I didn't think that a new iPod Touch could actually intensify my love for music. But, with it, I've been listening to music with renewed vigor, rediscovering old songs and discovering new ones with great fervor, everywhere and anytime I could. The sad part about this "intensified love" and "renewed vigor" is that I've been spending too much money downloading music from iTunes and Amazon MP3. I bought 9 albums just last week alone, which costed me almost $100. That's not good, especially since it's the holidays and I still have to pay my iPod.
Nonetheless, I'm immensely enjoying all the recent music that I bought. The Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, Bear In Heaven, Russian Circles, Lightning Bolt...all new material from these artists are really good. If I ever get the chance -which means if I'm not too lazy- I'll write something about them. For now, however, I'll just feature the Wolfmother and Muse.
Cosmic Egg. Luckily, I got curious and streamed their first single, "New Moon Rising", and enjoyed it. I love the low, gut-ripping riffs here. It's very Black Sabbath-esque, very stoner rock (and I love stoner rock). Andrew Stockdale's vocal stylings, specficially his wails, is another highlight of the album. While they're influences still stick out a lot, this one is much much better than their debut.
I won't say that Muse and Wolfmother are the best in music this year has to offer. There are clearly more aritsts out there that have released better music than them. But if you like rock music, especially classic rock, I'd recommend both albums since you'll definitely enjoy them.
Pearls and Chains
Maybes and Propagandas
Martians and Chickens
Japan and Hell
Bats and Deacons