Releases to look forward to in 2009



*Marco Benevento, Me Not Me (The Royal Potato Family)

Cannibal Corpse, Evisceration Plague (Metal Blade)

[image-1]The Fray, The Fray (Sony)

Handsome Furs, Face Control (Sub Pop)

Heartless Bastards, The Mountain (Fat Possum)

Lisa Hannigan, Sea Sew (ATO)

Ben Kweller, Changing Horses (ATO)

*Phosphorescent, To Willie (Dead Oceans)

Telefon Tel Aviv, Immolate Yourself (BPitch Control)

The Von Bondies, Love, Hate and Then There's You (Majordomo)

Vulture Whale, Vulture Whale (Skybucket)

Zombi, Spirit Animal (Relapse)


The Alternate Routes, A Sucker's Dream (Vanguard)

*Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Advance Base Battery Life (Tomlab)

Deborah Anderson, Silence (Somis Sound/My Dog Osaka)

Dan Auerbach, Keep It Hid (Nonesuch)

Dex Romweber Duo, Ruins of Berlin (Bloodshot)

*Golem, Citizen Boris (JDub)

Hot Panda, Volcano...Bloody Volcano! (Mint)

Iggy Pop, Lust for Life (MVD DVD)

*India.Arie, Testimony, Vol 2., Love & Politics (Universal Republic)

K’Naan, Troubadour (A&M/Octone)

Ben Lee, The Rebirth of Venus (New West)

[image-2]Annie Lennox, The Annie Lennox Collection (Sony CD/DVD)

*Lily Allen, It's Not Me, It's You (Capitol)

The Lonely Island, INCREDIBAD (Universal Republic)

Miranda Lee Richards, Light of X (Nettwerk)


Abe Vigoda, Reviver EP (PPM)

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, The Century of Self (Richter Scale)

Asobi Seksu, Hush (Polyvinyl)

The Drones, Havilah (ATP)

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod Records)

Lionel Richie, Just Go (Island)

*M. Ward, Hold Time (Merge)

Morrissey, Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)

Mountains, Choral (Thrill Jockey)

N.A.S.A., The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)

*Psapp, The Camel's Back (Domino)

[image-3]Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc)

*Sin Fang Bous, Clangour (Morr Music)

Telepathe, Dance Mother (IAMSOUND)

Vetiver, Tight Knit (Sub Pop)

Weird Owl, Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed (Tee Pee)

*William Elliott Whitmore, Animals in the Dark (Anti-)


*Black Lips, 200 Million Thousand (Vice)

Fountains of Wayne, No Better Place - Live in Chicago (Shout! Factory DVD)

Lamb of God, Wrath (Epic)

Xiu Xiu, You Can't Hear Me (MVD DVD)



[image-4]*The Boy Least Likely To, The Law of the Playground (Too Young to Die/+1 Records)

Grandmaster Flash, The Bridge: Concept of a Culture (Adrenaline City Entertainment/Strut)

Neko Case, Middle Cyclone (Anti-)

*The Prodigy, Invaders Must Die (Take Me to the Hospital/Cooking Vinyl)

The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Communion (Yep Roc)

U2, No Line on the Horizon (Interscope)

The Whip, X Marks Destination (Razor and Tie)


Arbouretum, Song of the Pearl (Thrill Jockey)

*BLK JKS, MYSTERY EP (Secretly Canadian)

Condo Fucks, Fuckbook (Matador)

*Extra Golden, Thank You Very Quickly (Thrill Jockey)

Mexican Institute of Sound, Soy Sauce (Nacional)

Mirah, (a)spera (K Records)

New Found Glory, Not Without a Fight (Epitaph)

This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc System, Field Studies (Magic Bullet)


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Beware (Drag City)

Kelly Clarkson, TBA (RCA)


Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali (Because Music/Nonesuch)

Beep Beep, Enchanted Islands (Saddle Creek)

*Dan Deacon, Bromst (Carpark)

