Nouvelle Vague, the French collective who specialise in bossa nova-tinged covers of punk and new wave songs, have promised to air songs from their forthcoming third studio album when they tour the UK in December. Keep clicking for the 30 albums you need to hear before the end of 2008.
Grace Jones’ upcoming tenth studio album is to be released on October 27, entitled ‘Hurricane’. Ivor Guest has produced the disco diva’s latest offering, along with the Jamaican vocalist herself. Nick Hooker has already directed the first video too and the album is said to feature appearances from Sly and Robbie, Tricky and Brian Eno, to name a few.
Paul Weller releases a second self-produced album in a matter of months on November 3 with ‘Paul Weller At The BBC’. The four-disc box set will feature 74 live and session tracks, recorded between 1990 and 2008 including songs from his June album, ’22 Dreams’. It will also feature a 64-page booklet with sleeve notes, new interviews and rare photos.
Mercury prize-winning act Antony and The Johnsons’ latest offering will hit UK shelves and desktops on January 21 2009. The New Yorkers’ third studio album, ‘The Crying Light’, was produced by Antony Hegarty himself who said the album is "a little more experimental structurally. I’m hoping to weave things together so it will be a little more of a collage of songs".
‘Skeletal Lamping’ is the title of the ninth studio album by Georgia-based Of Montreal. Mainman Kevin Barnes said: "This record is my attempt to bring all of my puzzling, contradicting, disturbing, humorous…fantasies, ruminations and observations to the surface, so that I can better dissect and understand their reason for being in my head." It’s set to be released on October 21. Pic: James Quinton
Chairlift, fresh from supporting MGMT this summer, release their first full-length album, ‘Does You Inspire You?’ on October 28. Produced by Britt Meyers, the debut took a year to write. The Brooklyn trio’s profile recently received a boost when their song ‘Bruises’ was chosen to soundtrack an Apple iPod advert.
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‘Folie A Deux – French for "the shared madness of two" – will be Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album release. Produced by Neal Arvon the disc will be released on US Election Day, November 4. Collaborators are said to include Kanye West and Panic At The Disco.
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The self-produced second album from Scottish psychedelic rockers The Aliens will be released September 29. Both the album â
Four years on from their last, self-titled album, The Cure will release â
Over 40 years since his debut album reached 13 in the UK Albums chart, Bob Dylan releases volume 8 of his Bootleg album series, â
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AC/DC release their 15th studio album Ã¯Â¿Â½Black IceÃ¯Â¿Â½ on October 20, eight years since the release of Ã¯Â¿Â½Stiff Upper LipÃ¯Â¿Â½. Brian Johnson announced in 2004 that he was in charge of lyrics for the first time since 1988 on the forthcoming Brendan O’Brien-produced album and described Angus Young’s riffs as the "hardest he’s ever written". Pic: PA Photos
Keane release their third studio album, ‘Perfect Symmetry’, on October 13. Frontman Tom Chaplin told NME: "We made a pact with [producer] Stuart Price to ignore the rules of good taste; we were hypnotised by Marlene Dietrich and spent many a long night throwing ideas around in the crumbling ‘Cabaret’-esque glamour of our favourite bar." The album showcases a new look and sound for the piano-rockers.
Liverpool singer-songwriter, Eugene McGuinness is set to release his self-titled debut album on October 13. The first single from the album will be â
Los Campesinos! release their second studio album, ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’ on October 27, only 33 weeks after their debut ‘Hold On Now, Youngster…’ reached 72 on the album charts. John Goodmanson produced the Cardiff-based seven-piece’s latest offering, and the release will coincide with their 2008 tour supporting No Age and Times New Viking. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The debut album from pop-punkers You Me At Six will be called ‘Take Off Your Colours’ and will be released on October 6. The Surrey-five piece release the disc fresh from a 21-day sell-out tour and performing at Reading and Leeds in the summer. The band, who have been compared to Fall Out Boy, claim their debut is like "a big party on a CD".
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Arctic Monkeys release a live DVD, ‘Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo’, on November 3. It commemorates the Monkeys’ final performance of 2007 at the Manchester Apollo. The film will also be screening at selected UK and International cinemas prior to the DVD release on October 14, 2008.
Until very recently a new album from Courtney Love had been slated for an October 2008 release. The former Hole vocalist has been working with songwriter Linda Perry and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for the last three years. However, those sessions have now been scrapped, and Love is now said to be teaming up with Micko Larkin, the former guitarist in Larrikin Love, who joined her live band last year, with an album expected soon.
Indie veterans Belle & Sebastian are currently on a temporary hiatus with no immediate plans to record a new studio album. However, on November 17 2008 they will release a ‘BBC Sessions album’, which will feature songs from the period of 1996-2001 (including the last recordings featuring Isobel Campbell before she left the band).