Every time I visit my in-laws in North Dakota, I take the time as an opportunity to pick up some music to listen to on the long drives across the prairie. So the three CDs I am listening to on this trip are: (Drum roll please)
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of the Silent Earth: 3
I love this album. I take issue with the Allmusic Guide review. This is super cool Prog Emo that reminds me of early Rush. The title track really harkens to something like 2112. I would check it out, all too often us oldsters keep listening to the same stuff. I think these guys are going to be big someday. Come to think of it, they have an new one coming out very soon.
Wilco A Ghost is Born
I bought the last Wilco CD for my wife and it became one of my favorites. I haven't had enough time to get into this one yet, but I like what I hear so far. I heard a lot of Sonic Youth style in one of the early tracks, which made this one definitely to explore for a couple of months to come. Its not as catchy as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it seems to have a lot more complexity which will surprise for some time to come.
The Ataris So Long Astoria
Last year on my annual trip to the Midwest, I went to a show to check out a band that was big on MP3.com by the name of Align. Their manager, a real cool guy named Levar hooked me up with backstage passes and I got to hang out backstage and watch the show. A bunch of great bands were there, including Ministry and Sum 41, but what I found very surprising is that I really loved the Ataris. This CD from last year has the song In My Diary, which is a homage to touring around with the Warped Tour, and a remake of Don Henley's The Boys of Summer. Maybe not a CD for everyone, but the two tracks mentioned bring a smile to my face. ;-)