Rumored and Real Records of 2012 (Part Deux)
A Look At Some Of The Hot New Records In The Works:
Franz Ferdinand – The Scottish rock band has been working on their new album for quite some time after taking a brief hiatus following January 2009’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. After spending portions of last year in the studio, the band recently debuted four tracks at a show in Ireland. Odds are that with a run of live dates in the queue, the album could be in for a bit of a road test before it hits store shelves.
Mumford & Sons – Instead of a tedious press conference or brief release, Mumford & Sons wisely opted to announce their second record a few days ago at the Netherlands’ Pinkpop Festival. The follow-up to 2009’s breakthrough smash Sigh No More is due for a September 24 release in the U.K. and will likely be one of the most important albums to come across the record charts this autumn.
John Frusciante – The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist has a pair of projects waiting in the wings: the EP Letur-Lefr, which will hit shelves on July 17th, and an album, PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, that will be released in North America on September 25th. Dubbed by the artist as being “progressive synth-pop,” both albums were cut with Frusciante as the primary musician and engineer.
The Darkness – Hot Cakes, the band’s first record since 2005, will be released on August 20th in the U.K. Their third studio album, the 11-track Hot Cakes will include a cover of Radiohead’s 1996 song “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” Glad to have you back, gentleman.
Beck – Just last week I was watching a “Top 100 Songs of the 90’s” program on VH1. Amidst En Vogue, House of Pain, and Sir Mix-a-lot was Beck’s fantastic 1993 song “Loser,” which prompted the question: “What’s he been up to lately?” Two days later, it was announced that the American artist would release a very limited edition vinyl single through Jack White’s Third Man Records. In February and March, bass player Justin Meldal-Johnsen sent out a pair tweets saying that Beck was in the studio working on new material… Fingers crossed.
The Vaccines – Last year’s rookie darlings are set to release their second full-length album, The Vaccines Come of Age, on September 3. The band lit up the U.K. charts with their debut record last year with songs like “Wrecking Ball” and the must-listen “All In White.” The record’s first single, a slightly different “No Hope,” was recently added to their youtube page: