According to the “Top CD’s to Ask For For Christmas” article that was posted back in ‘06, you should have asked for some albums from the greats like Cursive, the band that lost to Stephen Colbert in the Guitar Solo Challenge on The Colbert Report, The Decemberists, and Beck. But let’s face it. Even though Beck had a pretty pimp “make your own album design” cover, and Tim Kasher filled the whole Cohn left with a few brass players, these albums aren’t even close to the magic their predecessors hold. That’s why we have another year to look forward to with more hopeful, and high anticipated releases from some of our old favorites like Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, and Jimmy Eat World. I’m not expecting much from some of these bands after hearing a number of the new songs that have been floating around on the net. But I will give each release its shot at being a break or bust.
Here are some tracks from a few albums that I have been anticipating since I heard their release dates.
Bright Eyes – “Endless Entertainment” (Stream Rip)
Cassadaga – Saddle Creek
Conor Oberst released two albums back in 2005. One being the more old-fashioned Bright Eyes sound we know, but with a few folk star appearances. This being I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. The other album, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, is the electronic indie-pop disc that can be compared to a much loved song by Bright Eyes, “Lover I Don’t Have to Love”.(you know you like it). From the sounds of the new Bright Eyes track “Endless Entertainment“, it seems that Oberst has chosen the trail of folk rock for the forthcoming album, Cassadaga.
Wise decision. Too bad the song doesn’t show much hope for the album. Just give it a listen.
They were picked up when they didn’t know how to play their instruments, and now they’re playing arenas and weddings. Jimmy Eat World has done it all, and now they’re “thrashing unreal”. “Big Casino”, named after Jim Adkins’ side band, and “Electable” are both upbeat tunes that Jimmy Eat World is known for. Both songs, thankfully, sound as if JEW have decided to revisit their old ways from the days of Static Prevails and Clarity.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – “La Costa Brava” (Live)
Living With the Living – Touch and Go
Everyone knows “Me and Mia” and the chorus were the song got it’s name from; It was Ego who was flying the banner, and me and Mia, Ann and Ana, etc, etc. Well, down the tempo on that and change the name to something that sounds like a Mexican resort and you have “La Costa Brava”. It may not be as catchy and contemporary as some of the tracks off 2005’s Shake The Sheets, but it’s a Ted Leo song that gives light to this new release that is expected for a release in glorious 2007.
Modest Mouse – “Dashboard” (Radio Rip)
We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank – Epic Records
1st Quarter 2007
Gave this song a first time listen thinking it would end up sounding like Modest Mouse with flavorful Smiths’ vibe. But to my amaze, it didn’t. “Dashboard” has that Modest Mouse sound, but with the attraction of taking a step in a different direction than before. Being a little rather poppy with a few catchy lines (Well we woulda been, coulda been worst than you’d ever know), this is a jam. I already have high anticipation for this album.
Last year we were stuck with some good albums, like Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and The Format’s Dog Problems. But will 2007 be able to beat 2006? Only time will tell.Seriously, who is going to forget 2006 after great albums and films like Snakes on a Plane?
Alright, most of us.