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12 Must-Have Albums Coming This Fall

12 Must-Have Albums Coming This Fall

It can be tough to keep up with the constant onslaught of music and many times tough to discern the good from the bad.  While this list is by no means a complete listing of all of the great stuff arriving in the coming Fall months, we open this to be a forum of what you think is worth listening to this fall in the comments below.  That said, here are twelve albums we’re really looking forward to (in no particular order) – album art included:


Rob Crow and Armistead Smith formed Pinback circa 2000.  Since then, they’ve unusually flitted from their most prominent project (Pinback) and involved themselves in many other side-projects such as Three Mile Pilot, Heavy Vegetable and Thingy to name a few.  The San Diego-based duo are set to release their first studio album in five years titled Information Retrieved, on October 16, 2012.  Since we haven’t heard a peep from these guys since 2007, when we started our website, this is big big news.  We were lucky enough to see Pinback play the TLA back in 08′.

Coincidentally, they also revealed their album art and track list today.


Paper Route

Absence was an instant classic in our eyes in 2009.  We were lucky enough to interview them just before this epic release and shortly after having seen them play Kung Fu Necktie (KFN), we donned them our favorite show of the year.  The Nashville electronica-infused trio have lost a member, but managed to move forward and dive deeper into their sound with their upcoming release titled The Peace Of Wild Things.  More recently, we were treated to a teaser of their album and an acoustic version of “Better Life”.  There’s no doubt this one will be a crowd-pleaser.  If you haven’t listened to Absence yet, you’re missing out.  Listen here on iTunes.  The Peace Of Wild Things will be available everywhere on September 11, 2012.


Band of Horses

Mirage Rock Album ArtI’m not quite sure where Band of Horses will go with their upcoming album titled Mirage Rock.  Their last album, Infinite Arms, touched a more country-side of the band.  They do, after all pride themselves in the music of the ol’ south, or Southern rock genre like that of Lynyrd Skynyrd.  We dive into their new album much more here, but what is most notable now is how big Band of Horses have gotten.  Years back they talked about how they didn’t have enough songs to play at a show and how they would have to cover two more songs just to make the show worth the ticket price.  Mirage Rock will be out on September 18, 2012.

Side note: Pitchfork took down this interview for some reason, but it is one of the best candid interviews if not THE best interview I’ve read.

The Helio Sequence

By now, you may have read about how the band’s equipment was flooded out while on tour.  But now that covers are emerging of the duo’s stellar album of 2008 (and our #1), all eyes are now looking forward to Sub Pop’s electro-rock princes release on September 11, 2012 titled Negotiations.  The Helio Sequence are known for Brandon Summers phenomenal vocals just as much as the electro-engineering of Benjamin Weikel.  The band’s first single “October” was revealed last month.  Realistically though, we couldn’t be more excited for this album.


Bloc Party

Drama seems to swirl around Kele and company after they broke up two years ago.  After a failed solo-effort and fans wanting more of the old Bloc Party they heard in 2004’s Silent Alarm, the wait is now over.  Bloc Party, no longer the indie love child they were 5 years ago is back and ready to release their fourth album titled Four.  Four is set for release on August 20, 2012.  Not much else to say here since we’ve already said as much, but this is a sure shot album if “Day Four” is any inkling of what’s to come.


Freelance Whales

In terms of electronica-folk, Freelance Whales unorthodox name is just as unorthodox as the quality which they bring to the table.  Based on classical instrumentation such as violins and various string instruments, lead vocalist Judah Dadone leads the creative quality found in their 2009 breakthrough Weathervanes.  Tracks such as “We Could Be Friends” and the hard-to-spell “Kilojoules” were most notable given Dadones affinity for banjos, mandolins and synthesizers.  It’s a lovely fit really.  Freelance Whales upcoming second effort titled Diluvia is set to be released on October 9, 2012.


The XX

Londoners are rejoicing now that The XX announced their return from their widely acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut.  The XX are now back and set to release their follow-up titled Coexist.  The duo’s ultra-chill and at times hypnotic melodies topped many year-end lists in 2009, including featuring their famed “Intro” track widely featured in both the 2010 Winter Olympics and this year’s Summer Games.  Coexist will be released on September 11, 2012 – along with all of the other great music we already mentioned.  Is this getting crazy or what?  To no surprise, their lead track “Angles” is turning into one of this year’s most remixed tracks.


