Preview: The Fall of 2012

Special Features / September 3, 2012

Fall is finally here. After what amounted to an unbearably hot summer for some (I know I lost a few records to warping), the cooler temperatures and falling leaves of the next couple months are an extremely welcomed sign. The music set to come out in the next couple months only adds to that joy, with new material from Animal Collective, Anberlin and Ben Gibbard leading the way. Reunions from Further Seems Forever and Ben Folds Five are sure to give longtime fans plenty of satisfaction. And vinyl releases from Misser and Into It. Over It. will have you taking out small loans. But of course, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

So sit back, relax, and check out what should be an outstanding fall season for fans of vinyl.

September

Animal Collective — Centipede HZ

September 4th

Why you should be excited

The band’s prior album, “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” nearly landed on the Billboard 200…with just vinyl sales. The mammoth success included selling the first run of 4,500 copies almost instantly. So yeah, I would assume fans of vinyl are pretty excited about the follow-up, “Centipede HZ.” And for fans that need some more convincing, you can stream the album over at the band’s website. The cover art, stream and videos accompanying each song promise a unique, if quite strange auditory experience from one of the biggest indie-rock bands out there.

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can pick up the record over at Domino, where it’s available as a standard double LP (on 150-gram vinyl). You can also pick up a deluxe edition (on 180-gram vinyl, limited to 5,0o0) at Amazon.

John Nolan — The Acoustic Session

September 4th

Why you should be excited

Originally recorded for the vinyl release of “Height,” these eight acoustic interpretations of those tracks are finally being released to the public in the form of a 12″ pressing by Collective Confusion Records. The tracks have been mastered for the first time, and if they’re anything close to the originals, will remain highly enjoyable. Nolan’s solo work is a must-hear for fans of Straylight Run. And on top of the music itself, Collective Confusion has put together impressive artwork for the release.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Collective Confusion has the album available on half green/half peach vinyl (limited to 100); peach vinyl (limited to 150); and on green vinyl (limited to 250).

Northstar — Is This Thing Loaded?

September 4th

Why you should be excited

A classic album, which fans practically begged for on vinyl, has finally been pressed by Triple Crown. The band was of course fronted by Nick Torres, who went on to form Cassino with bandmate Tyler Odom, but some still look at this as their best work. And with what Cassino has accomplished, that’s quite the compliment.

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can now order the record at Triple Crown and Amazon. Triple Crown’s variation is on green/white vinyl (limited to 350, a perfect match for the color), while the regular retail version is on black (limited to 350). Hot Topic will also have a variation on sale around the release date, which is pressed on green vinyl (limited to 600).

Hans Zimmer — The Dark Knight Rises (OST)

September 4th

Why you should be excited

The biggest movie event of the year + One of the most well-respected composers working = A soundtrack to remember. From Hans Zimmer’s version of the Batman theme, to his work concerning the main villain, Bane, the soundtrack has moments of despair, intensity and triumph. And considering “The Dark Knight” soundtrack sold out and is now fetching large amounts on eBay, you should probably jump on this if you’d like a copy.

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can pick up the soundtrack at Amazon, where it’s listed as a single LP pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The dust sleeve also appears to be decorated with an image from the film.

The Avett Brothers — Carpenter

September 11th

Why you should be excited

If the album’s track-by-track preview is any indication, The Avett Brothers should be delivering yet another folk rock gem to the masses. The band’s previous album, “I And Love And You,” was very much the group’s entrance into the mainstream, debuting at the 16th spot on the Billboard 200 (It always helps when Rick Rubin produces). It wasn’t their best reviewed work, though, so hopefully, they can strike a better critical and commercial balance with “Carpenter.”

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can now pre-order the album through the band’s website, as they’re offering it individually or in bundle packages. The deluxe bundle features a wealth of extras, including a limited 7″ single. It’s also available through major retailers, like Amazon.

Bob Dylan — Tempest

September 11th

Why you should be excited

50 years after the release of his debut LP, Bob Dylan is back with his 35th studio effort, “Tempest.” Always a master songwriter, Dylan is sure to come up with a couple memorable cuts among the 10 tracks scheduled. One song to watch out for is the title track, which is actually a 14-minute epic inspired by the sinking of the Titanic.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Over at Dylan’s official site, you can now pre-order the album individually or in a deluxe bundle. The bundle features the double LP pressed on 180-gram vinyl, a Bob Dylan harmonica and an exclusive poster. The album is also available at Amazon.

