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This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the 50 Best Albums Of The Decade on vinyl and an Apple TV?), we’re gonna look to the future, Conan. And we like the sound of it! If 2010 is gonna be anything like 2009 — skyrocketing unemployment, a Summer Of Death, flu and vampire pandemics — we’re gonna need a bigger headphones. But today we’ve got 25 reasons why 2010 might even be > 2009. Our list was limited to releases (some of which we’ve even heard) that have been confirmed (or close enough), but don’t stop believin’ in Strokes IV, guys.

YEASAYER – ODD BLOOD
FEBRUARY 9 (SECRETLY CANADIAN)
If all we had was the apparent shift from the natural mystic to the infectiously skyward weirdo pop promised by “Ambling Alp” (or its two great remixes) to go on, we’d already be excited about this one. But after previewing half of the new record at the Guggeheim, and based on foreword from all that have laid ears on this one, Odd Blood’s the odds-on favorite to dominate early 2010 discourse.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – CONTRA
JANUARY 12 (XL)
How do you followup on one of the most universally acclaimed debuts of the decade? If you’re Vamipre Weekend, you release a free MP3 about a Mexican rice drink, and then a really fun video for a very different sounding song. According to their Progress Report, the Brooklyn and Mexico City-recorded Contra has tracks that are more guitar driven than Vampire Weekend, and others that feature no guitar at all. Ah, now the first two singles make sense. One thing we know, is that Kirsten is not one of their girlfriends, but a stock photo from the ’70s. Good news, ladies.

THE AVALANCHES
TBA (MODULAR)
Yes, it’s really been nine years since Since I Left You turned sample-based dance music on its head. The hold up? A news post on the band’s site occupying the top slot for ages has told it best: “Clearing Samples.” Well there’s no confirmed date, but our trusted sources say that the perennial most-requested-Progress Report outfit finally got those samples signed-off and are ready to follow up their classic debut, and that 2010 is the magic number. For now, here’s a teazer for your brains.

HOT CHIP – ONE LIFE STAND
FEBRUARY 9 (ASTRALWERKS)
After a year that saw them cover Joy Division, get covered by Lissy Trullie, and pursue various side projects, UK dance crew Hot Chip are set to return with a new LP, the Made In The Dark followup titled One Life Stand. The set features, according to Alexis Taylor, the “anthemic” song “I Feel Better,” a “big, massive Euro club sounding track.” For now, there’s the the gothy then uplifting “Take It In.”

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS – REALISM
JANUARY 26 (NONESUCH)
After a year that offered a particularly momentous Merritt milestone in the classic 69 Love Songs10th anniversary, Stephin Merritt and his Mag Fields will return with Realism, 13 tracks that stick to the three-minute pop format. That bathroom-door album art pairs well with their last LP cover: Then it was a blurred male latrine indicator for an album called Distortion; here it’s a straight-lined girl for an album called Realism. Expect much less Jesus & Mary Chain haze this time around. In fact Stephin says he “thought of the two as a pair,” this time “explor[ing] the various genres under the umbrella of folk.” According to the album bio, “Merritt’s work veers between longing and loneliness, desire and dismissal, romance and revenge, though the melancholic musings of his narrators are cut with sardonic humor. At the end of the disc, Merritt literally leaves his characters shipwrecked.” And we’re warned not to think of it as autobiographical. Sign us up.

BEACH HOUSE – TEEN DREAM
JANUARY 26 (SUB POP)
We’ve gone on at length about Beach House’s gorgeous third album Teen Dream. You only need to listen to “Norway” and “Used To Be” to know we weren’t lying when we said, “At first listen the songs feel like simple lullabies. There isn’t a shiny facade, really. It’s only after you take your time with it and let the songs sink in that you realize you’ll likely never see the bottom.” We look forward to listening to it all year.

SPOON – TRANSFERENCE
JANUARY 26 (MERGE)
The Got Nuffin’ EP wasn’t just a stopgap between what we’ll assume to be typically terrific LPs — its title track also features on the tracklist to Transference, the band’s first full-length since 2007′s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. We’ve heard a bunch of these new songs live, but since “Written In Reverse” is the album’s lead single (in stores 12/1), that’s a good place to start.

