Three albums I’m loving are available to stream from AOL Music this week, campers:
- Avril Lavigne’s The Best Damn Thing, which is not technically the best damn thing, but is still a lot of fun, and the hand-clapping and hollabacking is way more entertaining to me than the dour depression of Under My Skin. I didn’t think her SNL performance was all that compelling — thank god for backup singers — and I’m starting to wonder if she is capable of expressing a vigorous emotion about anything, ever… but I can’t help myself. I love the kid.
- Ryan Shaw’s debut, This is Ryan Shaw: I had a publicist begging me to pull this record out of the stack and give it a listen, which I finally got around to doing yesterday, only to wish I’d done it sooner. He’s got a first-class soul voice. I think this might be what John Mayer wishes he sounds like when he sings. (He’s scheduled to perform Friday morning on Martha, after which, no doubt, Ms. Stewart will teach him how to make petits fours.)
- The Noisettes, What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?, a long-anticipated full-length from one of them British buzz bands. I saw them live at SXSW two years ago and marveled at their bizarre lineup: A drummer who looks like a My Morning Jacket refugee, a guitarist who could moonlight with Marilyn Manson, and lead singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa, who vamped and growled around the stage like the love child Grace Jones and Henry Rollins never had. It’s aggressive, jangly post-punk, and you Yeah Yeah Yeahs fans going through withdrawal could do worse.
Oh, by the way: If you like these albums, WHY NOT CONSIDER BUYING ONE. Thank you. This message was brought to you by the Coalition of Citizens Concerned That One Day The Music Really Will Die.