FIRST LISTEN: ‘Ashes And Fire’ by Ryan Adams

Ashes And Fire

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FIRST LISTEN: ‘Muppets: The Green Room’

Muppets: The Green Room

Reworks of Muppet songs by popular artists including Weezer, Paramore, Andrew Bird, The Fray, OK Go, My Morning Jacket, and many more.

FIRST LISTEN: Big Talk by Big Talk

Big Talk

This is the surprisingly fun solo effort of drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of The Killers. We recommend it despite songs with sometimes weak lyrics hovering on whiskey. Any strength in this album is due to it’s pumped up and catchy hooks.

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Rave On Buddy Holly’

Rave On Buddy Holly

The album features covers of Buddy Holly tracks by some of the more prominent musicians today including My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Cee Lo Greene, The Black Keys, Paul McCartney, She & Him, etc. Hands down two of the better tracks are My Morning Jacket’s version of “True Love Ways” and She & Him’s version of “Oh Boy!”

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Bon Iver’ by Bon Iver

Bon Iver

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Ukulele Songs’ by Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)

Ukulele Songs

Includes a duet with Cat Powers’ Chan Marshall on “Tonight You Belong To Me” and a duet with The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard on “Sleepless Nights”. The record is due out May 31, 2011.

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Codes And Keys’ by Death Cab For Cutie

Codes And Keys

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Circuital’ by My Morning Jacket

Circuital

FIRST LISTEN: “Cults” by Cults

Cults

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Torches’ by Foster The People (Columbia)

Torches