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To the surprise of exactly no one, there has been very little discussion about the actual music contained on M.I.A.'s forthcoming album, but quite a bit about its title and Hindu goddesses and parrots and the Internet. Presumably this is how things will continue to go down even after the record is released. Cross your fingers for a Madonna guest spot, you guys. Or don't!
The Chronicles of Marnia, March 19
Head-lightening, finger-tapping guitar skills will get you a lot of appreciative critical notices and a determined cult following, but a ticket to the top of the charts they are not. This was Marnie Stern’s dilemma ahead of her fourth record. A possible answer, formed with the help of veteran Brooklyn producer Nicolas Vernhes, was to make what’s being billed as the brightest, most open-sounding pop record of her career. Her advance single, “Year of the Glad,” is a substantial down payment.
Title TBA, Spring
Word has it that Brooklyn rock n’ rollers The Men are already hard at work on the album that’ll come out after their next album, which no one’s heard anything from yet. Open Your Heart was such a solid jump forward for them that we’re happy to play catch up. Despite releasing a single on Matador earlier this year, they’ll stay with Sacred Bones Records for this release at least.
My Bloody Valentine,
No idea, maybe never?
We really want to get excited about the late-2012 announcement that Kevin Shields has supposedly finished mastering a new My Bloody Valentine record, but we've been playing this game for 20 years now. Obviously, if it exists, we will listen to it. Immediately.
Lysandre, January 15
When word came earlier this year that Christopher Owens's former band, Girls, was suddenly calling it quits, you could sense that it wouldn't be long before the renowned pop-formalist with the crazy, culty backstory would be back at it. And alas, his solo debut Lysandre will be upon us in just a few short weeks. Judging from the one song we've heard so far, he seems to have picked up right where he left off—with the added bonus of a flute. (2013: The year of the flute? It worked for the sax in 2011, you know.)
Title TBA, April
If you were wondering just how much licensing cash Phoenix pulled in off their ubiquitous 2009 breakout Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, well, perhaps it's telling that it will have taken them four years to release its follow-up—there's not a whole lot of urgency there, it seems. And good for them, we say: that a smart, stylish guitar band could enjoy the success they did was impressive even back in 2009; if they can pull it off again in 2013, it'll be a miracle. A handsome, French miracle.