So much news to discuss, so little time. After a solid spring of new releases, a bevy of new releases are in the works for our consumption. Here are some of the best releases that are set in place, as well as several that are still in the works:
Glen Hansard (Rhythm and Response) – Hansard has been very busy over the last several years, as he has grown beyond his role as lead singer of The Frames into half of the very popular duo The Swell Season. The Irish singer-songwriter’s first solo record will debut on June 19, running 12 tracks deep and hosting musicians with ties to Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and the E-Street Band, as well as cohort Marketa Irglova.
Green Day (Uno!, Dos!, Tre) – The most ambitious recording project of 2012 and 2013, rock vets Green Day will release a trilogy of new albums in September 2012, November 2012, and January 2013.
The Killers (TBA) – The Las Vegas band’s highly-anticipated fourth record is due to come out some time this fall, after the band completes its sojourn through the European and American festival circuits. Last fall, The Killers began recording their new album with renowned producers Brendan O’Brien and Steve Lillywhite, both of whom are naturals for Brandon Flowers and Co. The collaboration with Lillywhite is particularly intriguing, as his past work with U2 should lend itself well to the sound of The Killers.
John Fogerty (TBA) – The 66-year-old singer-songwriter is currently recording what could best be described as a 12-14 track “duets” album that is slated to be released this fall. This is not an original project, but when someone of Fogerty’s caliber brings in Brad Paisley, Dawes, and the Foo Fighters, it will certainly grab significant hype. I’m not a huge fan of duets albums, as they are a bit repetitive and can be stale at times, but artists like John Fogerty don’t make records half-heartedly and I’m a bit anxious for how this one turns out.
Joe Walsh (Analog Man) – On June 5th, the Eagle will release Analog Man, his first solo album since 1992. The lead single, “Analog Man,” has already slipped into the airwaves and maintains Walsh’s trademark lyrical wit as he sings of his preference for the days of “LP’s, 45’s, 78’s.” Don’t overlook how well Walsh plays guitar on the track either, as the thunderous opening chords should be enough to hook the listener into the song and undoubtedly the record. Fellow Eagle Glen Frey’s After Hours is due on May 8th.