In no particular order...
Dire Straits — Communiqué (1979)
Their second album sounds a lot like their first, which is just fine by me. It's laid back but finds nice grooves. A couple of the songs drag a little, but then they pick right back up and you're moving again.
Current pick: "Single-Handed Sailor"
Steve Winwood — Steve Winwood (1977)
Yes, some of the keyboards sound pretty dated... but if you can get past that, this is really quite a solid album. This was before Arc of a Diver, and definitely before his '80s schlock-pop days... thankfully.
Current pick: "Midland Maniac" (a live version, but a decent guitarist, I think)
Blitzen Trapper — Destroyer of the Void (2010)
See? I like new music too... but for the Trappers, this one hits me a little more squarely than their current LP, American Goldwing (but that's a solid album too). A little twang, a lotta guitars, and copious fun.
Current pick: "Sadie" (a live-in-the-studio version which sticks fairly close to the original)
Kula Shaker — Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (1999)
They only really had one hit single in North America, "Tattva", from their debut album, K. The Indian stuff gets a little kitschy at times, but you can't deny this is a pretty solid record.
Current pick: "Great Hosannah"
The Bees — Sunshine Hit Me (2002)
Every album they release is different in its own way (like Sloan). What keeps drawing me back to this one is its simplicity and earthiness; after all, it was recorded in a shed, mostly by two guys.
Current pick: "Sunshine", but that's not streamable anywhere, so we'll go with "Lying In The Snow"
So, there we go. A little sampling of the musical part of the mind of J, in early March, 2012. Enjoy! (Or not.)