I received the new Animal Collective, which I've been listening to religiously since Monday. It's definitely the progression that was hinted at on Bees, Banshee Beat and the Hollinndagain album. Lots of tribal drone, yet really slick (welcome to Domino, guys!). I dunno' if its their least accessible, but it's certainly very progressive and it may be their best. I'm not sure yet.
Opened up the new Okkervil River today. I've only given it one listen but the Conor Oberst by way of Jason Molina shtick is in overdrive. What has always kept Okkervil River from veering into overwrought territory is the violence and disturbing images wrapped up in country trappings, which all seem to be downplayed on this record. Seems like a traditional rock & roll hodge-podge.
I've been working on a ring tone so I've been listening to lots of Eno for inspiration. Also, it seems I'm back on the fringe of the gaming industry so I've been taking in The Advantage (who are much more dynamic and rewarding than other game music cover bands such as The Minibosses) and any Yuzo Koshiro I can find.