2008 Album Release Calendar

Stephen Malkmus / photo by David Greenwald

Welcome to The Rawking Refuses To Stop!‘s 2008 album/CD/EP/awesome music release calendar, where we keep track of the year’s most interesting upcoming releases – when available, with MP3s. Note: As you probably know, album release dates are in a constant state of flux (hello, Chinese Democracy). We stay on top of things as best we can but check the label sites for up-to-date information.

January 29

Radar Bros. – Auditorium (Merge)

Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) – Field Manual (Barsuk)

> “Sing Again”: mp3

Ida – Lovers Prayers (Polyvinyl)

> “Lovers Prayer”: mp3 mp3

Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL)

Xiu Xiu – Women As Lovers (Kill Rock Stars)

Thao Nguyen – We Brave Bee Stings and All (Kill Rock Stars)

> “Beat (Health, Life and Fire)”: mp3

> “Bag of Hammers”: mp3

February 5

Nada Surf – Lucky (Barsuk)

> “See These Bones”: mp3

Hot Chip – Made in the Dark (DFA/Astralwerks)

February 12

British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

February 19

Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride (4AD)

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)

American Music Club – The Golden Age (Merge)

> “All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco”: mp3

Headlights – Some Racing, Some Stopping (Polyvinyl)

> “Cherry Tulips”: mp3

Crushed Stars – Gossamer Days (Simulcra)

> “Spies”: mp3

Kurt Cobain: About a Son OST

February 26

Beach House – Devotion (Carpark)

Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree (Mute)

Del The Funky Homosapien – 11th Hour (Def Jux)

Sunny Day Sets Fire – Stranger / Remix EP (IAMSOUND)

> “Stranger”: mp3

Pete Rock – NY’s Finest (Survivor)

March 4

Autechre – Quaristice (Warp)

White Hinterland – Phylactery Factory (Dead Oceans)

> “Dreaming of the Plum Trees”: mp3

Valet – Naked Acid (Kranky)

Black Forest/Black Sea – Portmanteau (Secret Eye)

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash (Matador)

> “Baltimore”: mp3

> “Cold Son”: mp3

Mia Doi Todd – Gea (Zen City)

Cadence Weapon – Afterparty Babies (Anti-)

What Made Milwaukee Famous – What Doesn’t Kill Us (Barsuk)

> “Resistance St.”: mp3

Whiskeytown – Stranger’s Almanac reissue (Geffen)

Howlin Rain – Magnificent Fiend (American Recordings)

March 10 (U.K.)

Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair (DFA/EMI)

March 11

Why? – Alopecia (Anticon)

> “The Hollows”: mp3

March 18

Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams (Merge)

> “Foam Hands”: mp3

Daniel Lanois – Here Is What Is (Red Floor)

Mission of Burma – Ace of Hearts catalog reissues (Matador)

Teenagers – Reality Check (XL)

Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) – Sixes and Sevens (Rough Trade)

DeVotchKa – A Mad And Faithful Telling (Anti-)

She & Him (M. Ward, Zoey Deschanel) – Volume 1 (Merge)

The Dodos – Visiter (Frenchkiss)

Sera Cahoone – Only As The Day Is Long (Sub Pop)

Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing (ATP)

Retribution Gospel Choir (members of Low) – Retribution Gospel Choir (Caldo Verde)

We Are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery (Virgin)

March 24

Guillemots – Red (Polydor – UK release)

March 25

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band – 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons (Constellation)

Morrissey’s Greatest Hits (Decca)

Under Byen – Siamesisk (Paper Bag)

De Navo Dahl – Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound (Roadrunner)

April 1

Sun Kil Moon – April (Caldo Verde)

The Black Keys – Attack & Release (Nonesuch)

Moby – Last Night (Mute)

Willie Nelson – One Hell of a Ride box set (Legacy)

R.E.M. – Accelerate (Warner Bros.)

Yelle – POP-UP (Caroline)

Annuals – Wet Zoo (Red Ink)

Muse – C.R.A.A.P. (Warner Bros.)

