Posted by: ericclark | January 7, 2008

More 2008 albums: Weezer, Gnarls Barkley, Deathcab for Cutie

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

The Streets (title TBA, 2008): U.K. rapper Mike Skinner always is good for some cheeky storytelling.

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:

What music are you looking forward to in ’08?



  1. Q-Tip makes my ears bleed.

  2. This will be the year Chinese Democracy begins and all this poser, sisi music ends. Axl rules!!!!

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