Friday, December 29th, 2006
Baby I've Changed
Fountains Of Wayne have announced the release of their fourth album, Traffic And Weather, on April 3 and I’ve been trying to decide if I care. I was a big fan of their first two releases, Fountains Of Wayne and Utopia Parkway but was decidedly nonplussed about their breakout record, 2003’s Welcome Interstate Managers.
While superficially it sounded just as power poppy and hooky as its predecessors, it also sounded just that – superficial. Not that the first two records were paragons of depth or complexity or anything, but they sounded more sincerely silly and whimsical while WIM had a whiff of calculation about it (it was also overlong and watered down with sub par material). Of course, it paid off huge for the band with their first big hit in “Stacy’s Mom” and while I certainly don’t begrudge them their payday, I can’t help but fear that the taste of success will encourage them to go back to that well and become the novelty band that they feared becoming when they shelved their cover of Britney Spears’ “Baby, One More Time”.
Of course, it’s also possible that I’ve simply lost my taste for such concentrated three-minute power pop sugar bombs. I’ll be revisiting their catalog before April to find out if that’s so, but will likely grab the new one either way. Just because.
AOL is one of the few media outlets not writing off the last week of the year, offering an Interface session with The Hold Steady and a DL interview with Aimee Mann. Craig Finn talks to The Indianapolis Star.
Check out the new video from Amy Millan:
Basia Bulat, whose set was so enjoyable at Pop Montreal will be playing her first headlining show in Toronto on January 4, a venue that I seem to be spending far too much at (though I did skip the Russian Futurists show last night – just too tired to head out). For The Records has done a fine job of rounding up all you need to know about Ms Bulat, so I’ll just sum up by saying that she’s playing with Barzin, cover is $7 and her debut full-length Oh, My Darling will be out in February on Rough Trade in many parts of the world (but not here, I don’t think).