Summer was kind enough to give us some of the most exciting new releases of the year: Big Boi, Robyn, Kele, Kylie, Scissor Sisters, Menomena, and Arcade Fire… to name a few. This fall, we’re hoping another batch of musical wunderkinds give us something worth salivating over. Here you have a broken-down list including some of the records that show up on the radar of greatness within the coming months. Let’s discuss highlights, shall we?
Indie boys and girls have something to shout about on the front-ended tip: Chromeo, Of Montreal, The Walkmen, Flying Lotus, Deerhunter, No Age, and UNKLE all have records out this month. Then in October, they’ll get a new Belle & Sebastian, Badly Drawn Boy, and Sufjan Stevens (though let’s hope it’s not another BQE experiment)…
Oh, their twee-loving heads will want to pop! Punk princesses will delight with a new Corin Tucker experiment that promises to blow minds; and hip hop heads have plenty to look forward to as well, especially at the end of September: Gucci Mane, Ice Cube, Jeezy, T.I., and Akon have all got discs for us…
Some older folks are trying to come back this year with LPs, some are laughable and some are genuinely intriguing (you pick): Olivia Newton-John, Robert Plant, Weezer, Paula Cole (intrigued!), Bad Religion, Gin Blossoms, Neil Young, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, and Rod Stewart… go ‘head!
Country fans have a few gems already in the newly-released Justin Townes Earle and Megafaun gems, but what we’re really curious about is Kid Rock, aren’t we? Rick Rubin‘s behind him, maybe we can be too!
Last but not least, for our gay dancefloors, we have several gifts from the gods: Shontelle, Mark Ronson, Antony and the Johnsons (remixed, of course), Kelly Rowland, and the much-anticipated Nicki Minaj solo album will keep us giddy in wait…
Happy downloading! –BILL CHENEVERT
SEPTEMBER 14 (just released) Brandon Flowers – Flamingo Chromeo – Business Casual Little Beirut – Fear of Heaven Nellie McKay – Home Sweet Mobile Home Of Montreal – False Priest Superchunk – Majesty Shredding The Walkmen – Lisbon Bilal – Air Tight Revenge Trey Songz – Passion, Pain and Pleasure Olivia Newton-John – Grace and Gratitude Renewed Robert Plant – Band Of Joy Weezer – Hurley Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues Megafaun – Heretofore SEPTEMBER 21 Abe Vigoda – Crush Flying Lotus – Pattern + Grid World Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos – Buzzard Shontelle – No Gravity Vincent Minor – Vincent Minor John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up! Paula Cole – Ithaca Maroon 5 – Hands All Over Zac Brown Band – You Get What You Give
SEPTEMBER 28 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest No Age – Everything In Between Pete Yorn – Pete Yorn Mark Ronson and the Business International – Record Collection Gucci Mane – The Appeal Ice Cube – I Am The West Jeezy – TM103 T.I. – King Uncaged Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man The Corin Tucker Band – 1000 Years UNKLE – The Answer Gin Blossoms – No Chocolate Cake Neil Young – Le Noise Kenny Chesney – Hemingway’s Whiskey
OCTOBER 5 Apache Beat – Last Chants Royal Baths – Litanies Clinic – Bubblegum David Archuleta – The Other Side Of Down Ciara – Basic Instinct Toby Keith – Bullets In The Gun KT Tunstall – Tiger Suit
OCTOBER 12 Meat Beat Manifesto – Answers Come In Dreams Badly Drawn Boy – Part. 1 – Photographing Snowflakes Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz Antony And The Johnsons – Swanlights Simian Mobile Disco – Is Fixed Hauschka – Foreign Landscapes Sister Hazel – Heartland Highway
OCTOBER 19 Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown Elton John & Leon Russel – The Union Ne-Yo – Libra Scale Rod Stewart – Fly Me To The Moon… Sugarland – The Incredible Machine
OCTOBER 26 Warpaint – The Fool Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager Good Charlotte – Cardiology Bryan Ferry – Olympia Taylor Swift – Speak Now
NOVEMBER Elvis Costello – National Ransom (11/2) Neil Diamond – Dreams (11/2) Brian Eno – Small Craft On a Milk Sea (11/2) Kelly Rowland – TBD (11/2) Destroyer – The Archers On The Beach EP (11/2) Matt and Kim – Sidewalks (11/2) Natasha Bedingfield – Strip Me (11/9) Stereolab – Not Music (11/16) Rascal Flatts – Nothing Like This (11/16) Kid Rock – Born Free (11/16) Akon – TBD (11/23) Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday (11/23)
An upstate country boy who was Johnny HighSchool, went to an expensive liberal arts college and took about 20 English classes, went to graduate school in Oregon for a couple years then came back to the Empire state and tried to pass as a city boy for a minute. Now I'm Philly and I love it.