Music Monday: New Albums, Videos, and Music News

  • Publish Date: June 4, 2012
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This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 5 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.

Anywhere Anywhere [June 4]
Debut from new group featuring Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta), and Mike Watt (Minutemen); available exclusively from ATP
Architects Daybreaker
Beach Boys
That's Why God Made the Radio LISTEN
Now celebrating their 50th anniversary, legendary surf rockers The Beach Boys have reunited for their 29th studio album and first batch of new songs since 1992. Yes, Brian Wilson is back with the group—serving as the group's producer for the first time since 1977—and so is guitarist David Marks, making his first appearance on a Beach Boys record since 1963 (when he was a teenager). Anyone expecting another SMiLE, however, will be disappointed in the reviews published so far, though the album is not without a few highlights.
The Beatles Yellow Submarine DVD/Blu-ray
High-resolution restoration of animated film classic; "songtrack" album reissued separately
Eric Benet The One LISTEN
Big K.R.I.T.
Live from the Underground
Originally scheduled to be released last September, Mississippi rapper/producer Justin Scott's official debut album has been delayed due to sample clearance issues until this week. Thanks to the critical success of his 2011 mixtape Return of 4Eva, (and this year's follow-up 4eva N A Day 77), the self-produced Live from the Underground arrives as one of the year's most-anticipated hip-hop albums, and it features guests ranging from B.B. King and Anthony Hamilton to Ludacris and 2 Chainz.
Jherek Bischoff Composed LISTEN
Alfie Boe Alfie
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Remastered 40th anniversary reissue; vinyl version includes an alternate audio mix on DVD
Bobby Brown The Masterpiece
Brandi Carlile Bear Creek
Circus Maximus Nine
Shawn Colvin All Fall Down LISTEN
Produced by Buddy Miller; Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Jakob Dylan guest
Crocodiles Endless Flowers LISTEN
The Stoned Immaculate LISTEN (Soundcloud)
The New Orleans rapper—one of the more prolific hip hop artists going—returns with his eighth studio album in three years, and second for major Warner Bros. The Stoned Immaculate finds Curren$y joined by the likes of Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., and 2 Chainz.. It's the only new release this week that comes (at least for those who preordered the disc) "packaged with an exclusive 'Up In Smoke' rolling tray."
D'eon LP
Dexys One Day I'm Going To Soar [June 4]
First album in 27 years from band formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners; available in the UK only
Aimlessness LISTEN (Spin)
One of several projects for electronic musician Jimmy Tamborello, Dntel is still best known for 2001's Life Is Full of Possibilities 77 and its track "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan," which gave birth to The Postal Service, Tamborello's later collaboration with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. While later Dntel albums, including 2007's Dumb Luck 60, didn't achieve the same level of acclaim, Tamborello hopes to recapture the magic with Aimlessness, which contains a dozen new tracks including collaborations with Nite Jewel and Baths.
Alejandro Escovedo Big Station LISTEN
Produced by Tony Visconti
Fear Factory The Industrialist LISTEN
Manifest! LISTEN (Spin)
Dance-friendly Brooklyn indie rockers Friends (who are named after an album by The Bolshoi, not the NBC sitcom or the acquaintances who "like" your status updates) gained instant attention last year with their insanely catchy debut single "I'm His Girl," which was enough to place the band on NME's list of 2011's top 50 artists. Recent single "Mind Control," another critical hit, only increased the anticipation for the group's full-length debut Manifest!, which was mixed by Paul Epworth (Adele, Bloc Party).
Heart Strange Euphoria 3xCD+1xDVD
Career-spanning box set that includes hits as well as live tracks and rarities
The Hives Lex Hives LISTEN
Kelly Hogan I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
Her first album in 11 years includes songs written by Robyn Hitchcock, Andrew Bird, Magnetic Fields, M. Ward, and more
Alan Jackson Thirty Miles West LISTEN
Celebration Rock
