As much as I would like to do a [jwz-esque 2008 music wrap-up](http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/music2007.html), I just don't have it in me. So, instead I've put together a list of what I'm looking forward to in 2009. I've done just a tiny bit of research on release dates and my release date extrapolations should be treated as the "worst kind of science" (even if the kids do love me).
## [Interpol](http://www.interpolnyc.com/) ##
Their last releases were July 2007, August 2005, and October 2002. So, hopefully later this year we'll see a new release from them. I've been happy with how their albums have progressed and have every expectation for their next release to be even better than Our Love to Admire.
## [The Hives](http://www.thehivesbroadcastingservice.com/) ##
It's doubtful that there will be a new release this year. They still seem to be touring animals and they appear to be closer to a 3 year release schedule (April 2000, July 2004, Oct 2007). That being said, I would love to hear a new release this year.
It was supposed to be out in the summer of '08. Then it was the fall of '08. Then it was '09. Now it's TBA.
## [Nine Inch Nails](http://www.nin.com/)
Trent Reznor is no longer bound by major label rules. I expect a number of releases. What will they be like? Who knows. Less like Ghosts I-IV I hope.
## [The Strokes](http://www.thestrokes.com/)
[Gigwise](http://www.gigwise.com/news/44382/the-strokes-to-meet-up-to-discuss-making-new-album) has some quotes that have a new release in 2009, so, you know...yay.
## [The Chemical Brothers](http://www.thechemicalbrothers.com/)
As far as I know there are no rumors of a 2009 release. It would still be nice to get a new Chemicals though.
## [Franz Ferdinand](http://www.franzferdinand.co.uk/)
It's already available for [pre-order](http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPreorder?id=298478808&s=143441) in iTunes.
## [We Are Scientists](http://www.wearescientists.com/)
According to their website, they started writing the new album in December. In an underwater cave. So, it should go quickly.
## [OK Go](http://www.okgo.net/)
They were recording tracks last October. Tick tock...
In my limited amount of searching I haven't found any news. But, hope abounds.
## [The Crystal Method](http://www.thecrystalmethod.com/)
I'm pretty sure I read something last year about there being a new album in the works.
As I composed this list it suddenly became clear to me that I detest sites, even band sites, that auto-play music. What makes them think I'm not _already_ listening to music?
## [Arcade Fire](http://arcadefire.com/)
It looks like there will be a concert DVD from the Neon Bible tour. No news of new music though.
Yes, they've been "disbanded" since 2002. I don't care. I want more.
Now, this list is by no means exhaustive. I'm sure there are many bands that will release new albums in 2009 that I will be totally jazzed about. It may even be that because I'm not expecting them, they will be that much more delicious.