The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth (making my way through The Strokes catalog lately.. this is one of the worst. Not bad still, some of it is awesome actually. "You Only Live Once"? ####ing classic right there. What great riff/guitar parts, love the stuttery drums with the hi hats in the chorus, and Julian's exubarant vocals. Best thing on this album by far. A few other really good songs but some are fillerish. "15 Minutes" and others sounds like they're just really bored)
The Strokes - Angles (a bit of a return to form but still not as good as the first 2 records. Still, the slight change in sound and more synths added and a more varied vocal style Julian adopts make this more interesting than the last one. Some great hooks on many of these songs)
The Strokes - Comedown Machine (More of the same as on Angles but probably not as good. Haven't heard this one as much. "Slow Animals" is an interesting catchy tune though)
The newest one "The New Abnormal" sounds pretty cool too and seems to be well received
Gentle Giant - Octopus (One of their best and a fun listen. "Think Of Me With Kindness" is a great ballad, "River" is catchy and unintentionally funny, "Knots" has impressive vocal harmonies, "Raconteur Troubadour" is actually really beautiful for such a cheesy arrangement and melody, and "Dogs Life" is cute. Such an interesting bunch of songs. Only "A Cry For Everyone" comes off as weaker than the rest.)
Gentle Giant - In A Glass House (Similar to Octopus but not as good. The Runaway, title track and "Experience" are highlights. "An Inmates Lullaby" is honestly one Gof the most beautiful, surreal, eerie songs I've ever heard; from a prog band especially. Love that one the most)
Gong - Magik Brother (Forgot about this album actually and how much I love it. Definitely one of the better and more underrated of the psych albums of the era. Not really the same sound as later Gong but I love this fever dreamish trippy lo-fi type style going on here.. )
Still gotta hear that Mccartney III, and Shoes "Black Vinyl Shoes". Was liking the Liz Phair i've heard too, been meaning to hear that Exile In Guyville album.