November’s $5 albums

Each month amazon.com offers 100 albums for the low, low price of $5.

Given the choice between a footlong at Subway and some cheap new tunes, I’d be most likely to pick the latter.

Especially if said albums consist of Frank Sinatra’s “Classic Sinatra” and The Weepies’ “Be My Thrill.”

Other highlights include “The Bends” by Radiohead, “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones, “Soviet Kitsch” by Regina Spektor and “The Story” by Brandi Carlile.

There are also more than a few Christmas albums for those of you who like to bust out the holiday tunes before your Halloween candy is gone.

Check out the complete list for yourself here and get ’em before Dec. 1!

Song of the Day: “The Last Day on Earth”

Artist: Kate Miller-Heidke

Song: “The Last Day on Earth”

Album: “Curiouser” (2010)

Recommended if you like: Regina Spektor, A Fine Frenzy, people with talent.

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It should really only take you about two notes into this song to realize that Kate Miller-Heidke is a classically trained vocalist.

This Aussie’s got a serious set of pipes, and the third single from her sophomore album, “Curiouser,” is one of her personal best.

For me, music can be described in one word: passion. Kate’s voice is strained with genuine emotion for the entire four minutes of this track, which is (unfortunately) a rarity amongst the Katy Perry’s of today’s music world.

Her vocals are soft yet powerful with lyrics like “In my head I repeat our conversations / Over and over til they feel like hallucinations / You know me I love to lose my mind / And everytime anybody ever speaks your name / I still feel the same / I ache / I ache / I ache inside.”

Artists like Miller-Heidke don’t need gimmicks like soaring guitar riffs or the oh-so-ridiculous auto-tune (yeah, I’m talking to you, T-Pain). This song is all about her soaring vocals and minimal instrumentals and its simplicity just works.

It’s unfortunate that her music isn’t more widely known in the states. Chances are, if you’ve heard anything by Miller-Heidke, it’s “Are You Fucking Kidding Me,” a kiss-off of a song about an ex-boyfriend who adds her as a friend on Facebook. Which is really a shame, because it’s kind of a cheap song in comparison to this one, lacking its beautiful simplicity.

Ultimately, “The Last Day on Earth” is an honest song that allows Kate’s flawless vocals and songwriting abilities shine through.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. See for yourself:

“And you hold me closer than I can ever remember being held / I’m not afraid to sleep now / If we can stay like this until it’s the last day on earth.”

Regina Spektor Meets Radiohead

My dreams are coming true!

Well, maybe not all of them, but Regina Spektor covering a Radiohead song is a good start.

“No Surprises” is a single off Radiohead’s 1997 album, “OK Computer,” and Spektor’s cover was released on iTunes yesterday.

The track was recorded in order to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, a group that provides medical care to countries ravaged by war and natural disaster.

Anything Spektor does is, in a word, lovely.  I urge you to find another female artist today with such a beautiful, pure voice.

The song is available on iTunes and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the relief group.

Two great artists teaming up for a great cause. What more could you ask for?