Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tunesday: Why is September brimming with excellent new albums?

I've long contended that September is the best month for albums. Year in and year out, it seems the very best releases are slated for the ninth month of the year. I'm not sure why that is. Is it just coincidence that bands I like tend to put out their latest in the fall? Could be. I suspect that looming holiday shopping in the fourth quarter is part of the equation. Record companies release these albums at the end of festival/summer concert season, giving fan bloggers and music journalists ample time to listen, review and promote the offerings, thus influencing consumers just in time for Christmas.

Related: Why albums are released on Tuesdays in the U.S. (NPR)

I guess it doesn't matter all that much why (or if) September truly is the magical music month, 'cause really, my point is this: There is a crap ton of good tuneage heading our way. I challenge you to have no interest in any of these 13 albums (note: listen while you can):

Sept. 11 releases 

• Calexico, Algiers (stream)
• David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant (stream)
• Mumford & Sons, Babel (sample)
• The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (stream)
• The Helio Sequence, Negotiations (stream)
• The xx, Coexist (stream)

Sept. 18 releases 

• Band Of Horses, Mirage Rock (stream)
• Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss (*wink*)
• Dinosaur Jr., I Bet On Sky (stream)
• Grizzly Bear, Shields (stream)
• Kanye West, Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer (sample)

Sept. 25 releases 

• Django Django, Django Django (sample)
• Green Day, Uno! (sample)
• The Soft Pack, Strapped (sample)

Related: Upcoming album release dates (Metacritic)

1 comment:

Michelle K said...

Something interesting in that Sept 18th listing...something you aren't telling us? It is okay to let your inner teeny bopper shine through sometimes... ;-)