53. Fiery Furnaces. Released: Not confirmed. Recorded: They plan to record the album in Michigan in a ’60s high school auditorium. Details: It will have a large symphony orchestra comprised of teenagers and will be, according to Matt, “about a single mother who’s raising her 12-year-old son” (to coincide as the soundtrack to a film being released around the same time).
52. Battles. Released: Spring. Details: While initial plans were to release the album in 2010, singer Tyondai Braxton quit the band before it was completed. Drummer John Stanier promises this album will contain “slow songs, fast songs, emotional songs, party songs, and epic movie soundtrack-sounding songs.”
41. Gruff Rhys. Title: ‘Hotel Shampoo’. Released: February 14. Producer: Andy Votel. Songs: Free download of ‘Shark Ridden Waters’ over at gruffrhys.com.
40. Noah and the Whale. Title: ‘Last Night On Earth’. Released: March. Recorded: Last summer on LA. Songs: Free download of ‘Wild Thing’ over at noahandthewhale.com.
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38. James Blake: Released: February 7 (although it’s already leaked). Click here for a full tracklisting.
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32. The Go! Team. Released: January 31. Collaborators: Best Coast’s Beth Cosentino, rapper Dominique Young Unique, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki, Lispector and an African gospel choir. Some words from the band: This album will be “more melodic, more eclectic, more widescreen, more contrast, more ambition, more more more.” -Ian Parton.
28. Beady Eye. Recorded: London’s RAK. Producer: Steve Lillywhite. Released: February 28. Listen: Click here to listen to a few tunes.
25. Elbow. Title: ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’. Released: March 7. Producer: Elbow’s Craig Potter. RecordedL Blueprint Studios, Manchester. Listen: Click here to watch a video featuring ‘Lippy Kids’.
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24. Brother. Released: September. Songs: ‘New Year’s Day’, ‘Darling Buds Of May’. Video: Click here to watch our video interview with the band.
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23. The Vaccines. Title: ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’. Released: March 21. Producer: Dan Grech. Video: Click here to watch our video interview with the band.
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19. The Streets. Title: ‘Computers And Blues’. Released: February 7. Songs: ‘Without A Blink’, ‘We Can Never Be Friends’. Click here for a full tracklisting.
18. Beastie Boys. Title: ‘Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2’. Released: Spring. Songs: ‘Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win’ (featuring Santigold), ‘Too Many Rappers’ (feat. Nas). Click here for a full tracklisting.
14. The View. Title: ‘The Best Lasts Forever’. Released: March 14. Single, ‘Grace’ out March 6. Producer: Youth. Listen: Click here to hear ‘Sunday’.
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9. Lykke Li. Title: ‘Wounded Rhymes’. Released: February 28. Listen: Click here to hear remixes of ‘Get Some’ by Beastie Boys’ Mike D and Beck.
3. ‘Rome’. Artist: Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton and Daniele Luppi with Jack White and Norah Jones on vocals. Title: ‘Rome’. Released: May. Listen: Click here for some song snippets.