Haven't You Heard? - New Music Releases of January 2013

Mini review collection, graduate class exercise; published 1/27/13: http://lifeabr.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/havent-you-heard-what-you-need-to-know-about-new-music-from-january-13/

Not all of us have the time (or the interest) to stay completely up to date on pop culture, especially music. It'll often seem like so many things are being released at such consistent rate, it would be near impossible to keep up.

January is almost gone…were you able to get some new music into your library? If the answer is no, fear not; here's a (small) list of what you should've heard in January  - and why you should've heard it!

twenty one pilots: Vessel
Released: January 8, 2013
Why you need it: On their first major label release, twenty one pilots let the mainstream know why they've got such a devoted cult following - lead vocalist (and rapper - yes, really) Tyler Joseph commands you to listen with his piano poetry, while drummer Josh Dunn just doesn't quit.

New Order: Lost Sirens
Released: January 14, 2012
Why you need it: New Order is a cornerstone in the alternative rock genre, having been around since 1980. Lost Sirens, their ninth studio release, is a collection of songs recorded while they were working on 2005's impeccable Waiting for the Sirens' Call but never made it on the record. Not to mention, this is their first album in seven years!

A$AP Rocky: Long. Live. A$AP
Released: January 15, 2013
Why you need it: There's a new genre emerging underneath the hip hop and rap you think you might hate, and A$AP is at the helm. This release will change your notion of what good hip hop is. I promise.

Bad Religion: True North
Released: January 22, 2013
Why you need it: If you know anything about punk, you know the name Bad Religion. This is their sixteenth album. Their SIXTEENTH! And not only is it getting wide critical praise, but it's impressively accessible. Put this on your "Hell yeah!" playlist.

Cazzette: Eject pt. III
Released: January 22, 2013
Why you need it: This small EP is the third installment of Swedish DJ duo Cazzette's Eject series, earmarking a full-length album that brought "Beam Me Up" into every single club in America. They manage to maintain their distinct electro house style while still making everyone want to dance - and that's why you need this.

Honorable Mention:

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob
Set for release: January 29, 2013

Why you need it: All pop music blogs are talking about Tegan and Sara's seventh studio album, and for good reason. Wanna be ahead of the curve? You can listen to Heartthrob in full at Rolling Stone.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tegan-and-sara-continue-pop-evolution-on-heartthrob-album-premiere-20130124

Now you've got enough new music knowledge under your belt to schmooze even the savviest of hipsters. Make sure to turn it up