Crowded House – Farewell To The World (CD and DVD): It took ten years, but Crowded House's final concert has finally been released on CD and DVD. Playing in front of an astonishing 120,000 fans at Sydney's famous Opera House, the band runs through an incredible selection of their very best songs. The only thing missing now is a reunion – sadly impossible due to drummer Paul Hester's unfortunate suicide in 2005. But at least fans have this great reminder of a great band.
Ron Sexsmith – Time Being: Shhh – don't tell anyone, I'm late reporting on this one from last week. Better late than never, right? Actually released last year everywhere but America, this finally saw release here and the wait was worth it. More infectious but dark songwriting from one of the best, most sadly overlooked songsmiths out there. A recent discovery for me, I have found Sexsmith's voice is probably the one thing that less adventurous listeners might have an issue with – you might call it "Kermity" at times, if you were cruel, but it's a warm, velvety "Kermit the Frog" and his earnest, compelling lyrics are so powerful that good listeners should easily be able get past this quickly. Time Being is just another album of great songs following a string of great albums from this guy – nothing new, but not a letdown in the slightest.