Now that I'm in weekend mode, I must divulge a bit about my hotly anticipated New Year's vacation to Thailand. If you desire a foreign land with great food, awesome beaches, wonderful scuba diving and snorkeling, diverse fellow tourists, killer nightlife, and — of course — fun shopping, add Thailand to your vacation queue. My friend and I spent a good 12 days there, mostly island hopping, and we both plan to go back.
One of my favorite veg-out bands is Air; even the name denotes a mellow vibe. After a whirlwind week back in the office, by Thursday I needed to zone out, and I remembered the breezy release of Air. Kick back and enjoy this comical, creative, watercolored adventure. Weather is here, wish you were beautiful . . .
As you may have heard, there's a new album from that Arcade Fire band coming out today. But not to be outdone by a bunch of overhyped Canadians, an army of other artists — including !!!, Air, and the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. — are also unleashing highly anticipated new CDs today, making this one of the best days for new music so far this year. (Coincidentally, all of these artists' names start with "a," except for !!!, but that one really doesn't count.)
So, rather than my usual Song of the Day, I thought I'd offer you a selection of tracks from the various albums hitting stores today. Take a listen and tell me which CD you're most excited about.
Air's music has always been a bit too sleepy for me, but I appreciate that the French electronica outfit is giving itself an injection of sass, courtesy of Jarvis Cocker. The Pulp frontman handles vocals on the track "One Hell of a Party," which will appear on Air's next album, Pocket Symphony, coming out in March. The sentiments will be perfect for anyone still recovering from your New Year's bash.