I see it (but I'm not sure I believe it)

The Sound of Arrows just posted this picture to their Twitter. While it in no way guarantees that we will actually be getting an album during the 2011 calendar year, it does show that one exists and increases the possibility of it coming some time in the near future. If it all goes tits up - which is still has the possibility of doing, lets be honest - there's something to search for.

(Of course, we also know a third JJ72 album exists and they've somehow managed to keep that one under wraps for all these years.)

Color me (incredibly) cautiously optimistic. And to think all of this excitement stems from a 2-year old 3:45 single that I didn't even like that much at first:

You've got a lot to live up to, boys.

let England stream

NPR is streaming the new PJ Harvey album this week ahead of its release. Despite what the glowing reviews are saying it's not terribly good, however a mediocre new PJ Harvey is better than no new PJ Harvey I suppose. ("In The Dark Places" has a bit of an "It's You" vibe going for it and the title track thankfully does not have that stupid "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" sample in it, but that's about all the good I can pull from it for now.)

Far more interesting is 'Hotel Shampoo', the new LP from SFA's Gruff Rhys which is also streaming this week courtesy of his website. I haven't been able to drum up much excitement for this one for some reason - still a bit burned from 'Dark Days/Light Years' I guess - but the album continues in the breezy pop vein of 2007's 'Candylion' and is pretty solid from start to finish. (I'm personally waiting for the lo-fi follow up to 'Yr Atal Genhedlaeth' but I might be alone on that one.) It's definitely the better bet of the two, but truthfully both are probably just force of habit at this point.