Earlier today, I asked whose 2007 album you were most excited about. It didn't make the poll, but one of my most-anticipated albums in the new year is the sophomore release from Menomena, called Friend & Foe and due out Jan. 23.
Though I'm not usually a fan of experimental rock, I was obsessed with the Portland, OR, band's 2004 album I Am the Fun Blame Monster, a DIY effort complete with a flip book. This time around, they've signed to Barsuk Records, which was kind enough to put the album on its web site for streaming. On first listen, I like what I hear; the weird but upbeat tracks fall somewhere between trippy jazz and dance music.