Technically this one was a late-spring-jam (April).
But it hasn't gotten much airplay, though it's been critically well-received, so there's a chance you missed TV on the Radio's latest album Nine Types of Light.
You should check it out:
Is that Hootie and the Blowfish!? Not even close. More like a black Beck. And Nigerian-born, Pennsylvania-raised, NYU-grad Tunde Adebimpe's lyrics are the tits:
It's electro-soul with some funky-ass horns for good measure. I've been listening to this album like crazy recently: there's a ton of emotion in the songs, intelligent (and occasionally scathing) lyrics, and great beats. There is even a dubstep-esque track on Nine Types of Light ($9.99 on iTunes), if you're into that sort of thing. If you like what you hear, TV on the Radio's previous albums are also worth checking out (especially Dear Science).
Also, they released music videos for every song on the album. That's pretty cool.
I'm going to try to see them at the Hollywood Bowl later this summer, and you can catch them in Boston, at the Bank of America Pavilion on September 6, with Broken Social Scene.
Sadly, their bassist Gerard Smith died of lung cancer 9 days after this album was released. RIP.
Hope the summer's treating you all well. More music still to come...
-DMc, West Coast Correspondent