Friday, January 13, 2006

New Albums from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Loose Fur; Art Brut Comes to Town

It has been almost three years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their full length debut (crazy how time flies), but they're finally going to release the long-awaited follow up, and no, it's not a concept album about Karen O's cat called Coco Beware (as previously reported). The new album, entitled Show Your Bones, will hit stores on March 28th, a week after the first single, "Gold Lion," is released. I really have no idea what to expect from the album, but I do know that it was produced by Squeak E. Clean (real name: Sam Spiegel), who is the brother of Karen O's boyfriend, director Spike Jonze.

In other news, Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche and Jim O'Rourke, who have collaborated several times in the past, on Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost is Born, on Jim O'Rourke's Insignificance, and on a lesser-known album released in 2003 under the name Loose Fur, are again busy in the studio. The Loose Fur album is the only one of that bunch that is not an amazing album, but hey, every trio of musical geniuses is allowed a mulligan right? Well they are releasing another album under the Loose Fur moniker entitled Born Again in the U.S.A. on March 21st. For those who may not know, it was actually Jim O'Rourke who introduced Jeff Tweedy to Glenn Kotche back before the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sessions began. Tweedy was so fascinated with him that he started bringing him to the studio and having him play some drum parts for the album. Needless to say, this did not sit well with Wilco's drummer at the time, Ken Coomer (who had been with the group since the Uncle Tupelo days), and he subsequently left the group, leaving Kotche as Wilco's drummer. Oh, and a little more background info, Jim O'Rourke is known mostly as a producer, but was also a member of Sonic Youth for a few years and has released several solo albums that run the gamut from rock to avant-garde classical. With all this talent coming together the new Loose Fur album has to be good, right?

Lastly, a band who released one of my favorite albums of 2005 (though it did not make the list because I bought it after the list was already finished), Art Brut is coming to the Black Cat on Sunday, April 9th. Their debut album Bang Bang Rock and Roll is absolutely fantastic and sounds something along the lines of what would happen if Jarvis Cocker fronted The Buzzcocks. The lyrics are some of the funniest I've heard in years and the songs are rather catchy, definitely worth checking out if you haven't already.

Oh, one last little note. Both Belle & Sebastian/New Pornographers shows sold out in a matter of minutes, so let the war on craigslist begin.

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