Week 44: She & Him: A Very She & Him Christmas
I came across this, and having a vague liking for M Ward (on the basis of one or two songs) I went for this. I'm not really a natural Christmas album sort of guy, and there wasn't even a cover of the acknowledged best Christmas song (Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney), but okay. M Ward and Zooey Deschanel have made a nice album of christmas covers which are elegant, and somehow plaintive and a bit sleazy at the same time.
Week 45: The Strokes: Angles
When the Strokes first single came out I was impressed. They had managed to nail a kind of cool Sonic-Youth like New York sound and make pop out of it. Turns out they can still do it a few albums on. This is as catchy as anything else they have done. Brilliant stuff, guys.
Week 46: Summer Camp: Welcome to Condale
This one came from the fact that Howard had signed these guys for a gig in Guildford. I wasn't going to be able to make it, but bought the CD for a listen. I think it's ultimately not up my street at all. One song I quite liked turned out to just rip off a bit of The Killing Moon, so of course there was something good about it... Think I'll file this one away.