Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
- The big news this week is the long-awaited announcement of a new Bon Iver LP. The second album from Justin Vernon may not closely resemble For Emma, Forever Ago (our 4th best album of 2008) based on what he told Rolling Stone. Still, it seems 4/5 times when artists say that, it's not as much of a deviation than they'd lead you to expect. For Emma was great, and so was the Blood Bank EP, so I have every reason to believe that Vernon will execute. The still untitled album drops in June.
- My Morning Jacket still won't dish on the release date of their album. They did announce a small tour that doesn't come close to the Atlantic southeast. But again, it's a small tour, and this is a band with a superhuman ambition when it comes to touring, so I don't doubt I'll be able to catch a date or two as the band tours behind Circuital.
- But speaking of southern-fried hardrocking sumbitches, I will finally see the Drive-By Truckers, after what seems like a hundred squandered opportunities. In fact, back in January of 2009 I wrote a "Musical Resolutions" list which included four must-see bands/artists I still needed to see. It's sort of depressing, but the DBT's will be the first of those four I can scratch off. Anyway, the Truckers play in Charleston semi-regularly, but I always seem to be out of town. Not this time. See you on April 14th!
- There's another song out there from the new Fleet Foxes album. It's called "Battery Kinzie", check it out.
- Now for the weekly
excuseshousekeeping updates: Look for the remainder of 11 Best next week. Been inundated with projects lately. Is this whole delay a piece of calculated interactive art nodding to the "builds" topic of March's Best of 11? Sure, why not.
- John Prine - s/t
- The Replacements - Tim
- Ryan Adams - Demolition
- The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
- The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life
- Cass McCombs - WIT'S END (April 12)
- TV On the Radio - Types of Light (April 12)
- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (April 12)
- Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (May 3)
- Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
- Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (May 10)
- Man Man - Life Fantastic
- Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (May 31)
- My Morning Jacket - Circuital (Spring '11)
- Bon Iver - (no title yet) (June '11)
- The Avett Brothers (Savannah, March 30)
- Drive-By Truckers (Charleston, April 14)
- Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
- The Fleet Foxes (Atlanta, May 14)
As I mentioned last week I've been spinning a lot of Will Oldham's older stuff--the Palace projects from the mid 90s, before he assumed the Bonnie "Prince" Billy monicker. Such is my excuse for posting this clip from Conan. Oldham's performance is wonderfully off-kilter, with his eerie gaze, jigs, and squeaky warbles. I sense that Oldham is amping up the eccentricity to fuck with a late-night audience that's used to waxed, buffed, and polished performances of snappy lead singles. No one seems more caught off guard than Conan O'Brien--always one for wearing his reactions on his sleeve. "That was great," a mildly frightened Conan tells Will. That was great indeed.