This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, January 17 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.
- Steve Aoki, Wonderland
- Attack Attack!, This Means War
- Jessie Baylin, Little Spark LISTEN
- Captain Beefheart, Bat Chain Puller - First official release of shelved 1976 album INFO
- The Big Pink, Future This LISTEN (NME)
- Bombay Bicycle Club, A Different Kind of Fix - CD release
- Paul Brill, Breezy LISTEN (Paste)
- Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto [Special Edition Box Set]
- Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian, Further Explorations [2xCD] - Live
- Matthew Dear, Headcage EP LISTEN (3voor12)
- Ani DiFranco, Which Side Are You On? LISTEN
- Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur LISTEN
- Matt Elliot, Broken Man
- Enter Shikari, Flash Flood of Colour
- Escort, Escort
- James Fortune & FIYA, Identity
- Girls Generation, Boys
- Anthony Green, Beautiful Things - Solo release for Circa Survive frontman LISTEN
- Guided by Voices, Let's Go Eat the Factory - CD release
- Howler, America Give Up
- Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 21 LISTEN
- Cate Le Bon, Cyrk LISTEN
- The Life and Times, No One Loves You Like I Do LISTEN
- Martina McBride, Hits and More - Includes 3 new songs
- The Rapture, Sail Away EP LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes, Bones for Tinder LISTEN
- Secrets, The Ascent
- The Sound, From the Lions Mouth - Remastered re-release of 1981 album
- The Sound, Jeopardy - Remastered re-release of classic 1980 debut album
- Mark Van Hoen, The Revenant Diary - CD release of new album by Seefeel/Scala/Locust member
- Various, Intended Play 2012 - Matador Records & True Panther Sounds label sampler; vinyl only; just $2; contains previously unreleased tracks INFO
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Stream the entire solo debut album by The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Clear Heart Full Eyes, at NPR.
- Nada Surf's new album The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy is also streaming now at NPR.
- You can also hear Rodrigo y Gabriela's full Area 52 at NPR this week.
- NPR is also streaming Laura Gibson's January 24 album La Grande in its entirety.
- Porcelain Raft returns with a new LP, Strange Weekend, next week; listen to the full album this week at Hype Machine.
- Wiley's new album Evolve or Be Extinct is streaming now at The Guardian.
- Stream First Aid Kit's upcoming album The Lion's Roar at 3voor12.
- Listen to "Comeback Kid," the lead single from Sleigh Bells' upcoming sophomore LP Reign of Terror, at Soundcloud.
- The Shins finally have a new album coming out this spring, and you can hear the new track "Simple Song" at Pitchfork.
- Stream "Andrew in Drag," a new track by the Magnetic Fields—which, with its peppy, low-fi electronics, should please longtime fans—at Soundcloud.
- Grab the new Of Montreal track "Dour Percentage" at Pitchfork.
- Listen to David Lynch remix the Zola Jesus track "In Your Nature" at Soundcloud.
- Download the new Dirty Three cut "Rising Below" at Pitchfork.
- Stream all four tracks from the limited edition EP collaboration between The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono at Consequence of Sound.
- Listen to the new Cursive track "The Sun and Moon" at Rolling Stone or "The Cat And Mouse" at Stereogum; both are from their February 21 album I Am Gemini.
- "Hi" is the first single from Xiu Xiu's upcoming LP Always (out March 6); hear it at Soundcloud.
- Stereogum has a download of "Know Me," a new track by Frankie Rose.
- Download Damien Jurado's new track "Nothing Is the News" at Stereogum.
- Listen to Leonard Cohen's new song "Going Home" at The New Yorker, or hear another album track, "Darkness," at Soundcloud.
- Get a free download of "Off the Wall," a solo track from Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, at Matador.
- "Lafaye" is a new single by School of Seven Bells; hear it at Soundcloud.
- Download the new Field Music track "A New Town" at Rolling Stone.
- Grab a copy of Matthew Dear's "In the Middle (I Met You There)" at Spin.
- Download "Genesis" by new 4AD signee Grimes (taken from her February 21 album Visions), at BPM.
- The Twilight Sad have a new album coming February 7; download the album track "Another Bed" at Spin.
- For the price of an email address, download the new White Rabbits track "Heavy Metal" at Stereogum; it comes from their March 6 release Milk Famous.
- Stream The War on Drugs B-side "Don't Fear the Ghost" at BPM.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Chiddybang (Fallon), Seal (Letterman), St. Vincent (Conan)
- Tuesday: Kathleen Edwards (Letterman), Grouplove (Kimmel), Adam Lambert (Leno), Blake Mills (Conan), Outasight (Fallon)
- Wednesday: Sammy Adams (Conan), Ellie Goulding (Letterman), Parachute (Leno), Wale (Fallon)
- Thursday: Joseph Arthur (Letterman), The Avett Brothers (Fallon)
- Friday: 3 Doors Down (Craig Ferguson), Cults (Fallon), Filter (Kimmel), Los Campesinos! (Letterman)
Recent artist and industry news
- Adele's 21 was officially the best-selling album of 2011 by a wide margin, moving 5.82 million units, according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan. Adele's second album sold more copies than any #1 album since 2004, and it was also the first time in seven years that overall industry-wide album sales ticked up (by 1%) compared to the year before. That gain was the result of greatly increased digital sales; CD sales actually dropped by 6%. - Billboard.biz
- Adele is also one of the leading nominees for the 2012 Brit Awards, the U.K.'s equivalent of the Grammys. Rolling Stone has the full list of this year's nominees.
- After an 11-year break, At The Drive-In have reunited. - Pitchfork
- Lil Wayne has scored a book deal that will see the eventual publication of a memoir of his recent stay in prison. - Rolling Stone
- Singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl: Kelly Clarkson. -Spin
- Musician Youssou N'dour will run for president of his native Senegal. - Rolling Stone
- Bay Area punk label Lookout! Records is no more. - Stereogum
- Music website One Thirty BPM has changed its name to Beats Per Minute.
