JudyJams’ January Picks, and what music to look forward to in 2011.

January 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm 1 comment

I’m feeling very optimistic about 2011. I’ve just got a hunch, and there seems to be a wealth of good music coming up. All signs point to good things. Here are my picks for (some of) the best “upcoming” albums:

Photo of La Sera via HardlyArt.com

La Sera– I posted a fun video a few weeks back and now it feels like an appropriate time to preview the self-titled full length, out officially on February 15th via Hardly Art. Katy Goodman, the bass player/vocalist from the Brooklyn-based group Vivian Girls, strikes out on her own with La Sera, and the results are very pleasing. Her sound is more toned down rock n roll, but the vocal harmonies are in full effect. Check out the song “Devil’s Hearts Grows Gold” here.

Image of The Holidays via Press Here

The Holidays– An Australian indie-rock group poised to make a big break at this year’s SXSW. Their album Post Paradise came out in Australia last year and is being given an US release. You can check out their song Broken Bones (remixed by CFCF) here.

Photo of Mister Heavenly via SubPop.com

Mister Heavenly – I am especially excited about this band because it is a super-group combining Honus Honus from Man Man, Nick Diamonds from Islands, and Joe Plummer from Modest Mouse.  A mighty combination of great magnitude! And when they bring in Michael Cera, it’s indie-hip overload. Check out their songs via their page on SubPop.com.

Several of my favorite bands from the late 70’s, including Wire (pictured below) and Gang of Four are putting out new albums and touring this year.

Photo of Wire (in 1978) via PinkFlag.com

Gang of Four’s latest is called Content (Yep Roc), and you can stream the entire thing on their website. Wire’s latest is titled Red Barked Tree (self-released), and you listen to songs from the record on their site as well.

Lastly, the Ducktails album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics came out earlier this month via Woodist and it’s become a quick favorite.

Photo of Ducktails via http://www.alexphelan.com

Ducktails is the side project of Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile, and the record takes a lighter tone though no less entrancing.

Some other releases out this week that I am psyched about: the new Cloud Nothings (1/24 via Car Park records) and the new John Vanderslice (1/25 via Dead Oceans). The new album from Toro Y Moi Underneath the Pine is out 2/22 via Car Park Records. Lykke Li‘s new album Wounded Rhymes is out on 2/28, and several songs are available to check out streaming on her website. You can buy it directly from her site as well.

There are rumors about new Beck, new Bon Iver, and new Radiohead albums, but so far, they are all TBA. I will keep everyone posted; also, if you’ve never been to Beck’s website, check out the mixes that he makes. They are excellent!

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  • 1. Matt  |  January 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm



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