This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 8 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.
- Dave Aju Heirlooms
- Damon Albarn Dr. Dee LISTEN
- Recording of opera composed by the Blur/Gorillaz leader and performed in part by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
- ALO Sounds Like This
- David Arnold and Michael Price Sherlock Series 2 OST
- Philip Bader Wishful Thinking
- Solo debut for house producer
- Barenaked Ladies Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before!
- Demos and outtakes
- S. Carey Hoyas EP LISTEN
- Solo recordings by Bon Iver's Sean Carey
- Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity
- Alex Clare The Lateness of the Hour
- U.S. release
- Codeine When I See the Sun Box set
- Deluxe box set from Numero includes expanded reissues of three full albums on vinyl and CD: 1990's Frigid Stars LP, 1992's Barely Real, and 1994's The White Birch; all three reissues are also available separately
- DZ Deathrays Bloodstreams LISTEN
- Digital only in the US (a physical US release follows in June)
- Etienne de Crecy My Contribution to the Global Warming 5xCD
- Career retrospective box set for the French house music producer includes some previously unreleased tracks
- Luther Dickinson Hambone's Meditations
- Jimmy Edgar Majenta
- Danny Elfman Dark Shadows OST LISTEN
- Aaron Freeman Marvelous Clouds LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Solo album from Ween's Gene Ween is a tribute to poet/songwriter Rod McKuen
- Glenn Frey After Hours
- Covers of classic love songs
- Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Maps
- Digital only in the US
- Girl Unit Club Rez EP
- Digital only in the US
- Pat Green Songs We Wish We'd Written II
- Richard Hawley Standing At The Sky's Edge LISTEN (3voor12)
- UK only
- Heavy Blanket Heavy Blanket LISTEN
- Instrumental psychedelic album from new J Mascis side project
- Heavy Cream Super Treatment
- Here We Go Magic A Different Ship LISTEN (3voor12)
- Produced by Nigel Godrich
- Huntress Spell Eater
- Steve Jablonsky Battleship OST
- jj jj n° 4 EP
- Karmin Hello EP LISTEN
- Keane Strangeland
- Kidz Bop Kids Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits
- Fela Kuti and Egypt 80 Live in Detroit 1986
- First official release of widely bootlegged concert
- Greg Laswell Landline
- Ingrid Michaelson, Sia, and Sara Bareilles guest
- Lazer Sword Memory
- CD release
- Led Er Est The Diver
- LHF Keepers of the Light
- Men Time EP
- Second of four planned 2012 EPs for the group fronted by Le Tigre's JD Samson
- Mohn Mohn
- CD release of collaboration between Kompakt artists Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger
- Moon Duo Mazes Remixed
- Moss Icon Complete Discography 2xCD
- My Bloody Valentine
EP's 1988-1991 2xCD; UK only [7 May]
Isn't Anything reissue; UK only [7 May]
Loveless 2xCD reissue; UK only [7 May] LISTEN (The Guardian)
- You can't mention the word "shoegaze" without thinking of My Bloody Valentine, the Irish band led by guitarist Kevin Shields that all but established the genre with their swirling, distortion-heavy (and, in person, louder than a jet engine) guitar rock in the 1980s and early 1990s. This week (in the UK, at least) brings remastered reissues of their two full-length albums, 1988's Isn't Anything and the 1991 classic Loveless, the latter with a bonus disc containing an alternate mix. Even more exciting, however, is the double-disc EP's 1988-1991, a new compilation of rarities and EP tracks (like the great "You Made Me Realise" and "Slow") that have been notoriously hard to find in print in recent years, as well as three never-before-heard songs, including the atypically poppy "Good for You" (hear it at Pitchfork). Shields has also reported in recent weeks that he is nearly finished with MBV's elusive third album, which could finally arrive later this year.
- OFF! OFF! LISTEN (Spin)
- Brief first LP (16 songs in 16 minutes!) for hardcore punk band fronted by Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks
- Pitbull Original Hits
- Greatest hits
- Iggy Pop Après
- Covers album features Pop tackling songs popularized by Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Harry Nilsson, and more
- PS I Love You Death Dreams LISTEN (Paste)
- Trevor Rabin Jacaranda
- Royal Headache Royal Headache LISTEN
- Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Los Angeles-based alt-rockers Silversun Pickups—frequently compared to the Smashing Pumpkins, thanks to a similar fondness for distortion—return with their third album on Tuesday. While their 2009 sophomore set Swoon 64 didn't blow away critics, it did manage to earn the band a Grammy nomination for best new artist (with "new" being a relative term in Grammyland). This week's Neck of the Woods finds famed producer Jacknife Lee behind the boards, and either his influence, or a bit of artistic growth (or both) has generated improved results this time around, though don't expect a major change in sound.
