Artist: Eric Herman
Song: "Can We Buy a New Car (So I Can Have a Balloon)?"
Album: Party Animal
Description: Washington-based Eric Herman says the country sound of this new tune from his forthcoming album is more the exception than the rule for the album, but I like it -- very Wilco circa-Summerteeth. The song lyrics? Well, based on the title alone I'm pretty sure you can guess that it's not one of his tender ballads.
Artist: Justin Roberts
Song: "Fruit Jar"
Album: Pop Fly
Description: It is safe to say that "Fruit Jar" is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists. So I don't care if I've posted about the song before. When Roberts streams it, I'm gonna share it. Just click on the link below.
Artist: Cat Doorman
Album: The Cat Doorman Songbook
Description: Cat Doorman is the alter ego of Portland, Oregon musician and artist Julianna Bright, and this, her debut kids music album full of DIY spunk takes this year's slot for "album most unlike any other kids album you'll hear all year." As I said in my album review, "It's possible that if Cat Doorman Songbook didn't exist, Etsy would have had to create it."
Description: Los Angeles-based Diaz reworks some of his biggest (English-language) pop confections into (Spanish-language) pop confections. At 22 minutes, it's as much a long EP as a short album, but worth checking out if you're not already a big fan of Diaz' work.
Album: Good Morning My Love (Sampler)
Description: Four songs from the New York singer's first album for families -- really, for new parents and their babies. Simple but not simplistic melodies and lyrics; Vered's biggest hope would be that you'd sing along with your baby nearby.