Stereogum’s 2008 Album Forecast

Stereogum's look ahead to 2008 in albums. There's a lot of 'em.


Welcome to our annual look at what we’ll spend our bandwith on in the year ahead. We did something like this last year, but the exercise was radically different this time; it’s amazing to look back and see how easy it was just to throw the list together off-the-cuff (just pick your favorite band and it seemed they had already announced an LP for ’07). Also, it’s pretty amazing to note how many of those LPs had already leaked before the new year. Are labels are getting a little smarter about plugging some of those leaks? Maybe, possibly, hopefully, hopefully not, etc.

Anyway, 2008’s shaping up to be a little different, and not just in terms of our collective OiNKlessness. As of now, the year doesn’t have nearly the same blockbuster appeal (no new Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Shins, Bloc Party, Spoon, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, et al to get everyone frothy — oh, but did you hear there is a new Radiohead album in stores on January 1st!). Still, there’s plenty of promise there if you look for it. We’ve already seen some bright spots, and haven’t got around to blogging about some others (the new Beach House and Pattern Is Movement are on heavy rotation) … and we wanted to make next year nice and easy on you. So after lots of research about the year ahead, we’ve learned a few things: there’s a new Animal Collective EP out this April, Menomena’s promising another full-length for ’08, and when you’re making a list as big as the one after the jump, your best friends go by the names Cut and Paste.

JANUARY
1/1
Radiohead – In Rainbows (ATO)

1/8
Girl Talk – TBA (Illegal Art)
Marah – Angels Of Destruction! (Yep Roc)
Kate Nash – Made Of Bricks (Fiction)
The Shondes – The Red Sea (self-released)
Sia – some people have real problems (Astralwerks)
Wisely – Wisely (Oglio)

1/15
Black Mountain – Into The Future (Jagjaguwar)
Matt Costa – Unfamiliar Faces
Mike Ladd – Nostalgialator (Def Jux)
Magnetic Fields – Distortion (Nonesuch)
Rings – Black Habit (Paw Tracks)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Cipher
Ringo Starr – Liverpool 8 (EMI)
Van Hunt – Popular (Capitol)
White, Blue, Yellow And Clouds – Introducing (I and Ear)
Zillionaire – The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down (New Granada)

1/22
Steve Aoki – Pillowface And His Airplane Chronicles (Thrive)
Aster – Some Things Seldom Heard Of
Baby Dee – Safe Inside The Day (Drag City)
Blood On The Wall – Liferz (The Social Registry)
Bodies Of Water – Ears Will Pop Eyes Will Bling (Secretly Canadian)
Cat Power – Jukebox (Matador)
Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (New West)
Evangelicals – The Evening Descends (Dead Oceans)
Fleshtones – Take A Good Look (Yep Roc)
Ghislain Porter – No Ground Under (Ninja Tune)
Hello, Blue Roses – The Portrait Is Finished And I Have Failed To Capture Your Beauty… (Locust Music)
Hey Willpower – P.D.A. (Tomlab)
Instruments Of Science And Technology – Music From The Films of R. Swift (Secretly Canadian)
The Jet Age – What Did You Do During The War, Daddy?
King Of Prussia – Save The Scene (Kindercore)
Love Is All – Mixed Up (Phonica)
Mahjongg – Kontpab (K)
Eric Matthews – The Imagination Stage (Empyrean)
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)
Jack Peñate – Matinee (XL)
Robert Pollard – Superman Was A Rocker (Happy Jack Rock)
Rafter – Sex Death Cassette (Asthmatic Kitty)
Savious – Into Abaddon (Kemado)
Steve Smith – This Town (G.A.S. Records)
Times New Viking – Rip It Off (Matador)
Whigs – Mission Control (ATO)
Whitsundays – The Whitsundays (Friendly Fire)

1/29
Bum Kon – Drunken Sex Sucks (Smooch)
Dirty On Purpose – Like Bees EP (North Street)
Ex – Building A Broken Moustrap (Touch & Go)
Future Of The Left – Curses (too pure)
The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Sub Pop)
Ida – Lovers Prayers (Polyvinyl)
Joe Jackson – Rain (Rykodisc)
Jeffrey Lewis – 12 Crass Songs (Rough Trade)
Louis XIV – Slick Dogs And Ponies (Atlantic)
The Mars Volta – The Bedlam In Goliath
Murder Mystery – are you ready for the heartache cause here it comes
Thao Nguyen – We Brave Bee Stings And All (Kill Rock Stars)
Radar Bros. – Auditorium (Merge)
Sons And Daughters – This Gift (Domino)
Two Ton Sloth – Two Ton Sloth (Token Recluse)
Quinn Walker – Lion Land / Laughter’s An Asshole (Voodoo-EROS)
Xiu Xiu – Women As Lovers (Kill Rock Stars)
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL)
Chris Walla – Field Manual (Barsuk)

FEBRUARY
2/5
Basia Bulat – Oh, My Darling (Rough Trade)
Bob Mould – District Line (Anti)
Charlottefield – What Are Friends For (FatCat)
Jason Collett – Here’s To Being Here (Arts & Crafts)
Sheryl Crow – Detours (A&M)
Dead Meadow – Old Growth (Matador)
Devestations – Yes, U (Beggars Banquet)
Die! Die! Die! – Promises, Promises (SAF)
Foxy Brown – Brooklyn’s Don Diva (Koch)
Hot Chip – Made In The Dark (DFA/Astralwerks)
Jack Johnson – Sleep Through The Static (Brushfire/Universal)
Lenny Kravitz – It Is Time For A Love Revolution (Virgin/Capitol)
Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off The Lavender Bridge (Domino)
Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin’ (Lost Highway)
Nada Surf – Lucky (Barsuk)
Psychic TV – Heaven Is Invisible (Sweet Nothing/Cargo)
Screaming Trees – Clairvoyance (Hall Of Records)
Kelley Stoltz – Circular Sounds (Sub Pop)
Yip Yip – Kinds Of The Same Kingdom (SAF)

2/12
British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade/World’s Fair)
Cassie – Connecticut Fever (Bad Boy)
Danava – Unonou (Kemado)
Estelle – Shine (Atlantic/Homeschool)
Michael Jackson – Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition (Epic)
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal/Young Money)
Silje Nes – Ames Room (FatCat)
Sonic Sum – Films (Def Jux)
Steinski – TBD (Illegal Art)

2/19
American Music Club – The Golden Age (Merge)
Atlast Sound – Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (Kranky)
The Big Sleep – Sleep Forever (Frenchkiss)
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
Camphor – TBA (Friendly Fire)
Crushed Stars – Gossamer Days
Cryptacize – Dig That Treasure (Asthmatic Kitty)
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (Last Gang)
Flying – Faces Of The Night (Menlo Park)
Grand Archives – The Grand Archives (Sub Pop)
Great Northern – Sleepy EP (Eenie Meenie)
Headlights – Some Racing, Some Stopping (Polyvinyl)
Monade – Monstre Cosmic (too pure)
Morcheeba – Dive Deep (Ultra)
Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride (4AD)
No Kids – Come Into My House (tomlab)
Panther – 14kt God (Kill Rock Stars)
The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust (Vice)
Seven Mary Three – day&nightdriving (Icon)
Steve Reid Ensemble – Daxaar (Domino)
Throw Me The Statue – Moonbeams (Secretly Canadian)

2/26
Beach House – Devotion (Carpark)
Born Ruffians – Red, Yellow And Blue (Warp)
Del The Funky Homosapien – Eleventh Hour (Def Jux)
Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree (Mute)
Janet Jackson – Discipline (Island/Def Jam)
La Scala – The Harlequin EP (Highwheel Records)
Our Brother The Native – Make Amends, For We Are Merely Vessels (FatCat)

Also in February…
Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now Youngster… (Arts & Crafts)
Nas – Nigger (Def Jam/Columbia/The Jones Experience)
Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious
The Heavenly States – Delayer (The Rebel Group)
Two Dark Birds – Two Dark Birds (Vfib Recordings)
Pas/Cal – TBA (Le Grande Magistery)
Rocket From The Crypt – R.I.P. CD/DVD (Vagrant)
Sian Alice Group – 59.59 (The Social Registry)

MARCH
3/4
A Weather – Cove (Team Love)
Autechre – Quaristice (Warp)
Bing Ji Ling – June Degrees In December
The Black Crowes – Warpaint (Silver Arrow)
Cadence Weapon – Afterparty Babies (Anti-)
The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia (Sub Pop)
Ladyhawk – Shots (Jagjaguwar)
The Oaks – TBD (self-released)
The Ruby Suns – Se Lion (Sub Pop)
These United States – A Picture Of The Three Of us At The Gate To The Garden Of Eden (self-released)
What Made Milwaukee Famous – What Doesn’t Kill Us (Barsuk)
Jim White – Transnormal Skiperoo (Luka Bop)
White Hinterland – Phylactery Factory (Dead Oceans)

3/11
The B-52’s – Funplex (Astralwerks)
Bryan Adams – 11 (Universal)
Destroyer – Trouble In Dreams (Merge)
Dragged by Horses – TBA (Highwheel)
Excepter – Debt Dept. (Paw Tracks)
Kaki King – Dreaming Of Revenge (Sony)
The Kills – Midnight Boom (Domino)
Lach – The Calm Before (Fortified)
Panic! At The Disco – You Don’t Have To Worry… (Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance)
Presidents Of The United States Of America – These Are The Good Times People
WHY? – Alopecia (Anticon)
Science For Girls – Science For Girls (self-released)
Silver Mt. Zion – TBA (Constellation)
Ashlee Simpson – Bittersweet World (Geffen)
These New Puritans – Beat Pyramid (Domino)
Imaad Wasif with Two Part Best – Strange Hexes (self-released)