THE NATIONAL
TBA (4AD)
Matt Berninger kept it quieter on Boxer than he did on Alligator (i.e. no shout songs like “Mr. November”), but the band deepened their instrumentation, wrote some of their most subtly addictive songs, and had their biggest year to date (both in the National and in ambitious side projects like The Long Count). Curious what kind of mood they’re in now? Matt tells us: “We started out trying to make a fun pop record. I had the word HAPPINESS taped to my wall. We veered off that course immediately. We’ve narrowed it down to about 15 songs now and it’s going to be our best record (one song you can dance to) but it can’t be described as happy.” They’ve been recording for almost a year and as Aaron Dessner put it to us “[are] emerging from that black hole to start mixing in two weeks.” Bryce adds, “There are a ton of songs and we have been working for a year, but as always with us it’s the last couple months that change everything so it’s too early to say what the overall direction [will be].”

LIARS – SISTERWORLD
MARCH 8 (MUTE)
Liars’ Tom Biller-produced fifth album, the follow-up to 2007′s Liars and the first recorded Stateside since the unfairly derided They Were Wrong, So We Drowned looks at “alternate spaces people create in order to maintain identity in a city like LA … where outcasts and loners celebrate a skewered relationship to society.” The results? A focused post-punk riot mixing paranoia, cynicism, humor, dirt, and love wrapped into songs with titles like “The Overachievers,” “Scarecrows On A Killer Slant,” “I Still Can See An Outside World,” and “Goodnight Everything.” It’s sorta like Liars and Drum’s Not Dead colliding over Route 47. You can hear samples of “Drip” and “Proud Evolution” set to cryptic footage at thesisterworld.com.

TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS – THE BRUTALIST BRICKS
MARCH 9 (MATADOR)
When Ted Leo stopped by for a Progress Report he suggested that the new album comes with a hardcore influence and gave us a listen to “Last Days.” (We’ve also heard an acoustic take on “One Polaroid A Day“). We checked in with Leo last night who let us in on the above title, The Brutalist Bricks, and that “it’s 13 songs, some of which we’ve been playing for a little while, and some of which are completely new. There’s some overflow, too, so I’m sure we’ll try and find something to do with extra tracks.”

TORO Y MOI – CAUSERS OF THIS
FEBRUARY 23 (CARPARK)
Toro Y Moi, aka multi-instrumental Columbia, South Carolina bedroom recordist Chaz Bundick, aka the bedroom psychedelicist with the biggest R&B swing, started buzzing after Carpark signed him up to release two full-lengths in 2010 and then leaked two MP3s, “Blessa” and “109,” one from each collection. We’ll be getting Causers Of This first, which opens with the aforementioned “Blessa” and closes out with the title track. (You may already be familiar with another cut, “Talamak.)”

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG & BECK — IRM
JANUARY 26 (BECAUSE)
Gainsbourg teemed up with Beck who, as she told Jessica in a Progress Report, “tried very different things” for her third studio album, whose name was inspired by the MRI machine (IRM in French) she experienced first hand after having a brain hemorrhage after a skiing accident. It’s hard to get a complete feel for the collection after hearing the Kraut rock-lined title track and “Heaven Can Wait,” a duet with Hansen, two very different tracks. Then again, looks like we’ll just have to wait. As Gainsbourg told us, “[The songs are] all in different styles but one proper album.”

FOUR TET – THERE IS LOVE IN YOU
JANUARY 26 (DOMINO)
Kieran Hebden’s fifth album, his first proper full-length in over four years, sounds extremely promising after listens to the ghostly dance track “Love Cry” and the crystalline downcast “Plastic People.” Looking forward to the closer “She Just Likes To Fight.”

MGMT – CONGRATULATIONS
SPRING (SONY/COLUMBIA)
We know recent Flaming Lips, Kid Cudi, and Jay-Z collaborators Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden recorded their second album with ex-Spacemen 3 member Pete Kember, that it’s being mixed by David Fridmann, and that it features vocals from charismatically disengaged Royal Trux vocalist Jennifer Herrema. Supposedly the guys working on something with Paul McCartney: We’re unsure if the fruits of the latter will appear on Congratulations, but clearly, congratulations anyhow.

