Passing Afternoon single, and the free Shepherd's Dog downloads, I've been drowning in Sam Beam lately. Literally drowning. Who knew it was so much fun? Anyways, there isn't a skippable song on this disc -- granted, it is an EP -- and it's a great bridge between the acoustic ruminations of Our Endless Numbered Days and the eclectic glory of The Shepherd's Dog.
4Blue Sky Black Death
Slow Burning Lights

Haven't listened to this yet, but if it's anything like Late Night Cinema, it should be very good.
5 The Dear Hunter
The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

Casey Crescenzo's former side- and now full-time project has, much like The Receiving End of Sirens, only gotten better with each release. Honestly, though, there's so much going on here that 15 songs-worth (and over 75 minutes) of music can be an exhausting listen. That's a good complaint to have, though. It also might have something to do with the fact that I was also scrambling to catch up on Lost season 4 at the time. Maybe. Just a little bit.
6Bon Iver
Blood Bank

In the mail, on its way. For Emma, Forever Ago was brilliant, and if this is at least half as good as that was, I'm in for a treat.
7 Envy
All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead

Surprisingly clean-sounding from the talk that surrounded it, and not as far removed from their more recent dalliances with post-rock as I was led to believe. These are good things, though, and Envy is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands.
8The Smiths
Meat is Murder

Though not as resonant as The Queen is Dead (or even possibly Strangeways, Here We Come), The Smiths' sophomore full-length is still pretty solid, with songs like The Headmaster Ritual and That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (not to mention the seminal How Soon Is Now?) compensating for missteps like Rushholme Ruffians (it just doesn't appeal to me) and the preachy, melodramatic title track.
9Girl Talk
Feed the Animals

It's just plain fun. Nothing else to say, really.
10Sunny Day Real Estate

Haven't listened to the whole thing yet. So far so good, though. A little rough around the edges, but that only adds to its visceral power.

In the mail, on its way. Bearing and Distance was superb, and these guys have an all-too-rare sense of humor about what they do.
12The Flashbulb
Soundtrack to a Vacant Life

Truth be told, I've had this for awhile in torrent form, but I finally decided that it was good enough to warrant an actual physical purchase. Call me old-fashioned, but to me that's the true sign of an album's worth.
13The Flashbulb
Resent and the April Sunshine Shed

I ordered this along with it. Haven't listened to it yet, but The Flashbulb hasn't steered me wrong so far.
14Death Cab for Cutie
Something About Airplanes

I much prefer old school Death Cab releases like The Photo Album and We Have the Facts... to their more recent output, and this proves to be no exception to the rule. Bend to Squares rocks my socks.
15 Brandtson

Haven't listened to this yet. Dial-in Sounds and Hello, Control are both pretty decent, and Send Us a Signal is one of my favorite albums of all time, though, so this has quite a precedent to meet.
16 Damien Rice
Live at Fingerprints: Warts and All

Nothing too fancy, just a brief live set from good ol' Mr. Rice. I don't know what it is, but he always seems better live than in the studio.
17 The Honorary Title
Untouched & Intact EP

Haven't listened to this yet, but this band has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and Scream and Light Up the Sky came *this* close to making them a legitimate pleasure.
18 Volta Do Mar + Murder By Death
Konrad Friedrich Wilhelm Zimmer (Split EP)

In the mail, on its way. I love both of these bands, so I can't imagine this being disappointing.
19Sun Kil Moon

Ghosts of the Great Highway is stunning, and the Modest Mouse and AC/DC covers I've heard by Mr. Kozelek have all been pretty fantastic in their own right (as well as the band's take on Neil Diamond's Kentucky Woman), so I feel like I've got a lot to look forward to here.
20Extra Life
Secular Works

In the mail, on its way. I'm getting this on your recommendation, sputnik. Don't let me down.
21This Runs Through
Until Forever Finds Me

In the mail, on its way. I've been meaning to get this for a pretty long time, too. I hear it isn't quite as strong as Underoath would become, but I guess that's forgivable, since they've really become one of the best of their breed.
The Moon is a Dead World

In the mail, on its way. Anything that is credited with mixing Slint with King Crimson is worth looking into in my book.
23Blaqk Audio

In the mail, on its way. I've already come across many of this songs in an...ahem...slightly less than legal manner (including the remix of Stiff Kittens on the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans soundtrack, which I'm still debating actually buying...). What I've heard has been intriguing, albeit largely derivative of Depeche Mode. But hey, if they can do it well, more power to them.
24Dashboard Confessional
Summers Kiss EP

In the mail, on its way. Yet another guilty pleasure of mine, but somewhat justified, since this goes way back to the days before the band became a hollow parody of itself and Chris Carrabba...well, kind of a douchebag. In any case, this should be good.
25Volta Do Mar
At the Speed of Light or Day

In the mail, on its way. I've already downloaded most of these songs, too, and decided to strike while the iron was hot and get the album. I'll never understand why these guys haven't gotten more recognition.
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