Only two albums worth your while this week, but these two are must haves.  I’ve been looking forward to both of these must have albums for about four months. Say it with me now: Must. Haves. Okay.  On with the show.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below (Community Music/Fairfax Recordings/Rough Trade)
Download MP3 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Carries On
I featured Ed Sharpe’s song “40 Day Dream” on my June Playlist, and I wish I could have featured every song from his first full length album.  The LA band’s sound differs from song to song, though there’s a little 60’s throwback in each.
The group features Alex Ebert, who also fronts the dance rock band Ima Robot.  However, Ebert takes on the persona of Edward Sharpe for his new gig, and received tons of positive press during their set at Austin’s South By South West this year.  Reviews of “Here Comes” (their EP featuring songs also on the full-length “Up From Below”) have been solid.  Check out a show if you can, because I may have failed to mention that the band consists of Edward Sharpe and his 12 piece band.

The Dead Weather – Horehound (WEA/Reprise)

Download MP3: The Dead Weather – “Are Friends Electric?”
Jack White just doesn’t stop, and for that I am grateful.  The more I listen to one of his musical endeavors, the more I am convinced the guy is a musical genius.  Whether it’s making sweet melodies with his ex wife, or collaborating with the boys, White proves that he can consistently create unique music.  His third venture is no different.

Though White and lead singer Allison Mosshart (who also sings for The Kills) are arguably the most famous members of the newly formed The Dead Weather, the group also consists of guitarist Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and bassist Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs and the Greenhorns).  Given Mosshart’s unique vocal styling, the Dead Weather definitely gives off a Kills vibe, but it will likely please many fans of harder alternative.

Honorable Mentions

The Fiery Furnaces – I’m Going Away (Thrill Jockey)
The Fiery Furnaces remind me of a more melodic, quieter version of the Dead Weather. I constantly repeat their single “The End Is Near” which is a slow number featuring lead singer Eleanor Friedberger.  The album’s digital release date is today and CD’s are releasing next Tuesday.


(500) Days Of Summer – Original Soundtrack (Sire/WEA)
A movie about (good) music?  Yes please.  This soundtrack features tracks from some solid artists in indie music: Feist, Regina Spektor, She & Him, and more.  It also highlights some greats such as Simon & Garfunkle and The Smiths.  If you’ve been finding yourself in a music rut, check out the soundtrack (and buy me a ticket to the movie, please)

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