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Saturday Night Tunes

Since we've got a few n00bs with us, allow me a moment to introduce Saturday Night Tunes.  About once a month, and solely because I live in Austin, making me singularly qualified* to talk about music, we'll post an open music thread called, of course, Saturday Night Tunes.  Feel free to chime in with what you've been listening to, unless it's bubblegum pop, because we'll laugh at you for that one. //looks at Jordann//  Join me after the jump to be musically enlightened.

Let's get the part where y'all make fun of me right away: Asteroid Galaxy Tour (h/t DisplacedTexan), The Ting Tings, and Wavves are still getting plenty of playtime.  Yes, it's true, I have been de-manned.  Oh well.

But wait!  There's more.  Thievery Corporation, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Budos Band (and their latest, The Budos Band III), some old RJD2, and the latest releases from Les Savy Fav and Arcade Fire have all been kidding a ton of playtime, really depending on my mood.

However, if you want to get a true gauge of my mood these days, the heaviest rotations have gone to Cage and El-P.  And, yes, I know I'm an old man and shouldn't listen to music like that.  Deal.  In my not so humble opinion, I think El-P's "I'll Sleep When You're Dead" is an absolutely fantastic album.  I maintain.

As far as the latest Arcade Fire?  I wasn't really thrilled with the last one, and I find "The Suburbs" only marginally better.  On the whole, unless you've got something truly special working for you (for example, Asteroids Galaxy Tour's Mette Lindberg's completely mesmerizing voice), the indie sound just doesn't work for me.

For new releases, I'm intrigued by The Walkmen's "Lisbon," Superchunk's "Majesty Shredding," and Black Mountain's "Wilderness Heart."  Oddly, they all three are in the just plain "rock" genre, definitely unusual for me.

How about you?  What's had your ear lately?

* Actually, not so much.  I just like listening to a diverse selection of music.