- Matt Skiba & The Sekrets Babylon
- Debut for new project from Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, which also includes AFI's Hunter Burgan on bass and My Chemical Romance's Jarrod Alexander on drums
- Sleep Dopesmoker
- Small Faces Small Faces 2xCD
- Remastered reissue of 1967 album with 17 bonus tracks
- Dee Snider Dee Does Broadway
- Covers of Broadway classics; guests include Clay Aiken, Cyndi Lauper, and Patti LuPone
- Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
- Collaboration between Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree
- Tank This Is How I Feel
- Turing Machine What Is the Meaning of What LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- First album in 8 years
- Turnpike Troubadours Goodbye Normal Street
- Various GCB: Music From Season One OST
- The Wandering Go On Now You Can't Stay Here
- Sara Watkins Sun Midnight Sun
- Guests on the former Nickel Creek member's solo album include Fiona Apple, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Jackson Browne
- Rita Wilson AM/FM
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "Creeping" streaming at BPM.
- 2 Chainz
- TRACK "No Lie" (feat. Drake) streaming at Stereogum.
- Animal Collective
- TRACKS "Honeycomb" and "Gotham" (from a new 7" single due June 26) streaming at the band's official site.
- TRACK "Sare Kon Kon" (from their forthcoming self-titled album due 8/7) streaming at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Caves" streaming at BPM.
- Beach House
- ALBUM Bloom streaming until its 5/15 release date at NPR.
- TRACK "Yatton," from their forthcoming album >> (out 6/13), streaming at Soundcloud.
- Best Coast
- ALBUM The Only Place streaming until its 5/15 release date at NPR.
- TRACK "She Is Love" streaming at Spin.
- Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit
- TRACK "We Are Going To Be Friends" (White Stripes cover) streaming at KCRW.
- TRACK "We Are on Fire" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Cribs
- ALBUM In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull (out next week) streaming at Hype Machine.
- TRACK "Endless Flowers" streaming at Spin.
- Jeremy Denk
- ALBUM Ligeti/Beethoven streaming until its 5/15 release date at NPR.
- TRACK "Doused," by the band formerly known as Dive, streaming at Pitchfork.
- Eternal Summers
- TRACK "Millions" downloadable from Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Passage streaming until its 5/22 release date at NPR.
- Ben Folds Five
- TRACK "Do It Anyway" downloadable from Stereogum.
- ALBUM Not Your Kind of People streaming at NME.
- The Gaslight Anthem
- TRACK "45" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- ALBUM A Joyful Noise streaming at The Guardian.
- TRACK "Game Love," featuring members of Super Furry Animals, streaming at Spin.
- TRACK "I'm Just Sayin'" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Youth Without Youth," the first single for their upcoming album Synthetica, streaming at Soundcloud.
- My Bloody Valentine
- TRACK "Good for You," a previously unreleased track available on this week's EPs collection, streaming at Pitchfork.
- Passion Pit
- TRACK "Take a Walk," from their upcoming album Gossamer (out 7/24), streaming at Soundcloud.
- Simian Mobile Disco
- ALBUM Unpatterns streaming at The Guardian.
- Tenacious D
- ALBUM Rize of the Fenix (out next week) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Twin Shadow
- TRACK "Five Seconds" downloadable from the official site.
- TRACK "Lemme See," featuring Rick Ross, streaming at Billboard.
- Bobby Womack
- TRACK "The Bravest Man in the Universe" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Jessie Baylin (Carson Daly), The Beach Boys (Fallon), B.o.B. (Kimmel), The Lumineers (Conan), Snow Patrol (Leno), Spiritualized (Letterman)
- Tuesday: B.o.B. and O.A.R. (Leno), Macy Gray (Letterman), Of Monsters and Men (Fallon), Silversun Pickups (Kimmel), Speakers (Carson Daly)
- Wednesday: Florence + The Machine (Letterman), Glenn Frey (Kimmel), Tennis (Carson Daly), Reggie Watts (Conan)
- Thursday: AWOLNATION (Fallon), Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Letterman), Carrie Underwood (Kimmel), Wallpaper (Carson Daly), Sara Watkins (Leno), The Wombats (Conan)
- Friday: Big K.R.I.T. (Fallon), M Ward (Letterman)
- Saturday: Usher (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, known in the group as MCA, died late last week at the age of 47. In addition to founding that group in the late 1970s, he also launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories a decade ago. Yauch, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his bandmates last month, had been receiving treatment for cancer since 2009. Here is the band's official statement on MCA's passing, while Pop & Hiss, Stereogum, and Salon look back on his life and music career, MTV has an hour-long special, and New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis examines his legacy in the film world.
- Lloyd Brevett, bassist and co-founder of the Skatalites, died last week at the age of 80. - Rolling Stone
- The late John Peel's record collection is now online, though right now you can only browse through 100 of the legendary DJ's 26,000 albums. An additional 100 will be made available each week. Spin picks out 10 highlights from the first batch.
