Each Monday, our weekly music news bulletin brings you the major developments in the music world from the past seven days, and looks ahead to the coming week's key new albums.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, November 29, 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.
- Adele, Live at the Royal Albert Hall [CD+DVD or Blu-ray] LISTEN (Guardian)
- Craig Armstrong, In Time OST
- Beyoncé, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4 [2xDVD] - Concert performance plus music videos
- Blut Aus Nord, 777 - The Desanctification
- Bon Iver, Bon Iver [Deluxe Edition] - Adds videos for each song
- Dixie Chicks, VH1 Storytellers [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Gorillaz, The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 [CD+DVD] LISTEN
- Hot Chelle Rae, Whatever LISTEN
- Alberto Iglesias, The Skin I Live In OST
- Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite Les Folies - Live in London [Blu-ray]
- Mr. Oizo, Stade 2
- Okkervil River, Golden Opportunities 2 EP - Free covers EP available at band's official site.
- Conrad Pope, My Week With Marilyn OST
- Elvis Presley, Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives [Box set] - 2 discs of songs performed on radio from 1954-56, plus 100-page book
- Smashing Pumpkins, Gish [Box set] / Siamese Dream [Box set]
If you are going to rerelease your back catalog, this is probably the way to do it. This week brings two deluxe reissues of Smashing Pumpkins classics, each digitally remastered and greatly expanded into 3-disc sets. The band's 1991 debut Gish and their 1993 follow-up Siamese Dream are joined by discs containing alternate versions of album tracks (and non-album material from the same sessions) as well as previously unreleased concerts.
- Trey Songz, Inevitable EP
- Richard Thompson, Strict Tempo - Instrumental tracks
- Various, Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 OST
- Yes, In the Present: Live From Lyon [2xCD+DVD] - Live 2009 performance
- Zomby, Nothing EP
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Merge Records has put together a free Winter Sampler available for streaming or download at their site; tracks include recent works by Wild Flag, Crooked Fingers, The Mountain Goats, Stephin Merritt, and more.
- Listen to a new Leonard Cohen track, "Show Me The Place," at Soundcloud.
- Stereogum has three tracks from The Roots' upcoming album Undun, featuring guest Sufjan Stevens.
- Stream a brand new Of Montreal track called "Wintered Debts" at the band's official site.
- Download "So Cold," an upcoming B-side by The Dodos, at One Thirty BPM.
- Rolling Stone has a stream of "Around the Lake," the first single from Paul Weller's upcoming March album Sonik Kicks.
- Download a new Sharon Van Etten track, "Serpents," at Pitchfork.
- Stream a new 12" single by Actress at Stereogum.
- Grab the new "Higher Palms" single by New York five-piece (and new Warp Records signees) My Best Fiend at Prefix.
- Stream the cheery Gruff Rhys holiday track "Slashed Wrists This Christmas" at Soundcloud.
- Download the Yellow Ostrich track "'Til I Disappear" at One Thirty BPM.
- Stream a pair of new tracks by Black Star at Stereogum.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Paul Anka (Kimmel), Jimmy Cliff (Fallon), Das Racist (Conan), She & Him (Leno)
- Tuesday: The Dodos with Neko Case (Fallon), David Guetta with Usher (Kimmel), Morrissey (Conan), Switchfoot (Leno), Tinariwen with TV on the Radio (The Colbert Report)
- Wednesday: Hot Chelle Rae (Fallon), Iron & Wine (Leno), My Morning Jacket (Kimmel), Needtobreathe (Craig Ferguson), T.I. (Fallon)
- Thursday: Dum Dum Girls (Fallon), She & Him (Ellen), T-Pain (Leno), Yelawolf (Kimmel)
- Friday: Shelby Lynne (Tavis Smiley), Sting (Ellen)
- Saturday: The Black Keys (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- French actress Julie Delpy is set to direct a biopic about late Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The film, to be titled The Right Profile, has not yet been cast. - Variety
- Porn star turned disco diva Andrea True died earlier this month at the age of 68. True was best known for her 1976 hit "More, More, More." - Rolling Stone
- The band Elbow has been selected by the BBC to compose and record the network's theme song for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. - NME
- The personal separation of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore doesn't necessarily mean the end of Sonic Youth; guitarist Lee Ranaldo tells Rolling Stone that he is "optimistic" about the band's future.
