A Six Pack and a Preview of What is Coming in 2012

As we put the first half of 2012 to rest (but not past us just yet), here are things I’m really excited about in the second half of 2012. But before the preview, take a second to watch and listen to this very summer-inspired video by Nashville’s Jeff the Brotherhood. While I can’t condone all the behavior of the Boys and Girls in this ode to the joys of frolicking, I definitely envy their ability to commune so intimately with nature. And, the song is pretty much a perfect fuzzy, lo-fi guitar rock companion to getting away (with mayhem).


There are lots of great new releases and reissues coming up in the next couple of months. For a full rundown courtesy of Pitchfork, click here. A more concise list of releases (and dates) culled from that list can be found further below but tops on my list are:

  • Cat Power’s Ruins
  • Dirty Projector’s Swing Lo Magellan
  • Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange
  • The Very Best’s MTMTMK
  • Purity Ring’s Shrines 
  • Dead Can Dance’s Anastasis
  • WHY?’s Sod in the Seed EP
  • Four Tet’s Pink
  • Yeasayer’s Fragrant World
  • Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz
  • David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Love This Giant
  • Calexico’s Algiers 
  • The xx‘s Coexist
  • Corin Tucker’s Kill My Blues
  • The Hood Internet’s FEAT


As many of you know, summer is the time of great festivals but when the summer ends lots of great fall tours also commence. Here are some particular shows/acts, I can’t wait to see!

  • Wilco + Andrew Bird + Minor League Baseball Stadium + Fireworks! (July 8th)
  • Pitchfork 2012 in Union Park  (July 13th-15th) – Although I will be in absentia, I am still eager to hear the review of this great lineup of acts slated to hit Chicago (and our torrid summer heat) next week. In case you don’t know the lineup, here is a quick highlight: God Speed You Black Emperor, Japandroids, Wild Flag, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Feist, Kendrick Lamar, Cloud Nothings, Grimes, Dirty Projectors, Purity Ring, Danny Brown, and many more. For a full list click here.
  • Bruce Springsteen at Wrigley Field (September) – Two of the America’s great treasures meet in one (er, two) memorable evenings in Chicago and I managed to score seats in the pit!!!
  • Punk Rock Heroes in Humboldt Park at Riot Festival Chicago (September) – An all-star, all-time line-up of Punk Rock (or proto-punk rockers) will be descending on Chicago in September. I mean if the likes of elder statesmen Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, and the Jesus and Mary Chain aren’t enough to get you excited, then perhaps you’ll find joy in the addition of Alkaline Trio, Promise Ring, NoFX, Gogol Bordello and GWAR. Personally, I’m gearing up to see ’em all!
  • SLOAN! (September) For those of you who don’t know some of the greatest pop-rockers to come out of Canada, then perhaps you should catch them on their Twice Removed Tour (celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the album’s release).
  • Best Coast, Tennis, The Very Best, Colleen Green, WHY?, and Julia Holter and many, many more. An up-to-date upcoming concerts and tours to follow. (July – September)

Forthcoming Albums (with dates)


  • 07-10
    Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan [Domino]
    Twin Shadow: Confess [4AD]
  • 07-11:  Azealia Banks: Fantasea mixtape [self-released]
  • 07-17
    Frank Ocean: Channel Orange [Def Jam]
    JEFF the Brotherhood: Hypnotic Nights [Warner]
    Nas: Life Is Good [Def Jam]
    The Very Best: MTMTMK [Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music]
  • 07-24
    The Antlers: Undersea EP [Anti-]
    The Books: A Dot in Time [Temporary Residence] (7 LP Box Set)
    Eternal Summers: Correct Behavior [Kanine]
    Passion Pit: Gossamer [Columbia]
    Purity Ring: Shrines [4AD/Last Gang]
  • 07-31
    Blur: Blur 21 [Virgin] [box set]
    Rick Ross: God Forgives, I Don’t [Maybach Music/Def Jam]


  • 08-07: Niki & The Dove: Instinct [Sub Pop] 
  • 08-09: Dead Can Dance: Anastasis [4AD]
  • 08-14: WHY?: Sod in the Seed EP [Anticon/Slang City]
  • 08-20
    Four Tet: Pink [Text]
    Minotaur Shock: Orchard [Melodic]
    Jessie Ware: Devotion [PMR Records]
  • 08-21
    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes [4AD]
    Yeasayer: Fragrant World [Secretly Canadian]
  • 08-27: Wild Nothing: Nocturne [Captured Tracks]


  • 09-04
    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz [Domino]
    Cat Power: Sun [Matador]
    The Fresh & Onlys: Long Slow Dance [Mexican Summer]
    Jens Lekman: I Know What Love Isn’t [Secretly Canadian]
    Sondre Lerche: Bootlegs [Mona]
    Stars: The North [ATO]
    T.I.: Trouble Man [Grand Hustle/Atlantic]
    The Vaccines: The Vaccines Come of Age [Columbia]
  • 09-11

    A$AP Rocky: LongLiveA$AP [A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA]
    David Byrne and St. Vincent: Love This Giant [4AD/Todo Mundo]
    Calexico: Algiers [Anti-]
    The Raveonettes: The Observator [Vice]
    Sic Alps: Sic Alps [Drag City]
    Thee Oh Sees: Putrifiers II [In the Red]
    The xx: Coexist [Young Turks]

  • 09-18
    Corin Tucker: Kill My Blues [Kill Rock Stars]
    Dinosaur Jr.: I Bet on Sky [Jagjaguwar]
    Grizzly Bear: TBA [Warp]
    The Hood Internet: FEAT [Decon]
    Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues [Ninja Tune]
    The Sea and Cake: Runner [Thrill Jockey]
  • 09-25

    Dum Dum Girls: End of Daze EP [Sub Pop]
    Yoko Ono with Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon: YOKOKIMTHURSTON [Chimera Records]

  • 10-02: John Cale: Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood [Double Six]


  • Band of Horses: TBA [Fat Possum/Columbia]
  • Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste [Universal]
  • Crystal Castles: TBA [Fiction]
  • Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes [Warp]
  • Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city [Interscope]
  • Madlib and Freddie Gibbs: TBA [Stones Throw]
  • Matt and Kim: Lightning [FADER Label]
  • Public Enemy: The Evil Empire of Everything [TBA]

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