Some tracks from upcoming albums were released online.
I used to read McSweeney’s religiously. This week I rediscovered their signature fantastical wit. Here were some of my favorites:
For some reason, this was the week experts claimed that having children ruins lives. New York Magazine published a feature entitled “The Collateral Damage of a Teenager” and Gawker reported on researchers who surveyed childless and non-childless couples. The results were frightening.
Full disclosure. I fell into a Couples Therapy Black Hole last week. The saga of Farrah Abraham is getting better and better.
[Ed. note: Since it is the beginning of the year, new releases are still pretty scarce. Instead, I will start highlighting some notable singles]
Real Estate‘s “Taking Backwards” is dreamy and light. It could fit on 2011’s Days. With a lead single like this, it seems the band is headed in the dream-indie-pop direction. The album, Atlas, is set to be released at the beginning of March.
Taking Back Sunday went back to the “classic” lineup. This song, “Flicker, Fade,” is just what one would expect. It is quiet and then loud. The chorus is catchy and John Nolan’s signature whispery parts are there. Happiness Is will also be released in March and as a old-school TBS fan, I can say I am looking forward to it.
And in case you missed it, check out my Best of 2013 playlist, featuring last year’s stand-out tracks from this year’s releases.