Here were the discs I was listening too last month...
SONIC YOUTH - RATHER RIPPED - Another remarkably solid outing from one of my favorite bands. Sonic Nurse, their previous, was a highlight for me, and this one doesn't seem quite as incredible, but it's still pure proof that Sonic Youth are aging like fine wine.
PAUL OAKENFOLD - A LIVELY MIND - Oakenfold the DJ is as big as they come, and also one of my faves (sort of). This is his second artist release, I never got around to picking up the first, and while the tracks here are all technically sound, not much breaks new ground, and most tracks never reach past their simple setups. Perhaps this track list will serve better as remix fodder for other dj/producers...
ZERO 7 - THE GARDEN - Whether you listen to electro chill music or not, you've heard Zero 7. They've had a couple monster tracks that've been in scores of commercials, movies, etc. Their latest album (and first for me) is a more musical departure, adding layers that echo the more mellow rock of the 60's and 70's, while maintaining their original funk electro downbeat sound.
VHS OR BETA - NIGHT ON FIRE - This disc was from last year, but in the rush of similar new stuff when it came out, I missed it. Interestingly, it's a balance of the post punk influenced tracks, like the radio releases, and some jam/funk/new wave via live instrumentation a la Daft Punk. A really good disc!
PORNO FOR PYROS - Porno for Pyros
LADYTRON - The Witching Hour
BLOODHOUND GANG - Hefty Fine
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - Death by Sexy
RACONTEURS - Broken Boy Soldiers
RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS - Stadium Arcadium
GNARLES BARKLEY - St. Elsewhere
TOOL - 10,000 Days
WOLFMOTHER - Self titled