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Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

By Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the summer,” a competition that includes many of the 25 albums in our list. While bands like Beach House and Bear In Heaven have already earned their inclusion, many details are just beginning to emerge about many of the other artists mentioned in this rundown, which includes Jack White, Timbaland, Liars, Fiona Apple and more. So, check out our outline of the 25 most anticipated releases, in alphabetical order, for Spring/Summer 2012, as far as we know (we’re guessing Frank Ocean will announce something approximately two seconds after we post this). Check the media-rich list below.

01. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (June 2012) [Epic]

02. Beach House – Bloom (5/15/12) [Sub Pop]

03. Bear In Heaven – I Love You It’s Cool (4/3/12) [Dead Oceans/Hometapes]

Bear In Heaven – “The Reflection Of You”

04. Best Coast – The Only Place (5/15/12) [Mexican Summer]

Best Coast – “The Only Place”

05. Father John Misty – Fear Fun (5/1/2012) [Sub Pop]

06. FRIENDS – TITLE TBA (Summer 2012) [TBA]

FRIENDS – Friend Crush

07. Japandroids – Celebration Rock (6/5/2012) [Polyvinyl]

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

08. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (5/15/12) [Williams Street]

09. Liars – TITLE TBA (6/5/2012) [TBA]

10. Lower Dens – Nootropics (5/1/2012) [Ribbon Music]

Lower Dens – “Brains”

11. Laurel Halo – Quarantine (6/5/2012) [Hyperdub]

12. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (4/3/12) [Young Money]

13. POP ETC – TITLE TBA (Summer 2012) [TBA]

POP ETC – “Halfway To Heaven”

14. Purity Ring – TITLE TBA (Summer 2012) [TBA]

Purity Ring – “Belispeak”

15. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t (May 2012) [Maybach Music]

16. Santigold – Master Of My Make Believe (5/1/2012) [Downtown/Atlantic]

Santigold – “Big Mouth”

17. Screaming Females – Ugly (4/3/12) [Don Giovanni Records]

18. Sigur Rós – Valtari (5/28/12) [TBA]

19. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light (4/17/12) [Fat Possum]

20. The-Dream – Love IV MMXII (Spring/Summer 2012) [Def Jam]

21. Timbaland – TITLE TBA (June 2012) [TBA]

22. Usher – TITLE TBA (May 2012) [TBA]

23. Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F Life (6/12/2012) [Warner Bros.]

Waka Flocka Flame – “I Don’t Really Care” (Feat. Trey Songz)

24. Jack White – Blunderbuss (4/24/12) [Third Man/Columbia]

25. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana (6/5/12) [Reprise Records]