And now I’m squooshing two column titles into one. I’m so crafty, I tell ya.

So this guy B.O.B., right? He’s signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label, but his music is pretty un-T.I.-like. His debut single, “Nothin’ on You”, is currently the #1 pop record in the country. They’re definitely working the “not your average rapper” angle with this dude. His second single, “Airplanes”, features Hayley Williams of Evanescence Paramore. He plays guitar and piano. Looking on allmusic for a review, I saw a writing credit for the members of Vampire Weekend (which could just be a sample, I don’t know). Anyhow, as underwhelmed as I am by “Nothin’ on You”, I’m gonna give “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” a shot.

Elsewhere, if you like rock music with a gypsy flair, you might wanna check out Gogol Bordello’s “Trans-Continental Hustle”. I caught them live last week (and I’ll be seeing them again tomorrow), and believe me when I tell you that their show’s a non-stop party, even though Gogol himself sounds like Balki Bartokomous.

We’ve also got the return of Hole after an 11-year break during which Courtney Love turned into even more of a raving loon. ‘Smuch as I loved “Live Through This” (and I even liked “Celebrity Skin”), I’ll probably be passing on “Nobody’s Daughter”. I will also be passing on Melissa Etheridge’s “Fearless Love” because, well, Melissa Etheridge’s albums are fairly predictable. Once you’ve heard one, you’ve pretty much heard ’em all. If you’re a comedy fan and want a couple of steps up from Dane Cook, give Brian Posehn’s “Fart & Weiner Jokes” a chance. Hell, I probably should have called my last podcast “Fart & Weiner Jokes”!!

Anyway, get yer full list of this week’s releases right here.

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