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Mik
Just like last year - I suppose.

What are you looking forward to?

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand is the only major release on my radar screen, as of now. And hopefully the new U2 CD in March won't suck like the last one.
C Dubya 04
There's supposed to be new Wilco in 2009, right? If so, that.
PUT THAT DICK IN MY MOUTH!
Deep down I know I'm only setting myself up for disappointment, but I'm pretty amped for The Blueprint 3.
mfn
The new Franz album. The Von Bondies are FINALLY releasing their follow up to Pawn Shoppe Heart.
haws bah gawd
Kamelot is supposed to be releasing a new album at some point this year, so count me in on that. Nightwish also has a new live album, and Leave's Eyes is FINALLY releasing their Double DVD/Double CD live set that they've been working on for close to 3 years.
Mik
P4k creamed themselves over the new Animal Collective today, which is not the least bit surprising.

What did stick out to me in the review, though, is that they called it their "pop" album, which means this might have a chance at being the first Animal Collective I've heard that I will actually enjoy. I don't know.
Edwin MacPhisto
Never ever? "Peacebone" and "Fireworks" and "Who Could Win a Rabbit" and "Grass" are pretty zippy and poppy, at the least.

PUT THAT DICK IN MY MOUTH!
Animal Collective is gay music for gays.
King Kamala
I don't think anybody else here is fan except me and maybe Czech but Fountains of Wayne have a new album coming out this Summer I believe. They're previewing new songs from it on they're upcoming acoustic tour. Those guys haven't let me down yet so I'll definitely be picking up that one.

In other bands that only Kamala seems to like news, Guster has an album coming out this year as well.
Kinetic
QUOTE (King Kamala @ Jan 5 2009, 10:19 AM) *
I don't think anybody else here is fan except me and maybe Czech but Fountains of Wayne have a new album coming out this Summer I believe. They're previewing new songs from it on they're upcoming acoustic tour. Those guys haven't let me down yet so I'll definitely be picking up that one.


Ya know, I lost both of my Fountains of Wayne CDs in the post office disaster I described further down the board. While I never really liked Utopia Parkway, their debut was the soundtrack to various portions of my 1997. I was fifteen. It was a very good year. Sad to lose that one.

I don't really "get" Animal Collective. I sort of enjoyed some parts of their last album (can't remember what it's called, and everything in my record collection beginning with the letter 'A' is long gone, goddamn you USPS!!!) but their hype and following seems to be pretty disproportionate to the quality of their music. That Panda Bear thing that Pitchfork had as their #1 album in '07 was, I thought, a fucking waste of time.
Corey_Lazarus
The forthcoming Cannibal Corpse sounds like it'll be promising, especially hot off the heels of Kill. They've got a decent amount to live up to.

And I wonder if Municipal Waste will write and release another one before the end of '09. Or even Short Sharp Shock, for that matter.

EDIT: Thanks to this, I got me a set of release dates for bands I actually like. Some are tentative, others are actually pretty set in stone. I'm happy. biggrin.gif
Annabelle
i see animal collective is like the electronic/alternative (for lack of better term) equivalent of coltrane. you either like the quest/search/voyage or you hate it. sometimes its noise. sometimes its focused. i respect that. i've warmed up to them much more lately, but they're hardly one of my current favorites. well, maybe. i remember this quote from wayne coyne where they asked him what instrument he played, and he responded "the recording studio". thats how i see this.
Czecherbear
I like a couple of Animal Collective songs but I don't really listen to them anymore.

FoW: whaaatever. Welcome Interstate Managers wasn't all that great, so I don't really have any interest in this. The s/t and Utopia Parkway, though, those are treasures.

Guster: I might check it out but they're trending downward too. Goldfly and Lost and Gone Forever are really good autumn/spring albums, however. I've been a fan of those for years now. Five of them!
King Kamala
Czech, you haven't checked out Traffic and Weather? Did it fly that under the radar for you not to notice or did you just not bother. It's not up to par with the first two albums but I thought it was quite a bit better than Welcome Interstate Managers (which I also enjoyed). I wouldn't say they've gone downhill since their first two albums but they've kind of flat lined, for lack of a better term. They aren't going to switch the formula and I can see how it can get tiresome to some. It works for me though, I always manage to find four or five songs on each album that I really like and that's good enough for me.

