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Driveway To Driveway, Drunk: Five For Fall

This post was submitted by Rohan

Photo by Rocky Jones

Photo by Rocky Jones

Fall is my favorite season. The weather is pleasant, television returns, movies becomes serious for awards season, and “best of” lists start to be compiled. Although fall is full of perks, it is usually lacking in amazing new releases. Other than a few heavy hitters releasing their records in time for Christmas, fall is a time to reflect on the previous year, and start hyping the upcoming one.

This year is quite different from most, as most of the big artists have already released their records. Other than Mariah Carey, the only major release left is Lil Wayne’s ill advised rock album, Rebirth, but counting how many times it has been delayed there’s no telling if it will even be coming out.

After searching multiple upcoming release calendars, I have compiled a list of five records that I can’t wait to hear. Now my criteria for these records are ones that have not already heard, so while I’m excited for the releases of The Twilight Sad (Sept. 22), Kurt Vile (Oct. 6), Neon Indian (Oct. 6), Lightning Bolt (Oct. 13), Atlas Sounds (Oct. 20), and Fuck Buttons (Oct. 20), I’ve been bangin’ them for weeks.

The List:

Basement JaxxScars (Ultra)


Basement Jaxx’s last record, Crazy Itch Radio, was hit or miss, but mostly miss. Basement Jaxx’s blessing and curse comes from their ability to fill their records with high profile guests. Scars follows this path, with up-and-comers Sam Sparrow and Santigold alongside respected artists like Kelis (at least you will respect her) and the occasional WTF? choice, like Yoko Ono. After I heard “Raindrops” my interest shot up 300%, but the other tracks out there aren’t as strong. While it may not be my favorite album of the year, it still could be a fun ride. (October 6)

Boston SpaceshipsZero to 99 (GBV Music)


Boston Spaceships is the closest we’ll get to hearing Bob Pollard in GBV mode ever again. Boston Spaceships is like a fun side project for Pollard, admittedly on their bio they “rock hard, have fun, and drink Miller Lite.” Zero to 99 is not only the third Boston Spaceships record but the 75th Bob Pollard release this year. The Spaceship’s last record, The Planets are Blasted, was one of the best records this year, and I got a feeling that this record will join it on my top 20 list. (October 6)

Boston Spaceships – Question Girl All Right (right click to download)

Mission of BurmaThe Sound The Speed The Light (Matador)


Before Dinosaur Jr. came back and proved that bands can reunite and still release good records, Mission of Burma returned. MOB had so much promise in the late 70s, but after one critically acclaimed EP and their lone LP, the band broke up, albeit amicably. Then somewhere in 2004 the band started to tour again, and even better they unleashed On, Off On, possibly the best reunion record ever recorded. The Sound The Speed The Light, their third record since returning, is said to be “4 sets or suites of 3 songs” and more “spacious” per the description on Matador’s store. Whatever it turns out to be, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. (October 6)

Check out the cheekily titled “1, 2, 3 Partyy!” here.

The Flaming LipsEmbryonic (Warner)


The Flaming Lips have not sounded this interesting to me since Soft Bulletin. But even that record leaves me cold when compared to both Transmissions From the Satellite Heart and Clouds Taste Metallic. From listening to preview tracks, however, this record might be the best they’ve done or the shittiest. Double albums almost never work, but if everything is as left-field as the Spoon-esque “Convinced of the Hex” or kraut rocking “Silver Trembling Hands,” then we’ll have a record. (October 13)

AnnieDon’t Stop (Smalltown Super Sound)


Oh Annie, where have you been? This record has been in talks since 2005 when she was supposedly working with James Iha, but then last year it was finally going to come out. Promos were pressed, singles released, the album leaked, then nothing. Annie is proof of the failure of major labels. After her dispute with Island, Annie took the album back and retooled it. Another new single, “Anthonio,” surfaced but little much else. But then the skies opened up and now Don’t Stop (v2) is coming out. While the new cover is brilliant, the track list has me worried. Singles “I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me” and “Anthonio” have been cut, along with a few tracks from the original leak, but the three Paul Epworth tracks could be enough to give this record some legs. (November 13)

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