Paper Route — The Peace Of Wild Things

September 11th

Why you should be excited

Paper Route’s second LP, “The Peace Of Wild Things,” may just be the breakout album of the fall, taking their atmospheric sound and adding a touch of pop sensibility to it. Take first single, “You and I,” as an example. Featuring a catchy beat, the song bursts into a huge chorus, not unlike stadium rockers Muse and Coldplay. Behind the single’s potential, Paper Route could be in line for a very, very strong year.

Where to buy it on vinyl

The album is available on yellow and black split vinyl.

The Killers — Battle Born

September 18th

Why you should be excited

Despite a disappointing critical and commercial showing with their last album, “Day and Age,” there’s still a high level of buzz concerning the upcoming, “Battle Born.” The first song released from the album, entitled “Runaways,” will be compared to “When You Were Young,” which isn’t exactly a bad thing considering it was one of their biggest hits. And for the critical blows their last album took, songs like “Spaceman” and “A Dustland Fairytale” are still some of the band’s best work to date.

Where to buy it on vinyl

The album is currently up for pre-order at Interpunk. It’s been pressed on two, 180-gram vinyl records. The band does not currently have its own pre-orders up.

Ben Folds Five — The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind

September 18th

Why you should be excited

Thirteen years later, Ben Folds Five is finally releasing their follow-up to “The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner.” We haven’t exactly been without Ben Folds over the past 13 years — with four solo albums being released — but as fans know, Ben Folds Five represents a different energy and style altogether. Just take a listen to “Do It Anyway,” a track representing that frantic, high paced energy separating the two projects. And in the time since the band’s separation, Folds has continually advanced his songwriting skills, especially in his latest collaboration with Nick Hornby, “Lonely Avenue.”

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can pick up the record through the band’s Pledge Music project, as they’re funding the album with help of the fans. It’s also available at Amazon.

Green Day — Uno

September 25th

Why you should be excited

The first of a three album trilogy, “Uno” is yet another chance for Green Day to be incredibly ambitious. That ambition, of course, has led to well-received work (American Idiot) and not so well-received work (21st Century Breakdown), but at least we never quite know what to expect. The first single, “Oh Love,” isn’t too encouraging, and either is the second song released, “Kill The DJ.” Let’s hope they’re keeping the best material until closer to the release date (a guy can dream right?).

Where to buy it on vinyl

The record is available at Amazon and through the band’s webstore. No vinyl trilogy packages have been posted.

Mumford & Sons — Babel

September 25th

Why you should be excited

The band’s previous album, “Sigh No More,” marked Mumford & Sons’ entrance into the mainstream, netting them huge commercial success (went platinum in U.S. and U.K.) along with a slew of Grammy nominations (4 in 2012 for “The Cave”). Sky high expectations have certainly been attached to its follow-up, “Babel,” and the first song released from the album, “I Will Wait,” is definitely their familiar folk rock sound. If you were a fan of the last album, it looks like you’ll be getting much of the same.

Where to buy it on vinyl

The record is available through the band’s website and Amazon. It looks to be pressed on standard black vinyl.

Andrew W.K. — I Get Wet

September 25th

Why you should be excited

Andrew W.K.’s “I Get Wet” has obtained a cult-like following since it’s 2001 release, led of course by “Party Hard,” a song that’s just as crazed as the album’s now famous artwork. And as part of the album’s 10th anniversary celebration, it was announced that the record would be reissued on both CD and double-gatefold vinyl. The new releases will also feature a disc of bonus material, including new live recordings, early demos, alternate mixes and other unreleased tunes. The first vinyl pressing of the record was very limited and now very difficult to obtain.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Century Media Records has the album available at its webstore. You can also pick it up at Amazon.

October

Misser — Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person

October 2nd

Why you should be excited

The side project of Tim Landers (Transit) and Brad Wiseman (This Time Next Year) was a surprise hit this year, as the debut album “Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person” earned solid reviews. You can stream the album, here, which features an excellent combination of dual vocals and mature melodies you’d expect from a seasoned pop-punk band. The initial release didn’t include vinyl, but Rise Records finally wised up, announcing the pressing in August.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Rise hasn’t started its official pre-orders, which will be on white vinyl (limited to 300), but you can pick it up at Amazon, where it’s available on maroon vinyl (limited to 700).

