With the Uncut issue out at the start of January put, as we say, to bed, and the mildly Sisyphean Top 75 project limped to a resolution, I’ve had a look for some new stuff over the past couple of days.
Welcome for the impending new year, then, the excellent new Bill Callahan album, the debut from Brody Dalle’s new incarnation, Spinnerette (now palpably embedded in the Queens Of The Stone Age family; there’s a link to the video below), the return of Oumou Sangare, and a Youtube teaser for March’s Neko Case album involving a lot of partially-wrecked upright pianos in a barn. Oh, and the state-of-the-alternative-nation comp for Red Hot, “Dark Was The Night”, featuring David Byrne & The Dirty Projectors, Feist, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Antony Hegarty, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Dave Sitek, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Stuat Murdoch, Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch and quite a few more Adult-Oriented Indie-Rock grandees.
3 13th Floor Elevators – Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men (Sampler) (International Artists)
5 The Long Lost – The Long Lost (Ninja Tune)
6 The Soft Pack – Nightlife (Caspian)
7 Harmonic 313
8 Various Artists – Dark Was The Night (4AD)
9 Various Artists – Rough Trade Counter Culture 08 (V2)
10 Oumou Sangare – Seya (World Circuit)
13 Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic – Dawn Of The Cycads (Cuneiform)
14 Novalima – Coba Coba (Cumbancha)
15 Neil Young – Zuma (Reprise)
16 Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City)
20 Tim Hardin – 1 (Water)
21 King Tuff – Was Dead (Colonel)
22 Six Organs Of Admittance – RTZ (Drag City)