Thursday, December 27, 2012
“Long overdue” seems like an appropriate mantra for the music industry come 2013. Artists including Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Cher, Pearl Jam and even LL Cool J are all reportedly releasing new records in the new year. All five haven’t delivered new material for at least five years. Half of the names that appear on the Weekly’s top 10 anticipated albums of 2013 are in the same boat:
10. Yo La Tengo: Fade (January 15):
Indie rock power couple Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley has achieved two milestones: They’ve been married more than a dozen years and released more than a dozen albums. Fade will mark the Hoboken group’s first LP since 2009’s Popular Songs but at this point in their career, no one’s going to rush them. The deluxe vinyl edition comes with a bonus 7-inch featuring covers of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light” and Times New Viking’s “Move To California.”
9. Camper Van Beethoven: La Costa Perdida (January 22):
According to the alt-rocker’s label, “This album is steeped in their connection to Northern California, the areas where the band members first nurtured their musical talents: Redlands, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The band fills in the dramatic, joyous, interpersonal and psychological aspects of the locales as only CVB can.” It’s been eight years since CVB’s last full-length studio release New Roman Times; this should be worth the wait.
8. Black Sabbath: TBD (April):
There are a couple of elements that make the seminal metal band’s forthcoming album something to potentially be pumped about: First, it’s their first time making new music with Ozzy since 1978’s Never Say Die. Secondly, producer Rick Rubin is on board as the captain of the ship. One of their new tunes is titled “God is Dead.” Good to see Sabbath’s dark side is as intact as Ozzy’s sanity.
7. The Growlers: Hung at Heart (January 22):
When someone like The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produces your album, it could be considered a birdbrained move to fire him and do it all on your own. But psych-surf garage rockers The Growlers, who recently sold out The Lobby at the Golden State Theatre, don’t care. “We’re musicians and we get moody with our music, which is our baby,” says lead singer Brooks Nielsen.
6. Kurt Vile: Wakin on a Pretty daze (Spring):
Lo-fi folkster Kurt Vile likens his upcoming effort to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. “It’s totally our Tusk,” he told Spin. “But no cheese. Just rock.” The Philly native scored a plethora of killer guests including Beachwood Sparks’ Farmer Dave Scher, Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema and Woods’ Jeremy Earl.
5. Queens of the Stone Age: TBD (early 2013):
Dave Grohl, who lent his drumming talent on 2002’s Songs For the Deaf, is back; so is former QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri. Also confirmed: Trent Reznor will appear on the new record. Here’s a statement the band issued to Mojo about what to expect: “These songs aren’t recollections of the times we had. They are depictions of what we are going through in real time. It means even a bad event can turn into an unforgettable song – at least for us, ha. The record sounds like running in a dream inside a codeine cabaret. I hope you understand what that means, ’cause we don’t. Sounds like a load of pretentious shit.”
4. Arcade Fire: TBD (end of 2013):
The Canadian Grammy winners have been very hush-hush about the follow-up to their acclaimed 2010 The Suburbs. All that’s known: LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy is working with them in some capacity, and according to Pitchfork, the gang has about 35 new tunes – about two albums’ worth – to work with.
3. The Flaming Lips: The Terror (TBD):
The endearing Oklahoma weirdoes have said that their 15th studio album will be one of their best.
“Usually we finish a record and think we should’ve done something different,” says Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd. “This is the first record in a long time where I can’t think of anything I’d want to change about it.” Drozd describes The Terror as “droney” and says it sustains one overall mood. “We always try to do something different,” he says. “Some people may think it’s not much of a change for the Flaming Lips but for us, it feels like a change.”
2. Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels (March 5):
The 12 previously unreleased studio recordings are from the guitar god’s work outside of his original Experience trio (Stephen Stills, drummer Buddy Miles, saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood) and others join Hendrix on jams including Elmore James’ “Bleeding Heart,” the soul-saturated “Let Me Move You” and the rootsy “Hey Gypsy Boy.”
“There has never been and never will be a musical force equal to [Hendrix] and that we cherish and take inspiration of what he left us both now and for many generations to come, simply eternity,” Janie L. Hendrix, president/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, told Guitar World.
1. Christopher Owens: Lysandre (January 15):
In a press release, the former member/founder of Girls describes his solo debut Lysandre as a “coming-of-age story, a road trip, a love story.” In October, he released two tracks from the forthcoming album: the short, instrumental opener “Lysandre’s Theme” and the orchestral, cinematic and poetic “Here We Go.” If the two songs represent what to expect on the rest of the album, it’ll be an instant masterpiece.