Already being called "one of the year's most thrilling rock records" by Rolling Stone in addition to picking up some stellar reviews from a variety of publications, Celebration Rock is the second studio album from the Canadian guitar-drums duo of Brian King and David Prowse, following 2009's Post-Nothing 82. The concise, eight-song set is produced by the band themselves and includes a cover of The Gun Club's "For The Love Of Ivy."
Jorn Bring Heavy Rock to the Land
Jana Kramer Jana Kramer
Lenny Kravitz Mama Said 2xCD LISTEN
Remastered reissue of 1991 album includes 21 bonus tracks, 15 of which are previously unreleased
Kreator Phantom Antichrist
L.A. Guns Hollywood Forever
WIXIW LISTEN (3voor12)
WIXIW "may just be the best Radiohead album since Kid A" wrote NPR's Otis Hart last week, and listening to the moody, electronics-heavy set, it's hard to disagree. The ever-mysterious, ever-changing Liars have dropped the traditional rock band trappings last heard on 2010's Sisterworld 78 in exchange for a sound based on homemade samples and haunting keyboards under the guidance of co-producer (and Mute head) Daniel Miller. While the results may not be cheerful, there is plenty of depth and even a surprising accessibility.
Amanda Mair Amanda Mair
Marduk Serpent Sermon
Maroon 5 Songs About Jane 2xCD
10th anniversary reissue includes a bonus disc with demos, B-sides, and other rarities
The Melvins [Lite] Freak Puke LISTEN
Rhett Miller The Dreamer LISTEN
Sixth solo album for the Old 97's frontman features appearances by Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata
Momus Bibliotek
The Mynabirds Generals
Mystery Jets Radlands
US release
Ohnomite Oh No
Phobia Remnants of Filth
PUJOL United States of Being LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Big Moon Ritual
Xavier Rudd Spirit Bird LISTEN (Paste)
Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events
US release
A Silent Film Sand & Snow LISTEN
Paul Simon
Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition(s) LISTEN
Paul Simon's Grammy-winning 1986 album, which has already sold over 14 million copies worldwide, receives the deluxe reissue treatment this week, with multiple versions of the remastered Graceland hitting stores. Each version comes with a DVD of the new documentary Under African Skies, which follows the singer as he reunites with the South African musicians who contributed to the album, and the sets will also include never-before-released alternate versions of some of the album's tracks. If you are just interested in the movie, that's getting a stand-alone Blu-ray release as well.
Langhorne Slim & The Law The Way We Move LISTEN
Patti Smith
The rock legend has been busier in recent years as an author (her award-winning 2010 memoir, Just Kids, reportedly has a big-screen adaptation in the works) and an actress (in Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme) than as a recording artist. But she finally returns to recording this week with Banga, her first collection of originals since 2004's trampin' 74. The new album, already off to a strong start with critics, includes contributions from Television's Tom Verlaine as well as a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse on "This Is the Girl."
Spectrum Road Spectrum Road
New group consisting of Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Jack Bruce (Cream), and Cindy Blackman Santana (Santana)
Teen Daze All of Us, Together
The Temper Trap The Temper Trap LISTEN
Anna Ternheim The Night Visitor LISTEN
Ultravox Brilliant
US release
Various Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted OST
Various Rock of Ages OST LISTEN
Joe Walsh Analog Man LISTEN
Co-produced by Jeff Lynne; Ringo Starr guests
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Americana LISTEN (3voor12)
If you are anticipating a Neil Young cover of the 160-year-old standard "Oh Susannah" to be on the mellow side, then you are ignoring the "& Crazy Horse" part of the equation for Americana, the artists' first album together since their concept album Greendale 64 in 2003. As the album title suggests, Americana (perhaps Canadiana was too tough a sell) is filled with covers of folk standards, including "Clementine" and "This Land Is Your Land," though expect far more electrified takes on those songs than you may be accustomed to. In other words, this is definitely not a folk album. Still not convinced? NPR is also streaming a 40-minute film made by Young that features music from the album.
ZZ Top Texicali EP
Digital only

More streaming and downloadable new music

Fiona Apple
TRACK "Werewolf" streaming at Pitchfork.
Balam Acab
TRACK "Ass Pop" streaming at Stereogum.
Beach Boys
TRACK "From There to Back Again" streaming at Rolling Stone.
Beachwood Sparks
TRACK "Sparks Fly Again" downloadable from Stereogum.
Big Boi & Theophilus London
TRACK "She Said OK" streaming at Soundcloud.
Childish Gambino
TRACK "Silk Pillow" (featuring Beck) downloadable from Donald Glover's official site.
TRACK "Median" (previously unreleased Peel Session version) downloadable from Stereogum.
Dan Deacon
TRACK "Lots" downloadable from Pitchfork.
Matthew Dear
TRACK "Her Fantasy" streaming at Soundcloud.
Hot Chip
ALBUM In Our Heads streaming until its release next week at NPR.
Los Campesinos!
TRACK "Tiptoe Through the True Bits" downloadable from the band's official site.
Micachu & The Shapes
TRACK "OK" downloadable from Stereogum.
ALBUM Early Birds (rarities comp) streaming at 3voor12.
ALBUM POP ETC (out next week) streaming at MTV Hive.
Laetitia Sadier
TRACK "Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe" downloadable from BPM.
TRACK "Flying to Berlin" streaming at Soundcloud.
Ty Segall Band
TRACK "Swag" streaming at Soundcloud.
Harry Shearer
TRACK "Celebrity Booze Endorser" (featuring Fountains of Wayne) streaming at Rolling Stone.
Patti Smith
TRACK "Banga" streaming at Rolling Stone.
The Tallest Man on Earth
ALBUM There's No Leaving Now streaming until its release next week at NPR.
tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angélique Kidjo, and Akua Naru
TRACK "Lady" (Fela Kuti cover) streaming at Soundcloud.
Patrick Watson
TRACK "Words in the Fire" downloadable from Stereogum.
Bobby Womack
ALBUM The Bravest Man in the Universe streaming until its release next week at NPR.
Young Galaxy
TRACK "Youth Is Wasted on the Young" downloadable from Stereogum.
ZZ Top
TRACK "Chartreuse" streaming at Rolling Stone.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Def Leppard (Leno), Lang Fun (Kimmel), Neon Trees (Conan), Silversun Pickups (Letterman), Regina Spektor (Fallon)
  • Tuesday: Bahamas (Conan), Alan Jackson (Letterman), Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Leno), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Kimmel), The Walkmen (Fallon)
  • Wednesday: The Beach Boys (Leno), Jimmy Cliff (Letterman), K'Naan (Kimmel), JD McPherson (Conan), Redbone (Fallon)
  • Thursday: Dead Sara (Kimmel), Carly Rae Jepsen (Fallon), Bret Michaels (Leno), Regina Spektor (Colbert Report), The Temper Trap (Letterman)
  • Friday: Japandroids (Fallon), Kool & The Gang (Leno)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Veteran alt-rock duo Ween have called it quits after 25 years, reports Rolling Stone.
  • Next year's Grammy ceremony (the 55th overall) will be held on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles and televised live on CBS. Nominations will be announced on December 5th.
  • Thanks to the magic of Etsy, you can now buy your choice of Kanye West tweet, embroidered and framed for just $45. - BuzzFeed and Prefix

The latest music videos

Kanye West and Jay-Z (feat. Frank Ocean), "No Church in the Wild":

The Black Keys, "Gold on the Ceiling" [directed by Harmony Korine]:

El-P, "The Full Retard" [NSFW]:

The Walkmen, "Heaven":

Coldplay feat. Rihanna, "Princess of China":

M83, "Reunion":

Florence + The Machine, "Spectrum":

Andrew Bird, "Eyeoneye":

Silversun Pickups, "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)":

Dntel, "Still":

Scissor Sisters, "Baby Come Home":

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, "Man On Fire":

Purity Ring, "Belispeak":

A$AP Rocky feat. Schoolboy Q, "Brand New Guy":

In the studio / coming soon

  • The xx have announced a September 11 release date for their highly anticipated sophomore album, which will be called Coexist. - Pitchfork
  • Bloc Party return with their fourth album, Four, on August 21; Billboard has details and a trailer.
  • Newly signed to ANTI-, The Antlers have set a July 24 release date for their next album, Undersea. There's a short trailer for the album on YouTube.
  • Matthew Dear's next full-length release, Beams, will arrive on August 28. - Pitchfork
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers are planning to release 18 singles before the end of the year; the band reports that they have at least 10 previously unheard B-sides to include in the releases, which will be available digitally and on 7-inch vinyl. - Consequence of Sound
  • America (not to be confused with "Amercia") is the name of Dan Deacon's upcoming album, scheduled for an August 28 release. - Pitchfork
  • Lupe Fiasco is planning to return with the confusingly titled Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 on September 25th, notes HipHop DX.
  • NME has a progress update on the reunited Black Sabbath's next album, which will arrive in—and possibly be titled—2013.

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

Tours and festivals

  • The Walkmen have scheduled tour dates from now through the end of October. - Pitchfork
  • Though his album has been delayed, DMX will still be touring this summer; Billboard has the dates.

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