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 title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, August 30, 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.
- Alias, Fever Dream
- Balam Acab, Wander / Wonder LISTEN (NPR)
- Beirut, The Rip Tide
It has been four years since the New Mexico band with a European sound last checked in with a full album, The Flying Club Cup 80. But Zach Condon's Beirut is back with a third LP, recorded partially in upstate New York, away from Beirut's usual base, with the musicians from his touring band.
- Doug Benson, Potty Mouth - Comedy album with bonus DVD
- Blood Orange, Coastal Grooves LISTEN
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Singles Collection (1992-2011) [2xCD]
- Glen Campbell, Ghost On The Canvas - "Farewell" album featuring Billy Corgan, Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Chris Isaak, Bob Pollard, and more
- Cobra Starship, Night Shades
- Committed, Committed - Debut from winners of NBC's The Sing-Off LISTEN
- Ry Cooder, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down *
- Counting Crows, August & Everything After: Live from Town Hall * - 2007 concert LISTEN
- Cymbals Eat Guitars, Lenses Alien LISTEN
- John Doe, Keeper - Patty Griffin, Don Was, and Jill Sobule guest
- Mike Doughty, Yes and Also Yes
- The-Dream, 1977 - out Wednesday 8/30
While the next album from The-Dream was supposed to be The Love IV (Diary of a Mad Man), that LP has been delayed until the end of the year as the result of a contract dispute with his record label. But to reward his patient fans in the interim, the singer is releasing a free album this week. Released under his given name, Terius Nash, the 10-track 1977 can be downloaded beginning Wednesday at the official album site.
- Glasses Malone, Beach Cruiser
- David Guetta, Nothing but the Beat * - Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and will.i.am guest
- Hella, Tripper LISTEN
- Jacuzzi Boys, Glazin' LISTEN (Spin)
- Robert Earl Keen, Ready for Confetti *
- Lenny Kravitz, Black and White America - Jay-Z and Drake guest
- Lykke Li, iTunes Session EP * - Exclusive to iTunes
- Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV *
Not only was the rapper's previous "Carter" album Tha Carter III 84 the top-selling LP of 2008, but it also earned Lil Wayne some of the best reviews of his career. Of course, in the interim, he served a prison sentence on a weapons charge, released the somewhat less successful hip-hop album I Am Not a Human Being 65, and made a disastrous detour into rock on Rebirth 37. Will Tha Carter IV be a return to top form? Drake, Jadakiss, Rick Ross, and John Legend guest. The album is out digitally as of last night at midnight, with the CD arriving in stores on Tuesday.
- Male Bonding, Endless Now LISTEN
The British indie-rock trio and Sub Pop signees impressed Pitchfork and a few other publications with their 2010 debut Nothing Hurts. Produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth), this sophomore set isn't receiving quite the same level of acclaim, but still contains strong tracks like "Tame the Sun."
- Edwin McCain, Mercy Bound *
- Tom Morello, World Wide Rebel Songs LISTEN
- Jake Owen, Barefoot Blue Jean Night LISTEN
- Puddle Of Mudd, Re:(disc)overed - Covers album LISTEN
- Red Hot Chili Peppers, I'm With You
The band's 10th album overall and their first since 2006's Grammy-winning Stadium Arcadium, I'm With You was recorded with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer taking over for the departed John Frusciante. Rick Rubin produces; reviews so far are disappointingly average, at best.
- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Am I the Enemy LISTEN
- Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott From The Vault, Vol. 1 * - Unreleased early songs LISTEN
- Stereo MCs, Emperor's Nightingale - U.K. only; available as an import in the U.S. LISTEN
- Tommy Stinson, One Man Mutiny LISTEN
- Tame Impala, Innerspeaker [Collectors Edition]
- Tinariwen, Tassili - members of TV on the Radio and Dirty Dozen Brass Band guest LISTEN
- Ume, Phantoms LISTEN
- Butch Walker, Spade LISTEN
- Devon Williams, Euphoria
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Wild Flag's self-titled debut album won't be in stores until September 13, but until then it will be streaming in its entirety at NPR, where band member Carrie Brownstein is also a blogger.
- Paste is streaming the upcoming Blitzen Trapper album American Goldwing for the next two weeks. That album is also due September 13.
- Listen to the entire Drums album Portamento at 3voor12.
- Want a new, free mixtape by Curren$y? Get details on Verde Terrace at MTV, or download it at Dat Piff.
- Stream the latest batch of Radiohead's King of Limbs remixes at the band's Dead Air Space site.
- Want a new, free live album by The Dodos? Grab Live in Amsterdam from Prefix.
- NPR is streaming "Honey Bunny," another cut from the upcoming Girls album Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
- Tom Vek provides the vocals on the accessible "Warning Call," the latest track to leak from DJ Shadow's upcoming The Less You Know The Better. Listen at Some Kind of Awesome.
