QC STAFF PICKS: FALL PREVIEW

by QC staff

While everyone waits for their seasonal affective disorder to kick in, we’re getting amp’d for some of the fresh music that’s about to drop this Fall. Keep in mind that new albums by Metric, CocoRosie, Patrick Wolf, The Postal Service, Q-Tip, The Divine Comedy, and Basement Jaxx are all scheduled for 2008 release but remain untitled and without release dates so we won’t even feature them here. Among those exciting prospects, here’s what else is turning on the QC staff as these records approach their coming out parties.

[Kevin] Dear Science by TV On the Radio
How could I not pick Dear Science as my most anticipated fall release? Ever since I first heard the opening chords to “Staring at the Sun” back in my junior year of college, I knew this was a band that would be on my radar for a long time. The two first songs released from the album, “Golden Age” and “Dancing Choose,” show a funkier side that the band has always hinted at, but until now, been afraid to put front and center. It’ll be exciting to see how this plays out on the entire album.

GOLDEN AGE BY TV ON THE RADIO:
[Calvin] Skeletal Lamping by Of Montreal
Atlanta’s Of Montreal have always been something of a niche band. Equal parts Bowie and Elton, Beatles and Bee Gees, they’re almost a walking contradiction. Now they’re poised to release their most ambitious and challenging record yet, “Skeletal Lamping.” An early listen reveals Barnes and Co. wallowing in ubersexualized lyrics and throwing more tempo changes and mood shifts at you than 70′s era Prog Rock superstars Yes. It’s their most challenging album yet, but perhaps their most rewarding.

FOR OUR ELEGANT CASTE BY OF MONTREAL:

[Diamond] Forget Maggie by Deerhoof
Deerhoof fuck your brain up royal. Instead of releasing an Mp3 of first single “Fresh Born,” as many bands do just to give you a taste, they released the sheet music. At their website, you can hear a myriad of versions of said single, but not their own, so the sound of this album was still a mystery. They graciously dropped the title track off the disc yesterday. If I had to guess, I’d say their new full length Forget Maggie makes everyone’s top ten of the year list. If it’s one third as good as friend opportunity, than it deserves it.

OFFEND MAGGIE BY DEERHOOF:
[Alex] The Living and the Dead by Jolie Holland
I would have had Metric or CocoRosie here but those records are without titles and release dates. That being said, I’m eagerly anticipating Jolie’s new release on October 7th. The single didn’t melt my face off but Springtime Can Kill You bought her a million free passes in my book. There’s little doubt that this album will have at least a couple rubies. She’ll be touring to promote it.

MEXICO CITY BY JOLIE HOLLAND:
[Brian] Loyalty to Loyalty by Cold War Kids
Maybe it’s just me but I feel like I’ve been waiting for some new Cold War Kids for a long ass time. Thankfully, Loyalty to Loyalty (Downtown) is scheduled to drop September 23rd. They’ve been somewhat coy with the new tunes, leaving us to salivate on “Something Is Not Right With Me” for months. The band is following up the release with a crazy two month US (+Vancouver) tour. Tickets for most shows are already on sale so move yo ass.

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT WITH ME:
[Pelle] Radio Retaliatione by Thievery Corporation
Thievery Corporation hasn’t dropped a full length since Versions in 2006. But that changes on Sept 23rd with an album that fuses reggae, salsa, bossa nova, and electronica. The sound is somewhere in the middle of Damian Marley and Cut Chemist, but better than both. Thievery keeps with their political innuendo, stating in this album’s press release: “It’s hard to close your eyes and sleep while the world is burning around you. If you are an artist, this is the most essential time to speak up.” This album has flawless mix execution and is gonna make a sick disc to drive to. Compra lo!
LA FEMME PARALLEL:
[Marc] The Sway Machinery by The Sway Machinery
The Sway Machinery EP comes out on JDub Records September 16. Jeremiah Lockwood synthesizes a number of different influences and styles to create the musical powerhouse that is the Sway Machinery. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Jordan McLean and Stuart Bogie of Antibalas, Colin Stetson of Arcade Fire and Tom Waits’ Band, and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this EP will undoubtedly be something you’ve never heard anything like before.
P’SACH LANU SHA’AR BY THE SWAY MACHINERY:
[James] Only By The Night by Kings of Leon
The Kings drop their fourth studio album Only By The Night next month (Sept. 23, 2008), and like the Southern culture they embody, it will definitely be packing. The two tracks I’ve heard are killer: “Sex Is On Fire” offers a more familiar taste of Barnyard rock, while “Crawl” displays a heavier, grungier side I’m anxious to hear. In a world that predominantly jams out to bullshit pop like “I Kissed a Girl”, the Kings give us a fresh breath of old-school rock n roll. Thank god.

SEX ON FIRE BY KINGS OF LEON:
[Phil] Dig Out Your Soul by Oasis
Dig Out Your Soul (Reprise, October 7, 2008) is a return to form of sorts for Oasis. Though they have been steady with releases since 1994, the albums released after Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? never lived up to expectations and the band was kind of forgotten about. Now, with their seventh studio release, the band has really gone back to their rock roots and is releasing one of the better albums of the year and quite possibly most consistent of their career. There has been lots of hype surrounding this one for months. Look for a major resurgence in the US from Britain’s biggest rock band.

THE SOUND OF LIGHTNING BY OASIS:

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