Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Big in '08

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Oh. Sorry. I didn't realize you were hung over. I'll keep it down.

happy new year ....

The time for looking back is over. Time to, as the politicians like to spout, look forward to the future. Here in Pop Culture America, I am your candidate of change. But not too much change. Don't wanna be scary. I'm the candidate for a comfortable amount of change.

Say, 35 or 40 cents.

Arf Arf.

So let's get out the crystal ball and see what's worth looking forward to in 2008. We'll start with music.

Long Rumored Discs Placed (Hopefully) on the 2008 Release Slate:

Looking over the list of upcoming album drops, I notice that the infinitely delayed Chinese Democracy from Guns 'N' Roses is still listed. Rumors out of the GNR camp have stated that recording on the album (which began recording in 1994) is completed, that the album is in the mixing stages and that it is due before Christmas. Yep. Hope you all got it wrapped with a bow under your tree. If this thing ever comes out, it will be GNR's first studio release of original material since the two Use Your Illusion albums in 1991. I love GNR, but this is getting a mite pointless. Can't help but be curious, though.

Also long delayed is the Roxy Music reunion album that supposedly brings Brian Eno back into the fold for the first time since For Your Pleasure in 1973. Roxy's album with Eno is also listed on the 2008 release schedule. As with Chinese Democracy, I'll believe it when I see it.

Stuff with an Actual Release Date:

Albums due early enough in 2008 to be scheduled with a drop date and everything include Super Furry Animals with Hey Venus! That one has been available digitally since the summer, but I like shiny things. Also famously available online already but only just now getting a physical release is Radiohead's In Rainbows. Old favorites like Joe Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Ray Davies and The B-52's are all set to drop early in '08, as are some favorites of mine, including The Raveonettes, Goldfrapp and The Breeders.

Stuff Due, But You Never Know:

In alphabetical order, records are anticipated in 2008 from AC/DC, Blur, Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads, Garbage (as well as a Shirley Manson solo), Aimee Mann (the Magnolia chanteuse is back with Smilers, due in the spring), REM (if it sucks as bad as the last one, maybe they should all retire to Bill Berry's farm), Supergrass, and Wolfmother.

And there's about 900 bazillion others. Somewhere on that list is this year's 1990s or Rilo Kiley or some other band that I won't see coming who will knock me out with their greatness. That's why I keep coming back.

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