It's nearly halfway through December already. How did that happen, right? I feel like the year has just flown right by. Of course the end of the year means it's almost time for me to post my annual list of favorite albums but I'm not nearly ready for that yet. There are still a few albums I haven't formed an opinion on yet and I feel like I'm discovering new stuff everyday that I should really listen to at least once before finalizing my list just in case I've missed something amazing. Of course that's the most fun/frustrating part of making these kinds of lists, isn't it? Looking back on them a year later and feeling stupid for not realizing the awesomeness of this one album that totally would have made your top five if only you had been thinking straight back then.( Read more... )
In other news, like I said, I haven't even got my albums of 2010 list nearly finished yet and already there are several releases I'm looking forward to next year! Here are some links to free downloads of tracks from a few of them. First, here's "Down by the Water"
from the Decemberists' upcoming The King is Dead
. It's going to take a lot to top The Hazards of Love
for me but I have faith in them to do it or at least come close. Asobi Seksu have offered up "Trails"
. I enjoyed their last album, Hush
, well enough but this sounds like it may be a return to a noisier, louder sound which I'm looking forward to. Eisley will finally be releasing new material in March, The Valley
, which will be their first release on new label Equal Vision. You can download "Ambulance"
from their official site right now. Though most Eisley fans probably have already heard it (I can't hear much difference between this and the Fire Kite EP
version), at least there are still newer songs to look forward to soon. And if you haven't heard it, well, what are you waiting for? It's one of their most beautiful songs yet and Stacy's voice sounds heavenly. Finally, I'm also looking forward to the new Wye Oak release, Civilian
, the title track from which can be heard here
. I haven't been very into this band when I've tried in the past but this song is really, really good and I hope the rest of the album lives up to it.
Alright, now I'm going back into my hole for awhile to sort out that damn list I keep talking about. Wish me luck!