Thanks for making Valentine’s Day awesome again. No, srsly. You rock.

In honor of hearts and candy and love and all that jazz, Amazon is giving $2 off any Mp3 purchase through February 14. Enter the code VDAYMP3S at checkout to get $2 credit added to your account.

Of course, you can get anything you want, but there is always a plethora of $5 deals to choose from, which, if my math is correct, will cost less than most Frappuccinos after the discount. If you’re stumped on how to spend it, may I humbly recommend some of my favorites from February’s offerings?

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

It topped my 2010 best of list and I already gushed about it, so I won’t put you through that again. Someday I will write an essay on how great this is and why it should win Album of the Year on Sunday night (with a lengthy appendix on why it won’t. Stupid Grammys.) If you haven’t heard this yet, you officially have no excuse now.

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

If mopey mid-80’s alt-pop-rockish stuff with a side of British wit is more your jam, you couldn’t really go wrong with this choice. It’s moody, a bit melodramatic, clever lyrics (“Frankly Mr. Shankley” makes me lol and I don’t really know why.) but there’s still something really cool about it. One reviewer says it’s a great introduction to The Smiths… I’d agree.

Anberlin – Cities

You know I love me some Anberlin, and if you were to only get one of their albums, this would be the one. Falling somewhere between their rougher early sound and the more polished mainstream rock from the past couple years, their final Tooth & Nail release is full of heavy rock textures, singable hooks, and Stephen Christian’s famously cryptic songwriting. Most fans still agree that this was their best.

Mae – The Everglow
Actually, I just listened to this one the other day for the first time in a very long while. Mae’s sophomore release took their atmospheric emo-rock sensibilities to the next level and developed it into a concept album. I admit, something is lost without the liner notes and artwork (it’s built on the idea of one of those old-school books on tape), but it’s still a lovely piece for the emo kid in all of us.

Carole King – Tapestry

Aw, come on… it’s a classic! My mom introduced me to this record a long time ago, and there’s something just timeless about these songs and the sweet voice to go with it. I haven’t heard it in ages, come to think of it.

So those are my picks of the stuff I already have on the $5 list. Of course, you could always save a little bit on The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow (which is amazing, if you haven’t heard), or go buy a couple of those hit singles you secretly dig but don’t want to pay for (I won’t tell.) But this was too wonderful not to share.

As for me… um, I drank the Kool-Aid.


What can I say? I wanted some fun dance/pop to counter the gloomy weather, and 3 bucks isn’t much of a risk. Actually, this is some well-crafted stuff, and as long as I like three tracks, it’s okay. And I do.

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