• 01-21-2009, 11:48 AM
    Mr MidFi
    2009 releases: So far, so good!
    I wasn't wild about most of what I heard in 2008. But this year is less than 3 weeks old, and I'm already building a pretty solid shopping list of current releases. I like what I'm hearing from the new Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Ezra Furmen & the Harpoons, The Boxer Rebellion and Umphry's McGee discs.

    How about you?
  • 01-21-2009, 02:08 PM
    dean_martin
    I pre-ordered the new M. Ward album set for release in Feb. Check it out on the Merge Records website.

    hope to pick up the new Andrew Bird soon.

    There happened to be an article in today's paper on the new U2 album due in March. I don't know if I'll pick it up, but interestingly it's supposed to be available in 5 different packages.
  • 01-21-2009, 03:00 PM
    Slosh
    Maybe this will be the year the new Hellsayers and Richard Davies albums will be finally released. And maybe The Wrens too.
  • 01-21-2009, 05:00 PM
    Finch Platte
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr MidFi
    I wasn't wild about most of what I heard in 2008. But this year is less than 3 weeks old, and I'm already building a pretty solid shopping list of current releases. I like what I'm hearing from the new Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Ezra Furmen & the Harpoons, The Boxer Rebellion and Umphry's McGee discs.

    How about you?

    What's the word on the Umphrey's McGee disc?

    Now you got me excited! :crazy:

    I've got a 4-disc set of them on NYE '04- if you want to check it out, lemme know.

    fp
  • 01-22-2009, 06:41 AM
    Mr MidFi
    I'm actually not an Umphry's fan...but the bits I've heard from the new one sound interesting to me. Apparently, they worked on this one for like 3 years.

    A discrete little bird shared the Andrew Bird leak with me before its release, and it's good stuff. (I definitely owe him one, and I might just send him something via old-fashioned snail mail, assuming he's still at the same address.)

    And a buddy at work played me some of that Ezra Furmen & the Harpoons yesterday...I'd never heard of them before. Sorta like Willie Nile meets Violent Femmes.

    And I actually downloaded that new Boxer Rebellion album, which I almost never do. But $5.99 for a DRM-free, 256kps album isn't a bad deal...and I'm liking what I'm hearing. Think Interpol meets The Killers, with an undercoat of Radiohead and splashes of Elbow here and there.

    And the new Animal Collective is getting huge buzz everywhere. The consensus seems to be it's a surprisingly engaging neo-psychedelic mess.
  • 01-22-2009, 10:46 AM
    Finch Platte
    Well, check this out, then!

    http://www.myanimalhome.net/
  • 01-22-2009, 11:52 AM
    3-LockBox
    Pure Reason Revolution is supposed to have a new one out this spring. I'll swoop down on it as soon as its out.
  • 01-31-2009, 09:35 AM
    cole
    yeah, slosh..sorry about the long wait, but in the next few months, "all you need to sleep" by wayne robbins & the hellsayers will be released..after thousands of dollars (lots of money for us) and botched mixes and missed time, we're releasing an album that was self recorded and engineered by us and morgan kraft and mixed by mitch easter (r.e.m, pavement,etc) and the super furry animals..it's quiet different, but it's definitely waaaay better than the lonesome sea in our eyes, not that we're not proud of that one..anyhoo..will keep you posted and yes, it'll finally be here after we've all been waiting..thanks so much for sticking w/ us and the support....jonas


    www.myspace.com/thehellayers
  • 01-31-2009, 09:42 AM
    Slosh
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cole
    yeah, slosh..sorry about the long wait, but in the next few months, "all you need to sleep" by wayne robbins & the hellsayers will be released..after thousands of dollars (lots of money for us) and botched mixes and missed time, we're releasing an album that was self recorded and engineered by us and morgan kraft and mixed by mitch easter (r.e.m, pavement,etc) and the super furry animals..it's quiet different, but it's definitely waaaay better than the lonesome sea in our eyes, not that we're not proud of that one..anyhoo..will keep you posted and yes, it'll finally be here after we've all been waiting..thanks so much for sticking w/ us and the support....jonas


    www.myspace.com/thehellsayers

    Awesome news! I'll pre-order asap!

    edit: fixed link :)
  • 01-31-2009, 05:00 PM
    N. Abstentia
    Gonna be a good year!

    New Killswitch Engage, and new Mastodon. Nothing else really matters :)
  • 02-01-2009, 07:37 AM
    Stone
    Mitch Easter involvement you say? You've definitely got my attention.
  • 02-14-2009, 08:17 AM
    Slosh
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    First spin and so far me likey. :) Anyone else plan on grabbing it?
  • 02-15-2009, 07:29 AM
    noddin0ff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slosh
    First spin and so far me likey. :) Anyone else plan on grabbing it?

    Oh oh, you've gotten ahead of me on Robyn et al! The answer...of course I'm getting it. Putting this one on my Amazon list. Thanky for the heads up!
  • 02-15-2009, 07:33 AM
    noddin0ff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cole
    yeah, slosh..sorry about the long wait, but in the next few months, "all you need to sleep" by wayne robbins & the hellsayers will be released..after thousands of dollars (lots of money for us) and botched mixes and missed time, we're releasing an album that was self recorded and engineered by us and morgan kraft and mixed by mitch easter (r.e.m, pavement,etc) and the super furry animals..it's quiet different, but it's definitely waaaay better than the lonesome sea in our eyes, not that we're not proud of that one..anyhoo..will keep you posted and yes, it'll finally be here after we've all been waiting..thanks so much for sticking w/ us and the support....jonas


    www.myspace.com/thehellayers

    Nice sound on the link. I'll have to check it out. Hopefully you'll post when released?
  • 02-15-2009, 10:04 AM
    bobsticks
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slosh
    First spin and so far me likey. :) Anyone else plan on grabbing it?