LOS CAMPESINOS! – ROMANCE IS BORING
JANUARY 26 (ARTS & CRAFTS)
The Cardiff septet’s third album was recorded and mixed in Seattle, Connecticut, and Monmouthsire with John Goodmanson and features guest spots by Jamie Stewart, Parenthetical Girls’ Zach Pennington, and Jherek Bischoff of Dead Science. It also features first single “These Are Listed Buildings,” which suggests the group is still worthy of that exclamation mark.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
MARCH (DFA)
After scoring Greenberg James Murphy is finalizing LCD’s third album, which drummer Pat Mahoney told goldcost.com.au is “different than Sound Of Silver and certainly different than the first one … It still sounds very much like us, like James. It’s maybe slower and it has kind of got some more rock stuff back in it. It also has a bunch of disco influences.”

PANDA BEAR
TBA
We don’t have a time frame or a title, but in an interview with Pedestrian.tv Noah Lennox talks about the “darker,” “raw” new material that’s “outside the sample zone” and “totally different” than MPP. Of course, we imagine this so-called “simple arrangement of drums, the guitar and singing” will sound anything but simple. Look for solo dates, too.

INTERPOL
EARLY 2010 (CAPITOL)
After a post-Our Love To Admire time that’s seen Paul Banks masquerading as Julian Plenti amongst other Interpol side-projects, the well-heeled NYC post-punk crew is ready to release LP4, and promise that it’ll trump their admittedly flat-feeling major label debut. Drummer Sam Fogarino told PASTE, “The new record falls back towards the first … In trying to move forward, there was an unspoken realization that you can’t let go of your sonic-defining tag.” On that point, Sam added: “That big wash of reverb? It’s back. I personally brought two reverb tanks to the studio that our engineer fell in love with.”

MIDLAKE – THE COURAGE OF OTHERS
FEBRUARY 1 (BELLA UNION)
We’ve been excited for this one for awhile now. In fact, Midlake’s forthcoming third LP was the subject of our inaugural Progress Report, wherein the band explained the delay: “We didn’t know exactly what we wanted, but we know we didn’t want to make the same album as last time. We could have made 10 albums with the amount of time we’ve spent, but that doesn’t mean they’d be saying anything great.” Instead they committed to 40-hour work weeks in order to move away from the last record’s “Fleetwood Mac-y America” with a shift toward, at least in part, “British folk scene of late ’60s stuff.” You’ve waited three years for a listen. For now, there’s a tracklist.

THE HOLD STEADY
TBA (VAGRANT)
The band’s toured steadily and Craig Finn’s been adapting Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City for the big screen, but we’re going to Stay Positive for a new album in 2010. After all, they’ve debuted new tracks here/there and — important for a band this dependable — they’ve never made us wait so long for more of their loquacious barroom anthems.

FINAL FANTASY – HEARTLAND
JANUARY 12 (DOMINO)
One man symphony Owen Pallett has moved to a new label for his forthcoming followup to the Polaris Prize winning gem He Poos Clouds. It’s more than a one-man-band this time around: In his Progress Report, Pallett mentioned working with a 50-piece orchestra in Prague, and has since revealed assists from Nico Muhly, Gentleman Reg, and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. According to Mr. Fantasy, “The songs themselves form a narrative concerning a farmer named Lewis and the fictional world of Spectrum. The songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis, a young, ultra-violent farmer, speaking to his creator.” Sounds biblical! And at least at one point, Lewis takes off his shirt. So, biblical and hott. Also check out Owen’s “Keep The Dog Quiet” and cooking tips.

JOANNA NEWSOM
TBA (DRAG CITY)
The rumor mill has begun. Joanna’s made a shift from the forests to the fashion set, complete with Armani modeling. So if you’re looking for hints about the new record, you’re probably reading the wrong magazines. Vogue caught up with Joanna at a fashion botique-opening afterparty in Tokyo, where she told the mag she was in town working on a new album. Why Japan? Probably because Ys recorder Jim O’Rourke pays rent there. And later she told W work on the record is done. Might wanna subscribe to Glamour’s RSS for the MP3 premiere.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT – THE WINTER OF MIXED DRINKS
MARCH 9 (FATCAT)
Glaswegian warm-hearted rockers Frightened Rabbit are four-and-a-half minutes into the best album review of their careers with “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” the expansively intimate teaser track (and video) from their forthcoming Midnight Organ Flight followup. The song was billed as a “perfect … first indicator of the new album,” which is a reason The Winter Of Mixed Drinks is making this list. Other reasons: that awesome album title, and this live session of more new tunes.

