Music Monday: New Albums, Videos, and Music News

  • Publish Date: February 27, 2012
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This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 28 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.

120 Days, II
Badly Drawn Boy, Being Flynn OST
Digital only; CD out March 27
Masaki Batoh, Brain Pulse Music
Solo LP for Ghost member
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden
Produced by Buddy Miller
Cavo, Thick as Thieves
CD release
Celtic Thunder, Voyage
Chiddy Bang, Breakfast
Christian Mistress, Possession
Corrosion of Conformity, Corrosion of Conformity
First album since 2005
The Cranberries, Roses
First album in 11 years
Dark New Day, New Tradition
Dead Fingers, Dead Fingers
Dirty Three
Toward the Low Sun LISTEN (3voor12)
The instrumental rock trio of violinist and Bad Seeds/Grinderman member Warren Ellis, drummer Jim White, and guitarist Mick Turner return with their first album since 2005's Cinder 79. Like that previous LP, Toward the Low Sun is produced by Casey Rice, and it features varied instrumentation, but, unlike its predecessor, no vocals.
Elliott Brood, Days Into Years
Eluveitie, Helvetios
Estelle, All of Me
Fanfarlo, Rooms Filled with Light LISTEN (3voor12)
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames, New Multitudes LISTEN
New music based on previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics from members of Son Volt, My Morning Jacket, and more
Geographer, Myth LISTEN (Paste)
Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio
Beth Jeans Houghton, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose LISTEN
Hunx, Hairdresser Blues
Il Volo, Il Volo Takes Flight Live From the Detroit Opera House [CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
Imagination Movers, Rock-O-Matic
Ja Rule, Pil 2
Carole King, Pearls: Songs of Goffin & King
First CD release of 1980 album
Carole King, Simple Things
First CD release of 1977 album
Carole King, Touch the Sky
First CD release of 1979 album
Carole King, Welcome Home
First CD release of 1978 album
Sophia Knapp, Into the Waves
Little Barrie, King of the Waves LISTEN
Lyle Lovett, Release Me
Madlib, Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape
Final installment in the series
Maino, Day After Tomorrow
Loreena McKennitt, Troubadours On The Rhine
Live album
Memoryhouse, The Slideshow Effect LISTEN (The Quietus)
Anaïs Mitchell, Young Man In America LISTEN
Mouse on Mars
After an unusually long six-year break (which, admittedly, did include a nifty 2007 collaboration with The Fall's Mark E Smith as Von Sudenfed), the electronic music duo of Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner return with their 10th LP (and first for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label) this week.
Napalm Death, Utilitarian
New York Dolls, Live at the Bowery [DVD/Blu-ray]
2011 concert performance
Nneka, Soul is Heavy LISTEN
Pink Floyd
The Wall - Immersion Box Set [6xCD+1xDVD]
This remastered rerelease of Pink Floyd's classic double album comes with tons of bonus content, including a full live version (a remastered version of Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall Live), two discs worth of previously unreleased demos, a documentary, a book, and various memorabilia. It's for die-hards only, though; all that bounty will cost you $110. A much cheaper "Experience Version" includes just the remastered album and a single disc of highlights from the bonus material.
Plants and Animals, The End of That LISTEN
Amy Ray, Lung of Love LISTEN
Todd Rundgren, Todd [CD/DVD]
Live 2010 concert performance of 1973 album
School of Seven Bells, Ghostory LISTEN
Scuba, Personality
Out today; digital only in the U.S.
Sent by Ravens, Mean What You Say
The Sidekicks, Awkward Breeds
Soft Swells, Soft Swells LISTEN
StoneRider, Fountains Left To Wake
David Sylvian, A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012 [2xCD]
UK only; greatest hits compilation with one new track
Terrorizer, Hordes of Zombies
Ting Tings, Sounds from Nowheresville LISTEN (3voor12)
UK release today; US release March 20
Trust, TRST
UFO, Seven Deadly
Water Liars, Phantom Limb
We Have Band, Ternion
The White Buffalo, Once Upon a Time in the West LISTEN
John Williams, A Tribute to John Williams: An 80th Birthday Celebration
Rock album from duo of Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius
Y La Bamba, Court the Storm

