a few words on a couple of the albums on regular rotation at the moment:
titus andronicus - the monitor: still not able to make this one hook like "airing of grievances". the punk epicness was replaced with countrified banjos and piano parts which shows growth in their sound repertoire but it didn't translate to growth in songwriting.
you say party we say die - XXXX: read a decent review, also caught the genre hook "dance punk" ... but found the album a bit more dance / mood / electronic than punk ... not really my thing i guess. think they'd be a decent live show though. dance punk bands always are.
gil scott-heron - I'm new here: still making my way through this album. Unfortunately i haven't made the time to sit down and dissect, but have it in multiple shuffle lists and i am digging what i am hearing. bluesy / soul / spoken word spruced up with interesting beats and tempo tricks. think there's a lot more here to explore still.
pantha du prince - black noise: ambient electronica is not where i'm at right now. when and if it becomes that type of mood i'm pretty sure i will not be able to turn this album off. it is pretty much awesome, but a 7 minute electronic journey is not fitting for my attention span at the moment. plus panda is on a track so you know it's gonna get at least some props from me ...
local natives: too early to tell. at first i was really annoyed by the voice. actually i'm working on a piece relating east vs. west coast indie bands and some completely made up theories about what that's all about. but overall there are a few tracks here that have been stuck in my head some. i think this is gonna be a good one.
hot chip - one life stand: i think i definitely caught onto hot chip because of the pop dance electronic of their last album. this album explores more of the brooding englishman thing they have going. and what i would call the portions i found less interesting on their last album. it's not bad, but it's not what i dug about them. not ready to bury it yet, but running out of motivation to keep it in rotation.