Although I have temporarily gone back to dial-up wireless internet, I have still been downloading various podcasts (although it takes like, 5 times longer to get the bloody things) ... my favorite "find" being Dave Cusick's Post Modern Rock Show. I was, honestly, a little hesitant to start listening to the KSPU show, mostly because the name confused me a bit. But I get it all now, and I am glad that I took the leap and became a subscriber ... the show is one of my favorite podcasts. Cusick plays a good combination of the music that I want to hear (as I said before, when I critically judge someone's musical taste, I usually just see how much the person in question has in common with me) and the music that I have not yet found, but wish I had.
I credit Dave completely for my discovery of Cran. Cran, AKA Jonny Hughes (hey! another Canadian!), is a recent high school grad who has recorded one unreleased album, and although his computer pop sound is pretty commonplace now, he's fresh. I like him.
That was my main point (mostly because I do not have the resources any longer to search for more points!), but I would also like to tell you all that the Watson Twins -- whom I have only recently learned about thanks to the new Jenny Lewis record they helped create -- are releasing their own album, Southern Manners, soon. They've posted a free song, but it's unfortunately an MP4 file ...
The British hype machine is going full blast, as usual, and their latest saviours or ... something ... are This Et Al. I actually sort of like this group ... atmospheric post-punk (leaning towards Radiohead at points), with lots of unique instruments and styles thrown into the mix (i.e. tremelo guitar).
Damn these guys have released a lot of singles and splits to still not have an album.