Guster's next album is going to be an interesting one. I think they're stuck in limbo right now. Again, I liked their last album better than Keep It Together (which seemed to be trying a tad bit too hard to get radio play) but it's kind of schizophrenic. What are they trying to do? Indie rock? Top 40? Powerpop? Personally, I'm hoping they go back to basics but I think it's too late to turn back now. In retrospect, I think they should have stayed a trio. MINOR BRUSH WITH FAME ALERT. I interviewed their lead singer shortly after the release of the last album for my college paper. It was a pretty big coup as Guster plays arenas here in Maine for some reason.
Czecherbear
Wasn't Guster on Ice recorded in Maine? They probably play big venues because they're a Boston band. I wonder if douchebags in green pre-faded low-profile Sawx hats rock out to "Airport Song" and "Barrel of a Gun" as hard as I do. I sure hope not.
King Kamala
Yep, Guster On Ice was recorded over two shows at the late, lamented State Theatre in beautiful Downtown Portland. For whatever reason, I didn't jump the gun fast enough to get tickets and I didn't go to either.

And I regret to inform you that there are a lot of those douchebag bros rocking out at Guster shows. Oddly enough, the biggest drove of them I've seen was not at any of the Guster shows I saw in Boston but one I saw here in Portland. The bros were out in full force and they weren't taken to kindly to Rouge Wave (WHO THE FACK ARE THESE GUYS?) or Ray Lamontagne (HAHA LOOKS LIKE A FRIGGING BUM!) that night. One semi-juicy tidbit I got in my interview with Ryan Miller was that they didn't get along all that with Ray Lamontagne. But knowing Lamontagne a bit thirdhand through him getting his start on the local scene, that guy doesn't really get along with anyone
cbacon
In addition to Animal Collective, i'm looking forward to:

Neko Case
Antony and the Johnsons
Matthew Good
Patrick Wolf
Sunset Rubdown
Jimmy Eat World
The Decemberists
Metric, sorta

And possibly new stuff from Radiohead, Sufjan (he's not going to finish the 50 States project at this pace), Arcade Fire, and I suppose some BSS members will bring something out
Urban Warfare
Mastodon kicks all sorts of ass and I am dying to hear the new album.
PUT THAT DICK IN MY MOUTH!
QUOTE (Czecherbear @ Jan 6 2009, 04:43 PM) *
I wonder if douchebags in green pre-faded low-profile Sawx hats rock out to "Airport Song" and "Barrel of a Gun" as hard as I do. I sure hope not.


Embrace yr inner broski
Gary Floyd
Looking forward to the new Zombi and Amesoeurs. Also looking forward to the new Depeche Mode and the new Antony and the Johnsons. I'm iffy on Blueprint 3.

TheTomster
Eminem's is what I'm looking forward to, though I hear there is suppose to be some Bowling for Soup and Linkin Park released that I'll be sure to check out
haws bah gawd
The last Linkin Park album was an absolute turd, so I have very low expectations for anything new from them.
BUTT
QUOTE (objet petit a @ Jan 2 2009, 01:05 PM) *
Deep down I know I'm only setting myself up for disappointment, but I'm pretty amped for The Blueprint 3.

This is really happening? Wasn't the second one supposed to be vastly inferior?
Edwin MacPhisto
It was, as were both of Jay-Z's post-Black Album albums. I don't expect much out of him anymore.

Speaking of Jay, he's coming to DC for a show at the 2200-seat Warner Theatre. Tickets are only $375 to $1000!
Mik
I dunno, the American Gangster soundtrack was pretty good.

No arguing that Kingdom Come was absolute dogshit, though.
PUT THAT DICK IN MY MOUTH!
I'm only looking forward to it because recently he seems to have regained some of his old form. Especially on this "Go Hard" remix, which he pretty much straight up murders



On dark nights it's like I see better
On dark nights I'm like Heath Ledger
Even if I overdose on drugs
Motherfuckers can't kill my buzz
Giuseppe Zangara
I hope he uses Autotune!
Big Ol' Smitty
DJ KHALED WE THE BEST WHO WE NIGGA WE THE BEST

I like most of DJ Khaled's songs that I've heard but I wish he didn't feel the need to yell this stupid shit out at the beginning of every one. Or appear in videos.


Gary Floyd
QUOTE (bigolshitty @ Jan 7 2009, 01:50 PM) *
DJ KHALED WE THE BEST WHO WE NIGGA WE THE BEST

I like most of DJ Khaled's songs that I've heard but I wish he didn't feel the need to yell this stupid shit out at the beginning of every one. Or appear in videos.

That music video never fails to crack me up. Now if only I knew what they were the best at. Also, seconding the American Gangster love. That's my third favorite Jay-Z album.
PUT THAT DICK IN MY MOUTH!
DJ Drama should be the only mixtape DJ aloud to shout all over songs.

