Worth a listen: Florence + The Machine, Lucinda Williams, Lykke Li, The Baseball Project

Florence + The Machine’s 2009 debut Lungs is still in heavy rotation for me, so I’m pleased as punch to see that the b-sides & live material that made up the UK-only original bonus disc version of Lungs and the recent Between Two Lungs set is finally available here in the states. If you’ve missed out on Flo, pony up the extra $$ for the deluxe edition of Lungs in the iTunes store. If you’re already a convert, you can grab all the bonus material via Lungs – The B Sides. The highlight of the new material is easily her live mashup of “You’ve Got The Love” with Dizzee Rascal:

One listen to the song samples sold me on Lucinda Williams‘ new album Blessed. The deluxe version includes demos for every song on the album — definitely worth the extra couple of bucks. What a voice:

The new Lykke Li album Wounded Rhymes is a big step up from her a-little-too-precious debut. She’s definitely avoided the sophomore slump:

With the first week of spring training games in the books, it’s only appropriate that The Baseball Project returns with Vol 2. – High and Inside. As John Buccigros would say, “What The Zambonis are to hockey, The Baseball Project are to America’s Pastime.” The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn even lends guest vocals to “Don’t Call Them Twinkies” about his hometown Minnesota Twins — how cool is that? Here’s a live version of “The Ballad of Bill Buckner,” who, as a lifelong Yankee fan, is my favorite member of the Red Sox:

That’s what I’m digging today; what’s filling your headphones?

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