- On Thursday (December 1), the Fugazi Live Series website will go live. The site will allow Fugazi fans to download a whopping 800 full concerts recorded between 1987 and 2003 on a pay-what-you-want basis (with a free preview of each show). Pitchfork has more details.
- British music magazine Uncut has named Let England Shake by PJ Harvey this year's recipient of the Uncut Music Award.
The latest music videos
The Weeknd, "The Knowing":
The Roots, "Sleep":
Bret McKenzie and Kermit the Frog, "Life's a Happy Song":
Bon Iver, "Hinnom, TX":
Cee Lo Green, "Anyway":
CANT, "Too Late, Too Far":
Kate Bush, "Mistraldespair":
Beyoncé, "Dance For You":
Porcelain Raft, "Put Me To Sleep":
Adele, "Turning Tables" [Live at The Royal Albert Hall]:
Caveman, "Easy Water":
Kid Rock, "Care" [directed by Mark Pellington]:
Charli XCX, "Nuclear Seasons":
Danny Brown, "Blunt After Blunt":
Peaking Lights, "Hey Sparrow":
In the studio / coming soon
- Muse have finally entered the studio to begin work on the follow-up to 2009's The Resistance. Expect the new album next fall. - Spin
- Details have emerged about Leonard Cohen's upcoming album. Old Ideas is due January 31 on Columbia; Pitchfork has the tracklist.
- Paul Weller will release his 11th solo LP, Sonik Kicks, on March 27; Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon guest on the album.
- Lana Del Rey's debut album will be called Born 2 Die, and it has a tentative release date of January 23 in the UK (which will presumably translate into a January 24 date in the States).
- Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has a Christmas album—of sorts—coming soon. December 19 brings the vinyl-only EP Atheist Xmas, featuring the soon-to-be-classic tunes "Post Apocalypse Christmas," "At the End of the Line," and "Slashed Wrists This Christmas."
- Nicki Minaj will release her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, on February 14. (Despite that title, it is indeed all new material.) - Spin
- Mystery Jets will release their appropriately titled fourth album LP4 in April. - NME
- The tracklist for Amnesty International's four-disc Bob Dylan tribute album Chimes of Freedom has been announced. The artists featured in the set are a diverse bunch and include Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Patti Smith, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, and Miley Cyrus. - One Thirty BPM
- Regina Spektor's sixth album, the Mike Elizondo-produced What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, should arrive in May. -NME
- After taking a short break, Placebo plan to return to the studio in 2012 to record their first new album in three years. - Billboard
- Manchester's Inspiral Carpets have reunited and have begun recording new music. "You're So Good For Me," their first single in 16 years, is out now on iTunes, with more to come in the new year. - NME
- Edwyn Collins is nearing completion of a new solo album. - NME
- Looking for a way to complete your Siouxsie and the Banshees collection? The band is currently compiling a 20-disc box set that will include all 11 studio albums plus singles, live performances, TV clips, and more. - Slicing Up Eyeballs
- The Raveonettes are releasing an extremely limited edition, 27-track compilation called Rarities/B-Sides on December 15. Only 1,000 copies (half on vinyl) will be manufactured.
- The rumors are true: M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will appear on Madonna's upcoming album. - MTV
- WU LYF's Ellery Roberts talks to Stereogum about the band's plans for a second album.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- French electronica duo Justice will launch a lengthy world tour on January 1st; North American dates are planned for March and April. - Pitchfork
- The Promise Ring have scheduled two reunion shows for February (their first live dates in seven years), with more potentially on the way. - Stereogum
- January will find the Red Hot Chili Peppers returning to the road; One Thirty BPM has the dates.
- Phish's Trey Anastasio has a brief solo tour lined up in the new year, though "solo" is not entirely accurate; he'll be performing with a full orchestra. - Rolling Stone
- On March 13, New York's Carnegie Hall will be the venue for a fundraising Rolling Stones tribute concert (which, we should add, will raise funds for a nonprofit, not the Stones themselves). The evening will feature 21 different acts (including the Mountain Goats, Steve Earle, and Roseanne Cash) playing all 21 songs from Hot Rocks 1964-1971. - Rolling Stone