One of my most highly-anticipated records to come in 2009 is the newest from Menomena. 2007's Friend and Foe is one of my favorite records lately, and I can't wait for the new one.
The production of Friend and Foe is just outstanding, especially since the band recorded and mixed on their own. The drums stand out from everything else, which usually isn't a good thing, but Danny Seim is an exceptional drummer, always shying away from convention while keeping the groove steady. It's just one of the better-sounding records I've been listening to lately.
Not much info is out there about the new record, this is from Wikipedia:
"Danny Seim stated in a recent interview  that a new Menomena album is presumably expected in the beginning of 2009. "In a perfect world, we would have been done with a new record. Fall ’08 would have been great. But then that’s moved to January ’09 … we hadn’t seen one another in awhile and we’re seeing each other for some European dates, and a festival date here and there. We’re moving on a U2 time frame......... We have a ton of material to use and we have to structure the stuff, pick up instruments and find songs. I’d love to say January ’09 but maybe I just like the way those words sound."
MP3: Muscle N' Flo (from Friend and Foe)
Video for "Wet and Rusting" -- amazing video, keep watching past the first 30 seconds, which is not as promising as the rest: