This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 12 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.
- Acid Pauli mst
- Notwist member Martin Gretschmann's debut for Nicolas Jaar's Clown & Sunset label
- Azealia Banks 1991 EP
- CD release
- BoDeans American Made LISTEN (Paste)
- Jonathan Boulet We Keep the Beat Found the Sound See the Need Start the Heart
- Bouncing Souls Comet LISTEN
- Mary Chapin Carpenter Ashes and Roses
- Charli XCX You're the One EP
- Chicago In Chicago DVD/Blu-ray
- The Constellations Do It For Free
- Cookie Duster When Flying Was Easy LISTEN
- First album in over a decade for band featuring Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene
- Brian Culbertson Dreams
- The dB's
Falling Off The Sky LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Fans of power pop rejoice! Falling Off The Sky marks the first studio album from cult faves The dB's in 25 years, and the first record featuring the band's original lineup of Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Will Rigby, and Gene Holder in three decades. Fans of the band—as well as those of early R.E.M. or other jangly Southern alt-rock—should find much to like on the new record, which sounds like it could have been recorded in their early 1980s heyday.
- John Denver The RCA Albums Collection 25xCD
- Massive box set includes all 24 of Denver's RCA albums released from 1969 to 1986 as well as his 1966 LP John Denver Sings; many are appearing on CD for the first time
- Diplo Express Yourself EP LISTEN (Spotify)
- Edens Edge Edens Edge
- Fall On Your Sword Lola Versus Original Motion Picture Score
- Jimmy Fallon
Blow Your Pants Off
- The second album of musical comedy stylings from the Late Night host (he released another LP a decade ago) boasts an enviable roster of collaborators: Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Stephen Colbert, and Bruce Springsteen. You'll find your favorites from Fallon's show, including "Tebowie," "History of Rap," "Slow Jam the News," and a couple of the host's excellent Neil Young impersonations.
- Far East Movement Dirty Bass
- Fawn Coastlines LISTEN
- Future of the Left The Plot Against Common Sense LISTEN
- Giant Giant Sand Tucson LISTEN
- First album from the new larger version of Howe Gelb's band Giant Sand
- Guided by Voices Class Clown Spots a UFO LISTEN (3voor12)
- Second of three (for now) planned 2012 releases for the reunited indie rockers
- The Hive Dwellers Hewn From the Wilderness
- Hot Chip
In Our Heads LISTEN
- British dance outfit Hot Chip return Tuesday with their fifth album in eight years, and it's another good one. (Those five albums, by the way, don't even include releases from the various side projects for the band's members, like The 2 Bears and About Group.) In Our Heads finds the group switching labels from DFA/Astralwerks to the even more indie-minded Domino, but otherwise it's business as usual: an infectious lead single (“Night and Day”), lyrics that run the gamut from playful to sentimental, and dancefloor-friendly music that reveals an eclectic variety of influences.
- The Hundred in the Hands Red Night LISTEN (3voor12)
- J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit
- Artists such as Danny Brown and Amp Fiddler rap over unreleased beats by the late J Dilla
- Jaill Traps LISTEN
- Judas Priest The Complete Albums Collection 19xCD
- Jukebox the Ghost Safe Travels LISTEN
- Magic Trick Ruler of the Night
- Dean Martin Collected Cool 3xCD+1xDVD
- Career-spanning box set includes his biggest hits as well as a full 1962 concert on CD, an hour-long 1983 concert on DVD, and a 60-page book
- Maximo Park The National Health [11 June] LISTEN (NME)
- UK only for now; US release expected later this summer
- Dent May Do Things LISTEN (Spin)
- Pat Metheny Unity Band
Synthetica LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- The Emily Haines-fronted indie rockers (who share two members, including Haines, with fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene) return Tuesday with a successor to 2009's Fantasies 77. Synthetica is produced by the band's own Jimmy Shaw, and Lou Reed guests on penultimate track "The Wanderlust." The early reviews suggest an improvement over the previous album.
- Mice Parade Live: England Vs France
- Recorded during 2010 tour
- Wymond Miles Under the Pale Moon
- Solo album for Fresh & Onlys frontman
- Motion City Soundtrack Go LISTEN
- Niki & The Dove Instinct
- Available digitally (exclusive to iTunes) today; CD release August 7
- Oneohtrix Point Never Dog in the Fog EP
- Digital-only collection of remixes of tracks from Replica
- Piano Magic Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet
- POP ETC
POP ETC LISTEN (3voor12)
- The Morning Benders are dead; long live Pop Etc. After only recently discovering that the word "bender" doesn't always mean "robot with a shiny metal ass," in some countries, the Bay Area indie trio adopted the more generic Pop Etc. as its new moniker, which will officially be inaugurated this week with an album of the same name. Not everyone is fond of the new name, but the group did attract fans with its sophomore set Big Echo 72 in 2010. Whether it keeps them around after adopting a much poppier sound with the new album is another question, though having Danger Mouse on hand to supervise the recording couldn't hurt.
