2012 Winter Music Preview : All Songs Considered We look at some of the music coming out in the first few months of 2012 and play a dozen new songs from musicians including Sleigh Bells, Craig Finn, Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten.

2012 Winter Music Preview

2012 Winter Music Preview

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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. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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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

Sleigh Bells

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"Born to Lose"

From 'Reign of Terror'

Learn more about this release at Sleigh Bells' website.

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Shearwater

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"Animal Life"

From 'Animal Joy'

Learn more about this release at Sub Pop Records.

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Stew & The Negro Problem

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"Love Is A Cult"

From 'Making It'

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Adam Arcuragi

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"The Well"

From 'Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It...'

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Craig Finn

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"Rented Room"

From 'Clear Heart Full Eyes'

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Dirty Three

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"That Was Was"

From 'Toward The Low Sun'

Learn more about this release at Drag City Records.

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Imperial Teen

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"Out From Inside"

From 'Feel the Sound'

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Charlie Haden/Hank Jones

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"Going Home"

From 'Come Sunday'

"Going Home"

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Sharon Van Etten

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"Serpents"

From 'Tramp'

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Laura Gibson

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"La Grande"

From 'La Grande'

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The White Buffalo

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"BB Guns and Dirtbikes"

From 'Once Upon a Time in the West'

Learn more about this release at The White Buffalo's website.

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Chairlift

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"Met Before"

From 'Something'

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