- Download "Come Visit Me," a track from Loud Planes Fly Low by The Rosebuds, at Rolling Stone.
- Stereogum has a new Ivy track, "You Make It So Hard," available for download.
- Meshell Ndegeocello returns with Weather on November 8. The first track, "Dirty World," is streamable at Soundcloud.
- Stream the new James Blake & Bon Iver collaborative track "Fall Creek Boys Choir" at YouTube (audio only).
- Listen to yet another new Bjork song, "Moon," at YouTube (audio only).
- Ryan Adams is streaming "Lucky Now," a track from his October release Ashes & Fire, at Soundcloud.
- Stream or download a new track from jj called "You Don't Know How Much It Would Hurt Me If You Said That You Were In Love With Me" at Stereogum.
- Crooked Fingers has a new album (Breaks In The Armor) due in October; listen to the first track "Typhoon" at Soundcloud.
- Stereogum has a new MP3 from the band Memoryhouse. "Quiet America" is one of two new tracks added to the band's debut EP The Years for its upcoming Sub Pop reissue.
- Stream the new Kurt Vile single "In/Out Blues" at One Thirty BPM.
- Prefix has a pair of downloadable new tracks by Junk Culture, one featuring Jana Hunter from Lower Dens, another with vocals by Phantogram's Sarah Barthel.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Cake (Leno), The Cars (Fallon), Herbie Hancock (Tavis Smiley), St. Vincent (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Tribute to Nick Ashford (Tavis Smiley), Lenny Kravitz (Letterman), Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Kirk Franklin (Fallon), OK Go (Leno), Thurston Moore (Letterman)
- Thursday: Fitz and the Tantrums (Leno), Lady Antebellum (Letterman)
- Friday: Andy Grammer (Leno), Various artists, Isle of Wight 2011 (Palladia, 9p)
- Saturday: Various artists, Glastonbury 2011 (Palladia, 9p)
Recent artist and industry news
- Tyler, the Creator won the award for Best New Artist at last night's 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, while Katy Perry had the year's best video. A full list of winners is available at MTV, where you can also stream the entire show, or jump right to the Jay-Z/Kanye West performance.
- On September 24, the surviving members of Nirvana will join Nevermind producer Butch Vig and host Jon Stewart for a two-hour conversation to be broadcast live on SiriusXM. More details at Pitchfork.
- Live entertainment giant AEG is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to back a new ticketing company, Outbox, headed by former Ticketmaster CEO Fred Rosen. Tickets will be sold through a new site, AXS.com. Will increased competition mean lower service charges? Somehow, we doubt it, though the new company seems to understand that printing tickets at home using your own printer should be free. - Los Angeles Times and Pollstar
- The music industry lost two legendary songwriters last week. Jerry Leiber died last Monday at the age of 78 after a prolific career filled with hits (written with partner Mike Stoller) such as "Hound Dog," "Yakety Yak," "There Goes My Baby," "Is That All There Is," and "Stand By Me." That same day, Nick Ashford of the Motown duo Ashford & Simpson also died at the age of 70. Ashford & Simpson penned tracks like "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for other artists, while also scoring a hit as performers with "Solid."
- Toxicology tests have revealed that singer Amy Winehouse did not have any illegal substances in her body at the time of her death. An official cause of death has not been announced. - Billboard
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has revealed additional details about her upcoming "psycho opera" to be performed October 12-22 in Brooklyn, NY. Also collaborating with her on Stop the Virgens are her bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, actress Lili Taylor, and members of the Greenhornes and Raconteurs. - Spin
- Kanye: The Musical? It exists, thanks to an enterprising student (and Kanye West fan) at Australia's Sydney University. See it in September if you happen to be down under, or get details at Pop and Hiss.
- The band Cobra Starship, who have a new album out this week, will appear on an October episode of The CW's 90210 to perform their song “#1Nite." - EW
- Aerosmith is finally making its back catalog available on iTunes in September. (In other news, Aerosmith's back catalog was previously not available on iTunes.) - Prefix
- Liam Gallagher has dropped that lawsuit against his brother Noel that we mentioned last week, after the latter apologized. And we were so looking forward to the trial. - NME
The latest music videos
Florence and the Machine, "What the Water Gave Me":
DJ Shadow (feat. Afrikan Boy), "I'm Excited":
St. Vincent, "Cruel":
Lucinda Williams, "Copenhagen" (directed by Dave Willis):
Rihanna, "Cheers (Drink To That)":
The Ettes, "Excuse" (starring Patton Oswalt, directed by Tom Scharpling):
OK Go, "The Muppet Show Theme" (featuring actual Muppets):
Bad Meets Evil (Eminem and Royce da 5'9), "Lighters":
The Flaming Lips + Lightning Bolt, "I'm Working at NASA on Acid":
Lil Wayne, "How to Love":
blink-182, "Up All Night":
Big K.R.I.T., "The Vent":
In the studio / coming soon
- Tom Waits will release a new album, Bad as Me, October 25 on Anti-. Stereogum has the tracklisting and the amusing announcement video.
