by Dan Bolles
Happy 2009, Solid State! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I certainly did, but I almost feel as though I was busier during my vacation than I am now that I'm back to work. Weird. Moving on . . .
As I begin the new year, I usually like to take a few moments to look back at the year just passed. So I've spent the last couple of days mulling over some of my favorite music from 2008. I know most folks do this before the year actually ends, so I'm maybe a little behind. But frankly, you never know what will transpire in the final weeks of a year. Maybe you discover a late entry that would have made your "Best Of" list but you already wrote it so it's too late. It could happen . . .
Or maybe you were just too busy to get around to it before the end of the year, as was my case. That, my friends, appears to be a trend that will continue into 2009 as I'm still working on compiling my list of favorite (non-local) music from last year. Tomorrow, I promise.
In the meantime, I thought I'd direct you towards an album that will more than likely be on my list at this time next year, Andrew Bird's Noble Beast, due out Tuesday, January 20 . . . January 20 . . . isn't something else happening that day?
(Side note: Doesn't it seem a little funny that a musician, from Chicago of all places, would choose one of the most important days in US history to release his new album? Maybe it was a label decision. But talk about being upstaged. Sheesh.)
Anyway, NPR is streaming the entire album here. Check it out. It's awesome. Groin-grabbingly awesome, in fact. It also contains my favorite line of the year so far: "This is gonna misspell disaster."