MASSIVE ATTACK – HELIGOLAND
FEBRUARY 9 (VIRGIN)
Grant Marshall laid it out in Massive Attack’s Progress Report: “After 1000th Window, which was tied up with trying to be too clever, we just wanted to get back to sparse, lovely songs with simple production. We wanted to get back to the minimalist thing where you don’t have to fill the song up with shit.” That may mean sparser tunes, but definitely not a sparser cameo list: The band’s first record in five years boasts guest vocals from Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Martina Topley-Bird, Horace Andy, and Tunde Adibempe’s “Pray For Rain,” from the Splitting The Atom EP released as a tease to the forthcoming full-length.

SURFER BLOOD – ASTRO COAST
JANUARY 19 (KANINE)
Playing 12 times during CMJ is one way to stand out from the packed dancecard. Another is to make each of those shows net ferocious word-of-mouth praise, and that’s where Surfer Blood found themselves at the end of this year’s industry schmooze fest. In concert the band pulls back from the epically raucous end of things for something more visceral and punchy with their surf-Afro-power-pop, bar-room dropkick hooks in place of big-room reverberated clamor. The record promises to hit on both ends of the spectrum though, promising a good year for these young Floridians.

You’ll tell us if we left something out, won’t you? This Thanksgiving we’re grateful for your feedback.

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UPDATE 12/11: 44 MORE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUMS
Late last month we gave you the above 25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 and promptly realized we were anticipating more than 25 albums in 2010. A lot more! So we put out some feelers and took some tips and added 44 records to the previous list. Now we are up to lucky 69. The additional artists range from Arcade Fire to Xiu Xiu and include everything from Fleet Foxes, Cat Power, the Strokes, Sleigh Bells, and Pig Destroyer in between. Other albums seem likely but we haven’t the info (think: Battles, Broken Social Scene, etc.). If you’ve got word, use the comments and let ’em know.

THE STROKES
LATE 2010 (RCA)
We joked about Strokes IV last time, but since then they’ve confirmed as headliners for Isle Of Wight on 6/12, with more summer fest slots TBA. We think that means we can expect an album, all kidding aside.

ARCADE FIRE
MAY (MERGE?)
We’ve heard the Markus Dravs-produced collection’s going to be out in May, with a lead single in early 2010.

CAT POWER
TBA (MATADOR)
It’s still in the early stages, and has no title as of yet, but there will be a record. It sounds like it will be a “solo” (or “alone”) record, with her on guitar and piano, as opposed to recording with the Memphis Rhythm Band. And, as she told The Courier-Mail, she’s “frightened because some of them are sad again and I feel really nervous about that…”

FLEET FOXES
TBA (SUB POP)
Robin Pecknold told Pitchfork there will “definitely” be an album in 2010. He also mentioned the new songs are “less poppy” and “a little less upbeat” than on the last collection.

SLEIGH BELLS
EARLY 2010 (TBA)
As per a MySpace update, the Brooklyn BTW “plan on re-recording everything plus a bunch of new songs for an LP sometime later this year/early next year.”

NO AGE
TBA (SUB POP)
Dean Spunt tells us, “No Age is putting out a record in 2010 … just not sure when yet, we have been recording and writing this whole last year for it … I am super super pumped so far.”

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
LATE SPRING (MATADOR)
No details yet, but there is a scheduled Spring 2010 release planned.

SERENA-MANEESH
MARCH (4AD)
We’ve heard “Reprobate.” We are excited.

SHE & HIM – VOLUME 2
MARCH 23 (MERGE)
As we reported, the sequel to Volume 1 will include 13 songs (11 originals, covers of Skeeter Davis and NRBQ, and one Tilly And The Wall guest spot).

