Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good Things To Come

Now that the holidays are behind us, the music world seems to be waking up again, with word of a few key potential album releases this year.  While last year was a great year for music, it's looking like 2012 is shaping up to compete.  With expected releases from some big well-knowns, we can also expect huge releases from smaller known acts.  Thankfully we've got releases from artists big, small, and everything in between to look forward to in the coming months.  Here's a not-so-comprehensive list of what's to come in music.  Add those I've missed in the comments.

Tuesday 1/10
Snow Patrol- Fallen Empires
You can sample & buy the album here:

Midwestern rockers Red Wanting Blue released their 9th album (their 2nd with a label), From The Vanishing Point.  Here's their first single and the link to download on iTunes (below):

Tuesday 1/24
Ingrid Michaelson - Human Again
Tim McGraw- Emotional Traffic

Tuesday 1/31
Ringo Starr- Ringo Starr 2012

Tuesday 2/7
The Fray- Scars and Stories
Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

Tuesday 2/14
The Cranberries - Roses
Sleigh Bells- Reign of Terror

Tuesday 3/15
The Shins- Port of Morrow

TBD's & Rumors
The Killers - While no official release date has been announced, word is they are expecting to release in summer 2012.  What we do know is that which has been announced straight from the horse's mouth (if the horse is named Brandon Flowers) - that The Killers will finally be releasing an album.  Not a Brandon Flowers solo album, not a holiday charity single, not an awesome cover for a U2 cover album, but an actual, bona-fide album by The Killers.  The last time we saw a full album was in 2008 with Day & Age, so I'm adding this one to my personal list of hotly anticipated albums this year.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - A release is slated for this year, although the release date is TBD.

Madonna - No surprise given her upcoming performance at the Super Bowl halftime show, as well as some of the demos that have recently leaked online.  The album is expected (but of course, not promised) this spring.

T.I. - After a roller coaster year that saw T.I. involved in a drug bust, in prison, then out, then back in, and talking a man off of a ledge, fans can expect his tentatively titled Trouble Man, aiming for a February release.

Pearl Jam- As of September 2011, Paste Magazine was reporting that Pearl Jam was halfway done with their new album.  No release date has been announced, but it's potentially due out in Spring of 2012.

Soundgarden- In keeping with the trend of 90's music being everywhere again, Soundgarden has been recording music and working on a new album (their first since 1996).  A potential early 2012 or Spring 2012 release.

Smashing Pumpkins - Titled Oceania, expected this spring.  With Billy Corgan the only remaining original Pumpkins member, it will be interesting to hear how the sound has evolved, although Billy has recently hinted that this is their best work since Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness.

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