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John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood (10/2 via Double Six)
Before performing at BAM's Next Wave Festival, Cale releases what lead single "I Wanna Talk 2 U" leads us to believe will be an oddly wonderful collection of songs that could make both Lulu and John Maus jealous.
Matt & Kim - Lightning (10/2 via Fader)
If we had to put money on it, we'd go with "overly enthusiastic drums and synths to soundtrack you throwing your cares to the wind." Seems like a smart bet.
Freelance Whales - Diluvia (10/9 via Frenchkiss/Mom+Pop)
"Locked Out" hints at more of what made the Queens-based band so likable on their first go-around: wide-open, starry-eyed melodies over faintly baroque instrumentation, this time manned by "It" producer Shane Stoneback behind the boards.
Paul Banks - Banks (10/23 via Matador)
When I first moved to New York, I worked at at a Starbucks in the West Village that Paul Banks frequented. The first time I saw him, I couldn't help but stare while pouring his coffee (a venti drip). He asked me, "What are you looking at? Is there something on my hat?" He was, of course, wearing a hat. This is his second solo album.
Titus Andronicus - Local Business (10/23 via XL Recordings)
Giving Japandroids a last-minute run for their money in the "most triumphantly rowdy record of the year" category.
Prince Rama - Top Ten Hits of the End of the World (11/6 via Paw Tracks)
Best album title of 2012, just in time for the pending apocalypse, per the Mayans.
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