Music Monday: New Albums, Videos, and Music News

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  • Publish Date: April 9, 2012

This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, April 10 unless otherwise indicated. Click on any LISTEN link to listen to a free, streaming version of the entire album (typically, available only during the week of release); streaming links go to AOL Music unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.

Accept Stalingrad
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls LISTEN
Amadou & Mariam Folila
Santigold, TV on the Radio, and Nick Zinner guest
Ancestors In Dreams & Time
Bassnectar Vava Voom LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
Black Dice Mr. Impossible LISTEN (3voor12)
Cavo Thick As Thieves LISTEN
Choir of Young Believers Rhine Gold
CD release
Counting Crows Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation) LISTEN
Covers album
Cupp Cave Retina Waves
UK only (9 April)
Dead Sara Dead Sara LISTEN
Demon Hunter True Defiance
Dinosaur Feathers Whistle Tips LISTEN (Spin)
John Doe & Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing
Kat Edmonson Way Down Low
Eight & A Half Eight & A Half LISTEN (Paste)
New band consisting of Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene and Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil of The Stills
Eternal Summers The Dawn of Eternal Summers
Fastway Eat Dog Eat
Simone Felice Simone Felice
Solo debut for former member of the Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King
Florence + The Machine MTV Unplugged LISTEN (3voor12)
A deluxe edition adds a DVD of the performance
Philip Glass Symphony No.9
Grand Duchy Let the People Speak
Nanci Griffith Intersection
Halestorm Strange Case Of
Mickey Hart Band Mysterium Tremendum
Iron Maiden En Vivo! 2xCD
2011 concert performance in Chile
Job for a Cowboy Demonocracy
Joseph LoDuca Spartacus: Vengeance OST
Jeff Loomis Plains of Oblivion LISTEN
Kraftwerk The Catalogue 8xCD
Limited edition (of 2,000) box set containing remastered versions of every Kraftwerk album; available exclusively at MOMA in New York or through MOMA's online store.
Lords of Acid Deep Chills
First album in 12 years
The Mastersons Birds Fly South
Alan Menken Mirror Mirror OST
Monica New Life LISTEN
Municipal Waste Fatal Feast
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Wasted
oOoOO Our Loving is Hurting Us EP
Pelican Ataraxia / Taraxis EP LISTEN
Prince Royce Phase II
Bonnie Raitt Slipstream
Her first album in seven years includes covers of songs written by Gerry Rafferty, Bob Dylan, and more
Todd Rundgren's Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon '75
First commercial release of widely bootlegged concert (the band's first UK performance)
Curtis Salgado Soul Shot
Scars on 45 Scars on 45 LISTEN (Billboard)
Sleepy Sun Spine Hits LISTEN (3voor12)
Steep Canyon Rangers Nobody Knows You
Taproot The Episodes
Trampled by Turtles Stars and Satellites LISTEN (Paste)
Trembling Bells and Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Marble Downs
Collaboration between Glasgow-based folk outfit and Will Oldham
Lissy Trullie Lissy Trullie LISTEN
Various Damsels in Distress OST
Various Think Like a Man OST LISTEN
M. Ward
A Wasteland Companion LISTEN
The singer-songwriter's seventh studio album is his first solo release in three years, following after a pair of albums with Zooey Deschanel (as She & Him) as well as a release with his other group, Monsters of Folk. Deschanel does guest on the new album, as does Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes).
Emily Wells Mama LISTEN
Alex Winston King Con
World Party Arkeology 5xCD
Box set includes 70 previously unreleased tracks, including new songs, live recordings, alternate versions, covers, and more, plus a book
Wumpscut Women and Satan First
Elliott Yamin Let's Get to What's Real LISTEN
Zambri House of Baasa LISTEN

More streaming and downloadable new music

Artifacts
TRACK "Easter" (first single in 15 years) streaming at Prefix.
Ane Brun
TRACK "Neighborhood #1 {Tunnels)" (Arcade Fire cover) downloadable from Rolling Stone.
CFCF
TRACK "Exercise #5 (September)," from the forthcoming EP Exercises, downloadable from Spin.
ALBUM Exercises EP streaming this week at Hype Machine.
Curren$y
TRACK "What It Look Like" (featuring Wale) streaming at Soundcloud.
Daedelus
TRACK "Curtains Don't Talk" downloadable from Mixmag.
Dive
TRACK "How Long Have You Known?" downloadable from Pitchfork.
Doseone
TRACK "Last Life" downloadable from Stereogum.
Alejandro Escovedo
TRACK "Man of the World" streaming at Rolling Stone.
Father John Misty
TRACK "Nancy From Now On" downloadable from Stereogum.
Field Music
TRACK "Rent" (Pet Shop Boys cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
Aaron Freeman [aka Gene Ween]
TRACK "Love's Been Good To Me" streaming at Stereogum.
The Fresh & Onlys
TRACK "Do What I Came To Do" downloadable from Pitchfork.
The Game
ALBUM California Republic downloadable as a free mixtape.
Horse Feathers
ALBUM Cynic's New Year (out next week) streaming now at NPR.
Jaill
TRACK "Waste a Lot of Things" downloadable from Sub Pop.
Japandroids
TRACK "Jack the Ripper" (Nick Cave cover) streaming at Stereogum.
jj
TRACK "Beautiful Life," from the forthcoming EP jj n° 4 (out May 8), streaming at Pitchfork.
Tom Jones
TRACK "Evil," featuring Jack White on guitar, downloadable from KCRW.
Lambchop
TRACK "Gone Tomorrow" streaming at KCRW.
Willie Nelson
TRACK "Just Breathe" (Pearl Jam cover) streaming at Rolling Stone.
Ramona Falls
TRACK "Sqworm" downloadable from Spin.
The Raveonettes
TRACK "Into the Night," from the forthcoming EP of the same name, downloadable at Filter.
Scissor Sisters
TRACK "Only the Horses" streaming at YouTube (audio/lyrics).
Spaceghostpurrp
TRACK "Lustful 97" downloadable from Stereogum.
Spiritualized
ALBUM Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (out next week) streaming this week at NPR.
T.I.
TRACK "Love This Life" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
Various
ALBUM Stash Rituals, a sampler of artists on the labels Software and Mexican Summer, streaming at Prefix.
Kanye West
TRACK "Theraflu" (feat. DJ Khaled) streaming at Stereogum.
TRACK "Mercy" (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz) streaming at Stereogum.
Wooden Wand
TRACK "Wither Away" downloadable from Spin.
xxxy
TRACK "I Know This (Can't Be Love)" streaming at Stereogum.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Jessie Baylin (Carson Daly), Josh Baze (Kimmel), Pulp (Fallon), Esperanza Spalding (Leno), Tennis (Letterman)
  • Tuesday: Dr. Dog (Carson Daly), Shooter Jennings (Letterman), Slash feat. Myles Kennedy (Kimmel), Epic Turner Featuring Lupe Fiasco & Tinie Tempah (Leno), M. Ward (Conan), White Rabbits (Fallon)
  • Wednesday: The Civil Wars (Kimmel), Foster the People (Carson Daly), Kaiser Chiefs (Letterman), Craig Morgan (Conan), Neon Trees (Leno), The Ting Tings (Fallon)
  • Thursday: Akon (VH1's Behind the Music, 9p), Alabama Shakes (Letterman), Arctic Monkeys (Conan), Feist (Leno), Lee Fields & The Expressions (Carson Daly), The Shins (Kimmel), Esperanza Spalding (The Daily Show)
  • Friday: The Fray (Fallon), Bonnie Raitt (Letterman), Far East Movement (Leno)
  • Saturday: Gotye (Saturday Night Live)

