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New albums coming from Midlake and Los Campesinos

I don't know if this counts as Newswire-worthy or not, but what the hell—I love both of these bands. This week, both Los Campesinos and Midlake announced new albums for 2010. Midlake will release the long-in-the-works The Courage Of Others on Feb. 2, and Los Campesinos will release Romance Is Boring on Jan. 26. Each is following up a truly excellent disc, and thus should be cause for excitement. Fun facts and track lists below.

Romance Is Boring includes guest appearances by Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, Parenthetical Girls’ Zac Pennington, and The Dead Science’s Jherek Bischoff. The first single, "These Are Listed Buildings" comes out next week, and another song, "The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future," has been making the Internet rounds. The record was recorded with John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, etc.).


Romance Is Boring track list

In Medias Res
There Are Listed Buildings
Romance Is Boring
We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
Plan A
200 – 102
Straight In At 101
Who Fell Asleep In
I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy of Me
Heart Swells/100-1
I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
A Heat Rash In The Shape of The Show Me State; Or, Letters From Me to Charlotte
The Sea Is A Good Place to Think of the Future
This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind
Coda: A Burn Scar In the Shape of The Sooner State

Midlake, Denton, Texas' finest purveyors of Fleetwood Mac-like awesomeness, will release the follow-up to 2006's amazing The Trials Of Van Occupanther on Feb. 2 of next year. From a press release: "Midlake took a two year break from the road to focus on the new album, but will tour extensively in 2010, with an initial string of dates and a return to SXSW - genesis of the 'Van Occupanther' groundswell in 2006 - already confirmed."

The Courage Of Others tracklist

Acts of Man
Winter Dies
Small Mountain
Core of Nature
Rulers, Ruling All Things
Children of the Grounds
Bring Down
The Horn
The Courage of Others
In The Ground