This week's stellar lineup includes performances from several early album-of-the-year contenders. First in line is LCD Soundsystem (aka James Murphy), whose album Sound of Silver is garnering a ridiculous amount of critical praise and makes an appearance on Letterman Wednesday night. Murphy, a former punk drummer, mixes killer dance beats, lyrical wit and Brian Eno (David Bowie, Talking Heads) sound sensibilities for a taste sensation that's equally enjoyable in the club as it is in your headphones. I already called it my album of the year, but there's still time to be proven wrong.
Another artist raking in the acclaim is multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, and he'll be making his late-night TV debut on Letterman as well (Tuesday night). His album Armchair Apocrypha is full of off-kilter pop, haunting beauty, and some of the best whistling you'll ever hear on record. The third 'album of the year' nomination this week goes to the Athens, Georgia band Of Montreal, whose album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is both a mouthful to say and hear. Frontman Kevin Barnes has packed this release with so much, it immediately requires repeat listens to fully absorb all of Barnes' manic musings. They make their network television debut Thursday night on Conan, and Barnes is bound to do something crazy for the live cameras.
Finally, the prolific Joseph Arthur debuts his latest band, The Lonely Astronauts, on Conan Friday night. The new album Let's Just Be is due to hit shelves next week, and it's a departure for Arthur in that it's more of a rollicking good time reminiscent of The Rolling Stones of old (via Exile On Mainstreet).
Playlist: Picks for the week of April 9
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