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Chairlift – Something, January 24
They've jumped from iPod-commercial buzz band on a homegrown record label to almost being completely forgotten, to signing to Columbia Records. Based on the new songs we’ve heard, we still like the one in the iPod commercial best.
Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory, January 24
The 90s revival comes full circle with an album by a kid born in the 90s, shaped by Steve Albini's most token 90s-style production since the actual 90s. The Promise Ring is reuniting, by the way.
Craig Finn – Clear Heart, Full Eyes, January 24
Well, Finn sure does know his audience, who will no doubt dutifully follow him on his first solo endeavor away from The Hold Steady. Dillon Panthers/Minnesota Twins forever.
Diamond Rugs – title tba, spring
Here we have a supergroup boasting members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate and Six Finger Satellite. Their first single, a heartbreaking Christmas ballad driven by John McCauley's drunken drawl and a simple piano melody, is not indicative of how the record sounds as a whole, says the label. They plan to rock pretty hard, actually. We assume large vats of beer were involved in its making.
Grimes – Visions, January 31
If “Oblivion”—an adult version of a Sesame Street bop-along—is any indication that Claire Boucher is opting to drop the heavy atmospherics of her former work, Visions is headed for big-time buzz, making Altered Zones proud in its afterlife.