Recent artist and industry news

  • A film based on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is in development. - Variety
  • Jim Marshall, inventor of the amplifiers that have become ubiquitous in rock music over the last 50 years (and which sometimes go to 11), died last week at the age of 88. Pop & Hiss has a quick tribute to the Marshall stack.
  • Is Damon Albarn done making new music with Blur and Gorillaz? That's what he suggests in a recent interview with The Guardian.
  • Rocker Neil Young has been developing new digital audio formats as a higher-quality alternative to MP3s. - Rolling Stone

The latest music videos

Jack White, "Sixteen Saltines":

Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR":

Drake feat. Rihanna, "Take Care":

Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, "Beez in the Trap":

Rufus Wainwright, "Out Of The Game" [starring Helena Bonham Carter]:

Norah Jones, "Happy Pills":

Garbage, "Blood for Poppies":

Gossip, "Perfect World":

Zammuto, "The Shape of Things to Come":

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., "We Almost Lost Detroit":

Porcelain Raft, "Drifting In and Out":

Willis Earl Beal, "Monotony":

Clark, "Black Stone":

Van She, "Idea of Happiness":

Feist, "Bittersweet Melodies":

In the studio / coming soon

  • Fiona Apple's long-in-the-works 4th album finally has a firm release date: June 19. - Pitchfork
  • Is Kevin Shields working on new My Bloody Valentine material? Yes, but there's no word on when or if it will be ready for release (though finishing it "quickly" is not out of the question). - Pitchfork
  • Former Frames frontman and Swell Season member Glen Hansard will release his first solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on June 19. - Pop & Hiss
  • Purity Ring will release their debut album July 24th on 4AD. - Pitchfork
  • Trouble is the name of the debut LP from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and it arrives June 11th in the UK. - NME
  • Shed's third album, The Killer, is out July 27 on label 50 Weapons. - Resident Advisor
  • Anticon artist and cLOUDDEAD/Themselves member Doseone has a solo album, G Is For Deep, due May 29. - Stereogum
  • Curren$y returns with The Stoned Immaculate on June 5. - Pitchfork
  • Killer Mike and Big Boi may be recording an album together. - BPM
  • Also working on a collaboration of their own are Beanie Sigel and Scarface. - BPM
  • Chuck D discusses Public Enemy's two upcoming albums with Rolling Stone.
  • Om has a new album called Advaitic Songs landing on July 24. - Pitchfork
  • Billboard has a look at upcoming projects from Melissa Etheridge, which will include an album to be recorded over the next two months and released by the end of the year, as well as a rock musical that she is co-writing with Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie).

Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.

Tours and festivals

  • This preliminary lineup for this year's Electric Daisy Carnival has been announced; scheduled to perform at the Las Vegas event (June 8-10) are David Guetta, Tiesto, Avicii, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, and more. - Billboard
  • New additions to the Pitchfork Music Festival include Beach House, Wild Flag, and Atlas Sound.
  • Fiona Apple will be performing at theaters across the U.S. this summer; Spin has the details.
  • Dirty Projectors will hit the road this summer in support of their upcoming album. - Pitchfork
  • Bon Iver have added US dates in June; get them at Pitchfork.
  • Pitchfork also has upcoming dates for Death Grips.
  • Find North American dates for The Cult at Pollstar.
  • Pollstar also has summer dates for Eisley.
  • Find additional spring dates for Real Estate at Pitchfork.
  • If you want to see Meat Loaf, you can do that too, starting in June. - Pollstar
  • Remaining members of The Jacksons are reuniting for a tour this summer. - Pollstar
  • Find spring dates for Alejandro Escovedo at Pollstar.
  • Eddie Vedder has postponed his upcoming solo shows due to a recent back injury. Rolling Stone has the rescheduled dates, which are in late 2012.

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