Fall is not only Oscar season. Some of the best albums are also released. This Fall is no different. There are several promising albums coming out. I often find it is difficult to keep track of all the albums that are being released. Often, an album is released, and you don’t find out about it until it is already old news. And, come on, I know everyone likes being a Hipster and knowing about things “before they are cool.” So, consider this your Hipster Fall 2012 primer. Here are some albums you should be looking forward to.
Just to be clear, Mumford and Sons released their second LP Babel earlier this week. Ben Folds Five released their comeback album the week before, and the Killers released Battle Born on 9/18 as well. These albums are not on the list because they have already been released. Here are some more that have been recently released for your consumption
– Green Day album Uno (bet you can guess what the follow-up is going to be called)
– Bob Dylan’s Temptest (soon enough, his albums will be composed of one 60-minute poetic narrative)
– The Avett Brothers: The Carpenter
– Pete Seeger: Peter Remembers Woody AND A More Perfect Union
The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth – October 2
What is it?: The Mountain Goats’ ambitious 14th album
Why should I be excited?: Because lead-goat Darnielle is a lyrical master and the Goats’ music has just become more diverse and creative. This supreme cult-band is among my favorite acts, and the album will most likely be crafty, original, and depressing (like all good Mountain Goats albums).
Muse – The 2nd Law – October 2
What is it?: Muse’s 6th studio album featuring “Survival” which was the official song of the London Olympics this year
Why should I be excited?: Muse has been working on this article since last September. This is their first release since 2009, and that album featured the incredibly popular “Uprising.” The band is comfortably in the zone of solid releases. The album combines their blend of symphonic rock with dubstep and synth pop. Will it overtake the popularity of their last release. I don’t know. Check it out to see.
John Cale – Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood – October 2
What is it?: John Cale, of Velvet Underground fame, is releasing his first studio album in seven years.
Why should I be excited?: John Cale is a talented musician, and he is combining his alt/rock electronic talents with a staff of uber-talented musicians – Danger Mouse, Mike Jerome, Dustin Boyer. This is one of the more interesting releases on the list, and I am anticipating some handy work by these guys
Other Releases to be Excited About:
- Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes
- The Wallflowers: Glad All Over
- Chris Rene: I’m Right Here
- Freelance Whales: Diluvia
- Jason Lytle: Dept. of Disappearance
- Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory