The Arcade Fire: Neon Bible.

My biggest problem with Neon Bible may be the mix, although it feels lame to pan an album on technical grounds.

Joanna Newsom: Ys.

I’m listening to Joanna Newsom’s album, Ys, for the third time today, and I’m still not sure what to make of it.

The Arcade Fire: Funeral.

I’ve never been to a funeral. I don’t have a car. These facts don’t prevent me from enjoying The Arcade Fire’s first LP, Funeral.

The Postal Service: Give Up.

I’m still trying to figure out whether it’s a good or bad thing that one of their main influences seems to be The Human League.

Mates of State: All Day.

Mates of State makes joyous, full-throated, big-hearted music, and it’s a wonderful thing to hear.

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm.

The propulsive rhythms and laminated production are no longer at odds, but combine to create a sense of clarity and urgency, of an understanding of what’s wanted and a desperate desire to pursue it.