Bajofondo: Mardulce ( Surco/Decca, NA ). I’m suspicious of albums that have too many guest stars (Elvis Costello, Nelly Furtado, many others).
Chromeo: Fancy Footwork (Deluxe Edition)
( NA, NA ). “Deluxe,” in this case, meaning two Maxell CD-Rs with address labels slapped onto them. The budget edition, I’m guessing, is an old sneaker.
Sa Dingding: Alive ( Wrasse/Universal, 2007 ). Sticker on the front says, “Imagine Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, scored by the Cocteau Twins…”
Elihu-Rama: Music for a New Depression
( blue-loves.com, 2008 ). Or maybe it’s “Rama and Elihu,” as it says on the CD-R. And maybe the title is Songs of a Native Oracle. The label, though, is definitely blue-loves.com. Or wait, it might be Alien-Country. No matter: This album “slices the political scene to shreds, then wands it back together.”
Everclear: The Vegas Years ( Capitol, 2008 ). Compilation of well-known FM covers including “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “American Girl,” “The Boys Are Back in Town,” and “867-5309/Jenny,” as played by Everclear, whose guitars have nuts in their mouths.
Donavon Frankenreiter: Pass It Around ( UMG, 2008 ). My first thought was, Sweet, yeah, pass that shit! But with song titles like “Life, Love & Laughter,” “Come with Me,” “Sing a Song,” and “Come Together,” I’m guessing Frankenreiter is all about the natural high. To my chagrin.