Move over Silversun Pickups, Super Furry Animals, The Thermals, and all you other outfits set to offer new releases in April! Sure, we still love you, but perhaps it’d be a wise decision to follow in the footsteps of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and move up your respective release dates. Ok, so maybe the forthcoming new efforts from Bob Dylan and Neil Young aren’t the reason Karen O moved up the release of It’s Blitz!, but I’d like to think it was – after all, let me repeat. Bob Dylan and Neil Young are releasing new albums…and they are both set to be released in April.

First, the news as it relates to Mr. Dylan. As we first told you last month, the Minnesota born singer/songwriter was apparently so pleased with his recent time in the studio working on the soundtrack for the upcoming film, My Own Love Song, that he kept going, and recorded a brand new studio album. At the time, an April release date was rumored, which has since been confirmed by Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke, who also managed to get a few other details about the followup to 2006’s Modern Times. In an article appearing in this week’s issue of the magazine, Fricke reveals that the yet-to-be-titled album will feature 10 tracks “with a seductive border-cafe feel (courtesy of the accordion on every track) and an emphasis on struggling-love songs.” To achieve this, Dylan reportedly tapped a slew of guests, including Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo rumored on accordion, along with his usual backing band.

At this point, life couldn’t get much better, right?

Oh, it certainly can, especially when you factor in the other high-profile release set to his music stores in April. On the 7th to be exact, Dylan’s Canadian contemporary, Neil Young, will be dishing out his own new release, a 10-track effort entitled Fork in the Road. Described by Rolling Stone as a “theme record about Young’s Linc Volt electric car project,” the album will feature nine selections previously debuted during Young’s recent North American tour, including the album’s title track which was recently offered in the form of a new music video.

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Fork in the Road Tracklist:
01. When Worlds Collide
02. Fuel Line
03. Just Singing A Song
04. Johnny Magic
05. Cough Up The Bucks
06. Get Behind The Wheel
07. Off The Road
08. Hit The Road
09. Light A Candle
10. Fork In The Road

Bob Dylan 2009 Tour Dates:
03/23 – Stockholm, SE @ Globe Arena
03/25 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
03/27 – Jonkoping, SE @ Kinnarps Arena
03/28 – Malmo, SE @ Malmo Arena
03/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
03/31 – Hannover, DE @ AWD Arena
04/01 – Berlin, DE @ Max-Schmeling-Halle
04/02 – Erfurt, DE @ Messehalle
04/04 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
04/05 – Saarbrucken, DE @ Saarlandhalle
04/07 – Paris, FR @ Palais des Congres
04/08 – Paris, FR @ Palais des Congres
04/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
04/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
04/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
04/14 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakobshalle
04/15 – Milan, IT @ MediolanumForum
04/17 – Rome, IT @ PalaLottomatica
04/18 – Florence, IT @ MandelaForum
04/20 – Geneva, CH @ Geneva Arena
04/21 – Strasbourg, FR @ Zenith
04/22 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
04/24 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
04/25 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
04/28 – Cardiff, UK @ CIA
04/29 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
05/01 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
05/02 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
05/03 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Playhouse
05/05 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Arena
05/06 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Arena

Neil Young 2009 Tour Dates:
04/06 – St. Johns, NF @ Mile One Centre
04/10 – Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
04/11 – Saint John, NB @ Harbour Station
04/13 – Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre
04/15 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
04/17 – Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Essar Centre
04/20 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
04/22 – Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
04/23 – Emonton, BC @ Rexall Place
04/25 – Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Centre
05/03 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Festival