- Grace Potter & The Nocturnals The Lion The Beast The Beat LISTEN
- Includes several tracks co-written by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys; a deluxe edition adds duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney
- While the veteran Candian rock band hasn't released an album in five years, it takes about that long just to set up Neil Peart's drum kit. The trio produced Clockwork Angels along with Nick Raskulinecz (returning from 2007's Snakes & Arrows 73), and the album features a loose steampunk concept about a young man on a quest in a world of "lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker." A 33-city tour kicks off in September.
- Ryat Totem LISTEN (3voor12)
- Mike Scheidt Stay Awake LISTEN (3voor12)
- Ed Sheeran +
- US release
- Skinny Puppy Live: Bootlegged, Broke and In Solvent Seas LISTEN
- Epic Soundtracks Wild Smile 2xCD
- Remastered anthology of solo work by the late Swell Maps co-founder includes many long out-of-print tracks and collaborations with Evan Dando, J.Mascis, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo, and more
- SpaceGhostPurrp Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp LISTEN (Prefix)
- First commercial release for the Miami rapper and producer (and unlikely 4AD signee) is a mixture of old and new tracks, though the older material has been rerecorded
- Starring ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ
- Marc Streitenfeld Prometheus OST
- The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
- These United States These United States LISTEN
- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Trouble
- Debut full-length from English electronica artist Orlando Higginbottom
- Turbonegro Sexual Harassment
- Josh Turner Punching Bag
Looking 4 Myself
- Preceded by one of his better singles in years—the Diplo-produced "Climax"—Usher's new album Looking 4 Myself promises to be more adventurous than the singer's disappointing (but Grammy-winning) 2010 effort Raymond v. Raymond 57. Indeed, the singer has used the term "revolutionary pop" to describe the sound of his seventh LP, which features production from Salaam Remi, Swedish House Mafia, Empire of the Sun, Max Martin, and the Neptunes and collaborations with Pharrell Williams and Rick Ross. A deluxe edition of the new album adds four tracks.
- Variety Lights Central Flow LISTEN
- Various Bernie OST
- Various Now That's What I Call Country Vol. 5
- volcano! Piñata LISTEN
- Waka Flocka Flame
Triple F Life LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Friends, fans and family are the F's in question as the rapper returns with his second solo album and first release after last fall's collaboration with Gucci Mane, Ferrari Boyz 57. Drake, Trey Songz, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, and Meek Mill are among the guests on the new album.
- Wintersleep Hello Hum LISTEN
- Witch Mountain Cauldron of the Wild
- Bobby Womack
The Bravest Man in the Universe LISTEN (3voor12)
- Building on a late-career resurgence that kicked off with an appearance on the third Gorillaz album Plastic Beach 77, legendary soul singer Bobby Womack returns this week with a new album, his first set of original material since 1994. Womack once again teams with Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn, who serves as producer on The Bravest Man in the Universe along with XL Recordings head Richard Russell. The disc includes a collaboration with polarizing singer Lana Del Rey on the song "Dayglo Reflection." So far, critics seem to be enjoying the contrast of Womack's voice and Albarn's modern electronic backdrop.
- The Young Dub Egg
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Alberta Cross
- TRACK "Lay Down" streaming at Spin.
- Fiona Apple
- ALBUM The Idler Wheel... streaming until its June 19 release at NPR.
- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
- TRACK "Baby" streaming at Pitchfork.
- Beachwood Sparks
- TRACK "Talk about Lonesome" downloadable from KCRW.
- TRACK "Para" downloadable from Stereogum.
- ALBUM The Lost Tapes (10-track sampler from the upcoming box set) streaming at The Guardian.
- Neneh Cherry And The Thing
- ALBUM The Cherry Thing streaming until its June 19 release at NPR.
- Cold Cave
- TRACK "Believe in My Blood" (previously unreleased) downloadable from Matador.
- Ravi Coltrane
- ALBUM Spirit Fiction streaming until its June 19 release at NPR.
- Matthew Dear
- TRACK "Crimewaves" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Four Tet
- TRACK "128 Harps" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Grizzly Bear
- TRACK "Sleeping Ute" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- Glen Hansard
- ALBUM Rhythm And Repose streaming until its June 19 release at NPR.
- Holy Other
- TRACK "Love Some1," from the upcoming full-length debut Held (out Aug. 28), streaming at Soundcloud.
- Jens Lekman
- TRACK "Erica America" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
- Frank Ocean
- TRACK "Pyramids" downloadable from Stereogum.
- OMBRE [Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro]
- TRACK "Cara Falsa" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- Peaking Lights
- TRACK "Beautiful Son" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
ALBUM Lucifer streaming at 3voor12.
