Speaking of odd pairings, the new Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt) collaboration is in stores. The CD/DVD set One Fast Move Or I'm Gone Music from Jack Keroauc's Big Sur doubles as a soundtrack for a documentary about the legendary beat author. Fans of both artists will find something to love on the release which features plenty of glimmering pedal steel and soft vocals.
My pick of the week: Flight of the Conchords' I Told You I Was Freaky, a diverse "comedy" album that combines humor with bona fide chops. How many other artists can churn out 100 percent solid hip-hop, folk, electronic, Latin and dance hits that don't immediately strike the listener as satire? It's gold. Pure gold straight outta New Zealand.
Also worth checking out: White Denim's Fits, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's Summer of Fear, Kings of Convenience's Declaration of Dependence and Spiral Stairs' The Real Feal.
Happy record shopping - nothing beats combing for vinyl on a rainy day.