Welcome to 2013 at I’m A Bear! Etc. 2012 was a great year but I’m looking forward to putting more focus back on this blog this year. You can look forward to more local coverage as well as as our normal coverage. Expect to see more photo galleries, show reviews, track premieres and mixes.
To properly get 2013 started off, I thought I’d list the 5 albums I’m most looking forward to in 2013.
1. The National (TBA): There’s been rumors of The National recording over the past year, and they recently premiered some new songs live. PASTE and Pitchfork are reporting that 2013 will be a year of a new album from The National and I couldn’t be happier. With High Violet featuring the peak of their sound, will they keep going or slow down a bit? I can’t wait to find out.
2. Local Natives “Hummingbird (January): Local Natives had one of the strongest debuts I’ve ever heard back in 2010. It was amplified by how well they handled the material live and how much of a fanbase they built. Now with the help of Bryan Devandorf of The National, their sound is getting a bit softer and more deliberate. I can’t wait to see how this band has progressed over the past few years.
3. The Besnard Lakes “Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO” (April 2): The Besnard Lakes aren’t a singles band, but if you’re wanting a progressive rock album that takes you many places, then look out for this. The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night was one of my favorite releases of 2010 and as a full piece it is astounding. I can only imagine what they’ve been able to craft for their follow up.
4. Yeah Yeah YEahs (TBA): We know Karon O and company are getting ready a follow up to It’s Blitz but we have no idea what it will sound like. I’m guessing it’ll be a nod back to their earlier garage rock days, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy their short trip to electronic rock. Look out for this one in spring.
5. The Knife (TBA): The Knife hasn’t released an album in a long time, so this one is a big deal. Knowing how they do music, I’m guessing this one will have a lot of weird names and long tracks. The only thing I can really hope is for a US Tour behind the record, but I’m not holding my breath.