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Hello! I’m Chris DeVille. Starting today, I’m the new Senior Writer here at Stereogum. Ever since I graduated from Ohio University seven years ago, my day job has been writing about music and all kinds of other stuff for the weekly entertainment paper Columbus Alive. But you might have noticed my byline here at the ’Gum with some frequency over the past year in a freelance capacity. Perhaps you caught my take on the Mumford-ization of popular music or my analysis of pop pariahs like Surfer Blood and Chris Brown. Maybe you read my dissection of crossover success through the lens of Deafheaven and Disclosure or looked back on The O.C. with me last month. Now I’ll be doing that sort of thing and much more on a daily basis alongside Scott, Michael, Tom, Claire, and Miles — and you guys, the Stereogum readers. I’m stoked.

If none of those old essays is ringing a bell, allow me to share a few of my dirty secrets to get you acquainted: I still live in my hometown (yes, I’m one of those people) and have never lived in New York, although I do go on the internet every day, which is basically the same thing. I have this terrible habit of compulsively plucking hairs out of my beard, so I can’t grow it out like I used to because it’s become too patchy, much to my wife’s dismay. I co-lead a Bible study and am in fact ’bout that life (but I try not to be about this life). When I was a child, sometimes I would beat my head against the wall when I got upset, which was frequently. I crack my neck hundreds of times a day, sometimes quite violently, but refuse to see a chiropractor. My favorite professional sports league is Major League Soccer. I’m color blind, so I thought peanut butter was green until my sophomore year of high school. That same year, future Stereogum contributor David Holmes let me borrow Radiohead’s OK Computer and Muse’s Showbiz on CD, and at first I liked Showbiz better. (Eventually I got that straightened out.)

Now that I’ve got all that off my chest, let’s get started with what we came here to do: dialogue about music. What album are you guys most looking forward to this autumn? For me it’s gotta be Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, although like Tom I’m bummed “All Me” didn’t make the cut. Hit the comments section to introduce yourselves and share your own most anticipated record of the fall.

 
Comments (29)
  1. Hi Chris, you look cuddly. I like that you still live in your hometown and you make churchin’ it cool in your own way. *Mold broken*

    • …and most anticipated releases:

      AFI – Burials
      Drake – Nothing Was the Same
      Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day
      Potty Mouth – Hell Bent
      Saves the Day – Saves the Day
      Title Fight – Spring Songs EP
      Touché Amoré – Is Survived By
      YVETTE – PROCESS

      And that new album by the Suburbs.

  2. New ARMS EP answers my guitar jam prayers

  3. Welcome to your dream job.
    Most looking forward to this fall? The Fratellis US tour. At last.
    (ohio…waaaay good, old youngstown-er, et tune blogger here)

  4. Proud of u bro. Hope it ‘works out’.

    I’m most anticipating: Glasser, Zammuto, and SZA though my confidence rides highest on Zammuto. Maybe jj will even finally deliver the elusive No. 5/V. Time will tell.

  5. the deville era begins :)

    looking forward to Danny Brown’s OLD. a lot.

  6. 614 represent!

  7. Welcome Chris, at the moment I think I am looking forward to the new Delorean album the most and have been listening to Diarrhea Planet almost non-stop.

  8. It looks like Tom just made a post about this new Avalanches remix this morning and it’s about to be buried with no comments.

    I’m only halfway through my first listen, but it already sounds essential.

    If they decided to surprise drop their album, that would be my most anticipated release of this year…

    Otherwise it’s The Field – “Cupid’s Head” that I desperately can’t wait to hear.

  9. Since it hasn’t been mentioned yet (and because I’m most excited about it), Reflektor.

  10. Umm… Arcade Fire. That first track is massive.

  11. I can’t wait for Pusha T’s “My Name is My Name”, gonna be epic. I was going to say I’m also excited about the new Okkervil River but I just realized it came out a week ago and now I know what I’m doing this afternoon.

  12. I’ve loved your writing for so long. My most anticipated albums are Arcade Fire, Drake and Danny Brown. If you wanna hear SUPER interesting stuff out of South Africa (my home country), listen to The Brother Moves On (think BLK JKS but better) and Dookoom (a hip-hop group out of the Cape Flats ghetto, and basically the dudes who Die Antwoord copied and watered down).

    https://soundcloud.com/dookoom

    https://soundcloud.com/thebrothermoveson

  13. DeVille is good people, I’m so glad he’s gonna be here every day. Also: the best album that will be released this fall is Inquisition’s Obscure Verses For The Multiverse. Oh yes it is!

  14. Real excited for these

    Monster Rally – Return to Paradise

    Dan Casey – Empty City

    Madlib + Freddie Gibbs – Pinata

    Jonwayne – Rap LP

    MGMT

  15. Some of my favorite articles on the Gum, glad to see we’ll be getting more of the like!

  16. deville, great to have you on board. i’ve always thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts, and you seem like a solid dude

  17. Taking some liberties here with albums more likely for the winter:
    Arcade Fire, MGMT, Pearl Jam, Cloud Nothings(?), Arctic Monkeys, Balance and Composure, Grouplove, Mark Lanegan, The Naked & Famous, Chvrches, Deer Tick, Kings of Leon (could be interesting, I liked “Supersoaker”), Yuck, Cage the Elephant, Cults, TLC (sue me), MIA.

    Not to mention FIFA 14, that game always has great soundtracks.

    • And just to update the FIFA 14 soundtrack thing; “Copy of A” and “Worship You” both made the cut, along with Chvrches, Foals, Grouplove, Bloc Party, The Naked & Famous, Crystal Fighters, Empire of the Sun (“Alive!”), Disclosure, Portugal. the Man, and Guards.

      That soundtrack is loaded

  18. Has everyone else forgotten there’s a new Dismemberment Plan album coming out? I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a new album.

  19. “I have this terrible habit of compulsively plucking hairs out of my beard…” I’ve lived thinking I was the only one with this habit. I feel so relieved.

    And i’m excited for: Mazzy Star, Yuck, The Field, Cut Copy and M.I.A.

  20. Glad to have you here, I really enjoy your writing style so the more Deconstructings the better!

    Hotly Anticipating: Pusha T, Arcade Fire, Drake, Ryan Hemsworth, Danny Brown, Dismemberment Plan, and lots of others who I can’t pick out of my brain atm. Excited.

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