Each Monday, our weekly music news bulletin brings you the major developments in the music world from the past seven days, and looks ahead to the coming week's key new albums.
This week's new releases
Each album listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, August 2, 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.
- Trace Adkins, Proud to Be Here
- Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (Deluxe Edition)
Sure, you just bought this Grammy-winning album last summer. But there are several reasons why you may want to shell out more money to buy it again. This deluxe reissue includes two new tracks (including a collaboration with David Byrne), an 80-page book, and a DVD containing Spike Jonze's short film Scenes from the Suburbs and a documentary about the making of the movie.
- Archers of Loaf, Icky Mettle [2xCD reissue]
Merge begins its Archers of Loaf reissue series with the indie band's 1993 debut album. Best known for its track "Web in Front," but a beloved gem all the way through, Icky Mettle has been remastered by Bob Weston, while critic Robert Christgau adds new liner notes. Also included is a bonus disc featuring the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and B-sides from the same time period.
- Beirut, The Rip Tide [Digital only] - CD release date remains August 30
- Boston Spaceships, Let It Beard [2xLP] - side project for GbV's Robert Pollard and The Decemberists' John Moen; guests include J Mascis, Colin Newman of Wire, and Steve Wynn.
- Richard Buckner, Our Blood LISTEN (NPR - 8/1 only)
- Greyson Chance, Hold on Til the Night
- Michael Giacchino, Super 8: Original Motion Picture Score
- Dir En Grey, Dum Spiro Spero
- Drive-By Truckers, Greatest Hits 1998-2009
- Fountains of Wayne, Sky Full of Holes LISTEN
- Fruit Bats, Tripper LISTEN
- John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns
- Mat Kearney, Young Love
- Mariachi El Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx II LISTEN
- Keb Mo, The Reflection LISTEN - guests include India.Arie and Vince Gill
- Moonface, Organ Music not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped LISTEN With his main gig as co-frontman of the band Wolf Parade now over, Spencer Krug has only Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake to keep him busy. He's also found time to record a new solo album under the name Moonface. Clocking in a 37 minutes and just five tracks, Organ Music indeed emphasizes the organ (and other keyboard sounds) on accessible, mostly mid-tempo songs that won't sound unfamiliar to fans of Krug's past work.
- Nekromantix, What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell
- Tig Notaro, Good One - The comedian releases her debut comedy album, on Secretly Canadian
- O.A.R., King LISTEN
- Screaming Trees, Last Words: Final Recordings [Digital only]
Originally set for a 2000 release, this final, unreleased album by the defunct grunge band fronted by Mark Lanegan (later of Queens of the Stone Age) finally emerges this week as a digital download. QOTSA founder Josh Homme and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck are among the contributors to this 10-track set.
- Kenny Wayne Shepherd, How I Go
- Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Marble Son
- The Wood Brothers, Smoke Ring Halo
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Another Radiohead remix EP is out next week, featuring remixes by Lone, Pearson Sound and Four Tet; stream the whole thing at Radiohead.com.
- Boys Noize and Erol Alkan are streaming their new single "Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)," featuring vocals by Jarvis Cocker, at YouTube.
- In the streaming plus free download department, Stereogum has created a free downloadable tribute to The Strokes' debut, Is This It. Participating artists, who each cover one of the original album's tracks (and we're talking the UK version, including "New York City Cops"), include Peter Bjorn and John, Real Estate, and Owen Pallett.
- A second track from the upcoming Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album (Hysterical, due September 20) is available for a free download. You can grab "Same Mistake" by entering your email address at One Thirty BPM (or elsewhere).
- RapRadar is streaming a new track from The Game, which may or may not be from his upcoming R.E.D. Album. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre guest on "Drug Test."
- Download the new Neon Indian track "Fallout" at Stereogum.
- Mogwai returns with a new EP, Earth Division, on September 13; listen to the EP's "Get to France" at Soundcloud.
- Stream the entire 4-song EP collaboration between The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt at Pitchfork.