April 8

Man Man – Rabbit Habits (Anti-)

Colin Meloy – Colin Meloy Sings Live (Kill Rock Stars)

> “We Both Go Down Together (live)”: mp3

Breeders – Mountain Battles (4AD)

Animal Collective – Water Curses (Domino)

Neva Dinova – You May Already Be Dreaming (Saddle Creek)

Tapes ‘N Mediocrity – Walk It Off (XL)

> “Hang Them All”: mp3

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing (Polyvinyl)

> “Think I Wanna Die”: mp3

Clinic – Do It (Domino)

Foals – Antidotes (Sub Pop)

Peter Moren (of Peter Bjorn and John) – The Last Tycoon (Quarterstick)

The Long Blondes – Couples (Rough Trade)

Spoon – Don’t You Evah single (Merge)

The Explorer’s Club – Do You Love Me 7″ (Dead Oceans)

The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2 (reissue – K Records)

Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple (Downtown/Atlantic) **out now

Duke Spirit – Neptune (Artist First)

April 15

M83 – Saturday = Youth (Mute)

Little Ones – Morning Tide (Astralwerks)

Plastic Constellations – We Appreciate You (Frenchkiss)

Supergrass – Diamond Hoo Ha (Astralwerks)

Roommate – We Were Enchanted (Plug Research)

Brian Jonestown Massacre – My Bloody Underground (A Recordings)

April 22

Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords (Sub Pop)

> “Ladies of the World”: mp3

Replacements deluxe reissues, round one (Rhino)

Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek)

> “In a Cave”: mp3

Love – Forever Changes reissue (Rhino)

Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (Fiction/Geffen)

Billy Bragg – Mr. Love & Justice (Anti-)

April 28

Tindersticks – The Hungry Saw (Beggars Banquet)

April 29

Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English (Def Jux – U.S. release)

Jamie Lidell – Jim (Warp)

Willie Nelson – #1s (Legacy)

Constantines – Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts)

Boris – Smile (Southern Lord)

Hayden – In Field & Town (Fat Possum)

Carly Simon – This Kind of Love (Hear Music)

Bun B – Il Trill (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

Sarah McLachlan – Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff, Vol. 2 (Arista)

Lil Mama – VYP – Voice of the Young People (Jive)

The Supremes – Let The Music Play: Supremes Rarities 1960-1969 (Motown/Hip-O Select.com)

Santogold – Santogold

Robert Forster (ex-Go-Betweens) – The Evangelist (Yep Roc)

Awesome Color – Electric Aborigines (Ecstatic Peace)

> “Eyes of Light”: mp3


Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Lie Down in the Light (Drag City)

May 5 (UK)

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday At Devil Dirt (V2/Cooperative)

May 6

No Age – Nouns (Sub Pop)

> “Eraser”: mp3

The Last Shadow Puppets (Arctic Monkeys) – The Age of the Understatement (Domino)

Pattern is Movement – All Together (Hometapes)

Meho Plaza – Meho Plaza (Better Looking)

May 13

Flying Lotus – TBD (Warp)

Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)

The Old 97’s – Blame It On Gravity (New West)

Instruments – Dark Småland (Orange Twin)

Quiet Village – Silent Movie (!K7)

May 19

Spiritualized – Songs In A&E (Universal/Spaceman – UK release)

May 20

Islands – Arm’s Way (-Anti)

The Explorer’s Club – Freedom Wind (Dead Oceans)

> “Do You Love Me?”: mp3

Wedding Present – El Rey (Manifesto)

Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head (Tom Waits covers)

French Kicks – Swimming (Vagrant)

> “Abandon”: mp3

May 27

Broken Social Scene Presents…Brendan Canning (Arts & Crafts)

Mt. Eerie – Black Wooden Ceiling Opening EP (P.W. Elverum and Suns)

Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia (reissue – Astralwerks)

Al Green – Lay It Down (Blue Note)

June 3

Weezer – Weezer/The Red Album (Interscope)

Ladytron – Velocifero (Nettwerk)

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

> “White Winter Hymnal”: mp3

Spiritualized – Songs In A&E (U.S. release – Fontana International/Spaceman)

Shearwater – Rook (Matador)

> “Rooks”: mp3

Aimee Mann – @#%&! Smilers (Superego)

Adem – Takes (Domino)

Sebadoh – Bubble and Scrape (Domino)

Radiohead – The Best of (EMI)

Essie Jain – The Inbetween (Ba Da Bing)

June 10

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges (ATO)

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

The Beach Boys – U.S. Singles Collection – The Capitol Years (1962-1965) (Capitol/EMI)

June 17

My Brightest Diamond – A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (Asthmatic Kitty)

> “Inside a Boy”: mp3

Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)

Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (Capitol)

Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)

> “Call It A Ritual”: mp3

The Notwist – The Devil, You + Me (Domino)

> “Good Lies”: mp3

June 24

The Watson Twins – Fire Songs (Vanguard)

Au – Verbs (Aagoo)

Paul Weller – 22 Dreams (Yep Roc)

Hercules & Love Affair – Hercules & Love Affair (Mute)

July 1

Earlimart – Hymn & Her (Majordomo)

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Say Hey)

The Chap – Mega Breakfast (Ghostly International)

