The big news in the world is, obviously, the arrival of a new Modest Mouse album. The excitement is at a fever pitch right now, as the album downloads. It’s downloading. Right. Now. As we speak. I can’t wait to play it. It’s been a long time. After years of teasing us with promises, they’d better deliver. Judging by the lead single, I think that they will. And I will get back to you on it, as soon as it’s been digested. In the meantime, let me just say that it’s shaping up to be a really good year in music, with new releases from The Decemberists, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, and Death Cab for Cutie already on shelves, and more from The Dead Weather, Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala, Florence + The Machine, FFS, and Built To Spill in the pipeline.