New Music Monday: 28 January

This weeks seems to be the first “big one” of the year 2008, with a lot of excellent new releases from both experienced and new comer artists. The clear highlight is “The Bedlam in Goliath” by [tag]The Mars Volta[/tag], which is already shaping up as a contender for best album of the year. List nerds should bookmark this, so they don’t forget it at the end of the year. A pop icon of the ’80s [tag]Joe Jackson[/tag] is also releasing a new album this week, his 24th actually, titled “Rain,” while another pop star on the rise, actress turned singer [tag]Idina Menzel[/tag] is putting out her 3rd studio effort “I Stand.”

On the indie front, the Californian quartet [tag]Xiu Xiu[/tag] are releasing their much awaited follow up, to the critically acclaimed The Air Force, in the form of “Women As Lovers.” Another solid indie record this week is the self titled debut of New Yorkers [tag]Vampire Weekend[/tag], a band that first came to people’s ears and attention, thanks to music blogs a few months ago. Now they’re signed to a major label and releasing a already well sought upon debut; a great example on how the blogging phenomenon can catapult someone to success.

The Mars Volta - The Bedlem in Goliath
The Mars Volta: The Bedlam in Goliath

Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers
Xiu Xiu: Women As Lovers

Bullet for My Valentine
Bullet For My Valentine: Scream Aim Fire

Sons and Daughters
Sons & Daughters: This Gift

The Shackeltons
The Shakeltons: The Shackeltons

Joe Jackson - Rain
Joe Jackson: Rain

Elephant Man
Elephant Man: Let’s Get Physical

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

Dub Trio
Dub Trio: Another Sound Is Dying

Idina Menzel  I Stand
Idina Menzel: I Stand

Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Helio Sequence: Keep Your Eyes Ahead

Chris Walla
Chris Walla: Field Manual 

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