Our ongoing search for reasonably priced recorded major label music continues. Tonite, one of my favorite new artists of recent years: Jack Johnson. If you like folk- and blues-inflected pop or surfers/singer-songwriters, than this is your boy. Its $10 bucks, so step up and buy one. Both of these are  must haves.

Also in tonites very short list: Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend. Its the only CD that is not under $10 this week ($10.99), but I included it because 1) it is one of the best discs to come out in the past 15 years; b) it shows you how braindead the major labels can be –  A&M Records dropped this prior to its release, only to watch it become a Gold record (idiots); and iii) its available used for about $3. If you like undeniably great songs and alternative/power pop, this is a must have.


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9 Responses to “Even More CDs Under $10: Jack Johnson”

  1. Schizohedron says:

    Excellent call on “Girlfriend.” It came out shortly after I graduated college and is part of that era’s soundtrack for me. Thanks for adding these musical interludes to the regularly scheduled market musings!

  2. LAWMAN says:

    And here I thought I was the only one who listened to Jack Johnson….nice call, Barry.

  3. TRJ says:

    I’ve liked Jack Johnson since watching the Curious George movie with my daughter.

  4. Ted Craig says:

    Girlfriend is still overpriced. That’s a lot of money for one good song, the title track. And I own the album. Buy it off iTunes for 99 cents.

  5. MileHighBuck says:

    You’re right about Jack Johnson, but I much prefer Miles’ Jack Johnson Tribute album originally released in 1970 w/ John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock, Herbie, Billy Cobham, and more. Edgy, captivating music.

  6. GMF says:

    This blog originally turned me on to “Brusfire Fairytales” when it was listed in the “listening to” column on the right – he’s now a favorite of mine.

    If you’re a fan, look for the “Jack of All Trades” 2-cd B-side & outtakes collection on any of your local BT-boot-trackers. There’s also a site – something like “internet archive” (i forgot the url) that tracks can be downloaded from in lossless goodness.

  7. Emmanuel says:

    The anime video for Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” is awesome, too.

  8. Tlazolteotl says:

    Girlfriend is a great album. So is Blue Sky on Mars and 100% Fun. Sweet was also on the Golden Palominos’ Blast of Silence which also features Syd Straw and others – an excellent disc as well, if you can find it!

  9. angryinch says:

    If you like “sweet” harmonies and catchy tunes, check out The Thorns with Matthew Sweet. It was a one-off album released in 2003 featuring Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins.

    Best song is probably “Think It Over”, an anthemic country-folk rocker reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield that no doubt would have been a #1 hit had it been recording in 1969-1971 instead of 2003.

    All cuts available on iTunes.