on topic of Paramore - the Brand New Eyes album was pretty bad. Really underwhelming follow up to RIOT. They should be ashamed too. Ignorance, though, was brilliant.
That's why I wasn't certain of buying this year's album, because I blindly bought Brand New Eyes and didn't like it (because Riot was so good). But now, their self titled album is my favorite Paramore album.
I've never listened to The Distillers before, but I've just heard Drain The Blood and I liked it. I'm gonna check out something more from them.
I'm not quite sure what you're into but for me personally the older stuff was much better. Had more of an edgy punk vibe, songs were way more catchy. These days they're a completely different band, playing more of a bland rock style or at least from as much as I've heard.