- Music magazine/website Spin aims to review 1,500 albums in the coming year via Twitter.
The latest music videos
The Kills, "The Last Goodbye" [directed by Samantha Morton]:
Real Estate, "Easy" [directed by Tom Scharpling]:
Daniele Luppi and Danger Mouse (feat. Jack White), "Two Against One":
Air, "Sonic Armada":
Death Cab for Cutie, "Underneath the Sycamore":
Arctic Monkeys, "Black Treacle":
Iron and Wine, "Godless Brother in Love":
Trash Talk, "Slander":
Van Halen, "Tattoo":
Scissor Sisters, "Shady Love":
Youth Lagoon, "July"
Tinariwen, "Iswegh Attay":
Blitzen Trapper, "Taking It Easy Too Long":
Mary J. Blige feat. Drake, "Mr. Wrong":
First Aid Kit, "Emmylou":
Arcade Fire [Full Austin City Limits performance]:
In the studio / coming soon
- Electronica duo Orbital return from a lengthy hiatus on April 1st with Wonky, their first full-length since 2004. - NME
- As you have no doubt heard by now, a reunited Van Halen—with David Lee Roth—will release a new album, A Different Kind of Truth, February 7 on Interscope. Lead single "Tattoo" (video above) is out now.
- 4AD stalwarts Dead Can Dance have also reunited, and will release a new album in 2012, reports FACT. It'll be the duo's first new material since 1996. A tour is in the works as well.
- Neon Neon, the one-off collaboration (2008's Stainless Style 79) between Boom Bip and Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, isn't a one-off after all; the pair will soon enter the studio to record a second album. - NME
- Hip-hop legends Public Enemy will release a pair of new LPs in 2012: Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp arrives in June, while The Evil Empire Of Everything follows in September. - NME
- Underworld will release two greatest hits collections on January 31; of particular interest is the three-disc 1992 - 2012 Anthology, which updates their previous best-of collection with the addition of recent singles and a new third disc containing nine previously unreleased tracks.
- Paul McCartney's upcoming February 7 release has been given the cheeky title Kisses on the Bottom. - Billboard
- Reign of Terror, the sophomore album by Sleigh Bells, has been delayed one week to February 21.
- B.o.B will drop his sophomore album, Strange Clouds, on March 13.
- April 10 will bring the next album from Black Dice, Mr. Impossible. - Pitchfork
- Bloc Party will release their fourth album later in 2012 and, yes, frontman Kele Okereke is still part of the group. - Spin
- Malian duo Amadou & Mariam return with Folila, their first album in four years, on March 27; Santigold, TV on the Radio, and Nick Zinner guest. Pitchfork has details as well as a stream of the Santigold collab.
- The Decemberists have a double live album, We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11), coming March 13. - Paste
- The Vince Clarke-Martin Gore techno collaboration VCMG will release its first album Ssss on March 13.
- Bonnie Raitt will release Slipstream, her first new material in seven years, this April. - Rolling Stone
- Xiu Xiu returns with Always on March 6.
- Though it still doesn't have a release date, Madonna's upcoming album will be called MDNA.
- Yellow Ostrich returns on March 6 with Strange Land. - Paste
- Billboard reports that Emmylou Harris is at work on a new duets album with guitarist Rodney Crowell, which will consist mainly of covers.
- Mike Patton has landed his biggest film scoring job yet; he'll be creating the music for the upcoming Ryan Gosling film The Place Beyond the Pines. - Pop & Hiss
- Rolling Stone reports that Alice in Chains are at work on a new album.
- Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle returns with Freedom of Speech in February. - NME
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Both weekends of the 2012 Coachella festival in Indio, California have sold out; here's the lineup, in case you somehow missed it.
- One group that you won't see at Coachella is Black Sabbath; originally expected to headline the festival, the reunited band had to withdraw at the last moment when guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer. - Billboard
- Coachella headliners Radiohead have added some West Coast dates close to the festival in April; Pitchfork has those and the band's previously announced March shows elsewhere in North America.
- fIREHOSE has reunited for a spring tour (their first in 18 years) that includes stops at Coachella. - Prefix
- This February's Noise Pop festival in San Francisco will feature The Flaming Lips performing their 1999 classic The Soft Bulletin in its entirety, while Bob Mould will play Sugar's Copper Blue. Get the full festival lineup at the official site.
- Sleigh Bells will hit the road in February in support of their upcoming sophomore LP Reign of Terror; details at Pitchfork.
- Perfume Genius has a spring tour planned, and Pitchfork has the dates.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers have rescheduled a portion of their North American tour while Anthony Kiedis recovers from foot surgery. - Pollstar
- Cursive will launch a two-month North American tour February 12th in Denver; get all the dates at Prefix.
- The Ting Tings will visit North America in March; Pollstar has the details.
- Also coming to the States in March is Snow Patrol. - Pollstar
- The Polyphonic Spree will bring its 21-member army to American cities beginning in February. - Pollstar
- Bjork is teaming with The Creators Project for a New York residency across multiple dates in February and March. - Pitchfork
- Chairlift's world tour will bring them to North America in March and April. - Prefix
- Matador recording artist Perfume Genius hits the road this spring; get the dates at the label's blog.
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have scheduled 10 shows for February; details at Matador.
- Built to Spill have a handful of dates scheduled for the coming months. - Prefix
- Paste has new West Coast dates for Jeff Mangum.
- Islands will be touring North America in February and March. - Prefix
- Also touring in February and March is YACHT. - Prefix
- Prefix also has North America and UK dates for Memoryhouse.