Everyone seems to be doing a list of their most anticipated records and even though this is kind of pointless I’m gonna go ahead and do it. Keep in mind that this is in no particular order.
Gary Clark Jr.
I found out about this guy from Rolling Stone believe it or not. Lately I’ve felt like they’re severely out of touch and usually I leave their lists feeling nothing but rage, but every once in a while I’ll poke my head in the door and see what’s cooking. On their year end list they put his Bright Lights EP at #40 and for some reason– let’s call it ninja intuition (pat on the back if you got that reference)– I decided to download it. This guy plays guitar like it’s all he’s been doing for the 27 years he’s been on this earth. Not to mention he sings the blues with a powerful voice full of passion, soul, and confidence. There is no set release date, but there are some rumors that he will put out an album in 2012 and that’s enough to get me all giddy.
I think I’ve said all that needs to be said here…
Nas is one of my favorite rappers ever. I feel like his first album bridged the gap between the “gangsta/hood” rap and the “socially aware/intelligent” rap of his time. Illmatic and The Lost Tapes are the only albums I’ve given a chance admittedly because I’ve heard almost nothing but bad things about the rest of his discography, but on the track Nasty that he released for free download last year he absolutely killed it. My hope is that the rest of his new record is on that same level because if it is, we’ve got a potential masterpiece on our hands. Supposedly the new album will be out in 2012 but who the hell knows for sure?
Once again I feel like I’ve already said everything that needs to be said about this one. He hasn’t technically put out an album, but when he does I feel 100% certain that I will enjoy it.
As much as I love so many Freddie Gibbs songs, I’ve never actually been to enjoy the entirety of any mixtape or EP he’s put out. I’m hoping he can put all of his best ideas together and make a great record and I think he’s more than capable of doing so. Rumors of several different projects in 2012.
Merriweather Post Pavillion is a borderline impossible act to follow. Animal Collective has been playing some new songs live and is expected to have an album out in 2012. As far as following MPP goes? I don’t know. I think they’re up to the task. Bands like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and The Beatles were all able to follow what people considered to be their best albums with some really great albums, so it can be done. Plus, Animal Collective isn’t new to the game. They’ve been around a while and I trust that by now that they’ve got a pretty good handle on what they’re doing.
Queens of the Stone Age
I love this band so much. I keep getting albums by them expecting to be let down and it just doesn’t happen. I’m convinced that this band can’t disappoint me and I anticipate a really enjoyable record from them next year.
I’ve liked basically everything this band has done. Chutes Too Narrow is flat out one of my favorite records ever and the other 2 are great as well. A lot of people think they sold out on their last record and I wouldn’t go so far as to say that, but it was definitely different from their previous 2 albums. I don’t know exactly what to expect from this record, but I’ve got a pretty good idea and I think Port of Morrow is going to be pretty damn good.
Those are the main ones I’m most excited about, but I’ll go ahead and throw Rush, Nedry, and Madvillain. Rush because the new song Caravan was surprisingly good, Nedry because Condors was really interesting but has a lot of room for improvement and I think the band has potential, and Madvillain because the first album was fucking brilliant. The only reason I didn’t spend more time talking about it is because part of me thinks it won’t actually come out this year. Either way, there’s a lot to look forward to. That’s all for me, folks.