1. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2
I really enjoyed the first Grand Theatre album and for some reason was expecting Volume Two would be a bit of a let down... was I wrong. It picks up right where Volume One left off and just cranks up the awesomeness. Bursting with raw energy and confidence.
2. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Probably my favourite Beastie Boys album of all time. They somehow manage to incorporate their many diverse influences – hip hop, punk rock, reggae, jazz - without sounding particularly eclectic. And all the while managing to tread a fine line between silliness and genius. Bonus feel-good points for Adam Yauch returning from cancer treatments to sound as cool and as sharp as ever.
3. Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots