How about you use your sembreak time wisely and... update your stash o' sounds? The world has moved on from Incubus, and Bieber, well, you're not exactly his target market (unless, of course, you are, in which case we bear no grudges). We know Adele's 21 has been 2011's toast of the music town but really, there are so many new and good releases this year!
We list five records that have been getting good airtime on our music players. We suggest you catch up on these albums, so that you'll have something new to listen on the road, or in case your plans of basking under the sun and going somewhere far away don’t push through.
1) Neighborhoods by Blink-182
Blink-182 has been through some really tough times in the past years, but they’re now back with something fans have waited for so long. Neighborhoods, their 6th album (after breaking up, forming side projects, and Travis’s accident) is finally here to remind us that Mark, Tom, and Travis are absolutely incomparable. Despite the lack of dick jokes, girlfriend problems, and hating on their grandpas shitting his pants, they’ve managed to sound excellent (surely lyrics about puberty and being awkward will sound off when performed by middle-aged men).
Side projects +44, Angels and Airwaves, and Boxcar Racer have had their time, but 2011 is Blink’s year—Neighborhoods proves that only these three could provide this kind of sound. If you’re in the mid 20s-30s bracket, this could bring back so many fond memories of growing up. If you’re relatively young and hearing this for the first time, learn and listen: these guys helped define pop punk, and will continue to do so until they’re grandpas themselves.
Recommended: "Up All Night," "After Midnight," "Snake Charmer," "Heart’s All Gone"
2) Turtleneck & Chain - The Lonely Island
If you’ve heard Akon sing on the radio telling the universe that he “just had sex,” and liked it, you have these guys to thank. This is SNL’s wonder trio Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone’s follow-up to 2009’s Incredibad. Still expressing their deep love for hiphop, R&B, and famous people, this album has another set of unapologetic, uncouth, and (potentially) socially awkward songs that you’ll most likely put on loop for weeks. Other featured artists include Beck, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, and Justin Timberlake.
They’re the only ones who can have Michael Bolton powder his face with a mountain of coke, dress up as Tony Montana, and sing about Keira Knightley (kindly watch the Jack Sparrow video. At least twice), so they’re clearly stepping up big time. If you’ve been with these guys since Incredibad, do know that this one lacks in dick-in-boxes tracks, but they do have something to say about banging each other’s moms.