10 Albums to Listen for This Summer

Summer is underway and while summer is often dominated by talk of blockbuster movies, the music industry has blockbusters of its own. Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is the blockbuster music event of the summer, easily the equal of any other media event of the year. But Gaga’s album isn’t the only blockbuster on the way as Beyonce launches a new record this summer as well.

Beyonce’s “4” highlights my list of the 10 most anticipated albums of the summer.

Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys May 31st

The Washington state singer songwriters Death Cab for Cutie are generating strong buzz for their new CD “Codes and Keys” thanks to the single “You Are a Tourist.” Though my anticipation for this record is high the Guardian UK gave “Codes and Keys” 2 out of 5 stars.

My Morning Jacket Circuital May 31st

My Morning Jacket returns three years after their last studio record with “Circuital.” The record was recorded in an old church in the band’s hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. Spin Magazine has reviewed the record and scored it 8 out of 10.

Jill Scott The Light of the Sun June 21st

Returning after a four year absence on the record charts and a lengthy legal battle with her former record company, Hidden Beach, Jill Scott deliever “The Light of the Sun” on June 21st. The record features guest appearances by Eve, Mos Def, Anthony Hamilton and Black Thought.

Pitbull Planet Pit June 21st

Rapper Pitbull has been all over the place, from WWE Monday Night Raw to ABC’s Dancing with the Stars to promote his sixth record “Planet Pit.” The song “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne Yo is already a major hit.

Beyonce 4 June 28th

The only performer more ubiquitous than Pitbull this spring has been Beyonce who is working hard to promote the June 28th release of her record “4.” Beyonce has appeared on Saturday Night Live, at the Billboard Music Awards and in a lengthy appearance on the American Idol finale with her huge new single “1+1.”

Colbie Caillat All of You July 12th

The ‘˜Bubbly’ singer songwriter Colbie Caillat is back with a pair of hit singles already in 2011, “I Do” and the latest “Brighter than the Sun.” The CD, “All of You” doesn’t even get released until July 12th.

They Might Be Giants Join Us July 19th

After years of making records for kids, They Might Be Giants return to their pop rocking roots with their first record for an adult audience, “Join Us.” Four tracks from “Join Us” are already available for download as an EP. The website Altsounds offered an early rave review of “Join Us” that proclaims this the record that fans of TMBG have been waiting 20 years for.

Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges August 16th

Actor Jeff Bridges earned an Academy Award for his performance as a troubled country star in the movie “Crazy Heart.” Now, Bridges is ready for his very first studio recording. On his self titled debut for Blue Note Records Bridges will team with his “Crazy Heart” producer Ryan Bingham as well as Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Mirror Traffic August 23rd

The lead singer of Pavement returns to his other band for a new record produced by Beck called “Mirror Traffic.” This will be the last album for drummer and former Sleater Kinney and Wild Flag member Janet Weiss. Still no explanation of what a Jick is.

Lenny Kravitz Black and White America August 30th

After establishing his acting rep with a role in the Oscar nominee “Precious” and becoming a Jeep pitchman Lenny Kravitz returns to rock n’ roll with “Black and White America.” The much delayed record began life as “Funk” and was being recorded in New Orleans before the title changed to “Negrophilia” and production switched between Paris and the Bahamas. Now the two disc record is complete and titled and ready for release August 30th. We hope.