Album Update Extravaganza!!!

Album Update Extravaganza!!!
Franz Ferdinand are looking at early 2008 for their next album. In a recent interview with MTV.com, front-man revealed that "the new songs have got a much heavier synth/dance kind of element to them. Nick [McCarthy, the group’s keyboardist and guitarist] bought himself a new velvet cape and we needed an excuse for him to wear it, so we had to get him a big bank of synthesisers to play." The band have been showcasing new songs through intimate gigs in Glasgow and New York, some of which include the titles "Anyone in Love,” "A New Thrill,” "English Goodbye,” "Favourite Lie,” "Turn It On” and "Flight of the Galvatron." Truman Capote’s classic novel, In Cold Blood, has been revealed as a source of inspiration.

Recently gracing the stage on the GLAAD-friendly True Colors Tour, the Gossip have hinted they might be looking at a deuce in the future. Talking with Gigwise, front-woman Beth Ditto said they have half an album’s worth so far. "There was talk of the fall but I don’t think that is realistic. I think winter maybe,” Ditto said about a possible release date. In addition the band are considering a live album. "We’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to do a live album at the moment, which I think is really exciting. "We’re talking about (recording it) on maybe even this leg or on the next leg of the European tour. I think it might be a British date or even a combination of dates which I think is best.”

Rumours are circulating about the new album from the ever-so eccentric British Sea Power. Drowned in Sound have divulged that the band’s forthcoming album will hit shelves in October, and that the working title is Now That’s What I Call World War One Joy Division.

Zach Condon, aka Beirut, has set a release date of October 9 for his second full-length. Loosely titled The Flying Club Cup , the new album will feature Final Fantasy’s Owen Pallett on string arrangements, and according to a recent interview with Pitchfork Condon admitted: "I was listening to a lot of Jacques Brel and French chanson music-- pop songs shrouded in big, glorious, over-the-top arrangements and all this drama...very much throwing myself in the world of classical pop music." Right before the album hits shops, Beirut will play two Canadian shows: La Sala Rossa in Montreal on September 30 and Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on October 2.

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore is readying his first solo album since 1995’s Psychic Hearts. Featuring mostly acoustic guitar and bass, Trees Outside The Academy was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth’s Rather Ripped, the Hold Steady) and features band-mate Steve Shelley, NYC avant-garde scenester Samara Lubelski, and J Mascis, at Mascis’ Bisquiteen Studio. Moore will release it on his own Ecstatic Peace imprint on September 12.

Hot Chip gave some details about their new album to The Event Guide in a recent interview whilst touring in the U.S. Founding member Joe Goddard said, "We want a large sound - that's the big issue, and it is what I was saying before, we are looking at the frequencies, and deciding if we are going to expand the split sound over two records. We have a lot of ideas to get in!” Apparently the band have been inspired by wrestling of all things. Goddard added: "We're looking at the WWF (sic, WWE) above all things, it's quite mad; and there will be other funny oddities of life on there.” Meanwhile Goddard also spoke with Music OMH, shedding more light on the album. ""We've been into the studio and recorded five, six songs. It's gonna be less intricate this time, the five of us playing live,” he said. "We didn't want to repeat the formula we used on The Warning, as we've got a bit tired of it. Quite a few tracks have still been started in the bedroom but have ended up more live. We were actually thinking of doing half a song in the bedroom and half live, so that you would be able to see the transformation from one to the other."

It’s been four years since Underworld released an album (and even that was a greatest hits collection, 1992 – 2002), but they’ve reportedly scheduled a new full-length for October. Titled Oblivion With Bells, the band are still in the midst of finding a record deal, since their long-time label V2 folded late last year. In the meantime, they’ve been previewing new music through a download series called "Riverrun,” which were all eventually reduced in a 30-minute mix called "The Misterons Mix.”

Swedish balladeer José González will return on September 25 with his long-awaited In Our Nature. Recorded in his Gothenburg home, González told Billboard.com : "Almost all of the songs deal with questions of human nature -- mostly the stupidness -- and I'm either accusing myself or humanity as a whole for being stupid. But almost in a humoristic way -- it's not something you might get from listening to the album." Though he’s known primarily for the simple combination of his voice and acoustic guitar, In Our Nature will also feature percussion, synths and backing vocals from Yukimi Nagano.

Now 31 years old, the Cure will return for their 14th studio album some time in the fall. Scheduled for release through Suretone/Geffen, the album will be preceded by a full North American tour that will see them supported by post-rockers 65 Days Of Static. Canadian dates include the Bell Centre in Montreal on September 26, the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on the 27th and GM Place in Vancouver on October 9.

Finally, Rogue Wave have left Sub Pop for and signed with Jack Johnson’s major label offshoot Brushfire for their next album. Asleep at Heaven's Gate will see a September 18 release, courtesy of the surfer dude that scored Curious George.