make it happen, Jerome!

Did you miss me? I know, bad me, for missing out last week and this week’s Monday deadline. I am going to make up for that by spinning you 10 whole reviews at the fast paced rate you have come to love me for. Hold on to your wallets and start spending. THIS is your holiday shopping gift guide! Time to pop it up with all your friends! Let’s GOOOOOOOOO!

The Honeydogs
What Comes After
You still can’t go wrong with the Honeydogs, they always have engaging, interesting music. I love the vocal style of the band, it feels real and pulls you right in.

The Wellingtons
Hey Hey
A fun poppy explosion of awesome is what makes this EP a winner in my book. I love the Wellingtons, and this does nothing to deter that love any more. Keep it up you crazy cats!

Mike Keneally
Wing Beat Fantastic Songs Written by Mike Keneally and Andy Partridge
Interesting record from these two. Fits along most of the other music being done by Andy Partridge these days, very artful and loose, but lacking in a certain punch.

Gavin Guss
On High
Pretty great album from this guy. Very much the classic power pop sound, very well produced and professional sounding. Definitely worth checking out.

Ruby Free
Introducing Ruby Free
Awesome album from Maple Mars’ Rick Hromadka and his wife. It is very fun and retro sounding, fun song ideas, and a general good time is had by all.

Mando Diao
Awesome album in Swedish. I don’t know what the songs are about, but they have the classic Mando Diao sound. I feel like there is an extra depth of meaning in these songs, they feel much more personal.

Bryan Scary
Daffy’s Elixir
Amazing record from Scary. He specializes in over the top pop-rock that is loud, engaging, exciting, and interesting. He pulls out all the stops for this one, a great record.

Live 2012
Live album. Fine, but did not do much for me. Coldplay has a ton of great songs, and they played most of them.

Rachael Yamagata
Always good to hear from Rachael Yamagata, and this album takes on the more heartbreak themes she is known for. There are no jaunty numbers on this one, but they are all great songs by any standard.

Michael Andrews
Spilling a Rainbow
After researching who did the best theme song of the fall season, Ben and Kate, I found out it was by Michael Andrews, so I checked out his album. There are no songs resembling a theme song here, but it is good, slow, interesting pop. I liked it.

Put out the trash kids, Grandpa’s here!

So, I decided to do something a little different this time, and review 5 albums not very well. I know. Way out, right? You told me.

Andrew Bird
Hands of Glory
So excited to hear Andrew Bird sing folk music again! While it is an EP and therefore short and sweet, it harkens back to what he was doing when I became a fan, so I like it a lot.

Ken Stringfellow
Danzig in the Moonlight
Ken Stringfellow’s solo album are always slightly different, which I like. This one seems to be a bit dark and serious, but still remains tuneful and interesting.

Colin Blunstone
On The Air Tonight
The album by Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent was very cool, it helped to have Rod to bring a bit more power to the proceedings, as this album is very light… But still you can’t deny he has a great voice and it is nice to hear from him again.

Murphy Brothers
Thick as Thieves
An excellent collection of harmony-laden pop songs leaning towards country, but not taking the full step. It is a lot of fun, and great ear-candy

The Organ Beats

Good stuff from this group who strike a delicate balance between hard-rock and indie-pop. They balance this well I think, making it pleasant to listen to, but staying authentic and true.

It’s a new world. We just live in it.

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Coconut Records
Score of a movie, very jaunty and interesting, but not much else.

Tom Shaner
Ghost Songs, Waltzes and Rock & Roll
If you like the music of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, etc., you might like this. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite hit the mark with me. Interesting, but not super-engaging

Domenico Lancellotti
Cine Prive
Interesting foreign language album, takes in all sorts of influences and kicks it around a bit. Worth a shot!

Sarah Blasko
I Awake
Love to hear back from Sarah. This one has quite a bit of orchestration, and her distinctive vocals. It might not have any immediate songs, but this is a grower, and I expect to continue enjoying this for a while.

The Polyphonic Spree
Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One
Christmas records are a risk, you either stick with the way the songs have always been, or you change things up with mixed results. The Polyphonic Spree take the “different” route, and I’m not sure if they really did much to bring life to these songs.