Darren Hayman has been awfully prolific, releasing a total of three albums this year (if you count the re-issue of Hefner‘s The Fidelity Wars) and it’s not about to stop. His next album is seeing release this January, called Pram Town. A mini-website in relation to the release was very recently set up here where you can hear four of the tracks from the album. His post-The French albums haven’t really struck my power chords so far, but this doesn’t sound bad.
In other news, Jeff Mangum, the singer-songwriter behind the band Neutral Milk Hotel, which is the band behind what I would argue is one of the best albums period, namely In The Aeroplane Over The Sea from 1998, has been popping up to perform together with a number of his musician friends during their tour. After the surprise success of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Jeff Mangum did what most any proper indie musician would do; namely withdrawing from the music business, rarely to perform in public again. So this is amazing news for all fans, and you can see one of these recent performances here.
I would like to believe that this means we’ll eventually get another album out of him, but to quote Jeff Mangum himself on whether or not he’d release another album (from this interview): “I don’t know. It would be nice, but sometimes I kind of doubt it.”