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January 25, 2013

Jeremiah Tucker: 2013 full of anticipated music releases

JOPLIN, Mo. — I haven’t listened to any new releases in this young year that have wowed me yet, so I thought I would look ahead this week to the albums I’m most excited about in 2013.

Arcade Fire

The indie superstars have traditionally released a new album every three years since “Funeral” was released in 2004. Thus, a new album is expected in 2013, and according to an interview with the band’s manager in the trade journal Music Week, a handful of the songs on the new record will be collaborations with the band’s friend, James Murphy, the man behind the brilliant and now disbanded LCD Soundsystem.

Arcade Fire’s manager also revealed the band has already recorded 35 songs, enough for two albums. Or maybe a double album? Considering I’ve enjoyed everything Arcade Fire has released so far — and LCD Soundystem was one of my favorite bands — I hope so.

Earl Sweatshirt

For a time, it seemed Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, who as Earl Sweatshirt arguably has the best rap moniker in the game, was most famous for going missing.

After being sent to boarding school by his mom, Earl’s absence inspired news stories intent on tracking him down, and the rest of his mates in the rap collective Odd Future, which also claims Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean as members, made “Free Earl” a rallying cry.

The technically gifted but unflashy Earl has long been my favorite rapper in Odd Future. Back in 2010 one of my favorite playlists on my iPod consisted of his mixtape album “Earl” and all the songs that featured him from the various Odd Future mixtapes. (“Orange Juice” from 2010’s “Radical” being a particular favorite.)

The forthcoming “Doris” will be the 18-year-old’s first official solo album, and if it’s as good as its sinister, depressive lead single “Chum,” it will be stellar. No release date for it has been announced.

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