Steakdaddy Six, "Sweaty Betty"
Indie rock out of Champaign-Urbana, Steakdaddy Six released two solid albums in the early 90s before ending their run. This is from the second of those records, Houstonia, but they're pretty comparable. The most notable thing about the band is that they featured an extra drummer in the lineup, which distinguished them from most of their contemporaries. Not very many bands roll with two drummers, but more should.
Coheed and Cambria, "Island"
The Color Before the Sun is the only Coheed and Cambria album that isn't part of their extended space opera thing, meaning it's probably the most accessible record in their catalog. Added to that is that the songs on it are big, friendly rockers. Really, this album sounds kind of like a 80s radio-friendly metal album, although with maybe more sensible pants.
Duke Ellington, "In a Sentimental Mood"
There may be reader/listeners here who don't know one of the key facts about me, your friendly DJ/writer/head bozo: I don't know shit about jazz. It's important to know, I guess.
The Skatalites, "Eastern Standard Time"
One of the Skatalites' most famous songs, "Eastern Standard Time" is one of their sweetest tunes. It was written by Don Drummond, which explains the trombone taking center stage. Just a breezy delight, I defy anybody to listen to this and still claim to not like ska.
Marvin Gaye, "Pride and Joy"
Got real old in here today!