This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, July 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.
- Alberta Cross Songs of Patience
- The Alchemist Russian Roulette
- Animal Kingdom The Looking Away
- Baroness Yellow & Green 2xCD LISTEN (Spin)
- The sludge metal band's third album is a double (more for stylistic reasons than out of necessity, since the total running time is only 75 minutes), with 18 tracks divided among the mellower Green and the harder Yellow
- The Be Good Tanyas A Collection (2000-2012)
- Career-spanning retrospective includes two new songs
- CAN Flow Motion
- Remastered reissue of 1976 album
- CAN Unlimited Edition
- Remastered reissue of 1976 release that itself was an expanded re-release of 1974's Limited Edition, which collected previously unreleased tracks from the band's history; think of it as a companion to the new rarities collection The Lost Tapes (the two do not share any tracks)
- Citizen Cope One Lovely Day LISTEN (Paste)
- Jimmy Cliff Rebirth LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Com Truise In Decay LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Compilation of early recordings and other rarities
- Conveyor Conveyor LISTEN
- Crosby Stills & Nash CSN 2012 DVD/Blu-ray
- Concert performance from 2012 tour
- The Drowning Men All of the Unknown LISTEN
- Elton vs. Pnau Good Morning to the Night
- Reworkings of classic Elton John songs by Australian duo Pnau
- The Farm Inc. The Farm Inc. LISTEN
- The Fixx Beautiful Friction
- John Frusciante Letur-Lefr EP
- Five-song outing from former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist
- Gatekeeper Exo
- Milo Greene Milo Greene LISTEN
- Guy Gerber Fabric 64
- Hellyeah Band of Brothers LISTEN
- Missy Higgins The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
- Susanna Hoffs Someday
- Hot Panda Go Outside LISTEN
- Icky Blossoms Icky Blossoms
- Debut album from the Omaha trio produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio
- JEFF the Brotherhood
- Frequently compared to Weezer for their polished, hooky alt-rock, the Nashville-based duo composed of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall return with Hypnotic Nights, their seventh album overall and second to receive major label distribution (through Warner Bros.) following last year's We Are The Champions 72. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach—no stranger to rock duos himself—co-produced Hypnotic Nights with the brothers, who recorded the full set in a single week, and the album includes a cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes."
- Kidz Bop Kids Kidz Bop 22 LISTEN
- Kinky Sueno de la Maquina
- Lost Sounds Lost Lost: Demos, Sounds, Alternate Takes & Unused Songs 1999-2004
- Rarities compilation for band led by the late Jay Reatard
- Marcy Playground Lunch, Recess & Detention
- Masta Ace and DOOM MA DOOM: Son Of Yvonne
- Matisyahu Spark Seeker
- John Maus A Collection Of Rarities And Previously Unreleased Material LISTEN (Gorilla vs. Bear)
- Barbara Morgenstern Sweet Silence LISTEN (3voor12)
- David Nail 1979 EP
Life Is Good LISTEN (3voor12)
- The New York MC made a name for himself over the past two decades with critically acclaimed albums like 1994's Illmatic and 2002's God's Son 81, and while he is less prolific these days—this week's Life Is Good is just his first proper release in four years—he still tends to receive plenty of positive reviews while continuing to top sales charts. This tenth studio album includes a collaboration with the late Amy Winehouse as well as features from Mary J. Blige, Large Professor, and Rick Ross, while production comes from the likes of Salaam Remi and No I.D.
- Frank Ocean
Channel Orange LISTEN (Official site)
- After a star-making performance on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night last week (backed by The Roots and a string section), R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean announced that his major-label debut, Channel Orange, would go on sale immediately (one week early) via iTunes. So while this week's physical release may be somewhat anticlimactic, it doesn't make it any less important. The Odd Future member and songwriter for artists ranging from Beyonce to Justin Bieber already made a name for himself last year with his highly acclaimed mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra 83, but this first proper album marks his true arrival as a recording artist, and the early reviews (including a stunning 9.5/10 from Pitchfork) suggest that he's hit it out of the park. Guests include Andre 3000, Earl Sweatshirt, and John Mayer.
