Some 2012 Albums I’m Really Excited About

Something about summertime — perhaps it’s the windows-down driving and deliciously lackadaisical hum of those hot months — always makes me think of music. Here in Winston-Salem, we’ve been experiencing wonderfully warm weather (off and on, but still) in recent weeks, which has made me excited for the quickly approaching summer. Which then made me think about music. Which made me think of new music being released this year, in time for summer.


This list is a result of that thought process:

  • The Shins, Port of Morrow, out March 13 (tomorrow!): This high-energy quintet is releasing their fourth studio album tomorrow. Yay! Check out their recent live performance on SNL:


  • B.o.B., Strange Clouds, out May 1: Atlanta-native Bobby Ray (B.o.B.) had me hooked since his 2008 track “I’ll Be In The Sky.” I can’t wait to check out what the rapper has in store for us this time around (in addition to this track, called “So Good,” of course):
  • Regina Spektor, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, out May 12: Come on — who doesn’t love this Russian-American wonder? Here’s a peek at the album art from Regina’s upcoming 2012 release. I can’t wait to hear the music that will be inside!:

  • Beach House, Bloom, out May 15: Beach House’s first album since their 2010 release, Teen Dream, is bound to be quality stuff. Just check out this track, “Myth,” from their upcoming album. It sounds similar to Teen Dream which, to fans like me, is great news:

What are other 2012 albums you can’t wait to lay ears on?

One thought on “Some 2012 Albums I’m Really Excited About

  1. The album I’ve been looking forward to hearing is Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die”. It’s only recently been released so that makes it a 2012 work and I’m not disappointed – an incredibly beautiful and haunting series of numbers.

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