- Dave Grohl is directing a documentary called Sound City about the L.A. recording studio of the same name. - Rolling Stone
- Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) are producing and writing songs for an upcoming film musical, Hole in the Fence, based on their own original concept. - Rolling Stone
- In yet more film news, Andre 3000 is set to star in a Jimi Hendrix biopic called All Is by My Side. - Rolling Stone
- Taking the phrase "King of Pop" to its logical conclusion, Pepsi will put the image of the late Michael Jackson on a billion soda cans. - EW
The latest music videos
Tenacious D, "Rize of the Fenix":
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, "Oh Susannah":
Kanye West, "Lost in the World":
Nas, "The Don":
Here We Go Magic, "How Do I Know":
Lower Dens, "Propagation":
Xiu Xiu, "Honeysuckle":
Soundgarden, "Live to Rise":
Aesop Rock, "Zero Dark Thirty":
A$AP Rocky, "Goldie" [NSFW]:
Big K.R.I.T., "I Got This":
Neneh Cherry & The Thing, "Accordion" [Madvillain cover]:
Black Dice, "Rodriguez":
Tennis, "My Better Self":
POP ETC, "Live It Up":
Cursive, "Drunken Birds":
Dr. Dog, "Lonesome":
In the studio / coming soon
- No Doubt will return with a new album on September 25th; Billboard has video of the announcement.
- The Gaslight Anthem will make their major label debut with the Brendan O'Brien-produced Handwritten, out July 24th on Mercury.
- Beak>, one of several side projects for Portishead's Geoff Barrow, will return with a second album called >> on July 3 (or June 13, if you prefer the digital version).
- Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier will release her second solo album, Silencio, on July 24th; Sam Prekop guests. - BPM
- Alanis Morissette's seventh album, to be titled Havoc and Bright Lights, will be out on August 28, reports Billboard.
- Rick Ross has announced a July 31st release date for God Forgives, I Don't. - Rolling Stone
- Twin Shadow returns with Confess on July 10th. - Pitchfork
- On July 17, Morr Music will release Early Birds, a compilation of rare early recordings by the Icelandic band múm.
- Rolling Stone reports that Soundgarden's upcoming comeback album (their first new material in 15 years) should arrive this fall, likely in October.
- Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan talks to Spin about his band's next album, which they intend to complete by the end of November.
- London's Micachu and the Shapes will return with Never on July 24. - Pitchfork
- Now Here's My Plan, a new Bonnie "Prince" Billy EP, is out July 23rd, while six of Will Oldham's older LPs will be reissued the following week. - Pitchfork
- Hot Cakes will be the first album in seven years for The Darkness when it arrives on August 20th. - The Quietus
- The Mountain Goats will also have two of their older albums reissued, the previously cassette-only The Hound Chronicles (1992) and Hot Garden Stomp (1993) will be released together on a single CD on June 26. - Exclaim
- Pearl Jam is hoping to finish work on its next album by the end of this year for a release in the first half of 2013. - Billboard
- L.A. rockers and new Merge signees Redd Kross will release Researching the Blues on August 7th; it's their first album since 1997. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Death Cab for Cutie will spend one more month touring North America in July (mainly Midwest and East Coast dates) before finally taking a break. - Billboard
- Explosions in the Sky have scheduled some U.S. dates for June; find them at Pitchfork.
- Leonard Cohen's fall tour of North America begins on Halloween in Austin and runs through December. - Billboard
- Beach House will be touring for much of the summer; get the dates at Pitchfork.
- Metric will tour North America this fall in support of their new album; Billboard has the schedule.
- Find new late summer dates for Built to Spill at Pitchfork.
- Nicki Minaj's first U.S. headlining tour kicks off July 16th. - Pollstar
- My Morning Jacket will tour with Band of Horses in August. - Pollstar
- Find summer tour dates for The Promise Ring at Pitchfork.
- Duran Duran have scheduled a U.S. tour for August. - Pollstar
- This summer, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will play a series of solo dates, as well as perform with his newly reunited side project Desaparecidos; get the details at Pitchfork.
- Find recently added U.S. dates for Real Estate at Prefix.
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor have scheduled a fall tour for October. - Pitchfork
- The latest tour dates for Xiu Xiu can be found at Pitchfork.
- The Allman Brothers Band have a handful of dates with Santana set for the summer. - Pollstar
- Yeasayer have scheduled their first U.S. dates in a year for June. - Pitchfork
- You can catch Deerhunter spinoff Lotus Plaza on tour in May and July. - Pitchfork
- Get a few June dates for How to Dress Well at Pitchfork.
- It's only one show so far, but D'Angelo will return to performing for the first time in a decade. - Billboard
- Death Grips have canceled their upcoming tour in order to return to the studio to complete their next album. - Pitchfork