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  • #15257

    MultipleMike
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    Anticipated albums of the new year.

    Conrad Keely – Original Machines (debut solo album from the frontman of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead)

    Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness (Although I’m not too keen on the first single)

    Frightened Rabbit – TBA (Scott has talked about incorporating more electronic elements into this one which doesn’t particularly excite me, but I have no reason to believe the songwriting won’t impress.

    Emma Ruth Rundle – TBA (Her 2014 album Some Heavy Ocean was one of the best releases of that year, and she started recording the follow up last month. Otherwise I don’t know much about it.)

    I don’t know if anyone here is into Midlake, but in October the band uploaded a new photo showcasing them as a six piece with former frontman Tim Smith seemingly back in the fold. They haven’t made any formal announcements to say that he has rejoined the band or that they are working on new material, but it seems likely that this is the case. I’m hopeful.

    #15259
    Jimbo
    Jimbo
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    I think the new Ty Segall comes out in a week or so. I really liked Manipulator in 2014 so I’ll definitely give that a listen.

    Also, I think there has been some whispering of a new Grizzly Bear lately.

    #15261
    alkaline
    alkaline
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    I’m looking forward to the new NOFX actually. They’re recording at the moment but not sure there is any love for those old boys here.

    Also hoping Gregory Isakov and John Maus release something this year.

    #15263
    Jimbo
    Jimbo
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    Just when you think you’ve seen it all someone starts talking about NOFX on The National Forum…

    I used to love NOFX back in the day. I was a skateboarder in high school and listened to a lot of punk/ska, but NOFX was probably one of my favorites of the bunch. I spin Ribbed – Heavy Petting Zoo regularly and even went to see them live in 1996 on the Heavy Petting Zoo tour and almost died from being crushed during the songs. You would be standing there normally until they started playing and then there was a surge from the back that would crush you against the person in front of you. The set was almost identical to the album “I heard they suck live” except for the HPZ songs they played. Even the banter on stage was almost exactly the same…

    So anyways, the answer is “yes, there is some NOFX love ’round these parts.”

    I’m not sure how I’ll connect with a new album though…

    #15265

    MultipleMike
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    I also listened to them a lot as a teenager. They weren’t quite one of my favourites, mind you, but I did give Punk in Drublic and So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes a lot of time. I remember getting the nostalgia bug in picking up Wolves in Wolves Clothing in 2006, but I was growing out of punk by that point.

    I think the only punk band whose new material I still purchase regularly is Bad Religion, although I don’t think they’re putting anything new out soon.

    #15268
    alkaline
    alkaline
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    Yeah, Punk in Drublic, and So Long… are my favourites. Usually gets to summertime and I give them a listen along with the rest of my old skate-punk favourites.

    Anyway, this is all very nice to see 🙂

    #15269
    Jimbo
    Jimbo
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    So Wolf Parade has officially ended their hiatus and are planning a very short tour later this year. No mention of an album, but at least I can dream…

    #15272
    alkaline
    alkaline
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    You guys heard much of Krug’s Moonface?

    His latest album and EP are brilliant.

    Standout tracks: City Wrecker, November 2011, Barbarian II

    #15274
    Jimbo
    Jimbo
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    I’ve listened to most of the Moonface stuff but haven’t connected with it the same way as Wolf Parade or Sunset Rubdown. The earlier stuff was pretty good, but I didn’t really get into Julia in Blue Jeans so I think I forgot to give City Wrecker a chance. After listening to it again now it sounds pretty good and should probably go back and spin it a few more times (both City Wrecker and Julia).

    #15279

    comeunfantasma
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    looks like there is new Damien Jurado, Thermals, Eric Bachmann, Charles Bradley, and PJ Harvey coming up.

    good.

    #15284

    MultipleMike
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    Here’s a nice article about the recording process of new Frightened Rabbit album, which reads a lot like the piece published about High Violet in the New York Times almost 6 years ago.

    http://www.stereogum.com/featured/old-storms-in-new-places/

    #15286
    alkaline
    alkaline
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    Wow, thanks mate! Just what I feel like reading.

    #15290

    Rosemary
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    I’m loving John Cale’s M:FANS. Brilliant.
    Looking forward to Frightened Rabbit, M. Ward and Eric Bachmann.

    #15292

    Rosemary
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    Mike, thanks for posting the FR piece. I really enjoyed it.
    Anyone listened to Owl John? I’ve not had any spare cash for the last year, so I haven’t gotten around to buying it.

    #15295

    MultipleMike
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    I have listened to Owl John. I find it difficult to really say much about it for some reason… It’s good, it sounds like FR for the most part, although it has a more casual feel to it. It doesn’t quite hook me like Midnight Organ Fight or Pedestrian Verse do, but I’d still recommend it to anyone who likes those albums.

    I am curious about the Eric Bachmann album, although I’m not fond of the first single.

    Andrew Bird announced a new one this week which I am interested in.

    Also, LNZNDRF. I forgot to mention that one. The songs I’ve heard remind me of Appleseed Cast’s Illumination Ritual, which was one of my favourite releases of 2013.

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