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.
January 30 - Sleep
February 12 - Alcest
March 2 - Deafheaven
March 3 - Against Me!
March 31 - Eric Prydz
April 14-16 - Coachella
April 22 - Sleep
May 4 - The Weeknd
May 20 - Mastodon/EODM/Russian Circles
June 9 - Sigur Rós
July 3 - Roger Waters
July 30 - Panorama Festival
August 17-20 - Psycho Las Vegas
September 9 - Green Day
October 6-8 - ACL wknd. 1
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.
12/16-18 Day for Night
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.
This ain't no middle of the mall shit.
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.
1/27: Heron Oblivion @ The Chapel
1/27: Christopher Rau, Jordan @ f8
1/29: Silver Shadows, CCR Headcleaner @ Hemlock Tavern
2/4: Toy Guitar @ Thee Parkside
2/4: Jack J @ Underground SF
2/10: Optimo @ Monarch
2/11: Tom Trago @ Monarch
2/20: Cloud Nothings @ The Independent