In my In Other Words column last week in The Gazette, I wrote about a bunch of high-profile bands slated to release new albums in 2008. On the list were Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Metallica, R.E.M., Dr. Dre, No Doubt, The Postal Service, Rancid and U2.
That’s not all I’m looking forward to in 2008, but that’s all the space I had. So here are eight more bands I can’t wait to hear new material from this year.
Be Your Own Pet (“Get Awkward,” March 18): Warp-speed, female-fronted rock ‘n’ roll from a bunch of Nashville, Tenn., teenagers. http://www.myspace.com/beyourownpetmusic
DeVotchka (“Spirit,” March 18): I’ve recently got into Gypsy-flavored bands like Beirut and Gogol Bordello, so it will be interesting to see what this more experienced band can do with its new release. You might remember DeVotchka from the “Little Miss Sunshine” soundtrack. http://www.myspace.com/devotchkamusic
The Breeders (“Mountain Battles,” April 8): Everyone knows The Breeders for their ’90s hit “Cannonball.” They have yet to top that song, but maybe they can on “Mountain Battles.”
“Cannonball” by The Breeders
Deathcab for Cutie (title TBA, May): The only reason I skipped Deathcab’s last album, 2005’s “Plans,” was because the group was too popular and I’m a snob. Maybe I should get over it. http://www.myspace.com/deathcabforcutie
Gnarls Barkley (title TBA, 2008): Gnarls’ debut, 2006’s “St. Elsewhere,” was hugely entertaining, and “Crazy” was a massive hit. Who knows what these two weirdos can accomplish on album No. 2? http://www.myspace.com/gnarlsbarkley
Q-Tip (“The Renaissance,” 2008): Q-Tip, formerly of A Tribe Called Quest, my favorite rap group ever, is expected to release this long-delayed album sometime this year. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=28952862
The Streets (title TBA, 2008): U.K. rapper Mike Skinner always is good for some cheeky storytelling. http://www.myspace.com/thestreets
Weezer (title TBA, 2008): It’s do-or-die time for Weezer, after 2005’s “Make Believe” made me believe Weezer was done for good. Will they ever top “Buddy Holly”? I doubt it.
“Buddy Holly” video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiIC5qcXeNU
What music are you looking forward to in ’08?