Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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After sending off 2012 with a sort of bittersweet farewell, we at the Dropp hope you had a fruitful—and hopefully hangover-free—new year. We are desperately looking forward to a brimming year of long-anticipated and surprisingly quick releases for 2013. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the albums worth looking into this coming year and so we hope you’ll have a lot of new material to start diving into right away.

While this list is obviously far from comprehensive, we did the best we could to gather most of the well-known albums coming out this year, as well as a few smaller gems that some of you may be unfamiliar with. The funny thing about anticipation, though, is it doesn’t always work out the way you plan. So while some of these albums have definite release dates and record label associations, most everything is still technically up in the air. There have been a lot of rumored releases too, which you’ll see below, and if we’ve learned anything the past two years, it’s don’t put all your eggs in one basket, hope for the best and plan for the worst.

Last December we got a happy surprise from My Bloody Valentine when they announced via Facebook that they finished mastering their third album, following the reissue of their famous 1991 release, Loveless. Thom Yorke is also going to provide us with new material, but not from Radiohead and not even his solo music; instead, it’s a collaboration with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker of Beck and R.E.M. and instrumentalist/percussionist Mauro Refosco in Atoms for Peace (supergroup to end all supergroups). Speaking of supergroups, via Profound Lore, VHÖL is a new metal supergroup with Mike Scheidt from YOB, John Cobbett from Ludicra and Aesop Dekker from Agalloch, and with firepower like that you can’t help but expect pure might and magic. Also, electronic gospel crooner James Blake, the youngest (and most promising) Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, and dream-pop wonder Youth Lagoon all plan for releases this year. Not only that, but Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings is already planning a new album for the Fall, following the early 2012 release that made the top 10 of our Best 50 Albums list. “I want to do one thing each year or else I’ll feel like I’m lazy,” Baldi told MTV Hive.

There is something unique about anticipating an album release that no music fan will ever be able to get over. And while not everything on this list may actually see the light of day (at least this year), we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Here’s looking to a bigger, better, warmer, faster, slower, mightier, sounder year. Basically, keep on keepin’ on, 2013.

The Dropp’s most anticipated albums of 2013 in chronological order (rumored or otherwise) . . .

A$AP Rocky: LongLiveA$AP (1/15, RCA)
Christopher Owens: Lysandre (1/15, Fat Possum)
Yo La Tengo: Fade Out (1/15, Matador)
Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (1/22, Jagjaguwar)
Ra Ra Riot: Beta Love (1/22, Barsuk)
The Joy Formidable: Wolf’s Law (1/22, Atlantic)
Toro Y Moi: Anything In Return (1/22, Carpark)
Widowspeak: Almanac (1/22, Captured Tracks)
Bleeding Rainbow: Yeah Right (1/29, Kanine)
Ducktails: The Flower Lane (1/29, Domino)
Local Natives: Hummingbird (1/29, Frenchkiss/Infectious)
Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (1/29, Sire)
Darkstar: Amplified Ease (2/5, Warp)
Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse (2/5, Canvasback)
Hayden: Us Alone (2/5, Arts & Crafts)
Matt Pond: The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand Out (2/5, BMG)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: // (2/5, Jagjaguwar)
Foals: Holy Fire (2/11, Transgressive)
Millionyoung: Variable (2/12, Old Flame)
Atoms For Peace: AMOK (2/18, XL)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away (2/18 Anti-)
Beach Fossils: Clash The Truth (2/19, Captured Tracks)
Iceage: You’re Nothing (2/19, Matador)
Major Lazer: Free The Universe (2/19, Mad Decent/Downtown)
Starfucker/STRFKR: Miracle Mile (2/19, Polyvinyl)
Doldrums: Lesser Evil (2/26, Souterrain Transmissions)
Shout Out Louds: OPTICA (2/26, Merge)
Depeche Mode: TBA (March, Columbia)
Suuns: Images Du Futur (3/5, Secretly Canadian)
They Might Be Giants: Nanobots (3/5, Idlewild)
Youth Lagoon: Wondrous Bughouse (3/5, Fat Possum)
Wavves: Krazy Sexy Cool (3/26, Mom + Pop)
The Knife: Shaking The Habitual (4/9, Rabid/Brille/Mute)
VHÖL: VHÖL (4/16, Profound Lore)
Guided By Voices: English Little League (4/30)
Sun Kil Moon/The Album Leaf: Perils Of The Sea (5/14, Caldo Verde)
Kurt Vile: Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze (Spring, Matador)
Devandra Banhart: Mala (Spring, Nonesuch)
Deafheaven: Sunbather (Spring, Deathwish Inc.)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: TBA (Spring)
Phoenix: TBA (Spring, Glassnote)
Arcade Fire: TBA (Fall)
Cloud Nothings: TBA (Fall)
Deerhunter: TBA
Earl Sweatshirt: Doris (Tan Cressida/Columbia)
James Blake: TBA
MGMT: MGMT (Columbia)
My Bloody Valentine: TBA
Vampire Weekend: TBA

Well, those are the 50 we have for now, but more will undoubtedly pop up throughout the year. Now, tell us what we missed out on. What are are the albums you’re most looking forward to in 2013?

Thu Jan 3

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