Muse — The 2nd Law

October 2nd

Why you should be excited

An early promotional video teased that a dose of dubstep would be worked into Muse’s sound and that rumor dominated the lead-up to the band’s newest album, “The 2nd Law.” The influence is only limited to one track, though, “Unsustainable,” with “Madness” also carrying a bit of an electronic touch. On the other hand, “Survival,” the track released for the Summer Olympics, will be a bit more in line with what Muse fans expect. All in all, you should expect the most diverse work of the band’s career.

Where to buy it on vinyl

The 2xLP set, pressed on heavyweight vinyl, is available in a deluxe box-set over at the band’s official webstore. To purchase it individually, you can just go to Amazon. The records come housed in gatefold packaging.

Peace’d Out — Self Titled

October 9th

Why you should be excited

The mystery project, which was just recently revealed, features Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche) and members of RX Bandits. If that lineup isn’t enough to get you excited on its own, then give a listen to their newest track, which mixes your typical hardcore sound with an electronic touch. Just the finishing segment offers an immense amount of promise, even with the same notes being played over and over again. Viral videos released by the band also indicate a more experimental approach, which could become more evident in later tracks that are released.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Siren Records has the album available on limited pink vinyl. You can also pick it up at Amazon.

Coheed & Cambria — The Afterman: Ascension

October 9th

Why you should be excited

Coheed & Cambria are back with the first half of a double album this October. And like the band’s previous albums, “The Afterman” is set in the alternate universe of Heaven’s Fence and continues the stories of the “Armory Wars” series. The storytelling of past Coheed albums has not taken anything away from the songs themselves and this album will likely be the same.  The first single, “Domino the Destitute,” shows that Coheed & Cambria have stuck to their unique sound and this album should prove to be another classic from the band. “The Afterman: Ascension” is set to be released on October 9th, while the second half of the album, “The Afterman: Descension” is set to be released in February 2013.

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can pick up the first half of the album over at Interpunk and Amazon. There are no current pre-orders for both sections on vinyl.

Troubled Coast — Awake and Empty

October 9th

Why you should be excited

Following up the solid “I’ve Been Thinking About Leaving You” EP won’t be easy, especially considering the fact that Troubled Coast must spread that quality out amongst an entire full length this time around. That full length, entitled “Awake and Empty,” has been receiving some good buzz and first single “Winter” is a catchy track. The lyrics are still as dark as ever, but a hook filled with gang vocals suggests that a bit of pop-punk may have snuck its way into the tracklisting.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Pure Noise Records has not yet launched pre-orders for the album. Usually, the label sells three variations of each release, with the least limited also available at Amazon.

Bad Books — II

October 9th

Why you should be excited

With the second full length album from Bad Books, it appears as if Andy Hull and Kevin Devine are looking to expand their boundaries. Take first single “Forest Whitaker” as an example. Featuring an opening that borders on hip-hop, Hull finds himself singing over what sounds like a programmed beat. And by the time the NES-style keys work their way into the track, you have the most unique song the project has ever produced. Something tells me that these two songwriters aren’t capable of letting us down.

Where to buy it on vinyl

A red vinyl version is available with concert tickets to the band’s upcoming tour. The standard version (color unknown) is available at Amazon and Shop Radio Cast. The album is being released by Triple Crown, but they have not yet posted pre-orders.

Anberlin — Vital

October 16th

Why you should be excited

The first two songs released, “Someone Anyone” and “Self-Starter” should excite new and old fans of the band, especially those who were looking for an album in line with “Cities.” Bursting with energy, both tracks are everything we love about Anberlin: excellent vocals; the small, yet effective electronic touch; and a breakneck pace that should blow you away live. Simply put, it’s one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Pre-orders have not yet launched for the album in any format. The band has pressed each of their albums to vinyl, though, so no need to worry.

Into It. Over it. — 52 Weeks

October 16th

Why you should be excited

In 2007, Evan Weiss set out on an ambitious adventure, writing one new song every week for a year. The resulting collection, “52 Weeks,” garnered 300,000 unique downloads and was subsequently released as a double CD, which quickly sold out. Because of continued demand, No Sleep Records recently announced the vinyl release of the material, which is spread across 4 LPs. Also featuring a 52-page book, the set is essential for anyone who calls themselves a fan of Weiss. The surprise announcement was met with immense enthusiasm, making it one of the biggest vinyl releases of the year.

