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November 24, 2010

What are 2011's most anticipated albums?

Kanye West wasn't quite finished dominating the entertainment news cycle this week, when a new collaboration with Jay-Z leaked, positioning their new album already as one of next year's most anticipated.

It apparently also made some people start compiling their wish-lists for the new year. Stereogum ran their top 50 today, with Kanye/Jay-Z landing at 48, and Lady Gaga at 21. As most of these things go, almost half the list is wish-fulfillment - at least that many albums have no announced released dates.

On my list? Polly. Jean. Harvey. Three years is way too long. My favorite Irish lady Roisin Murphy might - just might - finally release a follow-up to "Overpowered." And from what Thrill Jockey tells me, Future Islands will follow up their "In Evening Air" in late 2011.

What are your most anticipated albums of 2011? 

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:58 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Music News


Maza, you seem like a nice guy and I have taken up for you on this blog since you took over for Sessa, but it seems to me that this has turned into more of a music critic blog than about the nightlife of Baltimore......just saying

No Doubt!

DaveS is completely right.

I've tried to remain as positive as I can and understand that there are growing pains with any change, but I don't think the blog is focused on nightlife anymore.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you/Sessa/The Sun need to rebrand this particular blog. If you were to rebrand, I don't think you'd have nearly as mush push-back as you're getting.

Sessa kept this as a nightlife blog with a sprinkling of music. We now have the antithesis.

Trouble is exactly right.

Erik has 2 jobs - his day job includes reporting on music, his night job is coming up with content for the blog, which is supposed to cover "the city's after-hours scene" - that would be, covering Baltimore's (not DC), after-hours scene (scene meaning bars and nightclubs, not so much CDs and concert reviews)

What's gone wrong with the "after-hours scene" blog is that Erik doesn't seem to work nights or weekends, and he also doesn't appear to drink, so he tries to fill the blog up with sober daytime stuff.

I don't think he ever posts anything at night, drinking or not, and definitely not over weekends.

Take a look at the "most recent comments" sidebar on the right - alcohol and bar coverage generates comments up in the double digits, other stuff just a couple posts each.

The potential is still here, but they really need to get somebody who goes out at nights and on the weekends to maintain "the city's after-hours scene" blog, or, like Trouble said, change the description and make it a music blog (like the hundreds of others that are out there)

All changes to the blog will be driving by traffic, so, change might be slow but eventually it seems as though the more popular posts will steer more of the content of the site.

Hell yeah, PJ Harvey!

Speaking of kick-ass women rockers, where is Shirley Manson? I want more Garbage!

The Jay/Kanye dual album

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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