More streaming and downloadable new music

Ava Luna
ALBUM Ice Level (due March 6) streaming now exclusively at Spin.
Andrew Bird
ALBUM Break It Yourself (out 3/6) streaming this week at NPR.
TRACK "So Good" (newly released single from May album Strange Clouds) streaming at Billboard.
ALBUM The Clearing (out 3/6) streaming at Stereogum.
Carter Tutti Void
TRACK "V3," from the new collaboration featuring members of Throbbing Gristle and Factory Floor, is streaming at Pitchfork.
TRACK "Adult" downloadable from Matador Records.
Charli XCX
TRACK "I'll Never Know" (new song recorded for Fashion Week) streaming at Pitchfork.
TRACK "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" downloadable from BPM.
Django Django
TRACK "Storm" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM This Must Be Blood EP streaming at BPM.
Gorillaz, Andre 3000, and James Murphy
TRACK "DoYaThing," a new one-off collaboration between Damon Albarn and OutKast's Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem's Murphy, downloadable at Converse. There's also an extended, 13-minute version streaming at Stereogum.
Colleen Green
TRACK "Goldmine" downloadable from Stereogum.
TRACK "Angel" (bonus cut from new album Visions) streaming at Gorilla vs. Bear.
Hodgy Beats
ALBUM Untitled EP, a new nine-song collection, is free to download from the Odd Future store.
Julia Holter
ALBUM Ekstasis streaming this week at NPR.
Magnetic Fields
ALBUM Love at the Bottom of the Sea (out 3/6) streaming this week at NPR.
Nicki Minaj
TRACK "Roman Reloaded" (feat. Lil Wayne) streaming at Rap Radar.
The Mynabirds
TRACK "Generals" (from upcoming LP of the same name) downloadable from Prefix.
Robert Pollard
TRACK "Obvious #1" (from upcoming solo LP Mouseman Cloud) streaming at Stereogum.
TRACK "Mystery" downloadable from Spin; band shares two members with Tame Impala.
ALBUM Beard Wives Denim streaming this week at Hype Machine.
TRACK "Disparate Youth" streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM debut Olympic Games now streaming at Prefix.
TRACK "Hey Jane," our first listen from upcoming album Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (4/17), streaming at Soundcloud.
Sun Kil Moon
TRACK "Sunshine in Chicago" downloadable from Pitchfork.
TRACK "It All Feels The Same" streaming at KCRW.
Various artists
ALBUM Intended Play, a Matador Records sampler featuring songs by Perfume Genius, Stephen Malkmus, Fucked Up, and more, is now free to download at Matador.
TRACK "Unfolding Black Wings" downloadable from Stereogum.
Rufus Wainwright
TRACK "Montauk" streaming at KCRW.
TRACK "Out of the Game" streaming at Stereogum.
M. Ward
TRACK "Primitive Girl" streaming at Soundcloud.
Patrick Watson
TRACK "Into Giants" streaming at Soundcloud.
White Rabbits
ALBUM Milk Famous (out 3/6) streaming this week at NPR.
Xiu Xiu
TRACK "Beauty Towne" downloadable from Stereogum.
Yellow Ostrich
TRACK "The Shakedown" downloadable from Rolling Stone.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Chiddy Bang (Conan), Melanie Fiona (Kimmel), Lyle Lovett (Letterman), Mariachi El Bronx (Leno), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Fallon), Trentemoller (Carson Daly)
  • Tuesday: Kenny Chesney (Fallon), Estelle (Letterman), fun. (Carson Daly), Mat Kearney (Kimmel), Mona (Leno), Sinead O'Connor (Tavis Smiley), Young Jeezy and Ne-Yo (Conan)
  • Wednesday: Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal (Letterman), Portugal. The Man (Carson Daly), Romeo Santos (Leno), Wallpaper (Kimmel)
  • Thursday: Chickenfoot (Leno), Elvis Costello (Fallon), The Kills (Carson Daly), Nicki Minaj (Kimmel), Mona (Conan), White Rabbits (Letterman)
  • Friday: Scars on 45 (Leno), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Fallon)
  • Saturday: Jack White (Saturday Night Live)

Recent artist and industry news

  • With her 21st (nonconsecutive) week in first place on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart (for, appropriately enough, 21) this week, Adele surpassed Whitney Houston's Bodyguard soundtrack for "the longest command for an album by a woman in the chart's 56-year history." Adele's Grammy-winning album actually posted its best sales week to date this week, over a year after it was released. - Billboard
  • Recently reunited At The Drive-In will not be recording a new album. - NME
  • You can now experience The Beatles in ringtone form. - Pop & Hiss
  • Google has added concert listings to its search results; search for any band and you should see local dates appear beneath the band's main listing. - Google
  • Late DJ John Peel's massive record collection will be turned into an online interactive museum. - NME

The latest music videos

Odd Future, "Rella":

The Shins, "Simple Song":

