The New York indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure At Heart released their self-named deput album. The band's name comes from a children's book the band's singer wrote, but never published. The Von Bondies released their third album, called Love, Hate and Then There’s You. All songs were written by Jason Stollsteimer, except "Blame Game" and "Earthquake" co written by Jason Stollsteimer and Don Blum. The band formed in 1997 at a Cramps show.
Lilly Allen released her second album It's Not Me, It's You. Lilly Allen is a British pop singer, daughter of actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. When she was 11, former Univrsity of Victoria music student Rachel Santesso, who later became an award-winning soprano and composer, heard Allen singing Oasis' Wonderwall in the schools playground. She was impressed and called Allen into her office the next day and started giving her lunchtime singing lessons. Allen's debut album, Alright, Still, was released in the UK on 3 July 2006. Her second album was released in the United Kingdom on 9 February 2009 and on 10 February in North America and took positive critics.Dan Auerbach, Black keys' guitarist and vocalist, released his deput album Keep it Hid.
Malajube, a band from Canada's Montreal, released their third album Labyrinthes. Julien Mineau, the band's singer and primary songwriter, has described the album's themes as being partly inspired by the continuing role of Roman Catholicism in Quebec's society.
Year's of refusal, Morrissey's ninth solo album came out. The album was praised by critics. The photo on the album cover is taken by Jake Walters. The baby pictured with Morrissey is the son of Charlie Browne, Morrissey's assistant tour manager. The baby's mother and father met at a Morrissey concert in Boston.
Beirut released the double EP March of the Zapotec/Holland. Owen Cook animated and directed the video for "La Llorona", which is related to the legend of La Llorona, Spanish for "The Crying woman," which is a popular legend in Spanish-speaking countries. La Llorona was a beautiful woman who killed her children to be with the man that she loved, but for that reason was rejected by him. The story has similarities to the Greek Medea.
Black Lips released their fifth album 200 Million Thousand. The Black Lips live shows has a reputation of being completely crazy. They vomit, urinate, get naked, band members kissing each other and people in the audience and flaming guitars. The band says: "People and other bands and club owners can get really mad. We have gotten kicked out of a lot of clubs. Sometimes they want to fight us when it happens. People run away and act scared. But theres nothing to be scared of, its all natural bodily functions. I think it's funny when people get mad.