OF MONTREAL – FALSE PRIEST (WORKING TITLE)
TBA (POLYVINYL)
We don’t have too much info, but Kevin Barnes did recently write a song about DNA altering drugs.

THE WRENS – FUNERAL (WORKING TITLE)
FALL (TBA)
Charles Bissell tells us: “Working title at the moment is Funeral since it seems to fit and because we like to set the bar nice and high.” He says, it will “probably pick up where the last one left off and might be a little more elegiac.”

DUM DUM GIRLS – I WILL BE
MARCH 30 (SUB POP)
Dee Dee went into the studio with Richard Gottehrer (Voidoids, Blondie, the Go-Gos, the Raveonettes) for her 11-song Sub Pop debut.

WAVVES
TBA (FAT POSSUM)
No details, but we’ve confirmed that there will be another album next year.

THE MORNING BENDERS – BIG ECHO
TBA (TBA)
Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor takes a co-production credit alongside the Morning Benders’ main man Chris Chu on a ten-song set that’s already buzzing.

SHEARWATER – THE GOLDEN ARCHIPELAGO
FEBRUARY 23 (MATADOR)
As Matador put it, when releasing first single “Castaways“: “The new [John Congleton-produced] record is the third panel of a triptych that includes 2006′s enigmatic Palo Santo and 2008′s acclaimed Rook, albums linked by themes of environmental and personal decay and humans’ impact on nature.”

CLIPD BEAKS – TO REALIZE
JANUARY 26 (LOVEPUMP)
The Oakland trio’s expansive second full-length To Realize blows by 2007′s Hoarse Lords, an album that excited us enough to slap them with a Band To Watch tag. Take a listen to the collection’s “Blood,” for example.

BAND OF HORSES – NIGHT RAINBOWS
TBA (TBA)
Sub Pop tells us 2010 for sure, but there’s no specific time line as of yet.

THE THERMALS
SEPTEMBER 7 (KILL ROCK STARS)
Chris Walla is recording the Thermals fifth album this month. It’s the first album the group’s recorded as a full-band since since Fuckin’ A (Hutch and Kathy recorded the last two as a duo). KRS says it’ll be “dark, sparse, and melodic, with lyrical themes of love and lies.”

ALOHA – HOME ACRES
MARCH 9 (POLYVINYL)
Polyvinyl notes “Lyrically, [the 11-song] Home Acres (named for a quaint old suburb of Rochester, NY) tries to sort through the wreckage of the Great Lakes region and a way of life.”

FIELD MUSIC – MEASURE
FEBRUARY 16 (MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES)
The brothers Brewis have returned from their post-Tones Of Town hiatus with a 20-track double album Measure. Start sampling with “Measure.”

THE WALKMEN
SPRING (FAT POSSUM)
The group recorded 13 songs with Chris Zane in August and are reportedly finalizing the production, overdubbing, etc., as we speak (er, blog).

DR. DOG – SHAME, SHAME
SPRING (ANTI-)
Guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken told the Arizona Daily Star to expect something a bit more punk that better approximates their electric live shows.

FREE ENERGY – STUCK ON NOTHING
JANUARY 26 (ASTRALWERKS/DFA)
The good-time Philly rock ’n’ roll crew’s 10-song DFA debut includes their awesome signature anthem as well as the studio treatment of some other familiar tunes.

MENOMENA
TBA (BARSUK)
Barsuk confirm that, yes, Menomena is working on a new album. You can hear a live “Queen Black Acid” at P4K.TV, but that’s all we have for now.

GORILLAZ – PLASTIC BEACH
BEFORE MARCH (EMI)
Lou Reed, Mos Def, Barry Gibb, and Bobby Womack are on board, and Damon says it’s the “most pop record” he has ever made. This is allegedly the album cover, posted as a warped .jpg by EMI Australia’s blog, then unwarped by fans.

MILES KUROSKY – THE DESERT OF SHALLOW EFFECTS
MARCH 9 (MAJORDOMO/SHOUT! FACTORY)
The former Beulah singer and songwriter is releasing his first solo album, “a meticulously crafted, ambitious gem, utilizing a cast of more than two dozen musicians (among them several ex-Beulah members) playing a vast array of instruments.”

