Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Really Stereogum?



My goal wasn't to kick off the new year on such a cynical note, but what the WHAT? Not sure if I feel old, dumb, or out of the loop or old, dumb and completely out of the loop.


Earl Sweatshirt? Foxygen?


I guess I didn't expect Stereogum's 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 to include the new Black Crowes 8 side vinyl live set from N.Y.C., or the new records from Richard Thompson and Todd Rundgren. But I still find it somewhat inconceivable that any one list could swing so painfully off the beaten path. 

This list is so hip, it isn't.

50 KvelertakMeir (March, Indie Recordings)

49 Major LazerFree The Universe (2/19, Mad Decent/Downtown)

48 Autre Ne VeutAnixety (2/12, Software Recording Company)

47 Jamie LidellJamie Lidell (2/18, Warp)

46 William TylerImpossible Truth (3/19, Merge)

45 VHÖLVHÖL (4/16, Profound Lore)

44 FoxygenWe Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic (1/22, Jagjaguwar)

43 HAIMTBD (Spring)

42 AlunaGeorgeTBD (June, Island Def Jam)

41 Beach FossilsClash The Truth (2/19, Captured Tracks)

40 WavvesTBD (3/26, Mom + Pop)

39 RhyeWoman (3/5, Loma Vista)

38 Free EnergyLove Sign (1/15, Free Energy Records)

37 Hilly EyeReasons To Live (1/22, Don Giovanni)

36 DoldrumsLesser Evil (2/25, Souterrain Transmissions)

35 The Mary OnettesHit The Waves (3/12, Labrador)

34 Sun Kil Moon & The Album LeafPerils From The Sea (5/14, Caldo Verde)

33 Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty Daze (Spring, Matador)

32 Bleeding RainbowYeah Right (1/29, Kanine)

31 Devendra BanhartMala (Spring, Nonesuch)

30 Frightened RabbitPedestrian Verse (2/5, Canvasback)

29 DucktailsThe Flower Lane (1/29, Domino)

28 DeafheavenSunbather (Spring, Deathwish Inc)

27 Toro Y MoiAnything In Return (1/22, Carpark)

26 Depeche ModeTBD (March, Columbia)

25 Yo La TengoFade (1/15, Matador)

24 Unknown Mortal OrchestraII (2/5, Jagjaguwar)

23 Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away (2/18, Anti-)

22 LowThe Invisible Way (3/19, Sub Pop)

21 Queens Of The Stone AgeTBD

20 Marnie SternThe Chronicles Of Marnia (3/19, Kill Rock Stars)

19 FIDLARFIDLAR (1/22, Mom & Pop)

18 Tegan & SaraHeartthrob (1/29, Sire)

17 Local NativesHummingbird (1/29, Frenchkiss)

16 James BlakeTBD

15 DeerhunterTBD

14 M.I.A.Matangi

13 Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste (2/12, Interscope)

12 IceageYou’re Nothing (2/19, Matador)

11 Yeah Yeah YeahsTBD (Spring)

10 A$AP RockyLongLiveA$AP (1/15, RCA)

09 Atoms For PeaceAmok (2/18, XL)

08 Christopher OwensLysandre (1/15, Fat Possum)

07 Cloud NothingsTBD

06 The KnifeShaking The Habitual (4/9, Rabid/Brille/Mute)

05 PhoenixTBD (Spring, Glassnote)

04 Vampire WeekendTBD

03 Earl SweatshirtDoris (Tan Cressida/Columbia)

02 Arcade FireTBD

01 My Bloody ValentineTBD


Gyro1966 said...

I'm glad you follow such things, Sal. I prefer to ignore lists and publications like these. I really don't know what most of these acts sound like, and it isn't because I don't have Spotify (cause I do). Right now I'm playing some old vintage John Lee Hooker in the morning with coffee, and it doesn't feel like I'm missing out on the next big thing. But if you want to hear a new band that I enjoy, try The Junipers, I'm playing their two albums a lot lately:

Sal Nunziato said...

Thanks Gyro. Will check out The Junipers.

I don't actively read Stereogum, but it was hard to avoid the headline.

Gyro1966 said...

Let me know what you think, Sal. I think it's something you will enjoy.

cmealha said...

New Todd Rundgren?

Noam Sane said...

Yes, the world is pining for more from Frightened Rabbit!

And that new Terrified Vole record is gonna be great too.

Thanks for the heads-up on the new Todd, teh Google tells me April. Nice way to welcome spring. And then a tour...bring it!

Happy New Etc!

Kodak Ghost said...

Oh Dear. I have only heard of 6 of these, and only have music of one! Does this mean I am an old fart who actually likes music. Looking forward to the new Richard Thompson!! That will do me.

A walk in the woods said...

Never heard of most of 'em, but I do love Phoenix and Deerhunter, they are two of the very best current bands. Looking forward to their new stuff. Wavves is interesting too.

kevin m said...

Depeche Mode? Check
Arcade Fire? Check
My Bloody Valentine? Check

The rest? No thanks.

Guess I'm not as hip as I thought I was! But hey, I am looking forward to that live Crowes release (although not sure about new tour with Jackie Green)

Sam Rames said...

I'm surprised you haven't hear of most of these people. I mean, Earl Sweatshirt has gotten pretty big over these past few years. I've listened to most of these bands (though I don't obsessively follow them) and am excited that they are releasing new material this year. If you really want to see what's new out there, I'd suggest checking out some music review blogs and subscribing to magazines or free podcasts like KEXP Radio and Sub Pop Records. Though it seems pretty baffling looking at how much new music is constantly being produced, it isn't really as tricky as it seems if you've got good sources :)

Sal Nunziato said...

@Sam Rames

I've heard of plenty of them, and actually listened to many as well. I just questioned the term "most anticipated." This list seems so desperate to be hip, it turns me off.