Bon Iver, "Towers":

Saint Etienne, "Tonight":

Arctic Monkeys, "R U Mine?":

Lower Dens, "Brains":

School of Seven Bells, "Lafaye":

Still Corners, "Endless Summer":

Gonjasufi, "The Blame":

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Strangers Are Strange":

Dr. Dog, "Warrior Man":

Paul Weller, "That Dangerous Age":

Beirut, "Vagabond":

Islands, "Hallways":

Josh Ritter, "Love Is Making Its Way Back Home":

Screaming Females, "It All Means Nothing":

In the studio / coming soon

  • Santigold's second album, Master of My Make Believe, finally has a release date: May 1st. - Pitchfork
  • May 1st will also bring Little Broken Hearts, the new Danger Mouse-produced album by Norah Jones. - Audio Perv
  • Saint Etienne will release Words and Music by Saint Etienne, their first album since 1995, on May 21. - Pitchfork
  • Jimmy Tamborello returns with his first Dntel album in five years this May when he releases Aimlessness via Pampa Records. - Resident Advisor
  • Public Image Limited's comeback projects now have release dates (at least in the UK); the four-song EP One Drop is out April 21st, while album This Is PiL follows on May 28. - Pitchfork
  • Warp Records will release a new Squarepusher album called Ufabulum on May 15. - The Quietus
  • Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All have been in a studio of a different sort lately. Check out a promo (and then a ">second one) for their upcoming television series Loiter Squad, which debuts March 25 on Adult Swim.
  • Emily Haines and Metric return with Synthetica, their fifth studio album, on June 12. - BPM
  • Crocodiles will release third album Endless Flowers on June 4. - BPM
  • Keane return on May 7 with Strangeland, their fourth album and first in four years. - NME
  • Saddle Creek artists The Mynabirds will release a new LP, Generals, on June 5. - Prefix
  • Madlib's surprise 13th installment in his 12-part Medicine Show series is out this week, and all 13 albums will be released together as The Brick on March 27. - BPM
  • Freak Puke is a new album by The Melvins (or, more accurately, Melvins Lite), coming June 5th. - Consequence of Sound
  • Mystery Jets will release their fourth album Radlands on April 30th in the UK. - NME
  • Expect a pair of new albums in 2012 from Mount Eerie, beginning May 22 with Clear Moon. - Pitchfork
  • Black Dice discuss their upcoming album Mr. Impossible (due April 10) with Stereogum.
  • While an Andre 3000 solo album is in the works and could theoretically surface in 2012, do not expect another OutKast album. - GQ
  • Azealia Banks will release her debut album Broke with Expensive Taste in September. - Pitchfork

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

Tours and festivals

  • Dance music festival the Electric Daisy Carnival will pop up on the East Coast for the first time at a yet-to-be-revealed New York location on May 19-20, with tickets going on sale Friday. Don't worry; the Las Vegas version is returning, too (on June 8-10). - Billboard
  • Scheduled for September 21-23 in New Jersey, the All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror Festival will feature performances by the reunited Afghan Whigs and Make-Up, The Roots, Dirty Three, Sharon Van Etten, comedian Louis CK, and more. Tickets go on sale today; more details at the official festival site.
  • The second annual Governors Ball Music Festival in New York will feature Modest Mouse, Beck, Built to Spill, Santigold, and more during the weekend of June 23-24. - Pitchfork
  • Tricky will enlist Martina Topley-Bird to join him on stage for the first time in 15 years in a performance of his classic solo debut album Maxinquaye at the new Sundance London festival on April 27th.
  • Fiona Apple has announced a handful of live dates for March. - Pitchfork
  • Catch tUnE-yArDs this summer in North America, when she has scheduled some dates in the eastern half of the continent. - Pitchfork
  • Find spring dates for Mayer Hawthorne at Pollstar.
  • Codeine's reunion tour now includes eight US dates beginning at the end of June. - Prefix
  • Get new dates for the Mark Lanegan Band at Prefix.
  • No Age have a short college tour planned for March. - Pitchfork
  • The Clean will make a rare North American trip at the end of May; many dates include Times New Viking. - BPM
  • Get spring dates for Counting Crows at JamBase.
  • Florence + The Machine have added more North American dates to their current itinerary. - Prefix
  • Yes, Adam Lambert will indeed be performing with Queen after all. - Rolling Stone
  • Thrice have a six-week farewell tour planned for late spring. - Pollstar
  • Boston's first tour in four years begins in June; Pollstar has the dates.
  • Check Pollstar for new dates for All-American Rejects.

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