Winter Music Preview (or the season in which I go broke)

January, February, and March are notoriously a-hole months, especially if you live in a place in which winter is an actual thing. It’s cold, dark, and dreary, and you see no end in sight. (I take exception to this idea because I love winter. Leave me alone, everyone!)

However, winter 2015 is going to be one for the books–and by books, I do mean the pocketbooks. The checkbooks? I don’t know. So many incredible albums are coming out in the next few months, and, of course, with new albums comes tours. I’m not really in the position to be dropping loadz of cash on stuff, but oh well. Carpe diem. C’est la vie. Music is the little, innovative engineering tool that keeps the wheel turning and all that stuff. Without further ado, I present to you the albums I am most eagerly anticipating. What are you looking forward to?

Sleater-Kinney- No Cities to Love (January 20)

Anyone with ears can tell that Sleater-Kinney’s newest (and surprising) release is going to be incredible. I feel like this album came out of necessity, as if it were just bubbling out of all them and they had to release it. It has so much energy. Stream the album over at NPR now.

Belle and Sebastian- Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (January 20)

I’ve been a Belle and Sebastian fan for about ten years now, which is a long time when you’re only 25. Their music is sensitive, witty, and fun, all adjectives that also describe me (except for that last one, but two out of three isn’t bad). Related side note: I hate dancing and anything that involves big crowds of happy people. Therefore, the first time I heard “The Party Line,” I was like, “WTF, B&S?” But after many listens, I have grown to love it. I feel like it’s a dance-y party song for people who hate dance-y party songs. The ultimate introvert party song. You can also stream it on NPR.

The Decemberists- What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (January 20)

Father John Misty- I Love You Honeybear (February 10)

I don’t know what I did to deserve someone as perfect as Josh Tillman (AKA Father John Misty), but I’m not complaining. He’s hilarious, witty, a fantastic dancer, a perfect songwriter and storyteller, and he wrote one of my favorite love songs of all time. I’ve been listening to “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” on repeat since it came out. It is SO good. Apparently, the album is a concept album about falling in love with his wife, photographer Emma Tillman. I don’t know how he does it. Go buy it now!

This is where things get serious.

MARCH, YOU GUYS!

Death Cab for Cutie- Kintsugi

Death Cab just announced the album this morning, complete with track listing and album art, over on Paste. Chris Walla is also on the album, which is exciting for many reasons, namely because he departed the band a few months ago. I loved Codes and Keys, but it didn’t have the killer songwriting for which Ben Gibbard is known. I am eagerly anticipating the return of one of my favorite writers on this album.

Modest Mouse- Strangers to Ourselves

I think the whole world collectively high-fived the air when they announced this. We have been waiting for this for so, so long. Also, their first single, “Lampshades of Fire,” is the shiiiiit.

OKAY.

As I was writing this post, my favorite husband called me to tell me the most exciting news of my life.

SUFJAN STEVENS IS RELEASING AN ALBUM IN MARCH.

SUFJAN STEVENS IS RELEASING AN ALBUM IN MARCH.

SUFJAN STEVENS IS RELEASING AN ALBUM IN MARCH.

He is my #1 favorite musician in the whole galaxy. Read more about the album here. I’m crying tears of joy!!!!!

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