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2010: early birds and most anticipated

weeks like these it’s important to stay positive. both of the radio broadcasts you participate with have been cancelled due to sports, the winter olympics give you  a choice of women’s ice hockey or figure skating for your viewing pleasure, the weather is as noncommittal as a vegas marriage. music is a sound refuge (pun intended).

i think it’s still early enough in the year to start this list, so here it goes, my personal favorites of the last 1.5 months and the upcoming acts i’m most excited for.

Joe Pug – The Messenger (2/16/2010)

the past 6 months have been made better since I first heard this upcoming singer/songwriter’s daytrotter session. since then his earnestly crafted lyrics, artful command of the guitar and folk sensibilities have haunted my daily airwaves. his debut full length album rounds out an already soaring songbook in the wake of two dazzling EPs, “Nation of Heat” and “In the Meantime” chronologically. You can join his mailinglist and treat yourself to some free dowloads(Including the complete “In the Meantime” EP).

Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2/9/2010)

Yeasayer is a band that has elements of everything i like to see in a band. electro/dance grooviness, experimental capacities, infectious melodies as well as thoughtful, inspiring songwriting. i honestly feel like this is an album accessible to music lovers and outside the indie circle. the albums out now and if you like what you here bellow, i highly recommend giving these guys a thorough listen.

Broken Bells – Broken Bells (Due 3/9/2010)

i’m quite sure when it started or how i feel about it yet, but the evidence is out there. 2009 showed a compelling trend toward the “indie supergroup” (e.g. Discovery, MoF) and it continues here with the melding of James Mercer(of The Shins fame) and Danger Mouse. if you’re like me and can’t wait till march to hear this wholly unique combo, you can illegally download a late 2009 leak of the whole damn thing (at least that’s what they tell me).

Broken Social Scene – “The New Album” (Due 3/4/2010)

i wish i could say more about this but all the information i have on it is here. i know with moderate certainty the name of this album will not be “The New Album” but that is all they are saying. i can say that i’m glad that bss is back to their old tricks as the incestuous culmination of nearly the entire Arts&Crafts label. i’ve only moderately enjoyed the “Broken Social Scene Presents…” series, and am ready for full force fiesta comparable to there self-titled release. wikipedia tells me that for the first time in bss history, “Amy Millan, Emily Haines, and Leslie Feist have reportedly recorded a track together” so that’s something to be excited about.


The Morning Benders – Big Echo (Due 3/9/2010)

thanks to ILOVEYOUnimba, The Morning Benders are in my life. i have him to thank for that. if you’re not familiar with their sweet’n’sour-post-pop-indie-love sound, you might want to get to know them. their website offers a free mp3 of this album’s leading track as well as measures to preorder the CD/Vinyl/T-Shirt/betamax etc.

Mint Chicks – Bad Buzz EP (2/21/2010)

just caught this one. it’s nice when i catch wind of wonderful music sprouting up in the world outside of us/canada, and this new zealand fairing lo-fi(ish) 60s pop-revival is worth the worldly view. the latest EP is being released exclusively on an 1GB flash drive (with style). this sort of thing reminds of a similar media i bought at an illinois concert.

sorry for the 500 word essay, i’ll try to be more concise in the future.

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