This is going to be a pricey week for some of you out there as there are a number of really interesting releases for everyone- except maybe me. Oh, there are a couple here that have my attention but most of these artists are famous for annoying me or stopped being interesting to me some time ago. Best we go on and take a look at a few of them:
I'm more interested in the deluxe edition of Pinkerton scheduled for later this year than I am the new Weezer. I stayed with these guys up through "Pork & Beans" and then finally had to accept I like Weezer better the way I remember them than what they're doing now. It's fine. I know Weezer is beloved by many and there is an audience for the early, mid, and current period of the band. I'm going to stick with what has worked for me. God bless Rivers Cuomo for carrying on with things and good luck with Hurley but I sat out Ratitude having been mostly unimpressed with "The Red Album." We've parted ways amicably. Bring on the deluxe Pinkerton!
A Thousand Suns
This is one of those bands I never liked. Ever. No, not even that one song. I'm suspicious of the title of this record, too. Whiny rap-rock never connected with me and these tough-but-sensitive, keep-it-real rockers will always be poster boys for that sound, style, and mentality. I'll be interested to hear what the band's fans think. I'm obviously not one so how do the folks who have supported them through the years feel about the new record? I'll keep an eye out for reaction.
If you think I have a blood feud with Linkin Park, you ain't heard nothing yet. If I ever see Brandon Flowers or The Killers, I will fight them. I will probably lose because I don't think I could take a 4th grader at this point in my life (and let's face it, I wasn't exactly rough and tumble in the days of my youth) but that's a fight worth fighting and losing on general principle. Most of my hatred for this band comes in the form of Brandon Flowers voice, lyrics, and quotes from interviews. We now get Brandon Flowers, on his own presumably with no filter. Given the choice of this album or waterboarding, I'm taking the hose.
Band of Joy
Okay, this one I might have to check out. I loved the collaboration with Allison Krauss so much. I don't know much about this project other than it is a new solo record from Plant and the album takes its title from the pre-Zeppelin band that Plant and John Bonham were in together.