The newest British Sea Power album Do You Like Rock Music? arrives on February 12th. I've heard an advance copy, and can say with some confidence, that it will be well received. There are two tracks on the Krankenhaus? EP that will appear on the upcoming LP including "Down On The Ground". The album reaches epic Arcade Fire-like heights, and is even better than the EP would have you believe.
Many are hailing Dirt Farmer as the comeback of the year, and I completely agree. Helm is a legend, as any fan of The Band would attest, but when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in the 90s many thought it was the end. Well, he beat the cancer at the cost of his vocal chords, but has worked to regain his voice. Dirt Farmer is his first solo release since 1982 and it's sounds like he hasn't missed a beat. Cancer be damned! You need to pick this Grammy nominated album up ASAP if you haven't already.
The chances of me hating the music of a actress-turned-pop star are extremely high. And although the debut album by actress Emmy Rossum on Geffen is indeed not my cup of tea, it's not the standard regurgitated, plastic pop so prevalent today. Sure it's over-processed and over-produced, but her voice is more in line with Enya than Britney. And that's a good thing.
Mike Ladd's 2004 European-only release Nostalgialator is finally getting an US release on the Definitive Jux label. Before MP3 this would be big news as it meant not having to pay large import prices, today not so much, but if you haven't heard this critically acclaimed album or have been waiting for a US release to buy the disc, you'll get your chance on January 15th.