All I'm hoping for in 2012 is a decrease in the amount of Dubstep being hyped and produced. I'm quite excited to see what 2012 DnB is going to give us, RAM are nurturing some young talent, I've heard exciting things might be coming from hospital and a lot of the smaller labels are starting to produce some top quality stuff too!
i'm only up to track 3 of glass kites's s/t, but my god it is incredible. it is very radiohead-y, but it's by no means a bad thing. i also picked up the following, none of which i have listened to yet:
I was hoping since Matt Bayles is producing there would be a decent change in sound from Mama, I'm Swollen, but from what I've heard this could maybe even be worse. Probably not though. Mind you, I still kind of enjoy Mama, I'm Swollen if only for the first 3 tracks so I've still got hopes.
Xiu Xiu is putting out a new single on monday and then Idunno maybe their album is coming out this month or next I'm not sure. I AAAM pretty excited for the new Foxy Shazam too even though I don't think I'll like it as much as The Flamingo Trigger or their self-titled.
I got the one free download from Cursive's new album "The Sun and Moon" and after a couple listens... I'm pretty lukewarm on it. They're way too polished these days, I miss the absolute ferocity and rawness of their early records.
I am quite looking forward to what Armin van Buuren will produce. 2011 saw the Mirage Remix album, and Universal Religion 5, and we know that ASOT 550 will be big this year. As for what else, maybe he'll do some more tours here in the East coast of the United States.
I don't really care about them putting out another album. But I bet if they did it would be sweet. Sparta and the Mars Volta are really just two halves of At the Drive-in going off on a tangent in my opinion. The Mars Volta has all the neat-o (or not so neato) experimentation and angular guitar lines and Sparta's got the post-hardcore song structures and riffs and whatnot.
The new Xiu Xiu is pretty good idunno it didn't make me cream or anything but it sounds like the album is pretty promising.
I gueess I'll check out the new of Montreal even though my opinion of that band ranges from 'pretty enjoyable' to 'fuck this, fuck this so hard'.