July 8

Ron Sexsmith – Exit Strategy of the Soul (Yep Roc)

Burial – DJ Kicks (!K7)

David Bowie – Live Santa Monica ’72 Reissue (Virgin/EMI)

Abe Vigoda – Skeleton (PPM)

July 11

Patti Smith and Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) – The Coral Sea (PASK)

July 15

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (Vagrant)

July 22

Dr. Dog – Fate (Park The Van)

CSS – Donkey (Sub Pop)

Pas/Cal – Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura

Lacktherof – Your Anchor (Barsuk)

Mogwai – Batcat EP (Matador)

Julie Doiron – Loneliest in the Morning (Jagjaguwar)

August 5

Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) – Conor Oberst (Merge)

The Faint – Fascination (Blank.wav)

Oneida – Preteen Weaponry (Jagjaguwar)

David Vandervelde – Waiting for the Sunshine (Secretly Canadian)

Ida – My Fair, My Dark EP (Polyvinyl)

Oxford Collapse – Bits (Sub Pop)

August 19

Stereolab – Chemical Chords (4AD)

Human Highway (Jim Guthrie and Nick Thorburn of Islands) – Moody Motorcycle (Secret City)

The Walkmen – You & Me (Gigantic)

The Stills – Oceans Will Rise (Arts & Crafts)

Lykke Li – Overrated Songwriter Nonsense No One Would Like If She Wasn’t Photogenic (LL Records)

August 26

Zach Hill (Hella) – Astrological Straights (Ipecac)

Matthew Sweet – Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory)

September 9

Okkervil RiverThe Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar)

Shaky Hands – Lunglight (Kill Rock Stars)

Bound Stems – The Family Afloat (Flameshovel)

Chad VanGaalenSoft Airplane (Sub Pop)

The Broken West – Now or Heaven (Merge)

Calexico – Carried to Dust (Quarterstick)

The New Year – The New Year (Touch and Go)

September 16

Fujiya & Miyagi – Lightbulbs (Deaf Dumb and Blind)

September 23

The Week That Was – The Week That Was (Memphis Industries)

Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling (Matador)

Max Richter – 24 Postcards in Full Color (Fat Cat)

TV on the Radio – Dear Science, (Interscope)

September 30

Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls (In The Red)

Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight (Yep Roc)

Dungen – 4 (Kemado)

Dressy Bessy – Holler and Stomp (Transdreamer)

October 7

Hauschka – Ferndorf (Fat Cat)

Deerhoof – Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars)

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Animal/Not Animal (Epic)

Lambchop – OH (ohio) (Merge)

Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08 (Matador)

Mt. EerieLost Wisdom (PW Elverum and Sun — out now via his website)

Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping (Polyvinyl)

October 14

Indian Jewelry – Free Gold (vinyl – Lovempump Unlimited)

Secret Machines – Secret Machines (TSM Recordings)

Minus Five – Indies Only (Yep Roc)

October 21

The Dears – Missles (Dangerbird)

Sea and Cake – Car Alarm (Thrill Jockey)

Parts & Labor – Receivers (Jagjaguwar)

White HinterlandLuniculaire EP (Dead Oceans)

+/- (Plus/Minus) – Xs On Your Eyes (Absolutely Kosher)

October 28

Ryan Adams & The CardinalsCardinology (Lost HIghway)

Matthew Herbert – When There’s Me And There’s You (!K7)

Fight Bite – Emerald Eyes (self-released)

Deerhunter – Microcastle (Kranky)

Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night (Slumberland)

November 4

Megapuss (Devendra Banhart) – Surfing

Little Joy (dude from Strokes) – Little Joy

James Yorkston – When the Haar Rolls In

Johann Johannsson – Fordlandia

Frida Hyvonen – Silence is Wild (Secretly Canadian)

Cale Parks (Aloha) – Sparkface (Polyvinyl)

November 11

Denison Witmer – Carry The Weight (The Militia Group)

Au Revoir Simone – Migration (remixes – Our Secret Record Company)

The SmithsThe Sound of the Smiths (Rhino)

Love Is All – A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night (What’s Your Rupture?)

November 18

Pavement – Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition (Matador)

Max Tundra – Parallax Error Beheads You (Domino)

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Sunday at Devil Dirt (V2)

Belle & SebastianThe BBC Sessions (Matador)

November 25

Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak

The Killers – Day and Age (Island)

The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Cross Of My Calling (Vagrant)

Kid Sister – Dream Date (Downtown)

December 2

Blackout Bleach – Skin of Evil (Soft Abuse)

The DecemberistsAlways The Bridesmaid Vol. 3 (Jealous Butcher)

December 9

Cat Power – Dark End of the Street EP


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