2009, LOOKING FORWARD: The Music
PART 1 – The Movies
Which brings us to Part 2: the Music.
As alluded to in a prior entry, there was no shortage of great albums that came out in 2008. What does 2009 have in store? The best stuff will come from out of left field, particularly for somebody like myself who try as he might can’t stay on top of the scene the way that he used to, and there’s no way for me to tell who will be the next Fleet Foxes or The Knux.
Still, there’s are some scheduled releases that have me giddy with anticipation.
“Hazards of Love”
I was first introduced to The Decemberists by my good friend and aspiring journalist Jess C. (leopard182), who loaned me a copy of “Castaways and Cut-Outs.” I gave it one spin and shelved it. For whatever reason it just didn’t take. Roughly a year later I listened to it again. I don’t know what had changed in my attitudes or appreciation level, but I immediately fell head over heels in love with them. My love affair continued unabided through the underrated “Picaresque” and 2006’s hit with the Starbucks crowd, “The Crane Wife.” In March they put forth their latest, “Hazards of Love,” which Colin Meloy claims started out as a musical. Those unfamiliar with the group will most likely groan at that revelation, but I personally find the band at its best when it reaches for those high concepts – mostly because they know how to do it without being pretentious about it. They’re music nerds, and I love them for it. Forget it being the most anticipated album of 2009…my anticipation for this is higher than any album in YEARS.
As much as I rag on him for primarily being the MC white people name-drop even though he’s just slightly overrated, I absolutely fell in love with “The New Danger” on a slow burn, which is why I’m more than willing to give this album a chance. Mos Def’s first LP in three years drops in February, There’s some good buzz coming out of tracks he previewed for some live crowds in ’08. Confirmed producers for the tracks include Madlib and his younger brother Oh No, Chad Hugo, J Dilla, and Kanye West (there’s a new law of thermodynamics that states if a hip-hop recording artist spends more than eight hours in a studio Kanye West will materialize). Additionally, Talib Kweli and Slick Rick are confirmed as featured guests, and you can’t complain about that.
Releasing March 3, 2009
Neko Case has only gotten better since changing her back-up band and touting herself as a pure singles act (sans the “& Her Boyfriends”), as evidenced by her last release, 2006’s “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.” For her fifth full-length LP Case will unleash 12 original tracks and 3 covers, including Harry Nilsson’s “Don’t Forget Me.” Case is easily my favorite female vocalist of any genre, as she possesses a voice that resonates both in its technical merits and heart. The badn she used for “Fox Confessor” will return for this album, and will also feature members of Calexico, Los Lobos, and The New Pornographers.
ALSO DROPPING NEW ALBUMS IN 2009:
Would you believe that despite having friends who adore her and having liked quite a few of her songs that I’ve heard, I’ve never bought/downloaded/listened to a full Tori Amos album? It’s true. I’ll change that with her next release, promise. Although actually, I probably won’t even wait that long.
Severely delayed, it’s EXPECTED this will FINALLY drop in 2009, but I still have my doubts; not just as to whether or not it’ll come out, but what kind of quality we’ll get from them with all the bullshit surrounding the making of this album.
The New Pornographers
The Postal Service
The band has promised that this is going to be much more of an experimental and ambient studio album. In other words, it’ll be more like “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” than the simpler performance album “Sky Blue Sky,” which I liked but not nearly as much as “Foxtrot.” Color me excited.
UPCOMING RELEASES FROM PEOPLE THAT SHOULD REALLY JUST GO AWAY:
Eminem – “Relapse”
“The Eminem Show” was a fitting bookend to “My Name Is,” and he should’ve stayed retired and developed his chops as a producer. Instead he got distracted by complete nonsense, including a very odd reconciliation with arch-nemesis and ex-wife Kim that resulted in another divorce and various accusations, and his work on both sides of the glass became a complete mess. Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe 2009 will be a comeback year for the guy. But I doubt it.
U2 – “No Line on the Horizon”
Maybe it should be “no end in sight,” as I don’t see one in terms of the endless parade of overproduced and self-important garbage coming from these guys. I’m sorry, I know I’m on an island, but I’ve hated everything U2 has done since ’92. Everything.
Rob Thomas – “Cradle Songs”
He’s been trying to convince us that he’s a rock star since the hit he had with Santana. Truth is, he’ll never be the star on his own that he was with Matchbox 20, and that band fucking BLEW.
50 Cent – “Before I Self-Destruct”
You’re a bit too fucking late, Curtis.
Black Eyed Peas – “The E.N.D.”
Actually, “The End” for these guys came when they arbitrarily added a chick who could dance in their videos and not much else (who surprisingly shot to stardom with unsurprisingly terrible ballads). “The End” was also signalled on a far grander scale when will.i.am was interviewed live on CNN the night of the most historic election in United States history…AS A HOLOGRAM. Somebody stop these fools before they do more damage to the space-time continuum!
Lil Jon – “Crunk Rock”
Oh, Lil Jon. Don’t you know your time has passed and another irritating little prick with only one trick up his sleeve has taken your spot as the hip-hop novelty act whose schtick got tired as soon as it hit big and will soon be the punchline that you became even before chappelle lampooned you? Oh, well then allow me to introduce you to T-Pain.
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