What? Bitingly satiric, laugh out loud funny, ironic, and bitterly poignant, Randy Newman returned last week (Aug. 5) in typical form, releasing his first album of original material in nine years, the widely acclaimed Harps and Angels. With 10 tracks, the album sees Newman putting forth his standard fare of brilliantly written pop standards, which run the gamut from comic to romantic as he spins yarns and speaks his mind eloquently in that unmistakable drawl. And as he has done so well over the course of his career, the master composer in Newman mixes musical genres as he shifts effortlessly between plodding ballads and rollicking Southern-style rock'n'roll. Complimented by outstanding production values and a bevy of top-notch studio musicians, Harps and Angels is musically, as well as lyrically, intricate and intriguing. Who?
What? Known as "Cosmic Disco" or "Space Disco," the music of Lindstrom is categorized by a reverb-soaked, ethereal sound anchored by the dancey rhythms that gave the genre its name. While he is best known for his 2005 genre-defining smash "I Feel Space," Lindstrom has been an integral part of the niche scene since 2003. Despite countless 12-inch releases and remixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, the Killers, and Franz Ferdinand, Lindstrom has waited until now to drop his debut solo LP, Where You Go I Go Too. Don't be fooled by the brief, three-song tracklist when the album arrives Aug. 19 -- the record clocks in just short of an hour.