I'm a music nerd, so I had a great time working with 15 other KDHX DJs on their lists of most look-forwarded-to releases for the new year.
Here are 10, with projected release dates, that I'm especially psyched about. What about you?
Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas (Columbia) 1/31
His voice is in the gutter but his soul is in the stars -- at least based on the few tracks already circulating.
Dr. Dog - Be the Void (Anti-) 2/7
One of the first tracks release from the album, "That Old Black Hole," is a funky, surreal, witty party -- in other words very much in my wheelhouse.
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc) 2/7
Flipped a coin between this and the new Craig Finn album, and Chuck won. Glad both are coming to St. Louis this year.
Heartless Bastards – Arrow (Partisan) 2/14
The first single is scorching, and has a pop streak that reminds me of the latest Black Keys album.
Jay Farrar, Anders Parker, Yim Yames, Will Johnson - New Multitudes (Rounder) 2/28
"Old LA," the first song out from this "Mermaid Avenue Vol. 3" (but don't call it that, though I just did), is gorgeous and so laid-back it almost purrs.
Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream (Redwing) 4/10
This will be Raitt's first album in seven years, with production on some tracks by Joe Henry and, apparently, Dylan covers.
Beach House - TBA
Curious to hear if the band can make good on the beautiful promise of "Teen Dream."
Cat Power – TBA
I thought Chan and her band were terrific at LouFest, dark and all. If she channels anything close to that sound this will be a keeper.
Mazzy Star – TBA
This once seemed as unlikely as a new Wrens album (no comment), but with the release of the first few tracks it's clear that another dream-pop album from Hope and David isn't a dream.
Thin Lizzy Reissue Box - TBA
700 songs? Not likely. But it sounds like it's being properly curated so this could be super.