February 18, 2009

Looking forward

*Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
First song, "Zero," sounds very promising, but Karen O won't be pulling a Billy Corgan and shaving her head any time soon. At first listen, I don't know about the synths: not quite as sexy as Zinner's guitar work, but I bet he tears it open when they do this live and by the end of the song you can hear it.

*Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Ed Droste does an interview with Tom Breihan from Pitchfork. It won't be out until May and I'm desparate to hear some studio versions, especially after watching these guys perform "Two Weeks" for David Letterman. If it's anywhere as good as Yellow House, well, I just don't know what I'll do. Probably write something about it and use a lot of superlatives. I've never done that before.

*Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Things are pretty quiet beyond some vague descriptions from Matador rep, Gerard Cosloy ("Suffice to say we’re pretty amazed at the way the band delivered something this neoteric while still sounding like, well, themselves") and wonkiness from Thurston Moore ("juicy supersonic songs" and "heavy ass weirdo hooks"). It's also the studio debut of former Pavement bassist Mark Ibold.

*PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman a Man Walked By
Nothing in the way of songs yet, but plenty of buzz. The Quietus recently featured an interview with John and Polly. It comes out four days after my birthday, so I'm hoping I won't have to buy it. What else is a birthday for?

Another anticipated album; not on such a grand scale, but nonetheless worthy of everybody's attention:

The Other Brothers - The Other Brothers
Donovan Giesbrecht and Chris Neufeld's new collaborative project. A few songs have been posted on their snazzy new website.

Save the dates:
Mennofolk Manitoba: Feb 28, at The Park Theatre.
Winnipeg CD Release: April 3, at The Park Theatre.
Winkler CD Release: April 6, at Covenant Mennonite Church.

Hey, something cool is actually happening in Winkler. Why am I not surprised that it's at Covenant?

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