Is it possible to be nostalgic for music that hasn't even been released yet? That's how I feel about Portishead, whose first album in more than a decade, Third, finally hits stores on Tuesday. Even just saying the name "Portishead" takes me back to a happy time in 1996, zoning out to Beth Gibbons' trippy vocals while writing feverishly in my journal about the trials and tribulations of high school.
The band performed live at Coachella on Saturday night, and while I would love to see the band live someday, I've been checking out the next best thing: tracks from Third that are now streaming online. If you just want to dabble, there are 30-second samples of all the songs up at Last.fm. Want more? The band's MySpace page has the full version of one track, "Machine Gun."
Want to check out the whole thing? I've got the tracks here, plus a vintage Portishead song that I'll probably always associate with watching MTV in my best friend's basement for hours at a time. Anyone else have some sweet Portishead memories? You can tell me about them when you read more.