2012 Winter Music Preview

Language Advisory: This program contains song lyrics that some listeners may find offensive.

Clockwise from top left: Sleigh Bells, Stew, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater.

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On last week's All Songs Considered, we rang out 2011 with a show of holiday music that featured the sounds of sleigh bells. This week, we ring in the new year with Sleigh Bells of a different sort: Bob Boilen, Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson and Jacob Ganz flip the release-date calendar forward to look at a dozen new songs from albums that come out in the early months of 2012.

That crop includes the first blasts of sound from Reign of Terror, the sophomore album from Sleigh Bells, which puts a studio sheen on the duo's machine-gun beats and flame-thrower guitars. A few more favorites offer new twists on familiar sounds: Clear Heart Full Eyes, the first solo album from The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, sounds thoughtful and almost depressed. Tramp, the third album from Sharon Van Etten, shows off the songwriter's rough side. La Grande surrounds Laura Gibson's haunted voice with muscular drumming.

In the first few months of 2012, we'll also greet the long-awaited return of the veteran indie-pop band Imperial Teen, while the guitar-drums-and-violin trio Dirty Three will break a seven-year hiatus to release the typically stormy Toward the Low Sun.

Also on the program: releases from Adam Arcuragi and Shearwater (both set to build on the longtime support of Bob and Stephen, respectively), burly roots-rock from The White Buffalo, gospel-inspired jazz from Charlie Haden and the late Hank Jones, and more.

2012 Preview

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Sleigh Bells

  • Album: Reign of Terror
  • Song: Born to Lose

Learn more about this release at Sleigh Bells' website.

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Shearwater

  • Album: Animal Joy
  • Song: Animal Life

Learn more about this release at Sub Pop Records.

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Stew & The Negro Problem

  • Album: Making It
  • Song: Love Is A Cult

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Love Is A Cult
Album
Making It
Artist
Stew & The Negro Problem
Label
Tight Natural
Released
2012

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Adam Arcuragi

  • Album: Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It...
  • Song: The Well

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The Well
Album
Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It...
Artist
Adam Arcuragi
Label
The Moon Recording Company
Released
2012

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Craig Finn

  • Album: Clear Heart Full Eyes
  • Song: Rented Room

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Rented Room
Album
Clear Heart Full Eyes
Artist
Craig Finn
Label
Vagrant
Released
2012

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Dirty Three

  • Album: Toward The Low Sun
  • Song: That Was Was

Learn more about this release at Drag City Records.

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Imperial Teen

  • Album: Feel the Sound
  • Song: Out From Inside

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Out From Inside
Album
Feel the Sound
Artist
Imperial Teen
Label
Merge
Released
2012

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Charlie Haden/Hank Jones

  • Album: Come Sunday
  • Song: Going Home

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Going Home
Album
Come Sunday
Artist
Charlie Haden/Hank Jones
Label
Emarcy
Released
2012

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Sharon Van Etten

  • Album: Tramp
  • Song: Serpents

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Serpents
Album
Tramp
Artist
Sharon Van Etten
Label
Jagjaguwar
Released
2012

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Laura Gibson

  • Album: La Grande
  • Song: La Grande

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La Grande
Album
La Grande
Artist
Laura Gibson
Label
Barsuk Records
Released
2012

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The White Buffalo

The White Buffalo

  • Album: Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Song: BB Guns and Dirtbikes

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Chairlift

  • Album: Something
  • Song: Met Before

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Met Before
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Something
Artist
Chairlift
Label
Columbia
Released
2012

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