UPDATED: Noise Narcs Most Anticipated 2015

Man, and 2015′s releases keep getting better and better. Blur?!?!? Another Sun Kil Moon album? A promising step-forward from Torres? Godspeed!?!? Best Coast blissing out? Holy crap. Below are the list and its changes for the first two months of this truly amazing musical years.

12 Blur, The Magic Whip, April 27, 2015
16 Sun Kil Moon, Universal Themes, June 2, 2015
26 Torres, Sprinter, May 5, 2015
27 Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, March 31, 2015
29 Jonny Greenwood / Shye Ben Tzur / Um, some Indian musicians?, TBA, TBA
37 Best Coast, California Nights, May 5, 2015
41 Hot Chip, Why Make Sense? May 18, 2015
47 Miguel, Wild Heart (recording)
49 The Tallest Man on Earth, Dark Bird Is Home, May 12, 2015
52 Brian Wilson, No Pier Pressure, April 7,2015
57 Florence and the Machine, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, June 2
65 The Very Best, Makes a King, April 7, 2015
66 Metz, Metz II, May 5
67 Passion Pit, Kindred, April 2015
70 Built to Spill, Untethered Moon, April 21, 2015
71 Surfer Blood, 1000 Palms, May 12
73 Wire, Wire, April 21
78 Cannibal Ox , Blade of the Ronin, March 3, 2015
79 Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld , Never were the way she was, April 28

Lower Dens, Escape From Evil: March 31, 2015
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I sit and think, March 24, 2015
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love: May 26, 2015
Modest Mouse to be released March 17

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Noise Narcs Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Our most anticipated albums of 2014 was not so shabby. Beck, Sharon van Etten, St Vincent, Angel Olsen, and The War on Drugs were all on our top 10 most anticipated albums that ended up on our top ten of 2015. I take no blame for not predicting a D’Angelo album, although we gave Spoon (#22 anticipated vs ranked #3), Run the Jewels (#25 vs. #2), and I somehow didn’t anticipate anybody liking FKA Twigs (and still don’t).

On to 2015! And oh man, what a monster year for music this is looking to be.

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Noise Narcs Top Albums of 2014 Now Available!

Noise Narcs’ 2014 Top Albums of the Year is now available!

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Noise Narcs’ Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

Just in time for Valentine’s day, too late for anything else: Noise Narcs’ most anticipated albums of 2014.

Not doing a full recap of 2013′s most anticipated this year, but I will say this: dead on about #1 (Kurt Vile) and #2 (Phosphorescent). Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Boards of Canada, Jay-Z in our top 10 anticipated of 2013? Considerably less right.

As was the case last year, I’ll update this periodically throughout the year. OG signals the album’s original position.

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Noise Narcs: Top Albums of 2013 Now Available!

Noise Narcs’ Top Albums of 2013 is now available. Better late than never, right?

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Noise Narcs’ Most Anticipated Releases of 2013

As per usual, our best albums of 2012 proved that my powers of anticipation for the year’s best albums were weak. Our overall and my personal #1 was ranked #45, our #2 was unranked, our #3 was #52, our #4 was unranked, and our #5 unranked. But hey: #6 was ranked #5, and #7 was ranked #1. So hey, baby steps.

I have to admit: this year’s lineup of albums is getting me pretty excited. A lot of very, very promising releases.

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Thom Yorke’s hosting moves

So things might get a bit bumpy, non-existant readers.

In the meantime, enjoy Thom Yorke and a Thom Yorke-lookalike lady dancing:

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Torres Throws One Right Down Noise Narcs’ wheelhouse

Despite our claims of sexism, in the last two years, two smoky and sparse female rockers have come out of nowhere to claim our top album of the year spot. If you scanned our most anticipated albums of 2013, however, you wouldn’t find a single one. Given the ridiculous slate of great music to be released in 2013, I’d bet against a hat trick, but if the stylings of PJ Harvey and Sharon Van Etten are your thing as much as they are ours, Torres’ quietly explosive eponymous album is well worth throwing in the ring.

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Noise Narcs: Top Albums of 2012

Our best of year list is now available here.

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Noise Narcs’ Very Late Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

In January, I looked through our list of most anticipated albums of 2011 to see how my powers of prognostication held up. Well… let’s start with the fact that I ranked my own personal and our overall number one album of 2011 at #21… below Peter, Bjorn, & John. Whoops. Sorry, Polly Jean.

Of the albums in our actual top #20 of 2011, only six were in the top #20 of the anticipated list (Radiohead, Cut Copy, Fleet Foxes, Jay-Z & Kanye, Bon Iver, and Kurt Vile). Seven of our anticipated of 2011 continue to be anticipated: next year in Aphex Twin? And a whole bunch of albums that hadn’t been announced swarmed the lists. Of course, it’s also possible that I may not be as hip to the “new music” as I pretend to be…

So, for my own edification, right after doing that comparison, I put together this list of my most anticipated albums of 2012 in January, with the intention of posting it. January’s the new March, know what I mean, Vern?

I’m going to try to keep this updated as new releases come out. When an album’s release is conjectural, I’ve noted it, and weighed that albums anticipation level accordingly. I won’t change the order based on hearing an album, but I will try to update it based on albums being announced, like I’ve just done by adding Beach House to the #1 spot cuz holy shit a new Beach House album.

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