You know those Dove miniature chocolates with the messages printed on the foil like a basic fortune cookie? I remember opening one that read “It’s the anticipation that makes the pleasure,” a salient, albeit kind of suggestive mantra that the milk chocolate candy has melted into my psyche. This week in particular feels like a big ball of anticipation: we had New Years on a Wednesday and rendered all of us incapable of getting off the couch for Thursday and now we’re all TGIF. But aside from the weekend, what do we have to look forward to in 2015? Let’s play one of the internet’s favorite games and SPECULATE theories about upcoming releases. Gear up those pre-orders!
1. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
When Sub Pop announces a new album from a beloved label veteran like Sleater-Kinney, it’s no small party. Along with the announcement of No Cities To Love, the group’s first album in 10 years and a world tour, reissues of the band’s most righteous, powerhouse albums are available all over the internets and your favorite record stores. Earthshaking vocals by Corin Tucker and garage rock magic from Carrie Brownstien and Janet Weiss on “Surface Envy” preview the excellence that we can expect from No Cities. In the official press release, Brownstein said “We sound possessed on these songs, willing it all – the entire weight of the band and what it means to us – back into existence.” We’re happy they’re back. Album is out Jan. 20.
2. Adele – TBA
Get out your Kleenex and quit liking your ex’s photos on Instagram, Adele is coming back with a new album for 2015. What happened to her in 2014 – did she pull a Jay-Z and retire only to come back again in a year’s time? Did Kanye West kidnap her in order to use the power of her vocals to produce sweet angelic melodies for his mixtapes? Nah, she had a baby. Dirty diapers are a chore, guys. But one can only guess what sort of moving on anthems she has in store (no music has been released). After her Royal Albert Hall cover of The SteelDrivers “If It Hadn’t Been For Love,” I would love a whole album of bluegrass. Lord knows she has the chops for it.
3. Kendrick Lamar – TBA
Kendrick Lamar and 2014 grooved super well together. After 2013’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, Lamar collaborated with Flying Lotus and released “i,” and a more pop-oriented direction. If you laughed and cried through the final week of your answer to dad watching Fox News, The Colbert Report, you may have seen Kendrick Lamar perform as the last artist to appear on the show. While The Report is gone, Lamar is gearing up for a great 2015 and gave us a preview with a track called (intentionally or not) “Untitled.” Watch the interview or skip ahead to 4:08 for the performance. It reminded me of 2005 when Common and Kanye West performed “The Food” on The Chapelle Show. Energetic, flawless, and powerful, Lamar’s mind is racing and it won’t stop for anything.
4. Modest Mouse – TBA
Vague Instagram posts of a 7-inch of a song you’ve been performing for a couple of years is like crack for music geeks. It can only hint at new things on the horizon for Modest Mouse, who have been road testing “Lampshades on Fire” for a few years and have (maybe) finally pressed the sucker. Is it a single for Record Store Day or signs of an LP in 2015? Either way, it’s nice to know Modest Mouse aren’t sitting around. Maybe they’ll pull a Beyonce and release a full album when we least expect it.
5. Belle and Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance – Jan. 20
Has your Spotify been missing some new Glaswegian indie pop reminiscent of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor?Mine too. Good thing Belle and Sebastian are paving the way for a dance-worthy year with “The Party Line,” their first single off their forthcoming album Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance. They’re embarking on a world tour and drawing from some serious hip-shaking, jump-around synth pop for inspiration. Album out Jan. 20 via Matador.