Get Thee to a Record Store

Is it just me or is 2009 shaping up to be an awesome year for new CD releases? First, U2 gave us No Line on the Horizon, and by the end of the year they’re planning on releasing another bunch of songs that didn’t make it onto the album’s final cut. On April 7th, The Tragically Hip release We Are the Same, and it was just announced that Bob Dylan is releasing a surprise new album, Together Through Life, on April 28th (download his new single for free here). And that’s just the spring! Matthew Good has finished recording and is currently mixing Vancouver, currently slated for an early October release, and Mute Math’s long-awaited sophomore album, recorded in a house studio in New Orleans, is expected sometime in August. Switchfoot is also in the studio, working on a follow-up to Oh! Gravity, which is supposed to be in stores in November. To top it all off, Pearl Jam are releasing a new album in September. Are there any albums you’re looking forward to in 2009?

On a related note, Sam Roberts picked up two Juno Awards last night, one for artist of the year and the other for rock album of the year. He also performed last night, but I missed it and nobody’s uploaded the video to YouTube yet. In the meantime, you can download a great CBC podcast, which features interviews and in-studio performances by Sam and his band, including a rare unreleased track called Magic on My Mind, here (scroll to the link near the bottom of the page). That’s all for now — back to the books!

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