Stereogum's 25 Most Anticipated Albums - Spring/Summer 2012

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

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.]

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

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

Comments (138)
  1. List is missing The Walkmen and Suckers.

    • Quick, add the Walkmen before anyone else notices!

    • Also missing the most anticipated record purchase for spring/summer 2012: Joe Howse finally getting his patient/noble hands on “Bloom”

      • Don’t forget about the new Dung Heap album, “Baby, I Love You…But Not As Much As I Love Shitting.”

        It was recorded in a cabin in the woods where a a cult used to hustle in front of before the police got called on them when they were just trying to make some money to feed their daughter…it’s all good baby, baby.

  2. Timbaland makes the cut but not Missy Elliot?

  3. Japandroids has me wondering if Ceremony will be able to hold onto it’s #1 spot on my year-end list. I also cannot wait for Liars (Although, I’m kind of disappointed that with all the hullabaloo about this “idol” producer build-up, it just ended up being the founder of Mute. Nothing against him, but they kept posting pics blurring out his face and maybe I’m just really oblivious, but I wouldn’t have known what the guy looks like if I saw him otherwise. I was anticipating some “star power” like Thurston Moore or Beck.)

    The new OFF! album will be worth a listen, but based on yesterday’s sedated first listen, I wonder if the novelty of the hardcore revival will show signs of wear.

  4. I heard Nicki’s album and it’s terrible. There about 4 good songs out of 19. The second half of the cd is a disaster with her trying to make top 40 radio hits that are already getting played on the radio right now as I type this. Does she not remember what made her famous in the first place? It’s sad because when she’s on she’s really on (Come On A Cone). So with that being said please remove #12 from this list and replace it asap lol

  5. Allo Darlin – Europe

    Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense

  6. and I’m kinda confused about Timbaland being on this list? Has he released anything decent recently that I’m missing?

  7. This band is more of a blast and I know this website previously covered them. But I’m looking forward to hearing Keane’s new album. Between the singer Tom Chaplin and the Tom Rice-Oxley’s writing and arrangements, the band really has the tools to make great music. I’ll admit they haven’t in years. But I have high hopes. If listeners are being honest, Hopes and Fears and Under the Iron Sea had some special songs on them.

  8. Half of the list is terrible. Do you think we are idiots, right? and we listen to that shit, right?

  9. Seriously…what the hell is up with this list?! Nicki Minaj? Regardless of the fact that it’s Nicki Minaj, it’s also just a remix album…who gives a shit?

    And aren’t The XX coming out with a new albums soon. How is that not on this list?

  10. missing:
    The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
    Maps & Atlases – Beware and Be Grateful

  11. POP ETC has been this summers biggest bummer.

  12. Missing: Sun Kil Moon, Torche, Silversun Pickups, Crocodiles, Walkmen, and Hot Chip.

  13. Dirty Projectors haven’t officially announced anything right? I saw an interview a while ago saying that they were recording and they are playing Pitchfork, so I’m assuming they are putting something out at some point this year.

  14. Lotus Plaza!

  15. Passion Pit’s album is finished. They deserve some love.

  16. where’s Tame Impala!

  17. Also M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion

  18. When the F are the Long Winters going to come out of hibernation?

  19. The Soft Moon, bitches!

  20. What about Pomegranates and Smashing Pumpkins? No love for fruits and vegetables I see

  21. mewithoutYou – Ten Stories. May 15, 2012.

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  23. Nicki Minaj sucks blah blah blah The Walkmen should definitely be on this list.

    Timbaland and Nicki are on here cuz someone’s got to pay the bills around here.

  24. you guys skipped over a few on my radar. but i ain’t mad atcha. regardless:

    Simian Mobile Disco – Unpatterns
    Lemonade – Diver
    El-P – Cancer For Cure
    also Suckers & Sun Kil Moon, as noted by others.

    seems like we’re still missing some pretty major announcements, though.

  25. Right.

    Did you read that Best Coast thread? The comments slamming Best Coast actually have the most upvotes.

