Descendents, "Victim of Me"
At this point, with the release of 9th & Walnut, the Descendents have now released as many studio albums after their breakup as pre-breakup (4). Does it even make sense to think of their career in two phases any more? I suppose it does, because during the 80s, they put out albums regularly, while these days it takes a while for them to pop up.
The New Pornographers, "The Laws Have Changed"
Maybe the best tune off of the second New Pornographers album, this is such a shiny song. This is a smile turned into music. I sometimes forget about this album, because I love the first one so much, but I really should spin it more.
Phono-Comb, "International Anthem (A Simulation of Assimilation)"
Phono-Comb, a successor band with two-thirds of the Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, stick pretty closely to the reverb-soaked surf-y intrumental tunes of their first band. It's an outsanding formula, and they're some of the best to ever do it.
David Bowie, "Starman"
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is a concept album, but like a lot of concept albums, the concept falls apart pretty quickly if you actually examine it closely. But never mind - it's hugely ambitious, and the concept helps feed into that amibition and pushes things to a greater height. It's not his first great album, but it's the first one I think that seemed like something truly new.
Sicko, "Where I Live"
The first song on their first album, from the drumstick clicks, I was hooked. This song just makes me so happy.