First of all, if you read that title and didn’t instantly think of the 90′s dance hit, we shouldn’t be friends. Secondly, here are some albums I’m excited for, therefore you should be excited for!
1. Earl Sweatshirt – TBA – TBA
Ok, so clearly not much is known about the 18 year old’s upcoming album. What we do know is that Columbia records and Earl have signed a deal giving him his own label (Tan Cressida) under the Columbia banner. What we also know is that Earl Sweatshirt may be the most gifted mc we’ve heard in a long time. Earl’s bars are intelligent, sharp, and creative, but what else would you expect from the son of a South African Poet Laureate and a UCLA law professor. Oh, p.s. you know you’re a total badass when your momma sends you away to boarding school because your raps are too offensive.
2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange – July, 2012
I know what you’re saying, “c’mon you moron, two OFWGKTA members in a row?” Ok, maybe you aren’t saying that. Either way, the New Orleans based crooner returns this year with his highly anticipated Sophomore effort Channel Orange. 2011′s Nostalgia Ultra was heralded by critics across the board, and it set Frank up as the go-to hook man in hip hop. Expect a review as soon as this one is released.
3. Minus the Bear – Infinity Overhead – August, 2012
“But what if I don’t like the hip hops?” (please read that in a Zoidberg voice) Have I got an album for you! Seattle’s Minus the Bear has blazed a trail for indie bands going all the way back to 2002. The ability to write songs that hold meaning, whilst being melodic and catchy is a craft that Jake Snider has mastered. If you’ve never listened to MTB do yourself a favor and check out their 2005 release Menos el Oso…or any of their albums. They are all amazing.
4. The Killers – Battle Born – TBA
The Killers have taken some well deserved time off since releasing 2008′s Day & Age. Prior to this hiatus, the Las Vegas based quartet and taken virtually no time off, releasing an album every two years. Since their last effort, lead singer Brandon Flowers released his first solo work Flamingo, in 2010 to stellar reviews. In a time where a lot of music is bland and substance free, Flowers and the Killers take the necessary initiative and create some of the best material available.
5. Metallica – TBA – TBA
Things we know: 1) Rick Rubin is producing. 2) Hetfield has stated he wants a “thrashy sound” 3) It will be better than Lulu. 4) With this being their 10th studio album, Metallica is still pretty badass.
6. Muse – The 2nd Law – September, 2012
Muse is awesome. I’ll admit I’m a little biased in that regard, but I truly think Muse is the closest thing to Queen we’ve ever heard. They put out so much sound for just being three dudes from Devin, England. Every one of their previous five studio albums have been amazing. Oh, and did I mention their newest single “Survive” is the official song of the 2012 London Olympics?
7. Baroness – Yellow & Green – July, 2012
Showing true signs of a prog-metal/grunge band, Baroness will be releasing a double album. I’ve just recently been listening to a lot of the Georgia quartet, but I’ve heard enough to know this new album will be a continuous punch in the face and/or balls.
8. Bloc Party – Four – August, 2012
What’s not to like about a band that pretty much sounds like they’d do just fine if it were 1986 and they were opening for Joy Division? If you don’t like riffy, guitar driven indie rock, well…you won’t much care for Bloc Party. I am partial to the genre and the band, plus it’s been four years since their last studio album. I’m ready for a new one!
9. Ben Folds Five – TBA – TBA
The last time we heard anything from BFF, I was 11 years old. That said, I loved them then, and I love them now. I appreciate the music a little more now, other than that I’m pretty much the same.
10. Wolfmother – TBA – TBA
Aussies Wolfmother are a legitimate throwback rock band. Their albums are full of awesome guitar riffs, and high pitched Boston-esque vocal melodies. To me, they sound like Jimi Hendrix had sex with Led Zeppelin and The White Stripes. Good 3-way, i know. I’m pretty pumped to hear what the follow up to 2009′s Cosmic Egg.
I could seriously go on for days with all the albums I’m excited for, but these would be the top 1o. Let me know if there are any you guys are excited for, or if I missed anything.