Days of Summer


By Bill Chenevert

Monday, June 2: Torchwood, inspired by the long-running BBC smash hit Doctor Who, has been as successful as its campy progenitor, and its late-night airtime yields a little more sexiness, violence, gore -- oh, and gay kissing! In the show -- which is basically The X Files meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- the Cardiff branch of the Torchwood Institute investigates extraterrestrial behavior and seeks to adapt alien technology for human use on earth. Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), leader of the Torchwood Three, is one hot captain and -- hallelujah! -- he likes men. Now you can own Torchwood: The Complete Second Season on DVD. For a taste, check out these two awesome clips: first, a ballsy dance smooch between Jack and Jack, and then a scene with two old lovers, now enemies, who kiss and then beat each other up. Order the DVD here.

Tuesday, June 3: For your listening pleasure, two noteworthy releases hit stores today and, trust us, you'll have these on repeat all summer. Fleet Foxes, a Sub Pop five-piece out of Seattle, craft what they call "baroque harmonic pop jams" on their self-titled debut album. However they choose to describe it, it is heaven. (Think Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young with a dash of Grizzly Bear.) For a better idea, watch the video for "Mykanos" here. Then, we welcome the new full-length from our friends Ladytron. Velocifero features 13 songs recorded in Paris that are riddled with electro-goodness. Their first single, "Ghosts," is a haunting and grinding track that will no doubt be remixed and funneled to dance floors ASAP. See the video here.