- Have you heard the first track from Wild Flag's debut album yet? The supergroup, consisting of members of Sleater-Kinney, the Minders, and Helium, release their self-titled first album on Merge on September 13; listen to "Romance" below, or on Soundcloud:
- "Headlines" is the first single from Drake's upcoming October release Take Care; listen below or at Soundcloud:
- "Tomorrow Dies Today" is a jangly non-album B-side from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, taken from the new single for "The Body"; listen below, or on Soundcloud:
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Colbie Caillat (Lopez Tonight), Matt Nathanson (Leno), Christina Perri (Letterman), Pitbull (Conan), Jake Shimabukuro (Kimmel), tUnE-yArDs (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Gavin DeGraw (Kimmel), Explosions in the Sky (Letterman), Mat Kearney (Leno), Sergio Mendes (Fallon), Seether (Conan)
- Wednesday: Big Audio Dynamite (Fallon), blink-182 (Letterman)
- Thursday: Fountains of Wayne (Fallon), Bruce Hornsby (Fallon), Lykke Li (Leno), Typhoon (Letterman)
- Friday: Alison Krauss & Union Station (The View), Rye Rye featuring Robyn (Leno)
- Sunday: Adam Lambert (VH1's Behind the Music)
Recent artist and industry news
- A private funeral for singer Amy Winehouse was held last Tuesday. An autopsy was inconclusive (though tabloid The Sun quotes "family sources" who suggest that sudden alcohol withdrawal was the culprit); results of a toxicology test will not be available for several weeks. MTV speculates on potential posthumous releases; there may be up to three albums of unreleased material, though many of the tracks are apparently still rough. Meanwhile, her 2007 album Back to Black 81 re-entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart at #9 last week, selling 37,000 copies. Rolling Stone has a nice roundup of critic assessments of Winehouse's legacy. And here's Spin's cover story on the artist's public and private lives.
- While music fans might be happy that the Jay-Z/Kanye West collab Watch the Throne is finally arriving next week, indie record stores aren't pleased that iTunes and Best Buy will get a head start on selling the album. Read more at Pitchfork.
- The preliminary lineup for this year's Toronto International Film Festival was announced Tuesday, and it includes the world premieres of a trio of films for music fans. Opening the festival is the latest documentary from Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud); From the Sky Down examines the making of U2's 1991 album Achtung Baby. Meanwhile, Cameron Crowe's doc Pearl Jam Twenty will also debut at the festival before heading to theaters on September 20 (it will also air on PBS on October 21). And W.E., a period drama directed by Madonna, will screen as one of the gala presentations. The festival runs from September 8-18; more details at the official TIFF site.
- Thanks to a dispute with his label Interscope, 50 Cent is threatening to pull the release of his next album, Black Magic. Details at MTV.
- On this day 30 years ago, MTV began broadcasting. Stereogum has conveniently collected YouTube videos of the network's entire first hour for your (re-)viewing pleasure.
- After the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin both passed up the opportunity, Paul McCartney has been selected to perform during the opening ceremony of London's 2012 Olympic Games. - The Mirror
- Legendary rock magazine Creem was set to make a return this fall; money and legal troubles mean that now looks less likely, reports The New York Times.
- On November 9, Chronicle Books will publish a collection of photographs of Beck taken over the past 16 years by Autumn de Wilde. Pitchfork has more details.
- Also getting into the photo book game is Lady Gaga. On November 22, Grand Central Publishing will release a collection of more than 350 images of the singer, taken by fashion photographer Terry Richardson. - Billboard
- Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi is scoring the upcoming Cameron Crowe film We Bought a Zoo (due in theaters December 23). - The Playlist
- Now you can buy your very own periodic table of heavy metal band names. - Pop Chart Lab
- You can catch Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on next week's episode of Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations (Travel Channel, Monday, August 8 at 9pm).
The latest music videos
Bjork, "Crystalline" (directed by Michel Gondry):
OK Go, "All Is Not Lost" (featuring dance company Pilobolus):
The Mountain Goats, "Estate Sale Sign":
Release the Sunbird, "Come Back to Us":
Wild Beasts, "Bed of Nails":
Ladytron, "White Elephant":
Vivian Girls, "Take It As It Comes":
Simian Mobile Disco, "Gizzard":
In the studio / coming soon
- In an interview with Stereogum, The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan discusses his band's upcoming third album Skying (due out in the U.S. on August 9), which is already receiving great reviews from the UK music press and the internet community. If that intrigues you, you can stream the entire album over at NPR.
- The Roots have been in the studio working on their next LP. Undun, their 13th album, should arrive this fall. HipHop DX has more details and a video preview.
- September 27 is the new official release date for Mastodon's next album, The Hunter, on Reprise. Listen to album track "Black Tongue" on YouTube while watching the album cover's artwork get created.
