This Fall is going to be big. Huge. Gigantic. "Gadzooks!" is a word one could use to describe this moment in musical time, or perhaps not, because it'd be crazy to use "gadzooks" in any professional context on a professional music blog written by anyone other than a dozen monkeys at typewriters. Do you know how hard it is to edit a dozen monkeys? No, it's just this one monkey at the moment. Seriously. Let's cut to the musical chase. We've got a million albums* due to be released, and any of these albums might be the last thing you hear before the Mayans come back from the dead to claim the world, but there are a few you absolutely need to pay attention to in order to stay hip-to-be-square, ya dig Huey? Let's just get on with it.
Only albums with confirmed release dates need apply. We're not playing that TBD game.
SOME MUSIC OF THE FALL OF 2012
Big Boi, Viscous Lies and Dangerous Rumors (11/13 via Def Jam)
We're very, VERY pleased to believe Big Boi's follow-up to the 2010 banger Sir Lucious Leftfoot
is due before Thanksgiving, but we're not holding our breath. Keep those fingers crossed. The album is said to feature Phantogram, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, and more, but no Andre 3000. Sorry "Hey Ya!" fans.
G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer (9/18 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)
Sure it's been delayed at least once, but the group album from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label is one of the fall's most hotly anticipated hip-hop collections. Considering how much West was probably involved in production and execution, it's bound to be on his level.
Grizzly Bear, Shields (9/18 via Warp Records)
Intricate part-writing, recurring themes, and brilliant passages are all staples of the typical Grizzly Bear album. "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again," the first two offerings, both seem to suggest we should expect nothing less than beautiful complexity.
Mumford and Sons, Babel (9/25 via Glassnote)
From CMJ-bait to stadium status in less than two years, Mumford and Sons owe their meteoric rise to their plucky songs, relentless touring, and a public hunger for the next great ubiquitous rock band. First single "I Will Wait" suggests the band is adopting the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, opting to maintain their signature sound with a few minor tweaks. Evidence? The first single is a song they've been playing since we filmed them back in 2010
The Killers, Battle Born (9/28 via Island Records)
The Killers have reemerged (after Brandon Flowers tried his hand at the whole "solo" thing) to reclaim their gilded alternative rock throne. "Runaways" is a pretty good indication that the band's Springsteen-ian mantle is secure, and their choruses remain as epic as ever.
The Script #3 (10/9 via Epic Records)
We've got nothing to show for it yet, but The Script had a one-two punch with their self-titled debut and the follow-up Science & Faith
. The band's earnest balladry and snappy songwriting made them a hit. A few bottles of whiskey later, and we're ready to hear the band's third LP. In the meantime, check out some songs from the last two
The xx, Coexist (9/11 via Young Turks)
People went gaga for the delicately crafted minimalism of this band the last time around. And while Coexist
is certainly more precious than its raw, sexy predecessor, the band's signature sound remains in tact.
Titus Andronicus Local Business (10/23 via XL Recordings)
Everyone's favorite aggressive New Jersey indie-punks are back to scream refrains and inspire chanting in the strangest variety of show-goers you've ever seen. Yes, these are the same guys who wrote a concept album about The Civil War. Nothing official and new to report just yet, but take our word for it -- it's going to be loud and it's going to be fun.
Tame Impala Lonerism (10/9 via Modular Records)
Our favorite Aussie psych-rockers blew our brains with their debut Innerspeaker
, and we could not be more excited that they are already back for more.
*Not a real statistical figure