Teengirl Fantasy - Tracer (8/21 via True Panther/R&S)
For their sophomore effort the intergalactic dance duo stock up on vocal cameos, including a prized appearance by the most coveted voice in all the indie world, Mr. Panda Bear himself (also Kelela, Laurel Halo and Romanthanony, whose machine-vocals gave life to Daft Punk's "One More Time.") NPR is streaming whole shebang right now.
Yeasayer - Fragrant World (8/21 via Secretly Canadian)
The party's over. The future is fraught with anxiety and the chance that we might all be turning into robots, see here? But for the time being, at least you can listen to the new Yeasayer album on NPR.
Matthew Dear - Beams (8/28 via Ghostly International)
Beat master Matthew Dear has proven time and time again that he is cooler than us, than you, than pretty much everyone in New York. This album trailer for Beams seals the deal—we can't understand it because we're not cool enough.
Swans - The Seer (8/27 via Young God Records)
Ears may still be bleeding from Swans' set at "I'll Be Your Mirror" last year, but with The Seer reportedly running two hours long and including a peculiar roster of guest appearances (Karen O, Akron/Family, members of Low), Michael Gira is calling it “the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in, or imagined." Get ready.
TEEN - In Limbo (8/28 via Carpark)
At the helm is former Here We Go Magic member, Katherine "Teeny" Lieberson, whose nickname misleads you into thinking she's all about sweet, passive pop. Not exactly the case, as she made clear with the band's psych-leaning single "Better" last year, with the line, "I'll do it better than anybody else" driving the chorus. One of the more promising debuts from a Brooklyn band this album cycle, we're excited to hear if she indeed can.
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz (9/4 via Domino)
We acknowledge that it's inaccurate to still claim Animal Collective as a "Brooklyn band," but we're not quite ready to let that go. Especially on the brink of a new album, one which includes a song that sounds like Avey Tare throwing up rainbows.
Cat Power - Sun (9/4 via Matador)
We acknowledge that it's inaccurate to still claim Cat Power as a "New York band," but we're not quite ready to let that go. Especially on the brink of a new album, one which includes a song that sounds like Chan Marshall morphing into a Latin minx.
Cult of Youth - Love Will Prevail (9/4 via Sacred Bones)
Just your typical story of one Sean Ragon, who built a pop-up studio in the back of the Brooklyn record store that he manages, allowing for a methodical DIY approach of blending psych, folk and industrial elements into a coherent statement about "finding peace in a world gone mad." That's something we can get behind. Give the single "Man and Man's Ruin" a listen.
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant (9/11 via 4AD)
In the year 2103, the Smithsonian will open an exhibit of lost hipster artifacts. People will be able to put on "earbuds" and listen to this song before flying off with their jetpacks.
Grizzly Bear - Shields (9/18 via Warp)
Listen here. You will liquify and melt, just like those vocals.
How to Dress Well - Total Loss (9/18 via Acéphale)
Tom Krell, breeder of a mutant strain of R&B, looks inward—but also outward!—on his second proper full-length. Take, for instance, lead single "Cold Nites." Krell explains on his blog: "Love is a miracle. Like, as far as I can tell, it almost shouldn't be possible, but it transpires sort of in spite of the the world. 'Cold Nites' comes out of experiences I've had with respect to the will to preserve love across long distances... this will to love can give us the most beautiful stability and a sense of truly living, but can also lead us into totally spiritually rending compromises, split between worlds." Word.
Woods - Bend Beyond (9/18 via Woodsist)
The workhorses of the Brooklyn music scene release their 300th album, this one sounding as if it came from a group of immortal youths camping with The Beatles on the Himalayas, even more so than on the 299 records before. Listen to single "Size Meets the Sound" for a taste.
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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