It’s time to celebrate the new year and the first week of album releases in 2013, LAmb readers! My favorite releases from 2012 have been on heavy rotation lately, and it’s time to refresh my iPod with some new music. The first week of the new year brings us several albums from across the music spectrum, including a live album, solid additions to discographies, and a killer soundtrack. If this diverse collection is a taste of what’s in store for 2013, the future looks pretty bright.

Guster –  Live and Acoustic

Every live album has that beloved personal touch, and this release from Guster is twice as likely to be great because the indie rockers are known for their incredible performances, which include cover songs and interactive elements for their audiences. With the addition of violin and cello to their normal arrangements, these tracks showcase the band’s charm and talent. If you’re checking us out from the East Coast, you can catch Guster on tour now and see them really bring these songs to life.


Various Artists – Girls – Volume One

I’m a twenty-five-year-old girl, so it goes without saying that Girls is one of my favorite new shows, and this soundtrack from Season One is just as alluring as the series’ part-existential, part-frivolous dialogue. Indie label Fueled By Ramen is releasing this collection of songs from well known acts like Robyn and fun. as well as the lesser known White Sea and Oh Land. Grouplove and Santigold make appearances as well, so be sure to pick up this soundtrack and spin it until the Season Two premiere this weekend (What? I told you I’m a big fan!)

GIRLS Soundtrack Cover Art Lo Res

Dropkick Murphys – Signed and Sealed in Blood

For this, the eighth studio album from the high-energy Irish punk band, they’ve dropped the heavy themes and stories from their previous release, instead opting for catchy tunes with plenty of audience sing-alongs. They will be retaining the familiar themes of family, community, and heritage, though, so pick up this in-your-face album and see how Dropkick Murphys still make you want to toast to your friends and challenge your enemies to a bar fight.


Black Veil Brides – Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones

Black Veil Brides are theatrical as ever on this third studio release. Billed as a “rock opera concept album,” this album will go hand-in-hand with their film Legion of the Black, which will follow a group of rebels known as The Wild Ones as they “defend their hearts, minds and bodies against F.E.A.R.” If you’re looking for an over-the-top, dramatic heavy metal album, make sure to check this one out.


Check out the best of the rest being released today below!

Hollywood Undead – Notes from the Underground


Conor Maynard – Contrast


Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio


The Last Royals – Twistification