Looking Into the Not-Too-Distant Future

December 20, 2009

Everyone’s talking about the music they enjoyed the most from 2009. I thought about doing a list like that, but it probably wouldn’t look very different from the dozens of best-of lists that are already out there. So I thought I would talk about some albums that will be coming out in early 2010 that I am super stoked on.

Spoon – Transference (January 19)

Recently I’ve been re-discovering Spoon. Even though they’ve had killer songs on all of their albums, I thought Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was my favourite complete album of theirs. From beginning-to-end it’s totally entertaining, with lots of catchy hooks and little details that deliver well-crafted music. The first single from their new album, Written in Reverse, sounds faithful to the style of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, with them playing around with the mechanics of a song and the production. At one point the song seemingly ends, then starts up again from the beginning, almost feeling like a car stopping and then backing into reverse.


Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks (March 9)

It’s guaranteed now that whenever Ted Leo releases a new album, it will be one of my favourites of the year. He’s my favourite musician in music today, a man with a mission with every song he sings. He combines incredible fury and emotion with thoughftul and inspiring lyrics, and his live show is something to behold. The first single, Even Heroes Have to Die, is another tune you can’t help but move your feet to, and be energized by.


Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (March 9)

Titus Andronicus come from the same New Jersey punk scene as Ted Leo, and they’ve toured with him recently, so it makes sense their new album would drop on the same date. Their debut album, The Airing of Grievances, was about as unique a punk album as I’ve heard in the last few years, with lyrics inspired by Shakespeare (f’realz). But this album attempts to go even further than that, as it will be a concept album based on the American Civil War. In between songs, there will be spoken word interludes, with guys like The Hold Steady and The Vivian Girls speaking the words of famous figures from that era. It sounds like something that could either be a huge success or a giant failure, but from the sounds of the first single Four Score and Seven, I’m leaning towards the former. Despite the subject matter being over a hundred years old, the themes they sing about still hold true today, and giving it a modern punk sounds fills it with new raw energy.



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