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Prepare to have your pants scared off with January and February’s mix of best tunes, featuring brand new music from horror maestro John Carpenter, The Duke of Burgundy’s soundtrack for a sado-masochistic relationship between two lesbian entomologists and the theme to It Follows, a film that features the best horror movie score since… well… since John Carpenter first took to his trusty synth in the late 70s.
In trying to be a useful, considerate blog I have decided to make our first post of 2015 a useful, considerate one. Rather than the usual smarmy derision here’s a list of brilliant albums you can look forward to hearing in the next few months. I’ve even removed any snark from the entry on Noel Gallagher’s second solo album and replaced it with a sense of shaky optimism. Things are looking up kids! A whole new year, a whole new start and a whole 12 months worth of new albums (less the dead six weeks in summer and all of December) which will eventually grind me back into the wizened, hunched-over shrew I really am.
UPDATE: Sleater-Kinney's official website now has worldwide tour dates listed (including UK gigs) kicking off from February 2015, confirmation of the new album No Cities to Love to be released 19 Jan UK and 20 Jan USA and you can download the new single from the above link. Triple score!
SURPRISE! Sleater-Kinney are back together. I'm not one for aggrandising minor events to ridiculously exaggerated levels but not since this fucking unbelievably wonderful news
has their ever been such fucking unbelievably wonderful news. Things are going to change around here. There'll be no more moping around, lashing out at innocent bands
just because they're not Sleater-Kinney. You're going to see a much cheerier Popdin from now on. (Bets on how long this will last? I'll put £5 on 'till next Wednesday').
Here's what we know so far...
I made a pact that I wouldn't cover band reunions on Popdin. It's a mixture of fatigue, misplaced integrity and being burnt by underwhelming experiences. Anyone else who went to see At the Drive-In's London Brixton show last year will have experienced a certain depression at the sheer half-hearted opportunism of the endeavour.
For some bands it's not like that. The Replacements' recent reunion to support their former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who experienced a stroke last February, should be entirely applauded. Plus I fucking love The Replacements.
So I guess quite transparently, and hypocritically, this is why I'm writing this article. Sleater-Kinney are a band that has meant more to me than any other (I wrote about them extensively here
), so even the merest hint of a reunion makes my heart race, and yeah, this now means I have to break my policy.
A semi-regular feature where Popdin delves into the back catalogue of one of its favourite bands or artists and presents their best work via the medium of words, pictures, videos and Spotify playlists. Think of it like a 'Brief Introduction to...' but without all the science and diagrams.