THESE NEW PURITANS – HIDDEN
MARCH 3 (DOMINO)
We’ve heard the 7-minute lead track “We Went War” and heard a tale that the UK crew’s second album includes the sound of “a melon with cream crackers attached struck by a hammer, used to simulate the sound of a human head being smashed.”

HARVEY MILK – HARVEY MILK (REISSUE)
JANUARY 26 (HYDRA HEAD)
The so-called “Bob Weston Sessions,” aka Harvey Milk’s hard-to-find should-have-been self-titled debut, is seeing a proper remastered release.

RJD2 – THE COLOSSUS
JANUARY 19 (ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS)
RJD2 jumps from XL to his own label for his official followup to 2007′s The Third Hand. So far we’ve heard “Games You Can Win,” his collaboration with Kenna.

JÓNSI – GO
MARCH 22 (XL)
As we learned upon hearing lead MP3 “Boy Lilikoi,” the Sigur Rós frontman’s Peter Katis-produced solo album “will be largely acoustic and feature string arrangements from contemporary classical composer Nico Muhly.”

XIU XIU – DEAR GOD, I HATE MYSELF
FEBRUARY 23 (KILL ROCK STARS)
With the departure of Carelee McElroy (now of Cold Cave), Jamie Stewart’s joined by new member Angela Seo (piano, synth, drum programming). Stewart and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier handled production. There is a song called “Chocolate Makes You Happy.”

PETER GABRIEL – SCRATCH MY BACK
FEBRUARY 15 (VIRGIN)
As we reported, Gabriel’s first album in seven years is a Bob Ezrin-produced orchestral covers collection featuring reinterpretations of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Elbow, the Kinks, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

QUASI – AMERICAN GOING
FEBRUARY 23 (KILL ROCK STARS)
In the press release for Quasi’s first studio album since 2006′s When The Going Gets Dark Carrie Brownstein notes: “There’s a lot of guitar playing on this album.” And, in other words “Quasi’s new album … is still ringing in my ears.” It was recorded by Kendra Lynn at Jackpot Studios and mixed by Steve Fisk.

SCISSOR SISTERS
MARCH (TBA)
The glammy crew produced their forthcoming album with British biggie Stuart Price. Jake Shears says that the lead track is “a really epic song that makes you feel really good.”

PIG DESTROYER
TBA (RELAPSE)
The grindcore heavies are tentatively set to record in the Spring for a Fall followup to 2007′s Phantom Limb.

BORN RUFFIANS – SAY IT
EARLY 2010 (WARP)
The Canadian band follows up Red, Yellow & Blue with a “cleaner, more straightforward” approach inspired by “big hit songs.” The LP’s currently being mastered at Rusty Santos’ studio in Brooklyn. Learn more in today’s Progress Report!

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
TBA (VAGRANT)
Alejandra Deheza has suggested that the band’s going in a different direction. So far, no idea what that might mean.

OUTKAST
TBA (TBA)
Andre 3000 and Big Boi are each releasing solo albums in 2010. Andre
told NME that “if both are well received” we can expect an OutKast record, too.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – THE BIG TO-DO
MARCH 16 (ATO)
Patterson Hood told the Irish music blog Swear I’m Not Paul that the band’s eighth studio album is “very much a rock album. Very melodic and more rocking than anything since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.”

PANTHA DU PRINCE – BLACK NOISE
FEBRUARY 9 (BEGGARS)
The third album from German elecro producer Hendrick Weber, aka Pantha Du Prince, includes guest spots from Panda Bear and !!!’s Tyler Pope. Don’t believe us? Take a listen to “Stick To My Side,” the one with Mr. Bear.

R.E.M.
TBA (WARNER)
As we’ve mentioned, the band is recording their forthcoming fifteenth record with Jacknife Lee. Michael Stipe gave a video studio tour to prove it.

JENS LEKMAN
TBA (TBA)
We’ve confirmed that Lekman is working on new recordings, but his manager notes: “There’s not much to talk about at the moment as we’re not sure when it will be finished.”

JAMES MERCER & DANGERMOUSE
EARLY 2010 (COLUMBIA)
As we reported, the duo of Danger Mouse and the Shins frontman are going by the working name of Broken Bells. We await more info.

