Early this year I posted a “What’s Making Me Happy” entry about some of the really great music that was to be released in 2013. At the time I had just received the Strokes 5th album, Comedown Machine, noting that it was “the first in a string of new album releases that I’ve been eagerly anticipating for quite some time.” That string included four albums in just over five weeks during April-May from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and the National. Of those five, the National’s Trouble Will Find Me actually exceeded my already high expectations while only Comedown Machine fell significantly short.
After that banner spring, summer was a time for new bands, as I discovered music from Ex Cops (a Brooklyn band whose debut album, True Hallucinations, was released on East Village music store Other Music’s new music label), The Front Bottoms (the New Jersey band’s second album, Talon of the Hawk, was released in late May), Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha (their debut album All the Times We Had can be streamed here), MS MR (including their ubiquitous single “Hurricane” from debut album Secondhand Rapture), and Parquet Courts (another Brooklyn band with a great debut album this year, Light Up Gold). None of these releases changed my life, but each shows a lot of promise and had me enjoying a new sound over the summer months.
As summer turns to fall, beginning today we get back to the tried and true as the brilliant Arcade Fire kicks things off by releasing the first single off of their upcoming album, Reflektor. The title song (which as of this moment officially features David Bowie) and associated video debuted today – the video includes an option for seeing yourself in the video as you watch it online. The full album is scheduled to be released on October 29, and while it is the album I’m most eagerly anticipating over the rest of 2013, there are other potentially great ones coming down the pike. Here are the ones I’m most excited for:
In addition to those four albums, there are other potentially good new releases from both indie stalwarts (Arctic Monkeys – AM (9/9); The Fratellis – We Need Medicine (10/8)) and relative indie newcomers (Yuck – Glow & Behold (10/1); Cage the Elephant – Melophobia (10/8)). There are even re-re-resurrections of a couple of old favorites, as Pearl Jam tries again with Lightning Bolt (10/15) and Eminem releases the distressingly titled The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (11/5).
The fall may not be as good as spring, but that run would have been hard to match. Even so, there is definitely reason for optimism. And my gratitude to CoS, which has a continuously updated comprehensive list of all upcoming releases.
43 days till Reflektor …
The Naked & Famous – In Rolling Waves
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals