By the way, look how bloody ridiculously great this month is for new album releases:
Hefner - We Love The City (2 CD reissue)
12 track album, the one that nearly made them proper hit makers, is swelled to 39
Kill It Kid - Kill It Kid
Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown
Might he have been involved in two spectacular returns to form this year?
The Mountain Goats - The Life Of The World To Come
All the tracks are named after bible verses, but apparently John Darnielle reckons this is a personal odyssey. Then again, that's what his last three albums were too
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Why? - Eskimo Snow
Yoni Wolf recants the hip-hop for an album recorded simultaneously with Alopecia
The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Justin Timberlake won't be playing bass on any of this on telly any time soon
The Hidden Cameras - Origin: Orphan
Mission Of Burma - The Sound The Speed The Light
Piano Magic - Ovations
Gareth Parton produces; the label says it "swings wildly between Marrakesh, Eastern Europe, Sevilla and early 80s Manchester"
Tubelord - Our First American Friends
Pig masks, scaring Michael Azerrad (and getting slagged on Idolator as a result) and being post-hardcore's new poster boys - plenty to live up to
Charlotte Hatherley – New Worlds
I Concur - Able Archer
Nat Johnson and the Figureheads - Roman Radio
'and the' - the new 'the'. Johnson ex-Monkey Swallows The Universe, for the uninitiated
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Beta
Foxbase Alpha, but remixed by Richard X. Worth of this scheme mixed. Still haven't got a Foxbase Alpha sign
Spiral Stairs - The Real Feel
Scott Kannberg places the Preston School Of Industry into liquidation for a third solo album
Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
The audial end of Stevens' Brooklyn audio-visual presentation from a couple of years ago. Does this count for New York towards his 50 States plan?
4 Or 5 Magicians - Empty, Derivative Pop Songs
Did we mention...
Broadcast And The Focus Group - Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age
A proper Broadcast album is out next year; until then a collaborative 'mini-album' (despite being 50 minutes long) of haunted library music manque
Johnny Foreigner - Grace And The Bigger Picture
Sounds like this, apparently. OI, BEST BEFORE, PROMO NOW PLZ
Luke Haines – 21st Century Man/Achtung Mutha
The latter is a limited edition second CD. The former is "more experimental", he claims.
Left With Pictures - Beyond Our Means
Maybeshewill - Not For Want Of Trying +4
Stellar post-rock post-hardcore debut album reissued with a contemporary EP attached
Spearmint - A Week Away (Special Edition)
Reissue with a few extra EP/B-side tracks. We might be interviewing Shirley Lee soon. Um, LOL?