Album: Freedom's Goblin
Release Date: January 26th
The SoCal wizard of noise's latest album is a doozy: 19 songs on four vinyl sides, ranging from freaky garage jams ("Meaning") to tender love songs ("My Lady's on Fire") to a fuzzed-out cover of a 1978 disco hit (Hot Chocolate's "Every 1's a Winner"). There's also a tribute to his dog, Fanny, which Segall and his band tore through on Conan in December while wearing white lab coats. Recorded at studios including Steve Albini's Electrical Audio, Freedom's Goblin is one of the prolific musician's widest-ranging releases. "[The recording process] was all about making the performances shine how they are and not trying to perfect anything too much and just have fun with it," Segall said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio last month. "The idea of it was to be as free as possible." Hence the album title: "It's a loose idea of the duality, or more the ever-unfolding idea of freedom," he explained. "I'm a goblin, you know, but I'm also not a goblin, you know?"