Grizzly Bear

2012 is certainly the comeback year for many of our 2009 artists and the same holds true for the psychedelic pop of Grizzly Bear.  Our #1 track from Veckatimest, “Two Weeks” not only made our #1 track of the year, but had every indie-music lover turning their head.  Edward Droste has an inescapable quality to the music he creates and we can only imagine what is yet to come in their upcoming fourth album titled Shields, which is slated to release on September 18, 2012.  We could go on and on about these guys, but why don’t you listen to their first track titled “Sleeping Ute”.


Faded Paper Figures

FPF have slowly built a fanbase that is absolutely drooling over the carefully knit beats and crafty indie-pop style consistently laid down over the course of their last two albums.  Dynamo and New Medium not only have lasting power, but offer the perfect balance of John Williams’ vocals and a style like that of The Postal Service.  The band has not yet announced a Fall album but according to their website have twelve songs completely written and partially recorded as of April this year.  The band was hoping to release some of it this summer, which leads us to believe that there is something soon to come this Fall or perhaps Winter.  From their website:

“The past couple weeks have been a frenzied blur for us. Our lead singer, John, flew back out here to LA to finish writing our new album. Even though we are still several months away from a finished release, we now have 12 songs completely written and partially recorded! We will be spending the next 3 or 4 months mixing and finalizing all these new tracks, and we hope to have some of it ready to show by this summer. We’ve also been busy shooting 3 new music videos, and we hope to have more on the way soon. I can’t tell you how epic this summer is gonna be!”



More recently, Radiohead duped its followers by releasing albums without notice (King of Limbs) or just for free (In Rainbows).  While we’re still trying to figure out whether KOL should be considered an actual album or just an EP leads me to believe that the Radiohead has everyone just where they want us.  Having attended Radiohead’s more recent tour on its stop to Philadelphia, they are still on top of their game.  Songs played during their tour have been well-documented and the band is not shying away from giving their fans what they want.  Most notable from these songs are “Identikit” or even “Full Stop”, “Cut A Hole” and “Skirting On The Surface”.  The band surely has something in the works and if something were released on a moment’s notice, it would come to no surprise to us all.  Or perhaps they’re just testing live to see what the reaction will be.  Keep your eye out for something coming this Fall.


Sea Wolf

Well guess what, September 11 will be an indeed crazy week for music.  Sea Wolf decided to join the rest of the world and throw their hat into the ring with their upcoming album titled Old World Romance.  While unimpressed with their last effort, which paled in comparison to Leaves In The River, folk mastermind Alex Brown Church vowed to reign in his sound back to where he was calling his last album White Water, White Bloom more of a group collaboration – which obviously took away from his vision.


Ben Gibbard

Sure, you might be thinking that Ben is going off on his own now that he’s going solo, but his upcoming album titled Former Lives is not the case here.  The fitting title of his album actually relates to the material which will be contained in his October 16, 2012 album (via Barsuk).  Pulling together every track he’s worked on throughout his career, Gibbard’s Former Lives will be an anthology of unreleased songs.  Yes, you heard correctly.  Spanning all the way back to his All-Time Quarterback and Pinwheel days, Gibbard will be pulling songs that just never made it onto albums under the Death Cab moniker.  This album is not going to be anything like the Wilco frontman’s Alone: The Home Recordings Of Rivers Cuomo.  All songs have been professionally recorded, if not re-recorded from when Benjamin originally laid down his ideas.  Check out “Ichiro’s Theme” from Gibbstack (“Ben’s Soundcloud username) below.


What did we miss?  What are you looking forward to?


I completely forgot to add in The Chevin's Borderland... That and I still haven't gotten to listen to the new Earlimart, Ben Fold's Five and Killers albums. Too much to listen to!


good selection. digging the gibbard (ichiros theme). i have a category in my mind for these tracks that sound old but arent. a feeling of anachronism (intellectual) combined with a twisted sense of nostalgia (emotional).


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