I'm going to try to maintain a steady schedule of info-dump whathaveyou, a feature that's been around about as long as this blog has. But it's due for an overhaul and an upgrade, so here we are. I'm going to try to get one up every Friday, although you and I both know that won't happen. But I'll do my darndest to humor that intention. It'll be a 5-section post: I'll provide the usual musings and links that I've always done (now known as Various and Sundry Goings On About Music [or VASGOAM]); list some stuff I've been listening to recently; then, I'll list some upcoming releases that are on my horizon, followed by my personal show schedule (which anyone living in a larger market will ridicule), and finally a YouTube clip that will allow me to puff up this post without doing much extra work.
Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
- Three big record announcements this past week or so (two are really only big as far as my tastes go, and the third has a bit of a broader appeal.) First, my two: Jason Isbell will release his third solo album (2nd as leader of the 400 Unit.) This time it's called Here We Rest, and it'll drop in April. I wasn't blown away by his last album--just a bit too safe, I think. High hope for the new record, and hopefully it'll lead to another stop in Charleston for the gang. I'll go ahead and start a new bullet for the next one.
- The Felice Brothers haven't made it official, but Ian Felice announced onstage that the band's next album will drop at the end of March. It's called Celebration, Florida, which refers to the only coporate-owned town in the United States (Disney owns it.) Very excited for this, the official follow-up to Yonder Is the Clock, which was my 2nd favorite album back in 2009.
- The big one that you probably already know about is The Strokes. The garage rock titans will release their fourth LP on March 22 (way to steal the Felice's thunder, asses.) It'll be called Angles, and hopefully it'll be better than First Impressions of Earth.
- For the hell of it, I'll mention another one that's actually been on the radar for a while. The Low Anthem drops Smart Flesh on February 22. Tremendously high hopes for this one. Don't let me down, LA!
- Been listening to that new Smith Westerns album, Dye It Blonde, and I'm ready to call it a winner. It's lo-fi indie rock, tons of guitars but with the wide-eyed appeal and pop-sense of MGMT. Consider it recommended!
- Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
- Gram Parsons - GP/Grievous Angel
- Cass McCombs - Catacombs
- Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
- Smith Westerns - Dye It Blond
- Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean (January 25)
- Bright Eyes - The People's Key (February 15)
- Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (February 15)
- The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh (February 22)
- Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine (February 22)
- Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (March)
- Strokes - Angles (March 22)
- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (April 12)
- Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
- Dr. Dog (Charleston, February 3)
- Bright Eyes (Asheville, March 5)
- Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
Riveting scene from the highly conceptual Dylan biopic I'm Not There, wherein Jim James sings "Going to Acapulco" by Dylan and the Band.