Caitlin Rose – Dead Flowers EP
She was supposed to have a full-length coming out this year, but it’s now pushed into sometime in 2009. So I’ll have to throw this teaser EP into my year-end bag-o-goodness. Caitlin has an amazing voice, does a killer cover of the Stones’ “Dead Flowers,” and isn’t afraid to just kick it with her voice and a tambourine. Her album, though, will feature a full band, and I can’t wait. Watch Caitlin Rose play “Sinful Wishing Well” (not from the EP)
Women – Women
I unknowingly saw these guys at CMJ and then picked up their album and was impressed. They marry some sixties psych goodness with contemporary twists and end up with something that’s familiar but fresh. “Black Rice” is the standout, but the album is an interesting and varied trip worth taking. Watch “Black Rice” live.
Donny Hue and the Colors – Tell Tall Tales
On the first Donny Hue album, a jangly band/posse banged out great tunes. On this one, Mr. Hue (Ed Donohue in real life) strikes out on his own, a lone vagabond folk singer. The songs end up being more inward and thoughtful, but no less whimsical and magical. “Good Time Happening” is one of the more bouncy numbers. Watch the video for it here.
TV on the Radio – Dear Science
I truly haven’t given this album enough of a listen, but when I have sat down with it, it’s offered up great things. TVotR have so much kinetic energy on this one, and it’s really nice to tap into that via headphones. This one will be spinning and bringing me goodness in 2009 and beyond. Watch the video for “Dancing Choose.”