- Old Crow Medicine Show Carry Me Back
- Ozzy Osbourne Speak of the Devil DVD
- 1982 concert performance
- Phillip Phillips American Idol Season 11 Highlights
- Sam Phillips Martinis & Bikinis
- Expanded reissue of terrific 1994 album adds four bonus tracks
- Piano Overlord Aninha Mission
- Pierce the Veil Collide With the Sky
- Quicksilver Messenger Service Happy Trails Live 1969
- Shintaro Sakamoto How to Live with a Phantom
- Smashing Pumpkins Pisces Iscariot 2xCD+DVD+CASS
- Deluxe box set reissue of 1994 release includes the remastered album, a bonus disc of outtakes, a live DVD, and the band's original demo reproduced on cassette
- Snowgoons Snowgoons Dynasty
- Soul Asylum Delayed Reaction LISTEN
- First album in six years
- Angus Stone Broken Brights LISTEN (Paste)
- Tremonti All I Was LISTEN
- Various Now That's What I Call British LISTEN
- Various Step Up Revolution OST
- The Very Best MTMTMK
- Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises OST LISTEN
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Azealia Banks
- MIXTAPE Fantasea available as a free download.
TRACK "Neptune" (from Fantasea), featuring Shystie, streaming at Soundcloud.
- Chelsea Light Moving [new Thurston Moore band]
- TRACK "Groovy & Linda" downloadable from Matador.
- Cody ChesnuTT
- TRACK "That's Still Mama" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Das Racist & Talib Kweli
- TRACK "The Actual" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Dan Deacon
- TRACK "True Thrush," from the upcoming LP America, streaming at Soundcloud.
- Eternal Summers
- TRACK "You Kill" downloadable from Rolling Stone.
ALBUM Correct Behavior streaming until its 7/24 release at Hype Machine.
- Green Day
- TRACK "Oh Love" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- The Helio Sequence
- TRACK "October" downloadable from Sub Pop.
- The Killers
- TRACK "Runaways," the first single from the upcoming album Battle Born, streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- The Kills
- TRACK "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Kendrick Lamar
- TRACK "Swimming Pools (Drank)" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Music Tapes
- TRACK "The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)" streaming at Tiny Mix Tapes.
- TRACK "Let Me Love You" streaming at Soundcloud.
- No Doubt
- TRACK "Settle Down" streaming at PerezHilton.com.
- Frank Ocean
- TRACK "Golden Girl" (feat. Tyler, the Creator), the bonus track on the CD release of Channel Orange, streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- Passion Pit
- ALBUM Gossamer streaming until its 7/24 release at NPR.
- Robert Pollard
- TRACK "Who's Running My Ranch," from his upcoming solo album Jack Sells the Cow, streaming at Soundcloud.
- Purity Ring
- ALBUM Shrines streaming until its 7/24 release at NPR.
- The Raveonettes
- TRACK "She Owns the Streets" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Laetitia Sadier
- ALBUM Silencio streaming until its 7/24 release at NPR.
- Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy
- TRACK "Storms" (Fleetwood Mac cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Taken by Trees
- TRACK "Dreams" streaming at NPR.
- Teengirl Fantasy
- TRACK "End" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The xx
- TRACK "Angels" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Zac Brown Band (Kimmel), Imagine Dragons (Leno), Nas (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Best Coast (Fallon), JEFF the Brotherhood (Letterman), Matisyahu (Kimmel), Kip Moore (Conan), Nas (Colbert Report), Lionel Ritchie (Leno)
- Wednesday: MGK (Leno), Red Wanting Blue (Letterman), Refused (Fallon), Rubblebucket (Kimmel), Walk the Moon (Conan)
- Thursday: Graffiti6 (Letterman), Hot Chip (Fallon), Huey Lewis and Joe Cocker (Kimmel)
- Friday: A$AP Rocky (Fallon), Missy Higgins (Leno), Michael Kiwanuka (Letterman)
Recent artist and industry news
- Chumbawamba will not get up again, after all; the English band best known in the States for "Tubthumping" have called it quits after three decades. - Punknews
- Long-running music magazine Spin has been acquired by Buzzmedia, the parent company of music-related sites Stereogum, Hype Machine, Idolator, and recent acquisition XLR8R. There are no immediate plans to end Spin's print edition, but that could soon change. - The New York Times
- Last week, the Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first-ever performance (on July 12, 1962). The UK's BBC6 has events going on throughout the month to celebrate the occasion, and have invited bands (including The Walkmen) to cover classic Stones tracks.
- Green Day does everything in multiples these days; not only are they releasing three albums in a four-month span (beginning in September), but they are looking to feature in two separate documentaries, possibly within the same time period. - Billboard
- Michael Jackson's Bad album will also be the subject of a making-of documentary, directed by Spike Lee. - Billboard
- Speaking of music documentaries, legendary producer Arthur Baker is co-producing a film about the Roland TR-808 drum machine that provided the beats for seemingly every 1980s dance hit (and plenty more since then). Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808 should arrive in 2013; watch a teaser trailer.
- Trent Reznor is returning to videogame music to write the theme for this fall's Call of Duty: Black Ops II. - USA Today
The latest music videos
Jack White, "Freedom at 21":
Justice, "New Lands":
OFF!, "Borrow and Bomb" + "I Got News for You" [starring Dave Foley]:
The Shins, "It's Only Life":
The Walkmen, "Heartbreaker":
Band of Horses, "Knock Knock":
Dirty Three, "Rising Below":
Bloc Party, "Octopus":
Twin Shadow, "Patient":
Purity Ring, "Fineshrine":
The 2 Bears, "Warm & Easy":
Beth Orton, "Something More Beautiful":
Aerosmith, "Legendary Child":
Crocodiles, "Endless Flowers":
Madonna, "Turn Up the Radio":
Soulsavers feat. Dave Gahan, "Take Me Back Home":
In the studio / coming soon
- The Killers' next album will be titled Battle Born, and it's scheduled for a September 18 release. - Billboard
- On October 2nd, Warp will release the next Flying Lotus album, Until the Quiet Comes; Thom Yorke will once again guest on one track. Warp has also just re-released FlyLo's back catalogue on vinyl, and you can now stream his previous four releases for free at Warp's online store, Bleep.
- Band of Horses will release their fourth album, the Glyn Johns-produced Mirage Rock, on September 18th.
- September 18 will also bring R.E.D. (aka "Realizing Every Dream"), the latest from Ne-Yo and his first for new label Motown. - Billboard
- Ty Segall's next solo album—his third 2012 release overall—is titled Twins; the Drag City release arrives on October 9th. - Pitchfork
- Mumford & Sons return on September 25th with Babel, their second album. - Rolling Stone
- Singer-songwriter Beth Orton has recorded a new album, her first in six years; Sugaring Season is out October 2nd on Anti-.
- Tame Impala's previously announced upcoming album Lonerism now has a firm release date: October 9th. Pitchfork has the album cover and tracklist.
- July 31st brings a new Joss Stone album, The Soul Sessions Volume 2; like the singer's similarly titled 2003 release, it's a covers album. - Rolling Stone
- Cody ChesnuTT will return in October with his first album in a decade; Landing on a Hundred is being funded through Kickstarter.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest (November 2-4 in Austin, Texas) will feature the first performance in a decade from a reunited Run-D.M.C.; other acts include Santigold, Girl Talk, Public Image Ltd., De La Soul, and Refused. Full lineups are at the official site.
- This year's American version of All Tomorrow's Parties has announced a change of venue; the festival will now be held at Pier 36 in Manhattan instead of Asbury Park, New Jersey. The lineup for the the September 21-23 event has also been tweaked, with Louis C.K., Sharon Van Etten, and Factory Floor dropping out and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lee Ranaldo, and Janeane Garofalo among the newcomers. Details at the official ATP site.
- Fleetwood Mac (sans Christine McVie) will reunite for a world tour in 2013. - Pop & Hiss
- Sharon Van Etten will follow a European tour with new American dates in October and November (many with Damien Jurado); get the schedule at Pitchfork.
- Find summer dates for DIIV at Pitchfork.
- Irish band Bell X1 has an acoustic tour of the US on tap for September and October. - Pollstar
- Xavier Rudd kicks off a lengthy American tour in September. -Pollstar
- Find new West Coast dates for Fucked Up at Matador.
- Prefix has fall dates for Stars.
- Nick Lowe has a solo acoustic tour planned for the fall. - Pollstar
- Get the schedule for a joint fall tour by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie at Pollstar.