The Breeders, on vinyl. Much to my delight it came with a code for downloading the entire album in MP3 form so I can basically have my cake and listen to it on my iPod as well!
The album is pretty damn fantastic. I've been a Breeders fan since Pod (still their best album if you ask me) and I've enjoyed most of their releases but was kind of disappointed when Title TK dropped after a zillion years and it was pretty mediocre. Mountain Battles has some sonic similarities in the sense that some of it sounds like it was recorded in Kim Deal's bedroom - possibly in her closet or under her bed. There's a very hushed, intimate tone to some of the songs while others are bristling with noises and echoes and weird blips and guitar parts that somehow all fit together perfectly. Kim Deal has always had this weird, unexpected sexiness to a lot of her songs and that same quality is definitely in effect on this record. And I love it.
I am now more excited than ever to see them at the end of this month! And I really hope they play a bunch of stuff from Pod like they did on their last tour.