Click here to go to NPR and listen to Jim James’s first solo album Regions of Light And Sound Of God. From the little bits of pieces I’ve already heard, I can tell you that fans of My Morning Jacket won’t be disappointed by their beloved bandleader going solo.
After reading Consequence of Sound’s list of their most excited releases for 2013, I was compelled to make my own list of albums I’m looking forward to listening (hopefully!) this year. A lot of the due dates and album artworks are not confirmed yet, so I’m working with what I got.
My Bloody Valentine – TBD
Mention the band My Bloody Valentine to your hipster friend and he will become bubbly and ramble on about how their 1991 album Loveless is one of THE greatest albums of all time (no, like really, like, THE GREATEST). Teasing aside (Loveless is indeed worth looking into), the band’s sudden announcement of a new album in over 22 years is causing quite the ruckus. Expectations are impossibly high, but My Bloody Valentine is a band that could actually match those expectations. This is already 2013’s most scrutinized album, but it could also be its best.
Release date – Apparently January, since the band has confirmed that the album is 100% completed.
Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God
I have no idea what to expect from My Morning Jacket’s lead man’s first solo album, but judging from the album cover I’d say he’ll cover a little bit of everything. Hey who knows, maybe It’ll attract more My Morning Jacket fans, and that’s always a good thing.
Release date – February 5th
Atoms For Peace – Amok
The debut album from a band consisting of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea? Yes please.
Release date – February 18th
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
As fantastic as Nick Cave is, it seems that he and the Bad Seeds don’t have an accessible album for any newcomer interested in this living legend. Push the Sky Away might very well be that much needed album. Or it could be just another Nick Cave record, which would still be awesome.
Release date – February 19th
HAIM – TBD
I first hear HAIM (pronounced like “lime”) last month from their single, “Forever”, and I immediately fell in love with these girls. A lot of comparisons to Fleetwood Mac are being thrown around, but that doesn’t quite do justice to HAIM’s well crafted indie pop that doesn’t feel in any way dated.
Release date – Sometime in March
Phoenix – TBD
Their smash 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix grabbed the entire world’s attention with their French electro-pop that could sum up what indie rock sounded like in the late 2000s, but now it’s time for their much desired follow up. No word on the overall album’s sound, but apparently it’s very “experimental”, whatever that means…
Release date – April
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Vile himself described his new album as, “Just rock”. Good enough for me.
Release date – Spring
Here are some more releases that I’m looking forward to in 2013, but unfortunately I have almost no knowledge of release dates (some of these might not even be released this year).
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Here’s to 2013!
Part 2 of his 70th birthday celebration!
I just did a list of my favorite Bob Dylan songs, now here are my favorite Dylan cover songs. If you cannot get over this guy’s voice – you know who you are – maybe you’ll appreciate his songwriting when someone else does his songs. Some of these covers are very familiar (I think we’ve all heard Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” many times) while others are unexpectedly great (how about Dave Matthews doing “All Along The Watchtower”?). Most of these songs are from the soundtrack to the Bob Dylan movie I’m Not There, highly recommend for any Dylan fan and even for those unfamiliar with him. Hopefully these songs make you appreciate this man more before he bites the dust – he isn’t going to be around forever!
Jack Johnson/The Band – “I Shall Be Released”
Jimi Hendrix/Dave Matthews Band – “All Along The Watchtower”
Yo La Tengo – “Fourth Time Around”
Jeff Tweedy – “Simple Twist Of Fate”
Calexico and Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Just Like A Woman”
The Hold Steady – “Can I Please Crawl Out Your Window?”
The Black Keys – “The Wicked Messenger”
Jason Mraz – “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”
Calexico and Roger McGuinn – “One More Cup Of Coffee”
Mason Jennings – “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”
Calexico and Jim James – “Goin’ to Acapulco”
Sufjan Stevens – “Ring Them Bells”
Norah Jones – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”