Sweet Release: What’s In and Out The Week Of June 17th 2008

  • “I kissed a girl, and I liked it.” Meet Katy Perry. That line is the chorus to her new single. You might know her from her hit “UR So Gay”. Okay, so the girl’s gotta gimmick. But her style has us practically tourets-ing “fierce” from her pink-ruffled onesie to her high-waisted hot shorts — we gotta girl crush just she does. Ah, yes, her new album One Of The Boys is total girlie guilty pleasure! So roll up your car windows and turn up the sweet summer jams.
  • For Coldplay’s fourth album, Viva La Vida, they teamed up with the legendary electronic pioneer Brian Eno, who is known for being the mastermind behind Roxy Music, David Bowie’s Low, Lodger and Heroes, and his own classic Here Come the Warm Jets. But Viva La Vida isn’t all glitter and glam and it’s not the bittersweet hits you’ve come to expect from the Brit boys. Forget falsetto, on the new record Chris Martin’s honest, naturally deep voice warms up tracks like Lost! and Yes. This is not your soccer mom’s Coldplay record.
  • The Notwist, a German group known for gentle electronic indie rock, delivers their sixth beautifully rendered record. The Devil, You+Me is soft, strong, and thoughtful. One of Sonic Youth’s favorite bands, the Notwist contextualize their noise theory in melodies and lyrics that will delicately seduce you. Songs like “Good Lies” and “Gone, Gone, Gone” make this album the perfect soundtrack to roll around in bed all day with nothing but your iPod.