    Yet apparently Stereogum is super more excited about Best Coast and Nicki Minaj over Spiritualized… the man who helped bring us SPACEMEN 3… is not as anticipated as some 30 minute album about California. Cool. No, Cool Real Cool. I get it.

    ( I don’t get it )

  26. This list fucking sucks. Fuck you. Usher makes garbage music. Rick Ross??? Yeah, right…
    Did i say “FUCK YOU” definitively enough…

  27. What about Regina Spektor?

  28. I refuse to believe that anybody is looking forward to a new release from Waka Flocka Flame.

  29. Liars, Nicki, Bawse, Neil motherfucking Young and Crazy motherfucking Horse. So excited.

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  31. DEXYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Look, I’m not into validating anyone’s weird anticipation of shitty albums, but Spring and Summer are supposed to be the times when one can indulge in guilty musical pleasure, well, guiltlessly. With that as a foundation for argument, I think that some of the “skipped” bands mentioned above are less than appropriate “summer fun” listening.

    All I’m saying is, who’s not going to roll all the windows down when that Usher track pops up on iTunes (just to roll them back up again and change the track real quick when you pull up next to the hard ass looking dudes at the stoplight)?

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  34. Atoms for Peace??? There isn’t an exact date, but honestly, Stereogum? Knowing Thom Yorke, it won’t be announced just a week before its release… So why wouldn’t you at least mention it????

    • THAT would be awesome, forgot about that…that albums gonna rock hard, HOPEFULLY it will be a summer surprise. though…maybe thom will purposely push it back a couple months not to overshadow the tour…IF it is even done.

  35. It’s been said previously on this comment board, but seriously….Hot Chip….seriously. They’ve come out with three solid albums in a row now but Usher and Timbaland? yah..good stuff bros

  36. Why would Usher, Rick Ross, and Timbaland make the list but not Soundgarden, Flaming Lips, or Tame Impala?

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  38. Jason Lytle – Department of Disappearance

  39. Missing: Royal Headache

  40. New HEALTH album? That’s at the top of my list.

  41. speechbubble’s top 25 most anticipated releases for spring/summer:

    lotus place – spooky action at a distance
    zammuto – zammuto
    black dice – mr. impossible
    spiritualized – sweet heart sweet light
    allo darlin’ – europe
    moonface with sinaii – heartbreak bravery
    actress – r.i.p.
    lower dens – nootropics
    here we go magic – a different ship
    squarepusher – ufabulum
    beach house – bloom
    japandroids – celebration rock
    saint etienne – words and music by saint etienne
    ursprung (pantha du prince/stephan abry) – ursprung
    sun kil moon – among the leaves
    dntel – aimlessness
    liars – tba
    the walkmen – heaven
    hot chip – in our heads
    the tallest man on earth – there’s no leaving now
    peaking lights – lucifer
    flying lotus – until the quiet comes
    mission of burma – unsound
    aesop rock – skelethon

  42. I’m not a huge Norah Jones guy, but I won’t mind checking it out when it’s released.

  43. Recently you (Stereogum) made a Progress Report for Garbage. It’s a shame that you ignored their forthcoming album “Not Your Kind of People” (out in 14 May) from your list.

  44. There are albums I like that aren’t listed. Stereogum, you are obviously stupid because you don’t think like me.

  45. Bah, I hate being a jerkotron, but this list is really underwhelming. Not that it’s Stereogum’s fault– you can’t report on something that isn’t happening. I just feel like 2012 has been kinda lame in terms of big name releases, indie or otherwise. Are all the bands asleep? We’re three months in and the only truly ‘hotly anticipated’ indie record (one that has the air of hype/crossover appeal) announced is Beach House.

  46. So I guess the new soundgarden album wont be out by summer? What a bummer . Big rock + summer = good times!

  47. Pretty weak…No Metric and Garbage?

  48. Crystal Castles anyone?

  49. Guided By Voices – Class Clown Spots a UFO.

  50. Lemonade, Suckers, Fort Lean, Garbage, G.O.O.D. Music Collaboration?

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