15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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I know we said back to the posts, but here’s one more list to round it out.

In posting my best of 2012 list late, due to both sickness and laziness, I in turn have recently been reading a lot about reported upcoming releases for 2013, and boy did it get me excited. There’s nothing like the sleeper hits, which we won’t know about until next year. 2 out of my top 5 albums of 2012 I didn’t anticipate at all, they just found me (Alt-j and Kishi Bashi).

As for the others, we wait:

15. Atoms for Peace – Amok (February 18)
I don’t care what you say about Radiohead or supergroups, Thom Yorke has my money until his weird little self stops making music and/or dancing. Plus, they released a studio version of the single “Judge Jury Executioner” the other day, and it’s full of offbeat wonderfulness.

14. Toro  Y Moi – Anything in Return (January 22)
I was a fan of Toro Y Moi’s last album, and despite some blog buzz I think they’ve been flying pretty under the radar. Here’s one of the singles from the upcoming album, though, which gives me high hopes.

13. Foals – Holy Fire (February 11)
I’ve never really got into Foals as much as everybody else seems to have, but I saw them live in NYC in 2011 and they were very entertaining. While their first single from the February release, “Inhaler,” sounded like a post-apocalyptic interpretation of rock, I prefer the poppier “My Number” below.

12. Keaton Henson – Birthdays (February 25)
We’ve posted about Keaton Henson before, which you can check out here. I recently described the band First Aid Kit as “hauntingly beautiful,” and I think that’s a pretty dead-on phrase to describe Mr. Henson as well. He’s heartbreaking and enchanting at the same time. Here’s a new single, “Lying to You.”

11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (April 16)
Much like a lot of the bands on this list, it’s been far too long since Yeah Yeah Yeahs released an album. Karen O has been busy in the meantime, recording the awesomely adorable soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are and marrying boyfriend Barnaby Clay, which is either a fake name or the name of a U.S. senator, because recently I’ve learned the two are interchangeable. A teaser for the album has just been released, which you can see below:


10. Phoenix – TBD (April)
Phoenix, the Frenchman who blindly chose a terrible city in America for their band name (that’s probably false), had one of my favorite albums of 2009.

9. Danny Brown – Old (TBD)
You may be surprised that Danny Brown is the sole hip hop album I chose to put on here given the number of highly anticipated albums dropping in 2013, but the part that hooked me was that Purity Ring is producing and will be featured vocally on the album. This kind of collaboration worked wonders for Big Boi and Phantogram, and given my love for Purity Ring’s 2012 album, this should be great.

8. Vampire Weekend – TBD (Spring)
Hey, Vampire Weekend! Where have you been? I can only assume you’ve been too busy sipping iced tea by an infinity pool in your polo shirts while your manicured french bulldog (also wearing a polo shirt) condescendingly lolls its tongue nearby. Seriously. Where has this album been? Here’s them playing a new song on Kimmel recently.

7. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse (February 5)
I don’t have much to say about Frightened Rabbit that I didn’t say here, but these guys deserve attention. “State Hospital” is a good indicator of the band still pumping out quality music.

6. Justin Timberlake – TBD 
YOU GUYS. I doubt many of you read fully through all of the comments on my top albums of 2012, but I wrote a parenthetical asking JT where he’s been, and IT’S LIKE HE ANSWERED ME (IN THE FORM OF AN OVERLY DRAMATIC VIDEO). A new song debuted on Sunday and despite the overly-long intro, the good stuff starts around 0:45.


5. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse (March 5)
Of course this album’s title is Wondrous Bughouse. Trevor Powers’ first album might as well have been called My Basement, but it was wonderful. I have no doubt he’ll follow it up with something interesting, given how good his debut was and how much time he’s now had to experience life outside his basement.

4. Local Natives – Hummingbird (January 29)
Had I written a top albums list two years ago, Gorilla Manor would’ve been on it. Local Natives is one of the bands that I think is currently making the most interesting music out there, and both singles that have come out so far have been great. Only a few more weeks to wait for this one, and it oughta be good.

3. James Blake – TBD
James Blake ranked on both Dres and I’s top of 2011 lists, and he’s been busy in the studio since. No word on an exact date, but the buzz on his new material is good, and Blake says a number of the new songs will focus on his voice. Can’t complain.

2. Arcade Fire – TBD
No title yet on this album, but reportedly it’ll drop sometime next year, likely in the fall. I love this band, and thought The Suburbs was great, so there’s no reason not to be super excited about this one. Plus, I’d love to see one of my favorite tumblrs come back around: http://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com/

1. Daft Punk – TBD
I KNOW YOU HAVE AN ALBUM FINISHED, DAFT PUNK. Just release it already. That is all.

There’s another whole mess of rap albums I left off here that will surely be good, too: Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Killer Mike, A$AP Rocky, a possible Kanye album, Kid Cudi, Andre 3000, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze, a possible Jay-Z album… and that’s off the top of my head.

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