Where to buy it on vinyl

No Sleep still has the set on white vinyl (limited to 300) and on 180-gram black vinyl (limited to 500). The clear red variation (limited to 200) quickly sold out.

Senses Fail — Still Searching

October 16th

Why you should be excited

Debuting at #15 on the Billboard 200, “Still Searching” was Senses Fail’s true entrance into the mainstream and to date, their most commercially successful album. Couple that with the popular lead single, “Calling All Cars,” and the band had a hit on its hands. And putting sales numbers aside, the album still stands as their best work, with the opening one-two punch of “The Rapture” and “Bonecrusher” leading the way. Staple Records recently announced the first ever vinyl pressing for the album, which was met with great support, as the most limited variant sold out within a day.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Like was written previously, the red and black splatter vinyl sold out of its 200 copies. But no worries, as Hot Topic will have 800 more copies available on the release date. Their variation is pressed on coke bottle clear vinyl.

Benjamin Gibbard — Former Lives

October 16th

Why you should be excited

Death Cab For Cutie’s frontman is branching off for his first official solo album this fall, one which follows his recent divorce. If the writing reflects this stage of his life in any manner, we could receive a brutally honest album from an artist who certainly hasn’t avoided depressing subjects in the past. The first song released from the album, “Teardrop Windows,” sounds very similar to an early-era Death Cab track, but hopefully the material gets a bit more unique from there. The last time Gibbard collaborated on a project other than Death Cab, we received The Postal Service. Have faith for that reason alone.

Where to buy it on vinyl

The vinyl options seem pretty standard at this point, with the official pre-order being run through Gibbard’s webstore. You can also pick it up through Amazon.

P.O.S. — We Don’t Even Live Here

October 16th

Why you should be excited

Despite a string of outstanding material, P.O.S. remains one of the more underrated artists in the hip-hop scene. And his newest album, “We Don’t Even Live Here,” promises to display those alternative rock influences, which always makes him a favorite among our scene. Guest spots from Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) are sure to build some buzz, as well. Haven’t heard of the artist before? Check out his newest track, “Bumper.” Or better yet, pick up any of his prior albums, especially, “Never Better.”

Where to buy it on vinyl

You can pick up the new record over at the artist’s official webstore. It’s being pressed on some really interesting picture discs.

Basement — Colourmeinkindness

October 23rd

Why you should be excited

Merely a year removed from the release of their debut full length album, “I Wish I Could Stay Here,” Basement returns with “Colourmeinkindness” via Run For Cover Records on October 23rd. Unlike their last album, which found influence in the heavier and more aggressive side of emo, it’s been said that the new work will take form in the genre’s moodier inflections, à la Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral. Although this is the group’s final album before going on indefinite hiatus – citing personal commitments outside the band – it’s set to be Basement’s crowning achievement and a record full of emotional anthems.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Run For Cover has not posted pre-orders as of yet. We’ll let you know when those go up.

Further Seems Forever — Penny Black

October 23rd

Why you should be excited

The original Further Seems Forever lineup is back, with Chris Carrabba taking over lead vocals once again. The group’s only album with this lineup, “The Moon Is Down,” became an instant classic within the emo scene, and anticipation has been building for the upcoming album ever since the reunion was announced. Since leaving the band, Carrabba has went on to make Dashboard Confessional a household name, honing his songwriting skills in the process. Early buzz for “Penny Black” is very strong, so hopefully it lives up to fans’ sky high expectations.

Where to buy it on vinyl

 Currently, you can only pick up the record at Amazon. Rise Records has not yet launched its own pre-orders.

Thrice — Anthology

October 30th

Why you should be excited

The announcement of Thrice’s hiatus was met by many with sadness. The longtime group had a certain effect on its fans, one which few bands could duplicate. But on the way out (for the time being at least) they’ll be giving listeners one more record to buy, this time in the form of a live album. The set, entitled “Anthology,” features several performances from their farewell tour spread across 4, 180-gram vinyl records. A must-have for fans of the band.

Where to buy it on vinyl

Staple Records has not launched pre-orders for the set. We’ll let you know as soon as they go up.


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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