Ten Big Deal Albums We're Hella Excited For

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Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the coming weeks and months:

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A$AP ROCKY
Long.Live.A$AP
January 15
Pretty sure I've listened to the title track to Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky's proper debut LP, at least 250 times in the past week, and that shit kills me every time: The glacially paced, paranoid throb underpinning Rocky's sleek cadence -- "Where they shoot without a purpose, services 'n hearses/ Kids who ain't deserve it, can't survive the thing you're worthless/ Strangers make me nervous/ Who's that peekin' in my window with a pistol to my curtains?" he intones -- giving way to a billowy chorus of Slowdive guitarpeggios and Pharrell-style falsetto exhaling a "live forever" worldview. Not even Eric Woolfson can stop me from believing in the power of this magic. Long.Live.A$AP has been forever delayed, but the 15th it finally gets its due date. And yeah it'll be worth the wait, especially considering a lineup more impressive than the '27 Yankees: Guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Santigold, Action Bronson, and Florence Welch, among others; production by Hit-Boy, Clams Casino, Danger Mouse, and friggin' Skrillex.

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CHRISTOPHER OWENS
Lysandre
January 15
You may remember Christopher Owens from Girls. Not that Girls. Not that Girls. This Girls. You may also remember him as an escapee from the terrifying Children of God cult, which makes the Westboro Baptist Church seem reasonable and moderate. Last year, he escaped from Girls, though that experience didn't fuck his world up quite as much (I think). In fact, it inspired Owens' upcoming solo album Lysandre--a prog-folky concept thingy that's apparently (according to Owens' press materials) "a coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story" to do with Girls' first U.S. tour in 2008, as well as a trip to Paris where our hero fell in love with a girl named Lysandre (played by Julie Delpy...just kidding). I hear that the album "delivers a heartbreaking rumination on love, longing, friendship, adventure," which sorta sounds like a review of The Hobbit but is actually another line I copied and pasted from Owens' press materials, so I'm not sure how heartbreaking it is in toto, but this song is durn poignant (also, sweet flute, even if it sounds like the supermarket music, which was distinctly trippier/bellbottom-ier than elevator music, that I remember hearing in the mid-'70s).

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FREE ENERGY
Love Sign
January 15
When last we left Philly power-pop fivesome Free Energy, they were rockin' every club like it was a concrete sports arena circa 1978 and they were like an end-of-night all-star jam of Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, Badfinger and Rick Springfield power-chording their way through earworm after earworm. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy had taken a shine to them and produced their 2010 DFA debut Stuck on Nothing, which got them pegged as "the new Weezer." Three years later the party's still mostly raging on Love Sign (out on the band's own label), though it's tempered with a bit of sadness, like it's 2:30 a.m., you're starting to sober up, and you know the girl on the other side of the room you're crushing on doesn't really like you like that, but you're still determined to have a good time anyway. "Hangin'," like a few other tracks, sounds like Third Eye Blind crossed with Def Leppard, and there's a lot of cowbell on this album. So plan accordingly.

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