Tomorrow kicks off the music industry’s annual spree of autumn record releases to coincide with the back-to-school college crowd needing to impress one another with impeccable taste in music. We’re in for an awfully good few months, as new efforts by Girls, Wild Flag and that Neutral Milk Hotel box set will suggest, but there seems to be more of an emphasis on local bands than we’ve seen in quite a while — something we’re definitely down with. Below is a roundup of NYC-based bands with albums slated for release in the near horizon, accompanied by notes on some of the ones we’re most excited about (if we’re missing any, feel free to let us know). Print it out, stick it in your pocket, print out another copy, stick it on your refrigerator, and keep an eye out for hometown shows. Release dates are subject to change and all that, yada, yada, and hey, guys in the band Girls, whenever you’re ready to move to Brooklyn, just let us know. We’d be happy to carve out a spot for you below.
CANT-Dreams Come True (Terrible Records): The blond guy from Grizzly Bear gets together with the guy from Twin Shadow to make spectral space jams that sound so-totally-Brooklyn; sometimes sweet and touching, sometimes seriously ‘effed up.
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien (Barsuk): Occasionally the sincerity dips into emo territory, but, even then, it feels good to hear a band sound so willing to take on the weight of the world.
Das Racist - Relax (Greedhead)
Gross Relations – Come Clean (Raven Sings the Blues)
Mates of State – Mountaintops (Barsuk): They technically live in Stratford, Connecticut, but close enough; we’ve been nursing a soft spot for their organ-drum capital-“P” Pop for over 10 years now and can’t imagine this will put a stop to it.
Milagres - Glowing Mouth (Kill Rock Stars): Local band signs to Kill Rock Stars and turns out a psych-pop record that sounds like they’ve been hanging out with The Antlers.
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (4AD): You know her, she’s that girl on the cover of SPIN.
The Drums – Portamento (Moshi Moshi/Island)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical (self-released, duh): You know them, they’re that band that started blogs.
Com Truise - Fairlight 12″ (Ghostly International) (He may operate out of Princeton, NJ, but that’s an arm’s reach from NYC, right?)
Big Troubles - Romantic Comedy (Slumberland)
Prince Rama - Utopia = No Person 12″ (Not Not Fun)
Twin Sister - In Heaven (Domino)
VHS or Beta - Diamonds and Death (Varese Sarabande)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wolfroy Goes to Town (Drag City): Does Will Oldham still live in NYC? Can we pretend he does even if he doesn’t?
EXITMUSIC – From Silence EP (Secretly Canadian): The word smoldering comes to mind, and I think you can see why after listening to a few seconds of the husband-wife’s first proper release. It’s heavy on the drama and romance.
Prince Rama - Trust Now (Paw Tracks)
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire (Pax-Am / Capitol): He’s baaack, and might actually live in L.A. now. No matter, though, as he will forever be synonymous with the LES, and also alt-country.
Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” 7” (Stranger Records): Have you been following along on the blogs these last few weeks? She’s a big deal now.
Body Language – Social Studies EP (deluxe version) (Lavish Habits/OM Records): We like that “Tempoture” song quite a bit, see here?
Class Actress – Rapprocher (Carpark)
Forest Fire – Staring at the X (Paw Tracks): We’ve long considered these guys one of Brooklyn’s most underrated; let’s hope signing to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label puts their kinda-creepy, kinda-druggy, kinda-pretty folk blend into the spotlight.
My Brightest Diamond - All Things Will Unwind (Asthmatic Kitty)
Psychic Ills - Hazed Dream (Sacred Bones)
Real Estate – Days (Domino): Hey, check it: You can’t knock them for writing about the beach this time, and we’ve listened to single “It’s Real” 1,000 times already. They’re two for two.
Woodsman - Mystic Places (Fire Talk)
Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu (TBD): This is a thing that’s happening.
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Software)
Zambri – Glossolalia EP (Kanine)
Crystal Stilts – Radiant Door 12″ (Sacred Bones)