Okay, last night, I don't know why I completely forgot to mention the album I listened to most over this past weekend. I think it was the reason I started writing last night's post! I was actually IMing Rick, telling him to download it and playing it for Erica while she got ready for Trainwreck last night. I can't believe I forgot to include it. There was one day last week where it was all over my Google Reader, but I think I heard it first via Aileen. Empires: Howl. Download it for FREE at their website!
And here's my stream of consciousness while listening to it this morning: indie rock, excellent kick-in, Say Anything (...Is a Real Boy-style), Patrick Stump, 80s, jazzy keyboards sans corniness (aka not Maroon 5 or The Cab), I'm really into the vocals, this song would be great over a montage scene in a teen drama show, Beatles, channeling The Beatles much better than Panic, NOT emo, like a pop record that manages to not be corny, sounding a little like Muse but doesn't quite reach their epic-ness (not a bad thing), non-fail piano rock.
Each song sounds slightly different, but they mesh well together (kind of like that album cover tracklisting, no?). I don't think I'm doing good job of explaining Empires' music, but hopefully I've sparked your curiosity and you'll check them out. Remember, free.