APPLES IN STEREO
I'm sure everybody is in love with Apples In Stereo right now. They've just rolled out their sixth album of amazing pop songs, and with Elijah Wood's money behind them, it looks as though a broader audience may be waiting in the wings for them. I'm mostly infatuated with them because a rare recent sunny day revealed New Magnetic Wonder to me as perhaps their best album, and they will be playing their first Irish show in May.
Also, I've just found a 4-part "making of" the album on youtube (part 1 is here and the others are alongside it) and hence I've just discovered exactly how friendly, funny, excited, talented and plain old nice a man that Robert Schneider is. The video of the band miming along to Same Old Drag on their van's stereo is also worth a look.
Baroque (Live in Toronto, 2002)