Yeah, summer music that makes me want to kick ass. I do kick ass, but life needs a soundtrack.
So at the top of the list is the new Gorillaz album. Make no mistake, this one buries the last one. It has been a long time since I've heard something that has some obvious references to various genres, yet creates something that is new and unique. Demon Days is Grammy material. With all of the bland bullshit music out there, this one is like a kick in the nuts of popular music that says, "Fuck you, this doesn't fit your neat little categorization."
I also picked up the new Beck album, and after that piece of shit he put out in 2002, thank God he's back to form. He has all kinds of bizarre influences as well. Can't resist the track "Hell Yes." Lots of interesting moments on Guero, including a song that starts with something that sounds a lot like an Atari 2600 or 8-bit Nintendo music.
And there are other great things out in the recent past. Bleed Like Me from Garbage is certainly the best album this year, for me anyway. The new Black Eyed Peas is a winner. I'm still listening to Gwen Stefani and Green Day. The only significant disappointment is The White Stripes. Wow did they choke. Very mediocre.