3/18
Be Your Own Pet – Get Awkward (Ecstatic Peace/Universal)
Sera Cahoone – Only As The Day Is Long (Sub Pop)
DeVotchKa – TBA (Anti-)
Daniel Lanois – Here Is What Is (Red Floor)

3/25
Counting Crows – Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

Also in March…
50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath)
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (Fiction)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash (Matador)
Moby – Last Night (Mute)
Ours – Dancing For The Death Of An Imaginary Enemy (American)
Dirtbombs – TBA (In The Red)
Speedo – TBA (Swami/Vagrant)
13 Ghosts – TBA (Skybucket)
Free Kitten (Kim Gordon side project) – TBA (Ecstatic Peace)
The Teenagers – (XL)
Helvetia – The Acrobats (The Static Cult Label)
The LK – Vs. The Snow (The Kora)
Filter – Anthems For The Damned (Warner Bros.)

APRIL
4/1
Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight (FatCat)
Icy Demons – Miami Ice (Obey Your Brain)
Pomengranates – Everything Is Alive (Lujo)
Sun Kil Moon – April (Caldo Verde)
Supergrass – Diamond Hoo Ha Men
Sword – Gods Of The Earth (Kemado)

4/8
Animal Collective – Water Curses EP (Domino)
Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (Anti-)
The Breeders – Mountain Battles (4AD)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Anti-)
Colin Meloy – Skulls, Ship, Sheep (Kill Rock Stars)
Man Man – Rabbit Hats (Anti-)
New Bloods – The Secret Life (Kill Rock Stars)

4/29
The Roots – Rising Down (Def Jam)

Also In April…
Aloha – TBA (Polyvinyl)
Constantines – TBA (Arts & Crafts)
Doctors And Dealers – Confessions Of A Drunken Mind
The Kooks – Konk (Virgin)
The Lemonheads – TBA (Vagrant)
M83 – Saturdays = Youth (Mute)
Alanis Morissette – Flavors Of Entanglement (Maverick)
Jim Noir – TBA (Barsuk)
Portishead – TBA
R.E.M.
Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing (Polyvinyl)

MAY
Death Cab For Cutie – TBA (Atlantic)
Ladytron – TBA (Nettwerk)
The M’s – TBA (Polyvinyl)
Shearwater – Rook (Matador)

JUNE
Dr. Dre – Detox (Aftermath/Interscope)
The Fray – TBA (Epic)
Joan of Arc – TBA (Polyvinyl)
Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – Animal (Epic)

SEPTEMBER
Ace Of Base – TBA
31Knots – TBA (Polyvinyl)

OCTOBER
of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping (Polyvinyl)

CONFIRMED FOR 2008, DATES TBA
Alice In Chains
Alkaline Trio
Apes & Androids – Blood Moon
Apollo Sunshine – Mysteries Of The Old Soul
Awesome Color
Laura Barrett
Davd Bazan
Beyoncé
Blackout Beach
Boris – Smile
Bosque Brown
Brendan Canning
Coldplay
The Cure
Dan Deacon
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Early Day Miners
Elk City
Explorers Club
Eve – Here I Am
Faunts
Fergie
Final Fantasy
Flight Of The Conchords
Foals
Franz Ferdinand
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – Searching For The Hows And Whys
Gnarls Barkley
Green Day
Helmet
Impossible Shapes
The Instruments – Dark Smaland
Islands
Dominique Leone – Dominique Leone
Love As Laughter
Lucky Dragons
Madonna
Mariah Carey
Mates Of State
Matisyahu
John Mellencamp – The Company We Keep
Menomena
Metallica
Modest Mouse (b-sides collection)
My Bloody Valentine
My Chemical Romance
My Morning Jacket
Oasis
The Offspring
Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Pattern Is Movement – All Together
PWRFL Power
The Raconteurs
Langhorne Slim
The Streets
Richard Swift
t.A.T.U. – Waste Management
Vetiver
Water Fai
Weezer
Windsor For The Derby
Wolf Parade
Stevie Wonder – The Gospel Inspired By Lula

FRESH FROM THE RUMOR MILL
AC/DC
The Avalanches
Blind Melon
Blur
Built To Spill
Isobel Campbell
Cloud Cult
The Dandy Warhols
Dirty Pretty Things
Pete Doherty solo LP
Doves
Eminem
¡Forward, Russia!
Handsome Furs
Islands
Scarlett Johansson – Scarlett Sings Tom Waits
No Doubt
Spiritualized
Wolf Parade
The Verve

And after all that, we’re sure we missed something. (Don’t say Chinese Democracy; we left that off the list out of respect to you, out of respect for us, and out of respect for the concept and integrity of the act of listmaking in general). We’re figuring you’ll tell us anyway, so we won’t even ask. Instead: let’s put this thread to some concerted, declarative use, and make it a call to “what we’re most psyched for in ’08.” And … go.