Bobbyisms: Tunes to look forward to in 2010
Welcome back! I hope you had a great holiday, wherever or however you spent it. I'm happy for the fact I've got this column to write again and the fleeting notion that somebody out there is reading it. I've been making notes, writing pieces over the past few weeks to fill this space, but before that I wanted to indulge and explore briefly... the most anticipated albums of 2010!
In reading up for this issue, I searched a few dozen online magazines and blogs, and it seems almost unanimous that the indie scene is by far the most desired; dreams of new records by Hot Chip, Spoon, The National, MGMT, and Arcade Fire are dancing about in music geek's heads these next few months.
Hopefully, they'll be happy as early as this week; tomorrow marks the release of new albums by OK Go (called Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky) and more desiredly, Vampire Weekend (called Contra). The latter confuses me slightly — I know that their debut record generated a big buzz for them, but I recall seeing them perform on Saturday Night Live following its release and that was horrible, just horrible. Contra is going to be a telling record.
However rock fans needn't despair; though at this moment most of the really exciting bands aren't committing to details, there are whispers that we can expect discs by Senses Fail, Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Them Crooked Vultures, REM, and Stone Temple Pilots.
Personally, I've been looking maniacally forward to the release of a new EP by Alexisonfire, tentatively called Dog's Blood. Originally, the plan for the band was to record as early as January and hopefully have the disc out by the end of the winter, but they're joining Billy Talent and Against Me! on tour (stopping in London in March), and there's no word at the moment as to whether that is going to put a halt on that particular project.
Also worth a mention is that we might be seeing a rise in the number of bands that manage their own releases in 2010. Angels & Airwaves are releasing their own new album in February, and Radiohead appear to be working on a new album, despite their stance in interviews on recording (more at http://bit.ly/5BIBfa). No word yet on whether or not they're going to offer it for the same ‘pay-what-you-can' admission as In Rainbows.
I've said it before, and recently: 2010 is definitely going to be a telling year for music. I know that I didn't touch on hip-hop, country, trance, or any other genre of music expected in the next 12 months, but rest assured there is something for everyone this coming year. Just... hopefully it will be listenable stuff. I'm out of words.