What to look/listen for in 2012: Music

I’ve realized that the quality of an album has nothing to do with the quality of that band’s next album (Blood Sugar Sex Magik/One Hot Minute,  Houses of the Holy/Physical Graffiti…).  Thus I understand that it is hard to predict how an upcoming album will sound without actually having heard those songs before.  I will not make any such assumptions, but rather provide a list of bands who are supposed to be releasing new material this year.  Will any of the following be good?  No guarantees.

Note: Some bands have not yet titled there albums or provided a release date, though all are said to be released this year.

Bands whose album we’d be a lot more excited for if this was 1996:

Pearl Jam

Alice in Chains

Green Day

Smashing Pumpkins


Soul Asylum

New albums I won’t buy, but will legitimately try to see the artist live:

Galactic, Carnivale Electricos (2/21/2012)

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Area 52 (1/24/2012)

Andrew Bird, Break it Yourself (3/6/2012) 

Geezers who will be releasing music this year, so look out for potential tour dates in which they play their old songs:

Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom (2/7/2012)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Wrecking Ball (3/6/2012)

Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth (2/7/2012)

Black Sabbath

Potentially sexy album covers:

Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom (I mean with a title like that…)

Fiona Apple

Carrie Underwood

Ingrid Michaelson, Human Again (1/24/2012)

Kellie Pickler, 100 Proof, (1/24/2012)

Bret Micheals, Get Your Rock On

Worth Mentioning:

Regina Spektor, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats (May 2012)

Smith Westerns

The Mars Volta, Noctourniquet (3/27/2012)

Lambchop, Mr. M (2/21/2012)

Gift of Gab, Next Logical Progression (3/27/2012)

Too good to be true?:


Jukebox the Ghost (supposed to be released this spring)

Ben Folds Five (reunited)

John Frusciante (rumored, though as of yet no word from the man himself)


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