    How's about you tell us, old sport? Your taste usually runs along the same lines as mine, or vice versa. Whatcha think, should I be running out post haste?
  • 02-15-2009, 11:11 AM
    noddin0ff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bobsticks
    How's about you tell us, old sport? Your taste usually runs along the same lines as mine, or vice versa. Whatcha think, should I be running out post haste?

    Amazon says release date is Feb 17. Slosh is, once again, way ahead of the curve...how does he do it?
  • 02-15-2009, 12:40 PM
    bobsticks
    Cuz Slosh be da mang.
  • 02-15-2009, 01:00 PM
    3-LockBox
    I got the new Umphrey's McGee and I thinks its stellar. Its the kind of notey, pop/rock that turns my prog crank. Very very well written and performed. Not overtly busy for busy's sake (ala neo-prog). It is more song oriented with some extended (though shortened) playing for good measure. These guys have chops but don't write material for the sake of showing off, they write good songs and the song craft and playing on this album is tight.
  • 02-15-2009, 01:12 PM
    3-LockBox
    I've heard good things about the new one from John Frusciante. I guess its a theme based album. I've heard some of his other solo stuff and was impressed, but never pulled the trigger. I may on this one.
  • 02-15-2009, 08:40 PM
    jonnyhambone
    Lovin' Andrew Bird's 'Noble Beast'...feels like a pastoral Radiohead on quite a few songs. and the vinyl sounds lovely - spread out over two albums.
    The new Animal Collective is excellent...again, spread out over two lp's with excellent SQ. It's kinda psychedelic-clubby so one album is enough for me in one sitting. Really a great one, though I was already on-board the A.C. wagon. If in doubt, listen to 'My Girls' or 'Brother Sport'.
    Speaking of wagons...the Welcome Wagon album is pretty fun. A hubbie/wife team from Brooklyn...who play a lot of ol' timey gospel stuff in their living room. Sufjan Stevens heard them and produced, recorded, played along with, and arranged their tunes for their debut album. Very christian but not really preachy...if you like Sufjan, which I really do, you should check 'em out.
    I just saw Antony and the Johnsons last night...Amazing show! He's just incredible. I haven't picked up the new album 'cuz the vinyl's not out for a few more weeks but the ep from last year is gorgeous.
    Looking forward to Neko Case and heard there's a new Akron/Family in the works...
  • 02-16-2009, 07:54 AM
    Mr MidFi
    I'm liking what I'm hearing on that Hellsayers link... thanks for posting, cole. That's you on guitar, correct?

    And to shift gears a bit...I'm also liking what I'm hearing from the upcoming Steven Wilson solo effort. It's getting some decent buzz, too.

    (And yeah, I'm a stinkin' U2 fanboy from way-the-fark back, so I'll prolly get that too. So sue me.)
  • 02-17-2009, 07:32 AM
    noddin0ff
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slosh
    First spin and so far me likey. :) Anyone else plan on grabbing it?

    Granted, I'm an unabashed Hitchcock fan, however my preview of Goodnight Oslo indicates that this is a worthy album for 2009. I'll definitely support one of my favorite artists with a purchase. Not as rocking as Ole Tarantula, it comes closer to his work with the Egyptians. But, this band of all stars (R.E.M.) is tighter and has a terrific flair for making good music with Robyn's oddness. Generalizing impression is that this album is Robyn with a touch of Blues. All good. Right now I'm picking What You Is as the winning track to look for on the radio. Who knows though, I'm like 0 for 50 on my own internal running list of predictions.
  • 02-17-2009, 11:02 AM
    Sugar Beats
    I wasn't wild about most of what I heard in 2008. But this year is less than 3 weeks old, and I'm already building a pretty solid shopping list of current releases. I like what I'm hearing from the new Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Ezra Furmen & the Harpoons, The Boxer Rebellion and Umphry's McGee discs.


    Hey Mr. MifFi,

    Just wanted to throw a "thanks" your way for starting this thread. I wasn't really familiar w/ The Boxer Rebellion or Animal Collective & checked them out. Very nice. Thanks again, Sugar

    btw, you get 3 lumps for posting this thread w/ some great music on it!
  • 02-17-2009, 11:38 AM
    Slosh
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by noddin0ff
    Amazon says release date is Feb 17. Slosh is, once again, way ahead of the curve...how does he do it?

    It helps to be attractive and charming. :D

    Or maybe its because I'm friends with the girl who does the ordering at my neighborhood indie record store? Hmmm . . . .

    NP:
  • 02-17-2009, 01:29 PM
    Sugar Beats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 3-LockBox
    I've heard good things about the new one from John Frusciante. I guess its a theme based album. I've heard some of his other solo stuff and was impressed, but never pulled the trigger. I may on this one.


    I've heard some stuff, so 3LB, do me a favor and lemme know what you think about this one, if you are in favor of it & think it's a good one to acquire.
    Thanks!