Early 2011 Albums I’m Eager For

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?)



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