Seeing as how it's an old usenet past-time to have monthly cd/album player threads, I figured I'd start one here.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Rotten Apples (Judas 0 B-Sides disc)
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Pink Floyd - Animals
Tool - Lateralus
David Bowie - Heathen
Rotten Apples' features a b-sides disc called Judas 0 which features b-sides ranging from their earliest works up until songs off of their internet-only released Machina II. Favorite song off this disc is either Aeroplane Flies High or Lucky 13.
In Absentia is the latest release from a progressive band that hails from England. Porcupine Tree was formed by a man named Steve Wilson, formerly of No Man fame. Originally formed as a fake band via Spinal Tap, the band's demos took off and it came to be. Nowadays, Wilson is delving heavily into metal, and while still heavily progressive and psychadelic in nature, the new album is chalked full of metal goodness that is more metal than half of America's mainstream releases of the past decade.
The Pink Floyd selection on that list speaks for itself. Greatest. Extended Piece. Album. Ever.
Tool's Lateralus is the embodyment of progressive/art-rock perfection. Five years in the making? Nope. Only one. And it was damn well worth the wait.
And lastly, David Bowie's new album Heather. More guest artists than a WTC benefit concert, Bowie's back in stride with his latest album with Brian Eno. Not going to change the world, but it's definitely Bowie's best since Scary Monsters.
And there's a very -small- lowdown on what I'm listening to by my standards. Enjoy.