Har Mar Superstar – The Handler – Mid September
He is da man and I’m waiting for him to cross over to Germany. Why doesn’t he get a tour organized in mainland Europe? The UK gets the treat all the time and during my stay in San Francisco he didn’t hit the town either.
Anyway, I’m in love with his first two albums and his videos. He has style, a fantastic voice and the perfect beats. Check out Power Lunch and my favorite non-album track Shopping Spree!
The Handler, featuring Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Michael Bland (former Prince drummer) among others, will probably get an early release on iTunes. The first single, about drug related telephone calls, DUI (Dialing Under the Influence), is scheduled for August 16th. The B-side is Sex-Tape. Listen
Le Tigre – This Island – October 19th
After a three year break they return with This Island. I’m really looking forward to this & their new videos. I especially liked their Well Well Well video, which will probably be included on one of the enhanced reissues of their older albums on August 24th.
Beck – As yet untitled – October
He is currently in the studio with the Dust Brothers, who produced the fabulous Odelay and Midnite Vultures with him. I’m so glad this is going to be an up tempo album and not a melancholy affair like the last one. One track is a collaboration with Jack White.
Mariah Carey – As yet untitled
You might have guessed it: This is the album I’m looking forward to most. There is no release date or title but her manager says that Mariah’s “new album is underway in New York. For the first time in years, she is not recording on the Isle of Capri.”. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad sign. I always wanted to go to Capri but now I don’t have a reason anymore.
Good news is, she will have Kanye West as a producer for one or more songs.
Kate Bush – As yet untitled
It’s been more than 11 years since her last album The Red Shoes and each year I get my hopes up. Supposedly, she is working on the new album in her home studio and a lot of musicians reported about the progress for years. I think, she is only doing her little fairy dance at the huge mansion. It would be a wonder if this album gets released in 2004.