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Tangled Tales (Surfdog)

The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love (Capitol)

Indigo Girls, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (IG Recordings/Vanguard)

Jeremy Jay, Slow Dance (K)

Obits, I Blame You (Sub Pop)

Winter Gloves, About a Girl (Paper Bag)


*Frightened Rabbit, Liver! Lung! FR! (Fat Cat)


Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels (Nettwerk)

JR Writer, Cinecrack (Babygrande)

Richard Skelton, TBA (Tompkins Square)

Thunderheist, Thunderheist (Big Dada)


Arcade Fire, Miroir Noir (Merge DVD)

Grizzly Bear, TBA (Warp)

MSTRKRFT, Fist of God (Dim Mak/Downtown)



Lady Sovereign, Jigsaw (Midget/EMI)

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, A Stranger Here (Anti-)

Sara Watkins, Sara Watkins (Nonesuch)

The Thermals, Now We Can See (Kill Rock Stars)


Tortoise, TBA (Thrill Jockey)

Other artists due to release albums in '09 (dates not comfirmed) include: 50 Cent, Akron/Family, Belle Orchestre, Big Boi, Chris Cornell, Ciara, Doves, Eminem, Gomez, Jay Reatard, John Fogerty, Mastodon, Missy Elliott, Plush, Sonic Youth, Tori Amos and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

*These are particularly appealing, or have generated enough hype to get my attention.

Pitchfork recently ran a comprehensive guide to releases coming up in 2009. I’ve scaled it down to the highlights (no box sets, re-issues, vinyl, 7" or overseas releases) and added a few as well. Click here to see Pitchfork's complete guide.



*The Brighton Port Authority, I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat (Southern Fried)

Glasvegas, Glasvegas (Columbia)

The Gourds, Haymaker! (Yep Roc)


Late of the Pier, Fantasy Black Channel (Astralwerks)

Lymbyc System, Carved by Glaciers (Magic Bullet)

My Dear Disco, Dancethink (Dancethink)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Greatest Hits (Columbia Wal-Mart exclusive)

This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc System, Field Studies (Magic Bullet)

*Derek Trucks Band, Already Free (Sony Legacy)


*Andrew Bird, Noble Beast (Fat Possum)

*Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

Antony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian)

*Bon Iver, Blood Bank EP (Jagjaguwar)

Calexico, Live From Austin, TX (New West DVD)

John Frusciante, The Empyrean (Adrenaline Music)

Ice-T, Live in Montreux 1995 (MVD DVD)

Matt and Kim, Grand (FADER)

*The Modern Skirts, All of Us in Our Night (Modern Skirts Recordings)

A.C. Newman, Get Guilty (Matador)

Ben Nichols, The Last Pale Light in the West (The Rebel Group)

Or, The Whale, Light Poles and Pines (Seany)

Public Enemy, Revolverlution Tour 2003 (MVD DVD)

*Squarepusher, Numbers Lucent EP (Warp)

*Umphrey’s McGee, Mantis (Sci Fidelity)


*The Bird and the Bee, Ray Guns Are Not the Future (Blue Note)

Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun (Capitol DVD)

Circlesquare, Songs About Dancing and Drugs (!K7)

*Cotton Jones, Paranoid Cocoon (Suicide Squeeze)

*Dan Deacon/Adventure, Split 12" (Carpark)

*Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino/Epic)

Hot Chip With Robert Wyatt and Geese EP (Astralwerks)

Kylie Minogue, Boombox: The Remix Album (Parlophone)

of Montreal, Jon Brion Remix EP (Polyvinyl)

Owen, (the ep) (Polyvinyl)

Rush, Retrospective 3 (Atlantic CD/DVD)

*RZA, Afro Samurai: The Resurrection (Wu Music Group)

Duncan Sheik, Whisper House (Victor)

Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream (Columbia)

*The Sway Machinery, Hidden Melodies Revealed (JDub)


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