I’m on a synth pop kick this month, and with great music like Imaginary Friends coming out, who wouldn’t be? Take the analog sound palette of the first two Eurythmics albums, add the bright, dance-anthem song structures of Erasure, then process female vocals to a disco-ball shine à la Human League, and you have the latest from cult darlings Freezepop. The appeal here is more than cult, though, ranging from those of us who actually saw John Hughes movies in theaters to the electro-leaning DJs we sometimes refer to as “these kids today.” Tracks like “Natural Causes” and “Lady Spider” are just as suited to remixing by the latter as to cranking up in the Priuses of the former. Whichever way you enjoy Imaginary Friends, do it with your real ones—this is New Year’s Eve on a disc. (Archenemy | freezepop.com)
Jon Regen, “Stop Time”
I’d like to kick this month off with congratulations to our New York City-based editor at large Jon Regen, who’s becoming enough of a rock star in his own right that soon I’m not going to be able to overwork and underpay him anymore. His new album Stop Time was produced by Mitchell Froom and features Elvis Costello’s Impostors as the band.