Over the next few months, the following bands will release new albums: Grizzly Bear, the Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, and the XX. What do they all have in common, other than we either really like them or really, really like them? They all last put out albums in 2009, one of the stronger years for music in recent memory. With that in mind, here are five other bands that last put out a record three years ago, and really need to release something new ASAP.
Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs
Yo La Tengo’s 12th album, Popular Songs, was the band’s highest charter on the Billboard 200 in their nearly three-decade-long career, debuting at #58. (It’s also, somehow, better now than it was then; “Nothing to Hide” is an underappreciated fuzz-pop masterpiece.) On the Matador blog, to congratulate the group on their achievement, it says, "To paraphrase a great, if misunderstood American artist, we’re very happy for the Beatles, but Popular Songs is one of the best albums of all-time.” Yeah, it’s time to update that reference and for Yo La Tengo to put another record, maybe lucky #13 for their 30th anniversary in 2014?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz
Fever to Tell came out in 2003, Show Your Bones in 2006, and It’s Blitz in 2009—whether coincidentally or not, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have always released a new album every three years. Well, it’s 2012, and ever since Karen O said she was working on “new Yeah Yeah Yeahs music” back in December, there haven’t been any updates. Now that she’s got that whole opera THING out of her system, it’s time for glittery dance-punk, now more than ever.
Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
Just one note for Neko: we love you, but, please, make the next album, and we do want a next album, four songs shorter than Middle Cyclone; we never want to NOT give your voice the attention it deserves. Thank you.
Bat for Lashes, Two Suns
After releasing her Mercury Prize-nominated dark, atmospheric sophomore album, Two Suns, in 2009, Bat for Lashes, a.k.a. Natasha Khan, has remained mostly under the radar. She’s popped up every so often, to record a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove” or to play a new song in Australia, but news for her third album would likely cause many an Internet blog to use words like, “YAY,” and then later, we’d all feel really weird and icky again after reading a review of one of her shows that talks about how pretty Khan is instead of her music.
Sunset Rubdown, Dragonslayer
You know how every so often, you’ll start listening to an album for the first time that everyone else has already heard, loved, and talk about ad nauseum, so that when you try to bring it up, your friends are all like, “Yeah, that was great, but have you heard…?” That’s how I feel about Dragonslayer, which went completely unnoticed by me and only me three years ago (was I too busy listening to The Hazards of Love? Probably.) But my god, is this a great album, with every orchestral, Eno-like song building, through twists and turns, to a thrilling and ambitious conclusion. But hey, have you guys heard about this band Phoenix? They’re all the rage.