Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004


We’ve been spending so much time lately looking back at the ’04, how about a look ahead to the ’05?

The new Super Furry Animals compilation Songbook – The Singles Volume 1, along with its companion DVD, will be coming out in North America on January 25 (There’s even a website!. Full info here. A new Furries studio album is due out sometime this Spring. The Furries are one of those bands I’ve always felt like I should like more than I do. I have/had a copy of Guerilla that I just couldn’t get into. I think maybe they’re a little too wacky/dippy for my tastes. I like things a little more… bedsit? I dunno.

But what won’t be coming out on the 25th of January is the Fountains Of Wayne b-sides comp. Billboard reports that the album will compile almost every b-side the band has ever released and some new material as well, but has no info on a title or release date, just sometime next year. If it were coming out in a month, they’d have probably confirmed some of that by now. And so we wait.

Some other noteworthy releases coming in the first few months of 2005 (from my POV, anyway):

Low / The Great Destroyer – Jan 25

Matt Pond PA / Winter Songs EP – Jan 2005

Bettie Serveert / Attagirl – Feb 1

The Wedding Present / Take Fountain – Feb 15

M Ward / Transistor Radio – Feb 22

The House Of Love / Days Run Away – Feb 28

Spoon / The Beast And Dragon Are Adored – Feb 2005

Doves / Some Cities – Mar 1 (see artwork here)

Kathleen Edwards / Back To Me – Mar 1

Ivy / In The Clear – Mar 1

Idlewild / Warnings/Promises – Mar 8

The Decemberists / Picaresque – Mar 22

Aimee Mann / The Forgotten Arm – Mar 2005

Pernice Brothers / untitled – Mar 2005

Josh Rouse / Nashville – Mar 2005

Teenage Fanclub / untitled – Mar 2005

Of course, these are just the known quantities – the artists whom I can generally expect to put out a good record. There’s certain to be any number of records by artists whom I’ve never heard of (for the moment, at least) who will spin my world around. Hopefully.

Glide asks a wide variety of musicians, including Drive By Trucker Patterson Hood, to put together their own year-end lists.

Our friends from across Lake Ontario, Mystery & Misery, compile a bunch of ’04 lists. I’m flattered to be on the Favorite Music Websites list. Heavy Black Frames also lists off and inflates my ego.

Go here for a complete Nellie McKay concert at the Aldrich Museum in New York this past August. New songs in the set, even! Via Achtung Baby.

Pop (All Love) recounts a lovely little tale of people falling in love over Stars.

np – Doves / The Last Broadcast

By : Frank Yang at 9:20 am
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  1. f-n says:

    kinda tough to take those furries seriously when they insist on devoting entire tracks to squirrels named venus and serena…gruff rhys clearly needs to lay off the ganja for a bit.

  2. Justin says:

    Not awaiting the new Brendan Benson?

    I didn’t know that we’d see new ones from Kathleen Edwards, Josh Rouse, or Teenage Fanclub that early in the year. Can’t wait!

  3. Justin says:

    Oh, and I too was disappointed in no release date on that FOW comp.

  4. dave says:

    venus and serena are turtles

  5. f-n says:

    that clears things up nicely.

  6. joyce says:

    explains why pernice brothers and aimee mann are confirmed for sxsw…

    but top of my sxsw wish list is house of love….frank, have you heard any rumors (credible or otherwise…I just want hope) that they might come? it would make my xmas.

  7. Frank says:

    I have heard nothing about House Of Love on these shores and am expecting to have to go import to get the new album. If any label over here does make a deal for a domestic release, I don’t imagine that they’d have deep enough pockets to bring them over here for shows. They’re almost a footnote in the UK and I think their profile here is even lower. This is all based on my own mildly cynical opinion, though, not reality, so who knows. I hope I didn’t ruin xmas for you.

  8. dave says:

    yeah, thanks, i thought that’d do the trick

  9. Eugene says:

    Don’t forget the live EP from Death Cab For Cutie. The release date reported has been January 25 though I’ve yet to see a tracklisting.