DAVID BYRNE AND FATBOY SLIM – HERE LIES LOVE
?FEBRUARY 23 (TODOMUNDO/NONESUCH)
As previously reported, the 2CD song cycle about the life of Imedla Marcos includes cameos by Santigold, Florence Welch, Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Jones, St. Vincent, My Brightest Diamond, Steve Earle, and others.

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We’ve confirmed that there won’t be a separate ODDSAC soundtrack, but we plan to watch the film with our eyes closed.

And speaking of movies: Brian astutely suggested, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST… sad that I’m only half kidding…” Agreed.

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Comments (325)
  1. New Liars and new National for me and I’ll be as happy as I can be. Y

    2k10 won’t be so bad after all. Hope Massive Attack doesn’t disappoint (again).

  2. I like (good) music.

  3. Marko  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I’m sorry, but I still wouldn’t consider that Avalanches album as being “confirmed”.

  4. Sufjan Stevens, Jens Lekman, Arcade Fire, Rogue Wave, Shout Out Louds.

  5. not looking
    forward to the new
    iron & wine album?

  6. a lot of these are very promising… off the top of my head, new releases from Panda Riot and The Walkmen too.

  7. Yep, definitely need a bigger headphones.
    But for reals reals, new Liars, Joanna, Panda Bear is more than I can ever ask for in one year.

  8. Mimicking Birds debut album

  9. Evan  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    REALLY? You’re going to forget about ARCADE FIRE?

  10. I’m pretty excited about the new Xiu Xiu album.

    And I’m kind of shocked you didn’t include that Animal Collective “visual album” that’s supposedly coming out next year.

  11. Megan  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 +1

    I think they left out Arcade Fire since it’s not actually been confirmed by them they’re putting out something next year. They most definitely will though.

    Very very excited about the new Arcade Fire album! Owen Pallet has said it’s the best album he has EVER worked on!! wo-wo-wooooah!

    • Spoke to them at ATP about the visual album. Hopefully will screen at Sundance … maybe other places later? Perhaps a DVD by the end of the year? Who knows.

  12. Animal Collective Visual Album Duh!

  13. jay  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Isn’t justice putting out an album next year? that should clearly be on the list

  14. ~_~  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    of montreal!

    • Yeah, seriously. Guy’s put out four amazing albums in a row and has an album coming out this spring, yet I hear nothing about it here, nevermind it being included on this list.

      And I’m sorry, but I am really not excited about new MGMT and Interpol albums. Maybe they’ll completely surprise me, but otherwise we can expect a few really good singles and a bunch of lame 70s British progressive rock cliches from MGMT, and more of the same from Interpol.

  15. In no particular order: Magnetic Fields, The National, Ted Leo, Interpol, and The Hold Steady.

  16. Disappointed that there aren’t many (2???) ladies on this list. Chris Pureka has a big record coming in April. Think you all will really like it.

  17. tzamuels  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    #1: F R O G E Y E S

  18. steve  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    And there’s no need to anticipate at least 3 of these because they’ve already leaked.

  19. K Accident  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Eluvium announced a new album, pretty excited about that one

    The one that caught my eye was Panda Bear and LCD soundsystem.

  20. Chabsy  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    BORN RUFFIANS!

  21. jack-o  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    the apples in stereo have a new one too!! travellers in space and time

  22. From this list, looking forward the most to Panda Bear, The National, Spoon, Yeasayer and Interpol. (Yay!)

    Not on the list: Xiu Xiu (February 23). Menomena and The Kills are also working on theirs but don’t have a release date yet. (Double Yay!)

    • damn i forgot about menomena, its been a while since there last album…

      Any word on New Bon Iver in 2010?

      • I hope Menomena fans are aware fo this years Ramona Falls album. It’s the work of Brent Knopf from Menomena and is very close to the room. Great music, and one of the better albums this year. Also the video for “I Say Fever” is arguably one of my favorite videos ever.

  23. Zach  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    New Radiohead album in 2010? Besides that the list is pretty good.

  24. Bill  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Still waiting for Joanna Newsom’s rumored NSFW, Alexander McQueen directed vid

  25. Nick  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    The Moon and Antarctica: 2001
    Good News: 2004
    We Were Dead: 2007

    I can dream.

