Friday, March 5, 2010

The Great Album Coverocalypse of 2010 / Spring music preview

April 13
This date shall for ever be known as The Great Album Coverocalypse of 2010, for it was the month of April when an aging Brit guitar hero and two snotty indie kids unleashed ocular atrocities of which the world had never seen. Behold: Jeff Beck's "Emotion and Commotion," and MGMT's "Congratulations." In school your children will read historical accounts of the artwork's creation. They will fear it, learn from it, have nightmares about it. They will, in fact, be changed by it. Simply viewing the acerbic covers will change your epigenetic "marks," mutilating the genetic traits you will pass onto your poor, poor children.

If you gaze upon the "Emotion and Commotion" artwork for too long, your progeny will arrive from the womb predisposed to both British jazz-rock noodling and the airbrushed-artwork commonly found on aging conversion vans.

View MGMT's ironic Sonic-inspired cover and your children will never learn the ability to earnestly love anything, wallowing instead in the shallow undercurrent of ironic detachment. They will also feel the strange need to buy a Sega Genesis, curiously.

And, drum roll please ... the rest of your spring music preview:

March 9
Broken Bells [The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse] - Broken Bells

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

March 16
Drive By Truckers - The Big To-Do

March 23
She & Him - Volume Two

April 6
Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame

May 4

New Pornographers - Together 
Broken Social Scene - [Title TBA]
The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever

May 11
The National - High Violet

May 18
The Black Keys - Brothers
LCD Soundsystem - [TBA]


Michelle said...

Why, Jeff Beck, why?

That cover is just so boring. It's better suited to be airbrushed on the back of a denim jacket with the words "God Bless the USA" being worn by a man with a mullet.

On another note, I cannot wait for the newest New Pornographers. I hope they can pull off something as strong as "Twin Cinema" and "Challengers" again.

Warped Coasters said...

Twin Cinema was great, I don't have Challengers or their first two records, though.