Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, April 22, 2011

Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • By now you should know that Wilco comes first here at HSW. To wit: exciting news from Chicago, as the band has announced a new single called "I Might", and it'll drop in July. What's more, Jeff Tweedy chatted with Spin Magazine about the new Wilco album. Tentatively titled Get Well Soon Everybody, the recording process is "pretty far along" according to Tweedy. We could hear the album as soon as September. A few things he said got me giddy, especially his categorization of the sound as either experimental-leaning rock or cinematic country. But he also called it "obnoxious...pop" and admits to trying a falsetto at some point...uh. "Obnoxious pop" is a good way to describe the worst parts of Wilco (The Album). Regardless, I'm excited to hear something new, and more importantly, catch a few more shows along the way.
  • Remember last week when Bon Iver posted a mysterious video? He didn't let the tease linger, as the announcement came this week. It's out in June, it's self-titled, and it's got a lot of folks excited. Looking very much forward to this one.
  • Check out this fascinating article about whale pop-songs. That's right, not even whales are exempt from following musical trends. Question: Has some hipsterfuck Brooklyn laptop band mashed up whalesongs yet? It's a matter of time.
  • Sad, sad news to report: only a few weeks after the release of their excellent new album, Nine Types of Light, TV On the Radio announced the passing of bassist Gerard Smith. It was only a couple of months ago when the band informed us that he was battling lung cancer. RIP to Gerard.
  • Show this weekend: Iron & Wine and The Low Anthem in Savannah. Last time I saw Iron & Wine was 2005, and a little-known band without a proper LP opened. They're doing OK now though.
  • Don't forget to vote in the poll. And follow us on Twitter.
Recent Listening:
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida
  • Vampire Weekend - Contra
  • TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light
  • The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me
  • Weezer - Pinkerton
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (May 3)
  • Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (May 10)
  • Man Man - Life Fantastic (May 10)
  • Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (May 31)
  • My Morning Jacket - Circuital (May 31)
  • Bon Iver - Bon Iver (June '11)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
  • The Fleet Foxes (Atlanta, May 14)
A Tube For You:
Last night, Ryan Adams unexpectedly opened for Emmylou Harris. I've backed off of my RA fanboyism int he past few years, but this version of "Oh My Sweet Carolina" sounds nothing short of golden age Ryan--the vocals sound like they were peeled right off of Heartbreaker. Emmylou's background vocals don't hurt, either.

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