Rolling Stone's Kevin O'Donnell breaks down two recent hot releases — Brendan Benson's My Old Familiar Friend and Jay Reatard's Watch Me Fall — in this week's new music podcast. Up first, Raconteur Benson returns with his fourth solo LP, which he recorded with Pixies and Foo Fighters producer Gil Norton. Overall, it's a killer record of '70s style power pop that takes cues from ELO and Big Star — and sounds like nothing you'll hear from his band with Jack White.
And there's Jay Reatard whose real name is Jay Lindsey, a 29-year-old Memphis garage punk who's released a ton of DIY singles. On Watch Me Fall he churns out revved up pop-punk and new wave tunes, and on "There Is No Sun" he shows off some new tricks with orchestration.