Notable and forthcoming: The Notwist, Stereolab and The Dandy Warhols

I don’t post about music here a lot, but today I feel a giant urge. This is me, honouring the urge…

The Notwist
The Devil, You + Me
Release date: June 2008

The Devil, You + Me is the forthcoming [insert music-review cliché] release from these German indie/electronic geniuses. OMG – it’s so good!!

You might remember them for 2002’s Neon Golden, a release which often comes up in conversation to this day despite its vintage. This is one of my favourite bands. I wooed my husband with this band. Go and woo someone with this band, you won’t be sorry.

… and they like birds. Neat, um ’cause I like birds. Hmmm… what have we got on the cover here, a red-winged blackbird, a heron, a wood duck, some type of merganser??

Download Good Lies
Download Three Woman
… courtesy of Stereogum

Chemical Chords
Release date: August 2008

Kings and queens of the vintage Moog, every release from Stereolab is a release to celebrate.

I’ve only heard Three Women, but I love the horns and the arrangements – it’s a fantastic start. Pitchfork has the interview.

P.S. if you dig this kind of twee, do yourself a favour and check out "The Free Design". The band released seven albums from 1967 to 1972 and they will blow you away for two reasons: 1) ’cause no one makes music like that anymore; 2) connecting the dots from The Free Design to modern bands is fun, just like kites…

The Dandy Warhols
Earth to The Dandy Warhols
Release date: May 2008

This one kind of came out of left field for me. I didn’t think there would be another album from the Dandy’s after Odditorium or Warlords of Mars… I dunno, I guess I imagined that Courtney’s head would have imploded by now, what with the crushing weight of that giant ego. Ouch. But I love you Courtney! Really, I’m just jealous of your drama.

Anyhow, the first track is promising. I’m excited and you should be too.

Download The World The People Together (Come On)
… courtesy of Stereogum
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