I've been on a bit of a warm weather, sunshine and psych pop bent recently. Of the things that has "floated my boat" recently:
1. The Beach Boys The Pet Sounds Sessions--If I had to choose one album to take on a desert island, it would certainly be Pet Sounds. That album means everything to me, and has since I was a kid. Just recently I decided to pick up The Pet Sounds Sessions, released in 1996, and have been absolutely blown away by the disc 3 of the box set. Disc 3 is vocals only, a cappella versions of Pet Sounds in its entirety. The album blows me away even more after repeatedly listening on my headphones to strictly the harmonic vocals of The Beach Boys, pure as day and absolutely brilliant.
2. Curt Boettcher--I dug the singer-songwriter and his compositions with The Association, and I'm also rediscovering his band The Millennium, and realizing what a brilliant album Begin is. I bought Begin a few years ago, but never really delved into it until the past month.