I haven’t done any kind of a personal 2012 tips piece, apart from possibly this. I suppose I figured I blog here a lot, so the idea of telling you in advance what I might be writing about for the rest of the year seems a bit pointless. And weird.
Much better to gather the opinions of those you not only might not get a chance to hear from in this way again (unless you look in the right places, but FORGET I SAID THAT STAY HERE PLEASE AND I WILL GIVE YOU REWARDS AND POGS), but are also devoting their time to producing wonderful art and therefore know what it takes to do so.
Here’s three of my favourite artists very kindly talking (and drawing) what they’re excited about for 2012.
Laurie: I cannot wait to hear the new offerings from The Twilight Sad and Errors. I am also praying for new releases from The Avalanches and Bloc Party before the year is over. Film wise, I’m looking forward to seeing On The Road.
Fergus: Though it’s been mentioned by Laurie, the promise of new material from Bloc Party forces me back into a giddy teenage girl-like state of excitement. On top of that, I’d really like to hear new material from bands like Whitest Boy Alive and New England’s finest Willy Mason. A sequel to You Me and Dupree wouldn’t go a miss – just to see the look on Dave’s face.
Dave: The promised new Spiderman remake is really pushing my buttons right now… I’m hoping it will go down a bit of a Dark Knight path, rather than the last three featuring Tobey Maguire. Musically I am currently torn over what I enjoy listening to these days, but I’m pretty psyched to see what comes from Madeon and Pretty Lights in the next year. I can also third a peculiar rush of excitement in anticipation of the next Bloc Party album.
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If I’m going to see one film at the cinema this year (and that’s a possibility) it’ll be The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan has yet to set a foot wrong in his cinematic Bat-saga, and it’ll be a genuine thrill to see someone pull off a consistently excellent superheroic trilogy for a change. If I see more than one, then hopefully I’ll be catching the following: Ridley Scott’s “not-a-prequel-to-Alien” Prometheus, which I’m so excited for that I went and got the Alien Anthology on blu-ray, even though 50% of it’s mince. Rian Johnson’s Looper looks to be one to watch, if only for the spectacle of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis playing younger and older versions of the same character (it’s time travelly).
Drew “Cloverfield” Goddard and Joss “Buffy Angel Firefly Dollhouse Dr Horrible The Avengers” Whedon’s post-post-meta horror The Cabin In The Woods will finally see the light of day after several years of sitting on MGM’s debt-addled shelves, and whatever horrific casting they insist on plowing ahead with, I’ll still be first in line for the Les Miserables film come Christmas. Oh, and The Hobbit.
Music-wise, to be honest beyond getting to see the impeccable powerhouse of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings live at Glasgow’s ABC in March, there’s not too much on my calendar for 2012; other than carrying forward the same musical hope of new records from Jonathan Richman and The Detroit Cobras that I have every year. For the record though, Lana Del Ray can do one.
As for art and literature, why not combine the two and have COMIC BOOKS? After a fairly tumultuous 2011 for comics, there’s some bright lights on the horizon in the shape of Brian K Vaughan’s Saga, his first ongoing series since 2004′s Ex Machina, which debuts in March. Pitched as “Star Wars meets Game of Thrones”, it’s a welcome return to comics for Vaughan after his stint writing TV’s Lost. A writer unproven in comics is author China Mieville, and he’ll be making his four-color-funnybook debut by bringing his own unique horror and fantasy sensibilities to the neglected 60s DC property Dial H For Hero. Originally a story about a boy who became a different, and occasionally surreal, superhero every time he punched the letters H-E-R-O into a toy he’d discovered, Mievelle’s reinterpretation (simply called Dial H) promises to showcase a more psychological approach, and really explore the nitty-gritty of just what it’s like to become, for instance, a human jack-in-a-box. Look for it in April.
It would be remiss of me to not plug our own wares though – Jonbot Vs. Martha, our weekly webcomic focussing on the harrowing reality (and occasional bizarre fantasy) of a robot/human divorce continues every Monday, and hopefully should be seeing print this year – in both pseudo-syndication and potentially a wee self-published collection.
Elsewhere I’m working with the esteemed Glasgow League of Writers on a project so secret, that I’ve had to thread it through this paragraph in an Enigma-like, near unbreakable code – don’t look for it though, you won’t find it. Anyway, safe to say that working with these fine, like-minded comic book writers on what could potentially be the biggest thing many of us have ever done is a fairly exciting prospect. I’m just sorry that I can’t say more about it at this point. It involves comics.
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Gordon: For me, the most exciting aspect of 2012 will be that bass music continues to get more bizarre, in every conceivable way. This is inevitably a good thing. The amazing Unknown To The Unknown keep churning out noisy takes on garage and house, sometimes unlistenable, sometimes infuriatingly pretentious, but usually incredible.
Modern Love, the label behind Andy Stott’s masterpiece Passed Me By and home to noisy brats Demdike Stare and G.H have helped to coin the strange but quite fitting ‘knackered house’ moniker that will undoubtedly expand this year. Guys like Gerry Read are already taking the noise to new, soulful, levels.
2012 will hopefully also be the year that electronic music completely loses its geography. So many incredible, forward thinking labels are releasing beats from everywhere and anywhere (Cocobass, Akwaabaa), refining new takes on old sounds and, of course, keeping it weird. The most impressive example of this for me has been Mock The Zuma, some chap from Mexico.
Also, LOL Boys, despite the irritating name, seem to be floating every combination of kick snare, hat and simple text to pretty exciting effect.
Finally I hope this guy keeps reinventing the mixtape.