    • You forgot my favorite modest mouse album, ” Building something out of nothing”. Kinda been dissappointed in modest mouse lately, kinda sucks man, last couple albums for me have been kinda over kill with Brock’s Voice.

      • i actually like brock’s barking in the later albums; the whole big band thing is what threw me off. you don’t need 2 drummers, let green drum like he’s supposed to.

      • R.D.  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 0

        Building nothing out of something was a b-sides album ^.^ Hence the name. Dosen’t really count.

        How about the Tron soundtrack? new Daft Punk? Anybody?

        Plastic Beach is gonna be godly as it can.

    • ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm have you forgotten no ones first and your last? it just came out like 4 months ago…

      • matt   |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

        that was an ep so there is still a chance

        i always hope that artists listen to other bands i like, and that isaac brock will listen to the flaming lips “return to form” embryonic and be like “this is what i need to do” i.e. strip down the sound and jam out some crazy songs

  26. greg  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    new PANDA BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Dante   |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Plants and Animals, Joanna N!

  28. Is nobody else looking forward to the new album from The Books?

  29. There’s no album I’m more excited for than Autolux in 2010

  30. WallabyJoe  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Personally I’m also stoked for a new Aesop Rock album sometime next year, so head’s up on that too.

  31. LC!

    just preordered their new album today, can’t flippin wait

  32. Torc  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Quasi – American Gong – 2/23/10.

  33. neutralmil  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    uhm…. arcade fire?

  34. No snark here. I’m just unbelievably excited for 2010.

  35. TC81190  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I’m pretty sure Radiohead mentioned off hand they’ll have a record out next year. Fleet Foxes too.

    • Radiohead haven’t confirmed anything except that they’re recording over the winter, and that they will continue to make albums (i.e., contrary to that whole mess earlier this year where the collective interwebs flipped out because Thom Yorke said they didn’t want to). But they haven’t given any dates or even time frames on new material, and given their track record who knows when that’ll actually happen. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be thrilled for a 2010 Radiohead album, but I think it’s safe to say that the past couple years (hell, even the last couple months) have proven that Radiohead does whatever the fuck they feel like at this point.

      In the meantime, news about The National, Liars, Panda Bear, (probably) Arcade Fire, (maybe) Joanna Newsom, (hopefully not as blah as the last one) Massive Attack, and Four Tet albums all make me very happy. And omfg, finally a new Avalanches record?! Hell. Fucking. Yeah.

  36. paco  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Mick Thorburn of Islands/Unicorns and Honus Honus of Man Man making a “doom wop” album? hopefully 2010?

  37. brian  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST… sad that I’m only half kidding…

  38. I almost always hate it when an artist says “going to be the best yet!” about an upcoming album, it feels too much like a hyped press release intended to get people to buy the record. But reading that Matt Berninger said it just makes me ridiculously excited.

  39. its all about Midlake for me next year, also the new Acorn record out early next year – presumably delayed due to the band losing their new material by formating one of their hard drives

  40. Bob K.  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Now that Chinese Democracy and Christmas on Mars are out, the competition for which will come out first is now between Avalanches and Dr. Dre’s Detox.

    I’m not a huge fan of the Shins but I really like those songs they previewed, so I’m looking forward to that one.

  41. Clint Jones  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    what about the new vampire weekend album?

  42. thebfg  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    no mention of the shins/dangermouse collaboration??

  43. beatrix  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Not looking forward to Serena Maneesh? Really? You guys seemed so into them.

  44. tim  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Strokes IV.

  45. TOM VEK

    this will happen.

  46. jshon  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Chabsy is a smart man/woman, born ruffians’ album is going to be goooood

  47. No Courtney Love love?!
    just kidding, that album is never gonna come out..

  48. Richard  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    imma let you finish but Kanye West will have the best record of 2010

  49. tessa  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I’d add the debut album from The Unwinding Hours (another Scottish band people should be pyaing attention to) to this list. Made up of former members of Aereogramme, this promises to be a very very special record.

  50. tjuna  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    an uah dr. dog and a stone temple pilots

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