New Albums Galore!!

Wow! Year-End Lists are going to have plenty of big names vying for coveted spots. In what has to be some sort of record, this week 4 of my current favorite artists have released details of impending new albums. They join Wilco, Iron & Wine, and Frog Eyes on my “Records I’m Really Excited About” list. They are:

The National: Boxer

The follow up to 2005’s friggin’ awesome Alligator will be released by Beggars Banquet on May 25. Pitchfork has an interview up with lead singer Matt Berninger with lots of album info, insights into the band’s songwriting, and thoughts on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Voxtrot: s/t

After 3 EPs released over the past year and a half, Voxtrot has finally gone about recording their debut full-length. It is a self-titled affair and will include all new songs. Again, Pitchfork has much more information. This could be a sleeper, as the bands EPs show considerable promise.

The White Stripes: Icky Thump

With what has to be the weirdest album name in a while, The White Stripes will dump Icky Thump on us “as soon as corporately possible”. Hmm…excellent. The brother/sister duo (hee hee..) recorded the album over the course of 3 weeks in Nashville, the longest the band has ever spent in a studio. Hope they haven’t gone and gotten all slick sounding. Back in the good ol’ days, meaning 2005, they could’ve banged out 5 or 6 albums in that time. Read all about it here, Candy Cane Children.

And check out my recent post about their Complete Peel Sessions, with loads of early, live mp3s, here.

Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger

In what has to be another record, the usually much more prolific Ryan Adams will release his first album in 18 months on June 5. Again coming courtesy of Lost Highway, the record will contain 13 new tracks. Unfortunately it looks as if “Dot Com Motherfucker” will not be included.


2007 has already seen more than its fair share of exciting new releases (read about them here, and here), and March and April have much more in store as well, what with new ones from Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Ted Leo, Modest Mouse, and Bright Eyes. So, come on Wolf Parade, Spoon, Animal Collective, Radiohead, Marah, etc. - join the party and give us the scoop already! The more the merrier.


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