We are almost at the end of 2014, and do you wonder what 2015 has in store for us? We already know about some upcoming releases and these are the ones that excite me the most:
1. Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities To Love’ out on January 20th via Sub Pop: This one must be on a lot of lists because the girl trio is back after a long hiatus; it’s not a definitive come-back but I take it, because the songs that we already have the chance to listen to (‘Bury Our Friends’ and especially ‘Surface Envy’) are very good. ‘We sound possessed on these songs,’ said Carrie Brownstein in a statement. ‘Willing it all — the entire weight of the band and what it means to us — back into existence.’ So don’t miss these grrl riot’s grand return, it may be the last one?
2. Panda Bear, ‘Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper’ out on January 9th via Domino Recording Company: Another one which is probably on many lists, as there is a lot of anticipation for the follow-up of ‘Tomboy’. I liked ‘Tomboy’, plus the video for one of the new tracks, ‘Boys Latin’ is really poetic and continues where we had left Noah Lennox. I know about his repetitive-eerie vocals, they can be a bit overwhelming at times, but his style is so unique that there is nothing else like him: he manages to blend the past and the future as his music often sounds like the harmonies of the Beach Boys sung by a churchy choir and re-mixed by an electronica band. And what about the theme of the album? ‘It goes back to thinking a lot about changes that happen with people and in people’s lives, how a real intense change on some level is a kind of death,’ he said in an interview, ‘But I don’t really mean it in a negative way’.
3. Father John Misty, ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ out on February 10th via Sub Pop: the ex-Fleet Foxes member has been recording solo for a while and this new album, a concept album, was produced by Jonathan Wilson (who also recently worked with Conor Oberst). ‘My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice,’ declared Josh Tillman in a statement. We have heard two songs, ‘Bored In The USA’, and ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)’ and they are really catchy, soulful and funny at the same time. He is a totally eccentric guy in the music world.
4. José González, ‘Vestiges & Claws’ out on February 17th via Mute. José Gonzálezis a very talented and humble guy, and he continues to quietly release solo albums in parallel to pursue his work with his band Junip. ‘Vestiges & Claws’ will be his first new solo album since his 2007’s ‘In Our Nature’, and if you don’t know about him already let’s just say that his music is soulful, intimate and very personal, just listen to the lo-fi and moving track ‘Every Age’. This time, he even produced this new album himself: ‘It was no doubt a conscious decision to work without a producer,’ he said. ‘I didn’t want this to be too polished, or too ‘in your face.’ Most of all, it’s fun to be in complete control of the artistic aspect.’ And to describe the sound of the album, he added: ‘I really do not want a modern crisp sound. I’d much rather aim somewhere between Shuggie Otis and Simon & Garfunkel.’
5. Laura Marling, ‘Short Movie’ out on March 23rd via Ribbon : I may be less excited than Iman about this one, but Laura is a seriously good songwriter, she is supposed to be the next hot indie-folk songwriter, if she hasn’t already achieved this status. The title track was really enjoyable and was a new direction for her, with more orchestration and the crazy horse in the video was wild. I think she may take herself a bit seriously, she looks so serious on stage and she should relax a bit, she is only 24 and she acts as if she had lived for 100 years!! ‘I realized that I hadn’t been in a place for longer than two or three weeks since I was 16,’ she said in an interview. ‘I thought: ‘I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere [and] look back over the past eight years.’’ And for a while she had picked my neighborhood to settle down, where she wrote this new album. But I heard that she is now back in England, that she is done with LA! I don’t know, not so long ago, she was raving about the country, can this woman make up her mind?
Also Girlpool, Beach House, Screaming Females, Built to Spill, Courtney Barnett, Deafhaven and Radiohead will all release albums in 2015!
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!