Most-Anticipated Album Releases of Summer 2014 Part 2
Summer is halfway gone, and we've already seen plenty of albums that will surely dominate year-end lists. However, the season still has a lot more to offer: we'll get releases from seasoned acts, full-length debuts from up-and-comers, and solo efforts from established lead-singers. Scroll down to see our most-anticipated album picks for the rest of Summer 2014.
For a recap of what you've missed so far, head to our list of June and July's most-anticipated albums.
Spoon via the artist
August will see the release of the first Spoon album in almost four years, the follow-up to 2010's Transference. The band has shrouded this release in a bit of mystery, promoting with a creepy video and ominous billboards that only say "RIP Spoon." Something strange has taken hold of the normally upbeat indie band, and with a title like They Want My Soul, surprises are surely coming with this album. Catch Spoon at Capitol Hill Block Party, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Made in America, Hopscotch, Boston Calling, and ACL.
We'll also get the first full-length record from the British singer FKA twigs entitled LP1. The dark, disjointed R&B found on her first two EPs has critics intrigued to say the least, and if her single "Two Weeks" is any indication of the quality of the rest of the album, we're in for a treat come August. Catch FKA twigs at Øya and Electric Picnic.
Ty Segall had listeners close to tears with 2013's Sleeper, a darkly out-of-character album that found him in an acoustic, dreamy zone as he dealt with the death of his father. Now, it seems he's back to his old, rock n' roll self, promoting his new release, The Manipulator, with a goofy video featuring a fuzzed-out guitar track typical of the California native. Catch Ty Segall at FYF Fest.
Spoon - They Want My Soul (August 5)
The Murder City Devils - The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again (August 5)
Twin Peaks - Wild Onion (August 5)
FKA Twigs - LP1 (August 12)
Lucero - Live From Atlanta (August 12)
Sinéad O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss (August 12)
Steve Aoki - Neon Future (August 12)
Kimbra - The Golden Echo (August 19)
The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (August 19)
Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood (August 19)
Roadkill Ghost Choir - In Tongues (August 19)
Basement Jaxx - Junto (August 26)
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (August 26)
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (August 26)
Ty Segall - The Manipulator (August 26)
Banks via the artist
Any 2014 anticipated-albums list is incomplete without mentioning the upcoming debut LP from Banks, Goddess. The singer already exposed the public to about half of the tracks from the new album through last year's London EP and subsequent single releases. If the rest of the hour-long debut can stand on equal footing with what we've heard thus far, Goddess will surely be one of the more exciting albums of the year. Catch Banks at Treasure Island.
Also, look out for the debut solo effort from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. She's kept busy over the course of the last year, contributing the Oscar-nominated track "The Moon Song" to the Her soundtrack after the successful release of 2013's Mosquito from her aforementioned band. Julian Casablancas' label Cult Records is putting out her new album, Crush Songs, which was written and recorded eight years ago when the singer was single and "crushed a lot." She's described the collection as, "the soundtrack to what was an ever-continuing love crusade."
It's safe to say everyone's been craving a new alt-J album since 2012's Mercury Prize winner An Awesome Wave. The band gave us a bit of a scare when "Left Hand Free," the first released single from the upcoming This Is All Yours, was less alt-J and more Lynyrd Skynyrd. Luckily, lead-singer Gus Unger-Hamilton revealed they wrote the song in twenty minutes as a joke to appease label execs who doubted the success of would-be lead-single "Hunger of the Pine." Let's hope for fewer joke tracks come September. Catch Alt-J at Treasure Island, Life Is Beautiful, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The other notable summer release on Cult Records is (logically) Tyranny by Julian Casablancas + the Voidz. The Strokes' frontman is getting political with this new work, issuing a statement with the release details regarding corporate influence in today's politics and choosing album artwork depicting a chessboard with an army of pawns stacking up against one row of royalty (who needs subtlety, right?). I'm curious to see if Casablancas can actually pull off a protest record. Catch Julian Casablancas + the Voidz at FYF Fest.
Finally, we're getting another album from Weezer entitled Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It's easy to scoff at a new release from the '90s alt-rockers considering the last few albums were less than likable. Before you pass premature judgment though, consider that Weezer brought back producer Ric Ocasek from The Cars, whose credits include their Blue and Green Albums. Also, drummer Pat Wilson described this release as having "the tight structure of [The] Blue Album with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton." Can you feel your inner thirteen-year-old getting their hopes up? Catch Weezer at Made in America and Riot Fest Chicago and Denver.
Code Orange - I Am King (September 2)
The Kooks - Listen (September 2)
Young Jeezy - Seen It All (September 2)
Banks - Goddess (September 9)
Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World (September 9)
Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers (September 9)
Interpol - El Pintor (September 9)
Karen O - Crush Songs (September 9)
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (September 9)
Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl (September 9)
The Game - Blood Money La Familia (September 16)
Shellac - Dude Incredible (September 16)
Tweedy - Sukierae (September 16)
Alt-J - This is All Yours (September 22)
Erasure - The Violet Flame (September 23)
Goat - Commune (September 23)
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny (September 23)
King Tuff - Black Moon Spell (September 23)
Perfume Genius - Too Bright (September 23)
The Vaselines - V for Vaselines (September 29)
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End (September 30)
Yelle - Complètement Fou (September 30)
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