I had no idea it was leaked already, I'll check it out. I'm also a huge fan of Jim and the band, hopefully I disagree with you.
I just had huge expectations I guess. It still is worth picking up, but not top album of the year. I should've worded it differently. Know Til Now is a great track, A New Life is fantastic, Of The Mother Again is good, Actress is my favorite on the album, All Is Forgiven is another good one. The other songs I guess aren't necessarily bad by any means, just weaker tunes.
Death From Above 1979(not confirmed)
The Joy Formidable
Protest the Hero
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
MGMT too I guess, but I had forgotten about them until someone mentioned them in this thread. That's just the stuff I know about, can't wait for the surprises.
Coheed and Cambria - Aftermath Descension - Feb 5th
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion - March 5th
There is a rumor that Tool will release an album in 2013 but there always seems to be a rumor about a new album by them.
Black Sabbath with Ozzy and Geezer
Possibly Iron Maiden and Megadeth
Pearl Jam's 10th album
I guess we shall see what kind of year it is in music, I have some hope that it will be a decent one.
A$ap Rocky's new album is getting some really good reviews so far. He's good but I never understood what people loves about him so much, perhaps it's the production he's getting and the overall sound and image he's portraying. He's good but not great, and yet he seems to be a bit of a critics darling.
There are a number of reasons for A$AP Rocky's popularity:
-He began as an underground artist, so I would assume many fans believe they hold a certain "ownership" over his music. Thanks to word of mouth, blogs, and umm, not so legal downloading, he's become a mixtape success story on route to a record deal with Interscope.
-He's neither hateful nor angry. In fact, he was one of the few rappers to claim that he couldn't care less about some one's sexual orientation. I think this perhaps appeals him to non hip-hop fans.
-He makes excellent slow-jams and party anthems. His songs are often about having a good time. Sometimes simplicity works best.
-He has a likeable personality, like a kid who's just happy to have made it. For example, there's a great video of him meeting Rakim for the first time, whom he's actually named after.
-Although he's not the strongest of lyricists (unlike Kendrick Lamar), he's surrounded himself with some great hip-hop producers, namely Clams Casino.
-He's still hood, still authentic. After all, he grew up in Harlem. Which reminds me, legitimately talented rappers from NYC tend to have many "cheeleaders", be they fellow artists, radio DJs, and etc. If you can "pass the bar" in New York so to speak, you're more or less approved.
-You know you've made it when you've coined a word ("trill").
New Autechre in March, double album to boot. A new Tool album is likely as well, which is nice. I doubt there will be a new Boards of Canada album, they might as well have quit and forgot to mention it to their fans. If a new album did however appear I would be very happy. I am also looking forward to the re-release of the old and sought after DeepChord releases and the long-delayed double CD cv313 album.
Small list of what I'm looking forward to, most are confirmed, a few are based on speculation.
As Tall as Lions
The Dear Hunter
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
Funeral For a Friend
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Jimmy Eat World
The Joy Formidable
A Lot Like Birds
The Republic of Wolves
Tegan and Sara
This Is Hell
This Town Needs Guns
A Wilhelm Scream
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die