Oh yeah, I have been aware of the Zola Jesus/Thirlwell collab (at least at a live level) and been a fan of hers for a long time. i saw her open up for the XX 2 years ago and it was spectacular. I downloaded the album this afternoon but was too busy to listen to it yet.
December 31 - Matthew Dear/The Sword/Pallbearer
January 30 - Behemoth
February 3 - Zola Jesus
February 6 - Sleep
February 28 - A Place To Bury Strangers
April 6 - Swans
April 10-12 - Coachella
April 17 - Clark/Nosaj Thing
May 8-10 - Austin Psych Fest
May 15-17 - Psycho California
June 24-28 - Glastonbury
EDIT* Bonobo's set at FFF should be great as well!
I bailed on buying a lot of tickets for fall shows because of financial reasons, but if tickets pop up closer to the show date I'd love to try.
The new Chelsea Wolfe really wowed me. Will definitely try and catch that Royce Hall show. And I second the difficult to compare sentiment, which I think just shows how special it is.
Also been digging the Austenland soundtrack and "new" Zola Jesus.
So it turns out Ty Segall's Sleeper is quite intentionally titled. It's an entirely stripped down, non-chaotic album. And, keeping in typical Ty Segall style, it all flows together very well, and the songwriting is just excellent. It might not be what fans of his were expecting, but it'll provide some really great contrast in the live setting. If they were to start their shows with two new slow songs, and then bust right into, say, Girlfriend, the room will explode more than ever before. I welcome the change of pace, it's nice to see a different side of Ty.
Ty can do no wrong. When I heard about the heavy use of acoustic I was a little concerned, but I love Sleeper and I'm excited to see what these songs will bring to his live set.
New Colors by Ex-Wife is good stuff. They have some Pixies/Echo & the Bunnymen qualities about them.
I love love love that Ex-Wife album! been listening to it quite a bit for the last 2 or 3 months.
Earl's Doris completely blew me away. I was expecting it to be good, but it exceeded my expectations. The production is eery, dusty, dark etc. and I can't quite articulate it, but there's something about the fashion in which Earl chooses and delivers his words that's just so satisfying to me in a way unlike any other rapper I've heard. The way he wraps his voice around the words in that slow, monotone flow just gives it this extra quality, I dunno...
I've only had it for a few days but I've been listening to it non-stop. It's probably my album of the year at this point.
portugal the man's new album is def an incredible one
No one has mentioned Segue - Pacifica in here or the mnml thread yet, which is a shame because it's one of the most beautiful recordings I've heard all year. It's been out since January. It's dub techno, which always has the potential to be a snoozefest, but despite being quite low-key and relaxing, this album is so rich in gorgeous melodies and rhythmic activity that it avoids ever being dull.
The new The Dodo's album Carrier seems way more in line with Visiter at the opening and the first 6 tracks or so are really enjoyable -- especially when they jam out, but it sort of falls flat at the end of the album.
Also, I'm head over heels in love with Shigeto's No Better Time Than Now, in particular, Miss U:
And I found the new Pond album to be abrasive in an awkward and not satisfying way.
12/16: A Winged Victory for the Sullen @ The Independent
12/17: Sleepy Sun @ Brick and Mortar
12/31: Derek Plaslaiko, Dave Aju @ f8
2/14: Sparks @ Ace Theater Hollywood
5/2: Sleater Kinney @ The Masonic