Sweet anticipation

15 forthcoming albums to listen up for in early 2013

 By Tim Anderl

Your favorite music releases from 2012 are tucked neatly in your record shelves and iTunes library. While 2012 was clearly a year when Top 40 popped, hip-hoppers hip-hopped and metalheads moshed, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for music fans of all persuasions, too.  Dayton City Paper has compiled a list of some potentially killer Winter and Spring 2013 releases to have on your radar in coming months.


A$AP Rocky, Long.Live.A$AP, Jan. 15

Executive produced by A$AP Rocky and A$AP Yams, this release will also feature guest appearances by ScHoolboy Q, Santigold, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.

Bad Religion, True North, Jan. 22

During the band’s Boston show on April 29, 2011, frontman Greg Graffin said, “after this year you probably won’t be seeing much more of us. We’re going to try one more album and then all join the Navy, do honest work,” hinting at a possible split or hiatus. Let’s hope this isn’t the final album from these punk elder statesmen.

Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob, Jan. 29

The Quin twins are back with an album chock full of programmed beats and synths – a departure from the guitar centric sound of their earlier albums. If the first single “Closer” is any indication, these ladies can do it all.


Foals, Holy Fire, Feb. 11

Britain’s Foals are set to release their third studio album of indie-centric, dance punk compositions in February. The album was recorded by production duo, Flood (Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode) and Alan Moulder (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Foo Fighters) in northwest London.

LL Cool J, Authentic Hip Hop, Feb. 11

I guess you can call it a comeback, although Authentic Hip Hop is LL Cool J’s thirteenth studio album. It will be his first in five years, as well as the first not to see release on Def Jam.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away, Feb. 18

According to early reports, this is a concept album exploring the intersection of timeless, mystical mythmaking and throwaway Internet memes in the wired 2010s.


They Might Be Giants, Nanobots, March 5

Nanobots is the sixteenth album from the Brooklyn-based alt-rock group that put a birdhouse in your soul. The band previewed a track from the record, titled “Call Your Mom,” in December 2012. It will drop via Idlewild Recordings.


Depeche Mode, TBA, TBD

Ben Hillier and DM’s Martin Gore co-produced the group’s 13th record.  If Sounds of the Universe is any indication of whether this will be any good, the likelihood of a hit is slim.  However, the worldwide tour will give longtime fans an opportunity to sample favorites from the band’s considerably better back catalogue.

Phoenix, TBA, TBD

The alt-rock band from France, whose Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix endeared us to the band, are back with a follow-up that could be revolutionary – or, in the very least, will help us party like it’s 2009 again.

Paramore, Paramore, April 9

When founders Josh and Zac Farro left the Paramore camp in 2010, we weren’t sure Hayley Williams would recover. Well, she’s enlisted former Nine Inch Nails and current Angels & Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin to keep the pace for the band’s fourth studio album. Keep an ear peeled for first single, “Now.”

Guided By Voices, English Little League, April 30

The classic ’93 to ’96 GBV lineup had a historic 2012, releasing not one, not two, but three new records. Their forthcoming LP is sure to be the talk of the Gem City come Spring.


Queens of the Stone Age, TBA

Though a firm title or release date has yet to be announced, it’s expected to arrive in the first half of 2013. They’ve been in the studio for a good part of 2012 with Dave Grohl coming on board to play drums and both former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor lending a hand as well during sessions.

Deafheaven, Sunbather

San Francisco metalgazers Deafheaven hit number 6 on National Public Radio’s “Best Metal Albums of the Year” with 2011’s Roads to Judah. Hoping that lightning will strike twice, the group returned to Jack Shirley for an album that frontman George Clark describes as less black metal-inspired than previous efforts. This will see the light of day in late Spring via Deathwish Inc.

Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady

This soul and R&B songstress is not just a star of television commercials, she’s also a six-time Grammy nominee who made a cameo on the radio hit “We Are Young” by fun. The forthcoming album from this likely lovechild of James Brown and Judy Garland should be highly anticipated.

Kurt Vile, Walkin on a Pretty Daze

Psychedelic indie folkster Kurt Vile is preparing the follow up to his stunning Smoke Ring For My Halo. Though he revealed the title for the new LP via a graffiti mural in Philadelphia, no official release date has yet been uttered by Vile or his label, Matador.

Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Anderl at TimAnderl@daytoncitypaper.com

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