Music Monday: New Albums, Videos, and Music News

  • Publish Date: May 7, 2012
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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.
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

Comments (1)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Just picked up the new Heavy Cream. A real departure from "Danny", but still good stuff. And the Tenacious D video is hilarious.

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