As we put 2012 behind us and say goodbye to what was an amazing year in music, we can already anticipate what lies ahead in 2013. Here is a list of some forthcoming releases and, briefly, why I’m looking forward to each of them. I’ll also link to some of their previous work, so you’ll have an idea of what you’re in for. 

What albums are you excited about in 2013? My plan is to miss nothing.

Erin McKeown, “Manifestra” 
This could be a breakout album for this singer/songwriter. Her songwriting is excellent, but her guitar playing is just as excellent. Listen to a few tracks here.

Yo La Tengo, “Fade” 
Indie rock legends Yo La Tengo will release their first album since 2009. They may not reinvent anything with the new release, but that’s a good thing. A few tracks have already been released. 

Ducktales, “The Flower Lane”
This project of Matt Mondanile’s (Real Estate) is highly anticipated for January. The title track has been released. The album is expected later this month. 

Local Natives, “Hummingbird”
This sophomore release from this indie rock band epitomizes the direction of where “young” music is going. If the track “Heavy Feet”-released earlier this week-is an indication, “Hummingbird” is going to be great. 

Eels, “Wonderful, Glorious”
An Eels album is always cause for celebration. I’ve always been a casual fan because of the unabashed late ’90s sound. Lead singer Mark Everett can write as good of a love song as anybody. Two tracks from “Wonderful, Glorious” have been released: the upbeat rocker “Peach Blossom” and “New Alphabet.” I am cautiously optimistic for this one. Maybe. 

Frightened Rabbit, “Pedestrian Verse”
These Glasgow-based indie rockers are set to release “Pedestrian Verse” in February. Two tracks have been released: “The Woodpile” and “Dead Now,” both of which are very good. 


“Know Til Now”

Jim James, “Regions of Light and Sound and God”
The solo debut from the lead singer of My Morning Jacket should be really good. A track from the album has been released, and I’m hooked. Listen to “Know Til Now,” which sounds like Jerry Garcia reincarnated. 

More releases I’m excited about

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Push the Sky Away” (watch the album video trailer here)
Beach Fossils, “Clash the Truth”
Sally Shapiro, “Somewhere Else” (Swedish disco princess)

Autechre, “Exai”
Low, “The Invisible Way” (produced by Wilco)
Wavves, TBA (American surf rock)


The Knife’s album trailer

The Knife, “Shaking the Habitual” (watch album trailer here)
Guided by Voices, “English Little League” (yes, another new one)
Phoenix, “TPC” (have promised something “more experimental”)

Bands that have suggested a 2013 release, but have not set a firm date
Arcade Fire
Vampire Weekend
The Black Keys
My Bloody Valentine