As fun as it is to complain about “music these days,” and how it’s all been downhill since The Chronic or something came out, it’s even MORE fun to listen to — wait for it — good music. Every Tuesday, a.k.a. Music Release Day, we’ll highlight five albums worth (legally) downloading or driving to the local Best Buy (lolz) for.
Let me just shoot straight with you guys: this is not a very good week for new music releases. There’s one clear highlight – El-P’s anxious, angry Cancer 4 Cure – and then a whole bunch of stuff like Born and Raised by John Mayer, Vows by Kimbra, and 100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park by a whole bunch of jerks. So rather than half-halfheartedly try to convince you to download albums I don’t like, I’m trying something different this week.
Rather than choosing 5 new albums, I took a look at the top-selling albums (via Amazon’s sales as of last night) in various genres and picked out a few I thought UPROXX readers would appreciate. It’s about time polka got as much love as indie rock ‘round these parts. (Banner via)
The Calming Collection Presents Goodbye Worries: Train Your Mind to Quiet Your Thoughts Anytime by Roberta Shapiro
Other “Exercise Music” notes: Harbin Kirtan by Bhagavan Das (as if I had to tell you) has a great album cover.
Snarkism by Tribe 8
Other “Gay & Lesbian” notes: Rhode Island pop punk the Queers are included in this genre, for all too obvious reasons.
Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 by Joshua Leeds
Other “Instructional Recordings” notes: A VHS copy of Your Baby Can Read 1 is the 20th most popular instructional recording. This is a very flawed category.
The Best of Lawrence Welk by Lawrence Welk
Other “Polka” notes: The “Too Fat Polka” is one of the 16 most requested polkas, according to the compilation 16 Most Requested Polkas.
Music for Healing by Steven Halpern
Other “Self-Help Recordings” notes: One review for Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s Delta Sleep System reads, “Seemed to make my insomnia worse, so I threw the CD in the trash.” NEW AGE BURN.
Baby Sounds for Pets by Kristen Overdurf-Abud
Other “Sound Effects” notes: The cover of Animal Stories Volume 2 parodies Sgt. Pepper’s.
Blow Your Pants Off by Jimmy Fallon (out June 12, 2012)
Other “Comedy” notes: Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe) and the “Party Rock” single from LMFAO count as comedy releases.