Well it’s the end of the first month of 2012 (supposedly the last January of our existence?!), and there was plenty going on in the music world. Here were some notable stories from the past month, along with my favorite album of January.
Lana Del Rey’s Debut Finally Drops…And There’s Nothing Much There.
With an official debut coming out and tons of hype behind her, Del Rey had nearly impossible expectations to meet in January, and of course she failed to meet them. She bombed her performance on SNL – it sounded like a bad American Idol audition – and her debut album didn’t match the excitement that the hype had created about her. Looks like we have another victim of the Internet Hype Machine. I’ll always love “Video Games” though.
Disney Starts Selling Joy Division Shirts…Then Takes Them Off The Market
Disney finally started listening to their post-punk demographic and began selling Disney shirts with the famous Unknown Pleasures‘s album cover in the shape of the famous Mickey Mouse head. However, the shirts created quite a stir among some people, and they were quickly removed. It’s a shame – now what am I supposed to wear on Space Mountain?
RIP Etta James
Etta James left us in January, and she took with her one hell of a voice. She will be greatly missed.
My Album of the Month: Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Cloud Nothings third album, and the first with a proper producer, is a short but sweet kick in the ass. Much like Yuck’s debut last year, Attack On Memory will take you back to the good old days of the Lo-Fi 90s.
The Song I Listened To The Most: James Blake – “A Case of You”
This Joni Mitchell cover was released in October, but it was all I listened to in January. After hearing James Blake on piano without any electronics, his excellent debut album sounds more like Blue than Kid A.
Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber