2006 PREVIEW23 Jan 2006

In MOJO magazine this month you'll find an exclusive preview of the year to come. But here's a list of releases that didn't make the issue.

Title: TBC
Due: Late 2006
Following the low-key release of last year's Rockin' The Joint live set, the veteran Boston hard rock troupe are set to regroup in their hometown in February and begin work on a new studio album. Recording is likely to take place in Boston and is likely to be completed by the summer, at which point the band intend to tour Europe, with a major festival appearance likely in the UK.

Title: TBC
Due: Late 2006
When U2 compiled their Jukebox selection for inclusion on MOJO (July 2005), they included The Arcade Fire's Wake Up track - a tune they'd used as their unofficial intro tape. Since then the American-Canadian collective has enjoyed the patronage of David Bowie (with whom they've guested live) and the support of MOJO readers as a whole. They are expected to begin work on the follow-up the last years Funeral set imminently although the album is unlikely to see the light of day until the tail end of 2006 - again on the Rough Trade label.

Title: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Due: January 23
Scions of the MP3 Generation, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys chalked up a Number One single last year and revealed themselves to be the natural successors to The Jam or, at very least, label mates Franz Ferdinand. This debut album confirms their potential and their word-of-mouth status as the band most likely to succeed in the next 12 months.

Title: Love Travels At Illegal Speeds
Due: March 13
The former Blur guitarist returns, buoyed by the success of his last Happiness In Magazines set, with a 13 track effort that picks up where the altter left off. The album - produced by Stephen Street - is preceded by the release of Standing On My Own Again and is followed by a tour that starts in Newcastle on March 20 and runs through to April.
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Title: Symmetric Orchestra
Due: March 13

Having collaborated with the likes of Taj Mahal, Ali Farka Touré and Damon Albarn (in the case of the latter on the acclaimed Mali Music project), Daibate, the so-called "Jimi Hendrix of the kora", returns with a stunning new set that, on first listen, appears to be ready to propel him to new heights - both commercially and artistically. Tracks include Independence Boulevard, Wasso and Mali Sadio with the album once again set for release on World Circuit. Diabate is also expected to tour the UK in April or May.

Title: Amber Headlights
Due: February 13
Originally recorded in 2001 and shelved the following year due to the death of Dulli's friend, film-maker Ted Demme, Amber Headlights finally sees the light of day. As well as former Afghan Whigs frontman Dulli, the album features Jon Skibic (Gigolo Aunts), Jerome Dillon (Nine Inch Nails) and Petra Haden (Mike Watt, Goatsnake) - the latter contributing a track to MOJO's Who Covered CD which accompanies the current issue of the magazine which is on sale now.

Title: Both Sides Of The Gun
Due: March 20
Recorded at the Dust Brothers' studio in LA, Harper's sixth studio album is an expansive double set which ranges from one CD of groove-laden material to a second disc of mellow material. The effect is Harper's most rounded work to date. "When I made this record, for the first time it felt as natural to be in the studio as it does to be on stage," comments Harper. "The way I see it, the first five records were experiments and we got real lucky with some freewheeling ideas. I feel this is the album on which I've finally applied everything I've learnt."

Title: Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
Due: March 6
"The unthinkable is going to be on this next fucking record!" snarls volatile Killing Joke shaman Jaz Coleman. "There's eco-meltdown on the cards. That's certainly in there. But it's also a celebration of ceremonies..." Indeed, Hosannas... is a bilious nine track effort, recorded in Eastern Europe, and featuring the Joke nucleus of Coleman, Geordie, Raven and drummer Ben Calvert. Always a band to travel to the outer limits, Killing Joke are understood to be planning an acoustic tour of "the colonial bars of the world" which will be recorded for a low-key live release later in the year.

Title: Boy With The Blues - TBC
Due: Summer
The Gallagher Brothers are set to follow up their triumphant Don't Believe The Truth album with an EP featuring material from that same album session. A track likely to be included is The Boy With The Blues which was written by Liam and which Noel has referred to as "catchy as fuck". The potential release of an EP could, of course, herald more summer shows this year.

Title: Comfort Of Strangers
Due: February 13
Produced by Jim O'Rourke, Beth Orton's long-awaited follow-up to 2002's Daybreaker is a less dour affair which confirms her reputation as the natural heiress to the '70s Laurel Canyon legacy. While O'Rourke's presence suggests that Beth may be heading into unfamiliar lo-fi territory, the opposite is in fact true - Comfort Of Strangers exhibiting a greater warmth and musical scope than previously. A full review of the album appears in the next issue of MOJO on sale on February 1.

Title: Collected/Weather Underground
Due: March 27/Late 2006
Reports suggest that the Bristol trip hop mob have completed seven tracks for their next album which currently boasts the title of Weather Underground. More definite is the release of Collected, a double set which will feature the band's greatest hits on one disc and rarities and remixes on the second. Collected will be preceded by a new single, Live With Me, on March 13.

Title: Showtunes
Due: March 13
Collaborating with acclaimed Chinese theatrical director Chen Shi-Zheng, latter day New York bard Merritt ended up composing songs for three plays directed by Chen. The plays in question consisted of The Orphan Of Zhao, Peach Blossom Fan and My Life As A Fairy Tale. Tracks from all three plays feature unconventional orchestration and Merritt's unique amalgam of Broadway sensibilities and eastern influences. In his typically extravagant style, this collection groups together 26 tracks from Merritt's scores. All three scores will be available in their entirety from major download sites. For more information visit the official Stephen Merritt site at www.houseoftomorrow.com

Title: Pay The Devil
Due: March 6
Following on from 2005's Magic Time, Van Morrison is set to release an album consisting largely of country covers. Seemingly inspired by Ray Charles's 1962 set, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Pay The Devil includes 12 covers by the likes of Hank Williams (an inspired version of Your Cheatin' Heart), Webb Pierce, Rodney Crowell and Merle Kilgore, as well as three original compositions that include Playhouse, This Has Got To Stop and the title track. UK dates are expected to follow imminently.

Title: Under A Billion Suns
Due: March 7
The godfathers of grunge head towards their twentieth anniversary with the release of their brand new album. So what can you expect? Well, what do you think?! Despite the presence of horns and harmonies (including the contributions from jazz legend Mose Allison's daughter Amy), Mudhoney's ninth album is a highly-charged set of dense riffs, screeching vocals and ripped-jean rock.

Title: TBC
Due: Spring

Following the release of their live Absolution DVD in December of last year and European sales of over a million copies of the Absolution album, Muse return to the fray with a new studio set. Following initial recording at the Studios Miraval in the South Of France, work on the album has switched to Avatar Studios in New York. While recent speculation has suggested that the album may be delayed to 2007, the fact that the band are hotly tipped to headline the Carling Weekender at Reading and Leeds in August suggests otherwise.

Title: The Animal Years
Due: March 20
Ritter follows up his Hello Starling set with an album recorded in Seattle with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine). Apparently The Animal Years "attempts to internalise and postage stamp a year of deep global unrest". Hence tracks include the ominous Girl In the War and In The Dark. For more information on this heavy duty set log on to www.joshritter.com

Title: TBC
Due: TBC
Gary Lightbody's gang have been hard at work on the follow-up to the multi-platinum Final Straw with producer Garrett Lee (aka Jacknife), recording material at Parkgate Studios in Battle, Grouse Lodge in Ireland and at Lee's own gaff in Kent. While the tracklisting is currently being confirmed, Chasing Cars - a track previewed on the band's stint opening for U2 last - will definitely make the final cut, as will Headlights. The album will mark the recorded debut of bassist Paul Wilson (Mark McClelland) and will feature a guesting Martha Wainwright who duets with Lightbody on a track titled Set Fire To The Third Bar.

Title: Below The Branches
Due: February 6
San Francisco's latter day answer to Syd Barrett returns with his first set of new material since 2004's Antique Glow - an album that made MOJO Top 50 Albums Of The Year list and which announced Stoltz's arrival in no uncertain terms. An amalgam of folk, psych and pure pop, Below The Branches confirms Stoltz's genius. A full review appears in the next issue of MOJO on sale on February 6.

Title: What The Tolls Tells
Due: February 13
First there was The White Stripes, then came The Black Keys, then The Kills. Every year for the last four years we've been greeted with a duo that emerge from punk's underbelly and begin hollering the blues. This year, San Francisco duo the Two Gallants - that's Adam Stephens on vocals and guitar and Tyson Vogel on drums - are likely to be the hollerers of choice, this set (released on Saddle Creek) announcing their arrival to a wider audience in no uncertain terms.

Title: Stadium Arcadium
Due: April 9
They began recording on March 16, 2005 and have now completed the follow-up to the multi-platinum selling By The Way. And indeed, such was the volume of material, that the Chilis were initially thinking of releasing a trilogy of albums! Instead, however, they've opted for a double set which will boast over 20 tracks. Titles include Danni California, Desecration Smile, Hard To Concentrate and Charlie.

Title: Let It Roll
Due: March 26
Robert Fisher's gothic Americana gang emerge with yet another slice of heavy-duty melodrama. With initial sessions taking place in Slovenia during the course of a week, the album was completed with a studio stint in Holland and represents the band that make up the WGC live experience. The album may be accompanied with limited co pies of a DVD upon release, and the band are expected to tour the UK to support the release.

Title: Wolfmother
Due: TBC
The Sydney stoner three-piece will release their self-titled debut in the UK later this year (it's already out Down Under) on the Island label. Sitting somewhere between The Cult and Kyuss, their elephantine grooves are exemplified by Dimension, Pyramid and Mind's Eye, their last single. The band head over here in March for a full UK tour, more info on which can be found at: www.wolfmother.com

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