I have zero grasp about what is happening in the world of music right now. I rely on Dan to supply the soundtrack of our lives. We all know that his tastes run old, and I am content to listen to the same classic rock albums over and over again.
But I saw this band The Airborne Toxic Event on a rare night of watching David Letterman and just fell in love with their sound. I got their CD (probably the first "new band" CD I bought in a year) and every time I listen to it, which is a lot lately, it makes me feel happy and inspired.
According to Wikipedia, in December 2008, iTunes named the band's song "Sometime Around Midnight" the number one alternative song of 2008. So it's possible everyone already knows about them already (I seriously have no idea) but if you don't, check them out.