- A Place to Bury Strangers
- TRACK "And I'm Up" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Worship streaming at 3voor12.
- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
- TRACK "Time Keeper" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- The Vaccines
- TRACK "No Hope" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Brandi Carlile (Leno), Glen Hansard (Fallon), Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Conan)
- Tuesday: Alejandro Escovedo (Fallon), Goodie Mob (Kimmel), Meiko (Leno), Patti Smith (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Jerry Douglas (Letterman), Norah Jones (Fallon), Kids These Days (Conan), Niki & The Dove (YouTube Presents live at 4p ET)
- Thursday: Elizabeth Cook (Letterman), Dukes of September (Fallon), The Temper Trap (Kimmel), We Are Augustines (Leno)
- Friday: Olly Murs (Leno)
Recent artist and industry news
- Domino Records has launched a subscription service called Domino Drip; $9.99 a month gets you downloads of two albums plus bonus material.
- Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will perform during the opening ceremony for the upcoming Olympic Games in London. - NME
- Herb Reed, a founder and last surviving member of hit vocal group The Platters, died last week at the age of 83. - Billboard
- Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch, 66, was found dead last week after an apparent suicide; the Los Angeles Times has an obituary.
The latest music videos
Fiona Apple, "Every Single Night":
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz, "Mercy":
Beach House, "Lazuli":
Dirty Projectors, "Gun Has No Trigger":
The Hives, "Go Right Ahead":
The Gaslight Anthem, "45":
Pet Shop Boys, "Invisible":
Danny Brown, "Grown Up":
Die Antwoord, "Baby's on Fire" [NSFW]:
Sigur Rós, "Varúð":
CocoRosie, "We Are on Fire":
Killer Mike, "Big Beast" [NSFW]:
Grass Widow, "Goldilocks Zone":
Bowerbirds, "Overcome With Light":
In the studio / coming soon
- The next album by Muse now has a title (The 2nd Law), a release date (September 18), and a trailer.
- Big Boi's next solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors has been slated for a November 13 release. - Consequence of Sound
- Grizzly Bear's still-untitled fourth album will be out September 18th on Warp; Billboard has the tracklist.
- Frank Ocean will finally make his Def Jam debut on July 17 when he releases his new album Channel Orange. - Pop & Hiss
- Calexico's next album is called Algiers, and it's out on September 11; check out the video for lead single "Para" above.
- Could Neil Young & Crazy Horse release a second new album in 2012? The short answer is yes; they've been recording additional material (after concluding their sessions for the just-released Americana), and an album of originals could arrive as soon as the fall. - Billboard
- Bob Mould's next solo album will be called Silver Age, and it's out September 4th on Merge. - BPM
- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti return with Mature Themes on August 21st. And despite a recent Facebook post to the contrary, the band has not broken up. - Pitchfork
- Following up his EP released late last year, John Cale will have a full-length called Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood out October 9th; the LP includes a track ("I Wanna Talk 2 U") recorded with Danger Mouse. - Pitchfork
- Jens Lekman's first album in five years will be called I Know What Love Isn't; expect it September 4th. - Pitchfork
- Seattle's Seapony are back with a new album, Falling, on September 11. - BPM
- The Killers have posted a YouTube trailer for their upcoming album Battle Born, which is expected in the fall.
- Has Radiohead recorded a track with Jack White? A recent comment by Thom Yorke suggests so, reports Billboard.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- A couple of acts are attempting record-breaking tours this summer. The Melvins will seek to set the Guinness World Record for fastest tour of the U.S. by performing in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia in just 51 days. (Get the dates at Spin). Meanwhile, The Flaming Lips will attempt to establish the mark for the most concerts in multiple states in a 24-hour period; Pollstar has the schedule for their one-day, eight-concert tour. (For the record, Jay-Z holds the current record with seven concerts in a day.)
- Animal Collective will kick off a world tour on September 18 in Seattle; Pitchfork has the full schedule.
- Grizzly Bear will spend much of the fall touring in support of their upcoming album; Pitchfork has the details.
- My Morning Jacket now has dates lined up through mid September, and will allow fans a chance to determine their setlists via Twitter. - Pitchfork
- Jack White has tacked on a few U.S. dates to his current world tour; find them at Prefix.
- The Weeknd has also expanded his current tour. - Pitchfork
- Though their new album Americana hit stores last week, you'll have to wait until fall to catch Neil Young & Crazy Horse at a live venue near you. Billboard has the itinerary.
- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti have a few fall dates lined up. - Pitchfork
- Find fall dates for Grimes at Pitchfork.
- Prefix has the summer itinerary for Fitz and The Tantrums.
- Bob Mould will be on the road for much of the summer; on many dates, he'll be performing Sugar's Copper Blue in its entirety. - BPM
- Ed Sheeran has North American dates set for September and October. - Pollstar
- Pollstar also has fall dates for Social Distortion.