Welcome to our weekly column, Staff Picks, in which we ask the staffers at our favorite book, music, and movie stores around to town to share with us what they're reading, listening to, and watching this week. We figure they're good people to ask. Today we're checking in with James Bradley, owner of Williamsburg's indie record store Sound Fix, to find out what he's been spinning lately.
Eleanor Friedberger, Last Summer: No one is more surprised than I am at how much I am enjoying the new solo album by Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces. I say that because the last few Fiery Furnaces records were below par, and I pretty much wrote the band off. But Eleanor's new album is a real surprise. There's a lightness to the record that's really appealing, with sweetly vulnerable lyrics and fun, bouncy melodies.
Noveller, Glacial Glow: Avant guitarist Sarah Lipstate records under the name Noveller, and her latest release is haunting and lovely. Her guitar playing is exquisite, and the songs have a spacey ambience that's always compelling.
Sbtrkt, Self-Titled: I just love this new album by a reclusive British deejay who goes under the name Sbtrkt. He mixes dubstep with R&B better than anyone I've ever heard. In a just world, many of the album's tracks would be tearing up the Top 40 charts.