2010 was a great year for music; it’s hard to say what could possibly top it. But some artists are looking to try, and here are some releases that Impact staff member Noah Gebstadt thinks could do the trick.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World
This band popped up in my rotation at the beginning of the school year, and they haven’t left since. The band creates “ear candy”, mixing drum machine beats, warm vocals, electronic tones, and everything in between. The guys are from Metro-Detroit, so a sense of Michigan pride is felt when you start listening. Dale Earnhardt released their first EP in July, and promised the fans an LP in the spring. So as springtime nears, I couldn’t be more excited for this band’s debut! Below, you can find a taste of what this band is capable of. I dare you not to have a smile on your face while you listen to them. Do yourself a favor and pick up their EP Horse Power.
Bibio – Mind Bokeh
Every time I put on Bibio, I am surprised by something new. Electronic music was a realm I wasn’t trying, or really wanting to explore, for that matter. Bibio changed all that: he mixes so many different styles in an utterly appealing way, it comes as no shock that I am excited for his follow up to Ambivalence Avenue. What is so fantastic is the fact that he bleeds indie to electronic and vice versa. Here is the teaser for the upcoming album that will be released April 4th. Prepare to bob your head and tell all your friends. You will not regret getting into Bibio.
Foo Fighters – TBA
There will forever be a place in my heart for the Foo Fighters. I was given The Colour and The Shape at the age of 8 and haven’t looked back. They have an unmistakable sound that constantly experiments with itself. The fanboy in me broke free when I heard that they were releasing an album later this year. This excitement only grew when more details surfaced about the album. Dave Grohl has brought back two ghosts from the past to help work on the album: producer Butch Vig has been enlisted to help on the album (he and Dave worked on Nirvana’s Nevermind). Along with Butch, Nirvana’s Bassist Krist Novoselic will be helping on a few tracks. Grohl has been telling the press that this will be the “heaviest” Foo Fighters album to date. Here is a teaser to hold you over.
My Morning Jacket – TBA
Unique doesn’t even begin to describe this group. Folk/Indie/Rock/Jam Band/Blues, I could go on and on, but I won’t. It’s safe to say that MMJ is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. They are complex without trying, presenting themselves as laid back “good ole southern boys”. Their new album, as it is described by leading man Jim James, will be their best yet. First clue to the awesomeness that is heading our way: they recorded the album in a church in Louisville. That is just plain rad. The second clue is how highly he speaks of it, saying that it is a “wholesome” environment and how excited he is to release it. Last, but certainly not least, is that they recorded it live, giving it a gritty and real sound. If there was ever a band to make an unpolished, gritty, church rock album, it would be My Morning Jacket. We can expect this album around mid-May. I, for one, cannot wait.
Radiohead – TBA
“Is this a joke?” or “Are you stupid?” and even “Get the hell out of here, idiot!” are all things that could be going through your mind. I don’t blame you, these are all reasonable responses when someone mentions new Radiohead material. Nonetheless, I hear that the band will be releasing a new album this year. They have told several different sources that they have been working in the studio and “aren’t quite finished”. Their website has been redesigned, maybe hinting at a new album on its way. Radiohead is a band notorious for teasing its fans. Early last year they built up the release of the “album” Wall Of Ice, which turned out to be one song and a bunch of weird encrypted documents, culminating in a big middle finger to their record label and the music industry at large. As an avid fan of the band, I say enough with the games and give me a damn album. This is the same reason it is at number 5, I don’t plan to hold my breath and wait for it. Who knows, they may pleasantly surprise me. So come on Radiohead, give the people what they want.