Well, that's the first half of the year done. Onwards - as for the next quarter, July to September, what should we be waiting up for?
Mystery Jets - Serotonin: 5th July
Produced by industry veteran Chris Thomas, you can currently hear it for yourself on their Myspace (we'd advise you to pause the auto-starting video right at the top of the page first) Synth-pop, big soft rock and ELO English hugeness are 'promised'.
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul: 12th July
You might already have this, it's the David Lynch collaboration that EMI held back a year ago and got released as a blank CD, Danger Mouse suggesting we track down the leak and burn that instead. It's got a load of guests on and is all over the place.
MIA - /\/\ /\ Y /\ : 12th July
Worst typograpic title ever, worst cover ever, lots of noise (Sleigh Bells produce one track), track called Teqkilla. It's a long way up from here if it's going anywhere fast.
Mitchell Museum - The Peters Port Memorial Service: 12th July
Looking to take the Scot-alt initative back from Edinburgh, the Glaswegians' self-produced debut album will surely burst with as many abstract ideas wrapped inside and around odd pop structures as their EPs did.
Tender Trap - Dansette Dansette: 12th July
In a just world newspapers would be running admiring pieces about Amelia Fletcher's 25 year near unbroken service to the cause of jangle-pop. Hey, they've got a couple of weeks yet. Although it's their third album the introduction of Elizabeth from Allo Darlin' and a stand-up drummer has aided a return to joyful C86 via girl group values.
Love Ends Disaster! - City Of Glass: 26th July
Look, we covered this ages ago
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs: 2nd August
You may know about this one. Sixteen tracks, eight changeable covers a la Pulp's Different Class, and a whole lot of expectation.
Shoes And Socks Off - Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not: 9th August
Seem to be writing about this in every other post at the moment, so once more round the block for now; Tobias Hayes, a guitar and a lot of things to get off his mind. Fourth album in a fairly short space of time, issued by lovely Big Scary Monsters.
Silvery - Railway Architecture: 9th August
2008's Thunderer & Excelsior was a quiet marvel of a debut album, all whirring organ-led English psychedelia and eccentric songsmithery. No idea what this will be like. Much the same, at a guess.
Sky Larkin - Kaleide: 9th August
Recorded in Botswana and produced by former Eldorado favourite Jesse Birdsall, which seems a brave decision.
Ho-honly joking. In Seattle with John Goodmanson, of course. Verdict upon hearing a few songs live recently: much the same, only far more so.
!!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?: 23rd August
We doubt Nic Offer and co have ever come across Ron Manager, so stop that. Some of it was recorded in Berlin, a lot of it was apparently influenced by such.
Klaxons - Surfing The Void: 23rd August
LOLcat cover, lots of space-noise-prog and the thought that Polydor having rejected their first go maybe there's something really interesting lurking in someone's vaults.
Everything Everything - Man Alive: 30th August
David Kosten, who's done loads, has had the job of trying to corral a fluid album from some very jerky, falsetto, oddly vocally arranged, synthy, bleepy songs. The Sunday Times printed that they could be the British band most likely to produce the great debut album stunner of 2010. No pressure.
Rose Elinor Dougall - Without Why: 30th August
A second release on this date by someone who put out a debut single in December 2008 and has released loads of material since without an album until now. This is on her own Scarlett Music, running a hell of a gamut from retro-futurism to power pop to orchestrated airiness. Oddly, some might say suspiciously, the all new Pipettes' second LP, Earth Versus The Pipettes, is out a week later.
Interpol - Interpol: 6th September
Grr, eponymous albums that aren't debuts. Some say it's back to the first two albums in terms of dense post-punk sound, which would be very welcome.
Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle: 13th September
Suspicions raised that this date in particular might be a trifle oversubscribed. Some Swedish people called Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, who've worked with Fever Ray, produce. The advance track Here Sometimes musically sounds like Beach House playing at being Depeche Mode. Maybe it'll make more sense in context.
Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep: 13th September
His first album to be recorded after recovering from his double brain haemorrhage, writers and players include Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, Ryan Jarman, Magic Number Romeo Stodart and assorted Drums.
Grinderman - Grinderman 2: 13th September
Well, clearly no further questions necessary. Warren Ellis says it's different from the first album and the last Bad Seeds work, to be as precise as Ellis ever gets "stoner rock meets Sly Stone via Amon Duul".
Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin: 13th September
This'll be good. Claimed influence from Superchunk and Dischord Records, and also songs that are intended as a more effective soundtrack to Tim Harrington half-dressed as an 18th century pirate hanging off a balcony.
The Vaselines - Sex With An X: 13th September
Only their second proper album, their previous in 1989. Produced by the same person, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee are now backed by Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea and Michael McGaughrin from the 1990s. That title seems made for them.
The Walkmen - Lisbon: 13th September
Produced by John Congleton; "Congleton's production is usually notable by a signature dark sound and a rhythm section that is very large and enveloping". Sounds about right.
David Thomas Broughton - Outbreeding: TBA
The inscrutable loop pedal loon of Otley is about to play what he advertises as 'my last gig... for a while', without he or new label Static Caravan having yet issued a street date (AFAIK) for the album he's been selling at shows for a while.
Panda Bear - Tomboy: TBA
Tricky to tell with Noah Lennox. Person Pitch was a glorious cut, paste and loop patchwork, Young Prayer a mantra-like simple lamentation. Dance beats have been talked about now. Reputedly you've never seen anything like the charge away from the tent at Primavera where he debuted some of this.