So, from the looks of it, 2010 is going to be one of the biggest years in music in a while. Forces are gathering, bidding their time, and I feel a plethora of musical alchemy building and waiting to be released on us foolish listeners. All of my many, many faithful readers might be thinking “I’ve heard THAT one before… It’s just gonna be another year in music…” and perhaps it is. It always will be, so there’s no point in arguing that. The fact of the matter is that, whether we like it or not, we are gonna be getting a lot of either gold-or-miss material from so many fantastic bands from every which genre. So without further ado, here’s 2010’s HOT LIST, so far:
1) MGMT– Congratulations : Ah, MGMT. How we’ve all waited with fingers crossed and hearts heavy for more of your spiritual guidance. At first, MGMT seemed like a silly band, especially looking back at the pre-MGMT days as the Management and their songs about four winged dinosaurs. However, anyone who’s anyone that has listened to their fantasmical debut Oracular Spectacular, knows that this is a band with outrageous potential. It’s been ages in internet time since they’ve updated anyone, and I believe at this point that they are going for a more mysterious aura; they’re trying to show us that only they can define themselves. The only clues we’ve gotten as to where their music might be heading on the thought-provokingly titled Congratulations have been snippets of just-being-formed songs at concerts and the only official new single since Oracular, “Metanoia.” However, if any of these things are even a slight indication, where the band is headed musicaly, be excited. Be very excited. It sounds like they’re morphing into a Pink Floyd-sounding (but still their own) band, complete with sprawling sounds, random samples, howling harmonies and just as many catchy hooks as ever. Now, don’t get me wrong, the band we’ve all grown to love still has their randomness and unorthodoxy that we’re all so fond of, but they’re allowing themselves to expand as a band where they need it, and I’m very sure they know where they need to step back. Look for Congratulations in the first quarter of 2010.
2) LCD Soundsystem– Untitled: It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from older then would be expected do-it-all man, James Murphy. He is the driving force behind LCD Soundsystem, which, in all honesty, is the basis of all compare for any electronic album nowadays. I don’t blame him for taking so long to give us loyal fans a snippet, because he does so freaking much, what with being married, being co-founder of DFA Records, and being kinda old. He’s been in bands-a-plenty, produced more then his fair share of solid gold for other bands, almost was a key writer for Seinfeld, and has been DJing for god knows how long. Oh yeah, and he hand crafted the genius that was LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut, and the critically acclaimed follow up, Sound of Silver. If for some dumb reason you haven’t heard SoS, go get it right now. Go. I’ll wait. James has been said to been working in LA over the past summer on this album, with rumored song names to be “Why Do You Hate Music?” and “Love in LA”. The new disc should drop early 2010, so keep your ears peeled, you don’t want to miss this one.
~45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)
~ Daft Punk is Playing at my House
~ Someone Great
3) Justice– Untitled: AHHHHHH! FUCKING JUSTICE! After their very creative debut album, Cross, and the following documentary/live album A-Cross The Universe, Justice are ready to come back, and hopefully bigger then ever. As of late, their recent remixes have had the Justice feel, but lacked anything substantially cool- I still enjoyed them, but perhaps it’s only because I’m a fan. They recently sold their soul and remixed for U2’s new album, which was okay, but U2 and Justice should NEVER MIX (You hear me, internet? Good. Take care of it.). However, they probably recieved a huge 6-figure sum to make it, so I can’t blame them for not turning it down. It takes big money to make that big Justice sound. If they can somehow make their ear-rattling sound evolve, without sounding too repetitive or just relying on old tricks, I’m sure their new album will be fine. Not much is known about it yet, really, besides the fact it’s being made, somewhere, with a release date sometime, presumably early 2010.
~Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
4)Vampire Weekend– Contra: It’s kinda funny. When Vampire Weekend first hit the scene way back in 2006, it was cool to even know about them. Alas, the blogosphere is a cruel place, and now I’ve met many a weary soul that say they hate Vampire Weekend. Now, I can tell that’s not true, cause when they say that, their eyes glance away and I swear the expression on their faces says “Oh, please forgive me Ezra, I don’t mean it, you know that. You know that no one may know of our undying love! It’s too soon!” Well, rest easier tonight, oh hidden Vampire Weekend lovers, for with the release of Contra, you may proudly start singing all the songs you’ve no doubt completely memorized. Still don’t wanna give in? How about this: when Vampire Weekend first started, they themselves, said that they sucked. They themselves said they didn’t really have massive musical skills, but instead they had an intense longing and drive to make music that came from deep inside them. And it shows in their style. They know how to stretch out the scales just enough to tickle your ear bones, and Ezra Koenig’s voice reaches some very beautiful place, all while sounding very natural. For white kids who grew up in the better parts of America, they sure sound like they might come from Africa, and for being so young, they sure do sound like Paul Simon at times. The new album has not been leaked yet, as opposed to the last which was leaked so early it almost broke the band. The only thing we know at this point is the tracklisting, and the main cover, which this time features a very stoned-looking lady, perhaps the hinted at Contra? Oh, and the mysterious clip, only titled “Contra Teaser.” Though it’s not much to go off of, I like the feeling of it. The album drops January 12th in the U.S. of A.
- “White Sky”
- “California English”
- “Taxi Cab”
- “Giving Up The Gun”
- “Diplomat’s Son”
- “I Think Ur A Contra”
The best of ze rest:
The Shins- Untitled
The Klaxons– Untitled
The Gorillaz– Untitled
Julian Lennon– Everything Changes
Red Hot Chili Peppers- 10th Album
The Offspring– 9th Studio Album
Stone Temple Pilots– Untitled
“Weird Al’ Yankovich– Internet Leaks
The Streets- Computers and Blues
Hot Chip- Untitled
Hanson– Oh, god, why?
Flobots- with Mario Caldato
Kings of Leon- Untitled
High School Musical 4 Soundtrack- NO NO NO NO (yet sadly true…)
Gorillaz– Electric Shock Demo
The Klaxons- No Diggity (Blackstreet Cover)
Ratatat- Mirando (Animal Collective Remix)
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