- On October 4, Paul McCartney will release a new orchestral album, Ocean's Kingdom, on Hear Music. Commissioned by the New York City Ballet, the piece serves as the score to the ballet of the same name (which has its gala debut in New York on September 22), and was recorded with the help of the The London Classical Orchestra. - Billboard
- A career-spanning live DVD for Talking Heads? Sign us up. Chronology is due October 18, and includes concert footage dating from 1976-1983 (including a dozen tracks not featured in Stop Making Sense), plus the band's sole 21st century performance at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. There's also commentary from all four band members, while the deluxe edition adds a 48-page book. Get the tracklisting at the official site.
- A vinyl-only Neutral Milk Hotel box set is scheduled for release on November 22, and it will contain 15 previously unreleased tracks in addition to the band's two albums and one EP. Digital versions of those 15 unreleased tracks will also be available for individual purchase on a pay-what-you-wish basis. More details at the official site. One thing the box set won't include, however, is the unofficial Neutral Milk Hotel videogame In The Time Machine Over The Sea. Game details, a trailer, and the download link are at Prefix.
- Though it doesn't have a title yet, the second LP from Florence and the Machine will be out in November. Pitchfork interviews Florence Welch about the album; you can find the album's first video above.
- Singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is prepping two releases for the fall. First up on September 6 is the Terrible Angels EP, which includes the previously unreleased, Beck-produced title track. On November 8, she'll also release Stage Whisper, a two-disc compilation that includes 11 live tracks and seven previously unreleased studio recordings. Details, and the video for "Terrible Angels," at Pitchfork.
- Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox has another album coming from his Atlas Sound side project; Parallax is out November 8 on 4AD. Pitchfork has more details and an MP3 of album track "Terra Incognita."
- The Walkmen already have 15 songs in the can for their next album, which they are recording with producer Phil Ek. -TwentyFourBit
- Tentatively scheduled for October is West Coast Time, the first solo album for Michelle Branch in eight years. Billboard discusses the new record with the singer.
- Everlast returns with Songs of the Ungrateful Living on October 18; Rolling Stone discusses the album with the artist.
- Though he was originally recording a solo album, Al Jourgensen has decided that his in-progess LP will be released under the Ministry name. Relapse may be out before the end of the year, and the industrial band will also tour in the near future. - Metal Hammer
- In an interview with the The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, Erykah Badu reveals that she is working on a project with Gorillaz (in addition to a previously announced project with Flying Lotus), though she sadly doesn't provide any further details about either.
- Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, and Pharrell are among the guests lined up for October 4's Master of Ceremonies, the first proper album from rapper Styles P in four years. More details at Prefix.
- NPR show World Cafe is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a two-disc compilation of performances from past broadcasts. Included in the set are live tracks by LCD Soundsystem, Feist, James, Coldplay, Fleet Foxes, The National, Beach House, and more. Details at the official site.
- London duo Still Corners will release their debut album, Creatures of an Hour, October 11 on Sub Pop. Get the tracklist and a video at Pitchfork.
- Singer Brandy has signed a new record deal with RCA and hopes to release her next LP in early 2012. - MTV
- The September 13 release date for Ladytron's new album Gravity the Seducer is rapidly approaching; Stereogum sits down with the band to discuss the record.
- Rolling Stone has an interview with David Lynch about his upcoming album Crazy Clown Time.
- Missy Elliott and Jason Derulo will guest on the new Demi Lovato album Unbroken, due September 20. -MTV
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- A reunited Sebadoh, who have been busy over the past year reissuing their back catalogue, are headed out on a world tour this fall, with the U.S. leg beginning October 25. Consequence of Sound has the dates.
- Girls have added North American dates in September and October in advance of a European tour later in the year. Details at Pollstar.
- Kinks frontman Ray Davies has a fall solo tour lined up; get the first batch of dates at Consequence of Sound.
- The Rosebuds have a small East Coast tour lined up; dates at Prefix.
- Fucked Up and Wavves have scheduled nine dates together, beginning September 23 in Boston. -Pitchfork
- Maria Taylor has ten dates scheduled for October, mainly on the West Coast. Get them at Pollstar.
- The lineup for the annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York (October 18-22) is starting to come together. This year's performers will include Wild Flag, Zola Jesus, Handsome Furs, and Neon Indian; more will be announced at the official event site.
- Jenny Lewis has announced a few solo dates in California. Details at her official site.