Top 5: The National, Bear McCreary, & More!

The National
  • I was a big fan of this Brooklyn based, indie-rock band's 2007 album Boxer. I finally got around to picking up another one of their albums from eMusic this past week. Alligator doesn't have the professional sheen of Boxer but its songwriting and instrumental arrangements are just as engaging.
Coven, Pitrelli, & O'Reilly
  • This rockin' instrumental trio released one great CD in 1992. I had the cassette back in the day and just purchased the download from eMusic this week. It really holds up. If you are a fan of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai than this album is definitely worth checking out. Make sure you give a listen to "Monday"; an excellent, moving ballad. Oh, and Al Pitrelli has been the guitarist for The Trans-Siberian Orchestra since its inception. If you dig the shredding on "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24", then you'll love this album.
John Mayer
  • It's hard to get a handle on John Mayer. On every album that he puts out, there are at least four or five songs that are so good that you'd swear that they've been classic rock staples for years. "Perfectly Lonely", "Half of My Heart", and "Assassin" fit into this category. By the same token, there is also at least one dreadful ballad and he's made a bad habit of including an ill-conceived cover song on his last few albums. Cream's version of "Crossroads" is just completely out of place on an otherwise excellent album.
Julian Casablancas
  • The Strokes have been one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the past decade. Interestingly enough, I've never gotten into their work but I've enjoyed the various members' solo albums including this one by lead singer Julian Casablancas.
Bear McCreary
  • When reading Science Fiction, I usually like to listen to soundtrack music. Bear McCreary has become my favorite film/TV composer. His work on the Battlestar Galactica Season 4 soundtrack is astounding. Click here to see a cool video of Bear working with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian on the recording of The Plan soundtrack.

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