Our 25 Most Anticipated Albums (Quarter One)

Album art for The Big Pink’s upcoming Future This

Wow. 2011 was a helluva year for music. But, then again, so was 2010. Today, we feel ready to begin it all again (on our second birthday, no less!) with a batch of new records coming our way in January, February, and March. Here’s the 25 we’re most excited about, with a couple extra on our radar for early 2012 without definite release dates.

January 17th:
1 The Big Pink – Future This (4AD)
2 Jessie Baylin – Little Spark (Thirty Tigers)
3 Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur (Rounder)

January 24th: 
4 Chairlift – Something (Columbia)
5 Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory (Carpark)
6 Madi Diaz – Plastic Moon (Tinyogre)
7 Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant)
8 First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Wichita)
9 Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
10 Rodrigo y Gabriela – Area 52 (ATO)

January 31st: 
11 Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (Interscope)
12 Alyssa Graham – Lock, Stock & Soul (Sunnyside Records)
13 Hospitality – Hospitality (Merge)

February 7th: 
14 Dr. Dog – Be the Void (ANTI-)
15 Ben Kweller – Go Fly A Kite (The Noise Company)
16 of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks (Polyvinyl)
17 Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar)
18 The Lemonheads – Hotel Sessions (Hall of Records/Breath of Saltwater)

February 14th: 
19 Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror (Mom and Pop)
20 Tennis – Young and Old (Fat Possum)
21 The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Form & Control (Tummy Touch)

March 6th: 
22 Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself (Bella Union)
23 Bowerbirds – The Clearing (Dead Oceans)
24 The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge)

March 13th: 
25 Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit (Rounder)

[Updated January 12th] On Our Radar:
February 28th – Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames – New Multitudes (Rounder)
March 6th – White Rabbits – Milk Famous (tbd)
March 20th – Lost In The Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs (tbd)
March 20th – The Shins – Port of Morrow (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)

Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone)

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