DJ DRAMA THE IPOD KING *gunshots* SHOUT OUTS TO THE APHILIATES NIGGA *plays first 20 seconds of song* *rewinds four times* GANGSTA GRILLZ YOU BASTARDS *gunshots*
cd213
The new Zeromancer album has me excited. The first single, DOPPELGANGER is really good. Also, the new Prodigy album should be good. It's the first time since FAT OF THE LAND that Keith and Maxim are back with Liam.
The Niggardly King
I'm digging this Jay-Z meets Radiohead mash up
Henry Spencer
I'm going to listen to my first two 2009 albums tonight. Animal Collective and Marianne Faithfull. I might even make popcorn.
Edwin MacPhisto
QUOTE (KOAB @ Jan 8 2009, 05:43 AM) *

I listened to most of this and wasn't thrilled. Most of the stuff was interesting for a minute, but lost me pretty quickly when it became clear the instrumentals weren't going to change much even when Jay's tempo and delivery did. I like "Change Order" the best, just because "Gag Order" has a pretty satisfying, plaintive guitar twangle that goes well with "Never Change." Unfortunately, it doesn't go as well with "Never Change" as the original backing track to "Never Change."
Garth
I'm very much looking forward to Art Brut's third offering, which I believe is out in April. They're had Frank Black.Black Francis/Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV/whatever you want to call him producing this record. I'm interested in seeing if he has had any real impact on the sound of the record.
Mik
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand leaked over the weekend. Just found out about it this morning and need to wait until tonight to give it a listen. Anyone who can get to it today and give their thoughts here would be appreciated.

Idolator is saying that "Lucid Dreams" is stretched out to 8 minutes and is the highlight of the album. Can't wait to get my hands on this.
Henry Spencer
Moz's new album leaked yesterday. I'm on my third listen. It rocks a lot harder than anything he's done in a long time. If anything, it reminds me of Kill Uncle mixed with one of the two late nineties weird ones that nobody listens to anymore.
Henry Spencer
I'm now listening to the new Animal Collective for a second time. I like this band and have enjoyed to varying degrees everything they've released. This one's no exception, but it basically feels like the third part of the Feels/Strawberry Jam trilogy. Kind of a holding pattern. I guess it's poppier than either of those albums, it's debatable whether that's a good thing or not. I'll give it a few more listens before I decide to toss it on the scrap heap of Animal Collective albums I never listen to with Strawberry Jam.
Henry Spencer
The new Antony & The Johnsons album, The Crying Light. I've always been a fan of his work, so I was eager to hear this. My god, it's so maudlin. I don't think that even my more-intense-than-usual-this-year seasonal depression can get me through it.
PLAGIARISM!
QUOTE (Henry Spencer @ Jan 12 2009, 05:09 PM) *
Moz's new album leaked yesterday. I'm on my third listen. It rocks a lot harder than anything he's done in a long time. If anything, it reminds me of Kill Uncle mixed with one of the two late nineties weird ones that nobody listens to anymore.


Been waiting what seems like forever for the studio version of 'Something is Squeezing My Skull'. Great opener. I think he might have shot himself in the foot releasing 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' as the first single (not an actively bad song, but not great or really reflective of the largely up-tempo album) and including both 'new' tracks off the Greatest Hits though.
Gary Floyd
QUOTE (Henry Spencer @ Jan 12 2009, 05:35 PM) *
The new Antony & The Johnsons album, The Crying Light. I've always been a fan of his work, so I was eager to hear this. My god, it's so maudlin. I don't think that even my more-intense-than-usual-this-year seasonal depression can get me through it.

Speaking of him, his pal David Michael (aka David Tibet) should have a new Current 93 album out this year. Also, can't wait to hear the new Antony album.
Mik
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand sounds like what you'd expect a Franz record to sound like. Lots of up-tempo numbers and it winds down with a few nice ballads. "Katharine Kiss Me" is a good closer.

I'm still unsure how I feel about the album. It didn't grab me immediately but then I remembered that the last two albums didn't either right away. Anyway - I really like "Ulysses" and there are a few other good tracks. Overall - I really enjoy it.

Idolator was right, though. The longer remixed version of "Lucid Dreams" is probably my favorite Franz song to date.
Copper Feel
Best Ferdinand album yet.
Mik
Glasvegas, anyone? Giving it a listen tonight to see what the hype is about.
Copper Feel
Now there's a Glaswegian band I don't like.
Gary Floyd
Yeah, agreeing with Henry Spencer that The Crying Light is awesome.
Henry Spencer
I never said it was awesome. I finally did give it a listen all the way through a few times, though. It's pretty good. I like both of his previous albums better, but time will tell how this one sits with me in the long run.
Kinetic
Anyone have an opinion on the new Animal Collective? I'm listening to it for the first time right now. I'm not nuts about it so far. "My Girls" is good, though.
Henry Spencer
It's Animal Collective as usual as far as I can tell.
Henry Spencer
I heard Brothersport at a party about a week ago. All the hipsters went absolutely nuts, and we listened to nothing but Animal Collective for the rest of the night.

This will not be helpful in increasing my opinion of the album.
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