These are the records I’m psyched about coming out in January and February of 2011.
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (1/18)
I’m hoping for a return to a more pop sound as perhaps Hazards Of Love thinned out some of the less devoted portion of their fanbase. Early signs point to a janglier R.E.M. influenced sound.
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blond (1/18)
Chicago based band’s eagerly anticipated sophomore record. I expect somewhat higher production values as the group jumps to Fat Possum. Best rebaked glam around these parts since The M’s.
Disappears – Guider (1/18)
Noisier than my usual cup of tea, but a dense and distortion heavy Chicago band featuring a member of The Ponys and former Reckless Records employee.
Fujiya & Miyagi – Ventriloquizzing (1/25)
Another group I am hoping returns with a stronger effort. Transparent Things was a great record, 2008’s Lightbulbs was a bit of a letdown.
Destroyer – Kaputt (1/25)
Dan Bejar’s excellent band. A love’em or hate’em proposition for most. Eager to hear what is next from Destroyer.
Gang Of Four – Content (1/25)
Not sure what to expect on this one, but I plan to get familiar before their gig at Metro.
Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil (1/25)
Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo (2/15)
Lead vocalist of Super Furry Animals third solo album. The guy is a genius. I would venture to say the brightest talent this side of Damon Albarn.
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (2/15)
Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence (2/15)
The Streets – Computers And Blues (Feb?)