After a ton of early buzz about a new record (original release slotted for this past September), it seems like The Strokes WILL actually put one out. Finally. Rumor has it that Julian has released the reigns a bit and the album will be more of a total band affair. The yet untitled album should be out a in a few months after some post-production work.
Kanye West is someone you might have heard of and while you probably don't need a reminder that he just put out a new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, well, he did. Uhhhh, it is really good and I'd like to jump on the bandwagon like everyone else to say it is really really good. It has been given almost unanimous perfect reviews. Whether you like/respect/support Ye' or not, give the album a shot, it will blow your mind. Kanye please continue to merge genres, and I think you have everyone's permission to keep making great albums.
Cut Copy has put a release date on its follow up to 2008's In Ghost Colours with Zonoscope. The band is taking a new direction with the album, let's give it a listen on Feb. 8th. First single is playing over at Pitchfork check it out over there.
The National dropped a critically acclaimed bomb this year, and an expanded edition with some new tracks, alternate recordings, and other goodies will be out next week. Pigeons and Planes is streaming one of the new tracks for the album, and after listening it is easy to understand why they left it off the album, it's fairly happy, even jaunty and might have stood out a little from the grey vibe on High Violet. Give it a listen anyway, it is a great track and a cool new turn from the consistent group.
Looking for holiday gift ideas for the music lover? Buy a charity album. I've already plugged Dark Was the Night enough, but if you still haven't bought one or ten copies, get out and do so. Find it on Amazon, and if you want more information, check out the older posts where I have a link to a paper I wrote on it.
Other gift ideas? There are plenty of cool LP's that have come out the second half of the year. Here are a few worthy gift ideas.
Sufjan Stevens-Age of Adz
Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest
The Walkmen- Lisbon
of Montreal- False Priest
Gorillaz- Plastic Beach
Arcade Fire- The Suburbs