It just dawned on me, right this second, that May 2010 is going to be effing awesome.  I mean, May is usually pretty great, what with the weather starting to get nice, squirrels and other small creatures running amok, trees and plants in full bloom, all that nonsense.  But this is not a climatology blog.  It is not a zoology blog.  It is not a natureology(?) blog.  It is a music blog.  And the reason that May 2010 is going to be awesome is that never before have there been so many potentially amazing albums being released in such a short period of time.  It’s enough to make me want to load all of them up on my iPod, superglue headphones to my ears, and live in auditory hedonism, completely oblivious to anything around me.

Potentially amazing albums of note:

New Pornographers – Together
(May 4)

“Their fifth full-length is produced by the band and Phil Palazzolo, and recorded in Vancouver, Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Catskill, NY. The album is comprised of 9 A.C. Newman songs and 3 Dan Bejar numbers, and features the full eight-person lineup of Carl, Dan, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Kathryn Calder, Todd Fancey and Blaine Thurier. Additional musicians include Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Zach Condon (Beirut), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), and the Dap-Kings Horns, among other talents.”


Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
(May 4)

“The first song from Broken Social Scene’s forthcoming new album, Forgiveness Rock Record, entitled “World Sick,” is now available for download via the band’s website brokensocialscene.ca.  Forgiveness Rock Record will be released May 4th, 2010, and was co-produced by the band and Tortoise’s John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, with additional recording at Giant Studio and The Schvitz Studio in Toronto.”


The National – High Violet
(May 11)

“High Violet is the Brooklyn quintet’s first full-length release since 2007’s acclaimed long-player Boxer and all eleven tracks were recorded in the band’s own studio in Brooklyn with further recording and mixing at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut with Peter Katis.”


LCD Soundsystem – TBA
(May 17)

“The long-anticipated third LCD Soundsystem album, which still doesn’t have a title, has been announced by DFA and Parlophone for a May 17 release date. The album is nine tracks long, and either “Drunk Girls” or “Change” will be the first single.”


Arcade Fire – TBA
(May ? – unconfirmed)

“The album, which according to Billboard sources is currently on track for a May release, will be Arcade Fire’s first set of new material since 2007’s “Neon Bible.” The band have not performed publicly since Jan. 21, when the group played at the Obama Campaign Staff Ball at the DC Armory following the presidential inauguration.”

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