- Childish Gambino, the hip-hop alias of Community star Donald Glover, is apparently close to releasing a follow-up to March's EP. Camp is due "soon," and Prefix has a few details and a brief trailer.
- Billboard reports that Linkin Park are working on a new record, which should arrive in 2012.
- For what it's worth, Jeezy's long-delayed album TM103 has a new release date: September 20. This one might be legit; not only does he have a new single out today ("Shake Life"), but Jeezy is also embarking on a 31-city tour. Jay-Z, Drake, and André 3000 are set to appear on the album, if the tracklist holds firm. Details (and tour dates) at Billboard.
- Fans of Panda Bear's recent album Tomboy may be happy to know there's a limited edition 4-LP deluxe reissue due on October 31 on Paw Tracks featuring alternate takes and unreleased tracks.
- A spinoff from the band The Mars Volta, Texans Zechs Marquise will release their new album Getting Paid on September 27. More details and a trailer at JamBase.
- Billboard reports that recent American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is making progress on his debut album, which he expects to release this fall.
- Not only does Archers of Loaf have a reissue of Icky Mettle out this week, but the band's Eric Bachmann will release a new Crooked Fingers album, Breaks in the Armor, due October 11 on Merge. Details at the label's site.
- The remaining members of the Beach Boys (including Brian Wilson) plan to celebrate their 50th anniversary (!) in 2012 by releasing a new album. Also on tap for the band later this year is a release of a 2-disc set culled from their original, aborted sessions for SMiLE. - Billboard
- Speaking of reissues, the 20th anniversary versions of Nirvana's Nevermind, which come in separate 1-disc, 2-disc, and 4-disc versions, have been delayed a week to September 27. Pitchfork has details on each package's contents; the fanciest version includes a different mix of the entire album (by Butch Vig) as well as demos and other obscurities.
- But why stop at four discs? On October 3, Rhino is releasing an enormous box set for The Smiths that consists of every piece of music released by the band, remastered by Johnny Marr. The deluxe edition consists of eight albums (that includes the band's compilations and live album) on both CD and vinyl, plus 25 seven-inch singles, a DVD, and plenty more. There's also a simpler, CD-only box set if you prefer not to shell out £249.99.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Little Dragon are headed out on a worldwide tour to support their just-released third album Ritual Union; get the dates at Prefix.
- With a new album due in October, Feist will be hitting the road in the fall; Pitchfork has a handful of dates announced so far.
- Kicking off September 28 in San Francisco, the 27-date Golf Wang Tour will keep Odd Future busy throughout the fall. Dates at Consequence of Sound.
- Lykke Li has added North American dates in November to her ongoing world tour; Pitchfork has the details.
- The Bay Area's Treasure Island Music Festival is returning for its fifth year on October 15-16. Cut Copy, Flying Lotus, YACHT, and DIzzee Rascal are among the scheduled performers; more information at the official festival site.
- Fiery Furnaces member Eleanor Friedberger is hitting the road to support her acclaimed solo debut Last Summer; after some dates with the Kills, she'll share an East Coast mini-tour with Wild Flag. Dates at Prefix.
- Ted Leo And The Pharmacists have lined up a number of dates east of the Mississippi; get them at Prefix.
- The Radio Dept. are headed back to the U.S. once more before the year is up; Consequence of Sound has the November dates.
- Fleet Foxes have added a few fall dates (some with The Walkmen) in the U.S. before heading out to Europe at the end of the year; dates at the band's official site.
- Brits WU LYF are traveling across the pond for three weeks of North American shows in November; dates at Pitchfork.
- Zola Jesus will make her away across North America in October in support of her upcoming release Conatus (due October 4); Pitchfork has dates and an MP3 from the album.
- To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Metallica will play four dates at San Francisco's Fillmore in December, with tickets just $6 per show. The catch is that you need to be a member of the band's fan club to purchase tickets. Details at their official site.
- EMA is touring Europe and North America this fall; dates at Pitchfork.
- Young Galaxy are also visiting North America and Europe in the fall; Prefix has the dates.
- Despite a bit of a spat between Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey over the former's hearing, both members of The Who plan to tour together next year to perform Quadrophenia in its entirety. More details at Rolling Stone.
- Yuck have dozens of dates lined up in America and in their native UK from now through the end of November; get them at Pitchfork.