I've been so focused on wrapping 2009 I nearly forgot about all the fine releases we have to look forward to in the first few months of the new year. Here's s a look and listen at some of those albums I'm anxiously awaiting, with MP3's.
On January 26th Los Campesinos! will release Romance is Boring on Arts and Crafts. The albums 15 tracks were recorded with John Goodmanson in Manmouthire UK, Seattle, and Connecticut. In a recent press release issued by Arts and Crafts, the bands label is urging fans to leave all preconceptions at the door,"it's a record that's bigger, deeper, more complex and more direct than anything Los Campesinos! has recorded to date." Personally I can't wait to hear it in it's entirety, for now you can check out the two tracks the band has made available over the past couple of months.
[MP3/Stream] Los Campesinos! - The Sea is a Good Place To Think about The Future
[Video/Stream] Los Campesinos - These Are Listed Buildings
Liars will make their return on March 9th with the release of their 5th album, Sisterworld on Mute Records. Sisterworld was written and recorded in Los Angeles with Tom Biller. Liars have just issued the albums opening track Scissor for download at theSisterworld . All they ask in return is your e-mail address. It starts out all quiet and innocent and then it proceeds to blow your head off.
I've been hearing rumblings from the west coast about the possible return of former Beulah front man Miles Kurosky for some time now. A new song was posted in the spring of 2008, but since then it's been pretty quiet. Well it appears it's finally official, according to various sources including antimusic Miles will release his solo debut, The Desert of Shallow Effects on March 9th via Majordomo , an imprint of Shout!Factory. Produced by Kurosky and engineered by his former Beulah band mate Eli Crews,The Desert of Shallow Effects features over 20 musicians including several ex-members of Beulah. Look for Miles Kurosky on tour this spring after the albums release.
On April 6th Austin, TX's Harlem will release their Matador Records debut. The 16 song, Hippies was recorded with Mike McHugh and will serve as the follow up to the excellent Free Drugs LP, released earlier this year on Female Fantasy. While we wait for winters thaw and album #2 from Harlem, the bands new label have offered up Friendly Ghost at the Matablog to hold us over. It's a fantastic dose of their rough around the edges pop.