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 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.
- Angels & Airwaves, Love: Part Two - New studio album
- Angels & Airwaves, Love [Box set] - Includes both Love albums on CD and Love movie on DVD
- Animals as Leaders, Weightless
- As I Lay Dying, Decas - Compilation with new songs, covers, and remixes
- Atlas Sound, Parallax LISTEN (NY Times)
When he isn't busy fronting the acclaimed indie band Deerhunter, Bradford Cox releases music under his side project, Atlas Sound. Actually, you may as well throw an "acclaimed" label on Atlas Sound too; the project's previous two releases each scored an 81. The science fiction-influenced Parallax, Atlas Sound's third studio album, is also drawing early praise from reviewers, who consider the album coherent and consistently strong, if perhaps a touch too restrained.
- The Beatles, The Beatles with Tony Sheridan: First Recordings [2xCD] - 50th anniversary edition, includes book
- The Bees, Every Step's a Yes LISTEN
- Judy Collins, Bohemian
- Chris Connelly, Artificial Madness
- Jonathan Coulton, Artificial Heart - First release in stores LISTEN (Paste)
- Disco Inferno, The 5 EPs - Collects tracks from 1992-95
- Disturbed, Lost Children - B-sides collection
- DRC Music, Kinshasa One Two - CD release
- Brian Eno, Panic of Looking EP - Unreleased tracks from the Drums Between the Bells sessions
- Four Year Strong, In Some Way Shape Or Form
- Gold Panda, DJ Kicks LISTEN
- Josh Gracin, Redemption
- Il Divo, Wicked Game LISTEN
- Etta James, The Dreamer
- Keith Jarrett, Rio [2xCD]
- Joker, The Vision
- Kaskade, Fire & Ice
- King Midas Sound, Without You
- Lateef the Truth Speaker, Firewire
- Lijadu Sisters, Danger
- Lissie, Covered Up With Flowers
- London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Greatest Video Game Music LISTEN
- David Lynch, Crazy Clown Time LISTEN (NPR; today only)
Imagine in your head what a music album by director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) might sound like. What you are imagining is likely very close to the actual sound of Crazy Clown Time, Lynch's debut solo LP. Though Lynch's vocals—he sings, with varying levels of distortion, on nearly all of the tracks—may be off-putting to some, the reverb-heavy music echoes some of Angelo Badalamenti's scores for Lynch projects over the years (though here it is Lynch, not Badalamenti, creating the sounds). The highlight, however, is lead track "Pinky's Dream," which features vocals by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
- Cass McCombs, Humor Risk LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Mac Miller, Blue Slide Park
- Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- Randy Newman, Live in London [2xCD]
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds LISTEN (RS)
- Oneohtrix Point Never, Replica LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- The Orb, C Batter C [CD+DVD+Book] - Released Friday 11/11 INFO
- Owen, Ghost Town
- Mike Patton, The Solitude of Prime Numbers OST
- Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here - Immersion Box Set - Greatly expanded and remastered audio/video rerelease of 1975 album with 2 CDs, 2 DVDs, and 1 Blu-ray; also in smaller 2-disc "Experience" version
- Pop Will Eat Itself, New Noise Designed By A Sadist - First album in 17 years
- Pusha T, Fear Of God Part 2: Let Us Pray
- Quilt, Quilt
- Rascal Flatts, The Best of Rascal Flatts Live
- Luke Roberts, Big Bells and Dime Songs
- Rush, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland [CD/DVD]
- Summer Camp, Welcome to Condale LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- Keith Sweat, 'Til the Morning LISTEN
- This Mortal Coil, This Mortal Coil [Box set] - Remastered versions of 3 albums, plus disc collecting singles and other tracks
- Tracey Thorn, Extended Plays 2010-2011 - 15-track compilation of recent EPs; digital only
- Trentemoller, Reworked/Remixed [2xCD] - Digital-only release (CD on 11/22) LISTEN
- Various, Now 40: That's What I Call Music LISTEN
- Various, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn OST
- Laura Veirs, Tumble Bee - Children's album LISTEN (NPR; today only)
- Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo [Deluxe reissue]
- Kurt Vile, So Outta Reach EP
- Wounded Lion, IVXLCDM
- "Weird Al" Yankovic, Alpocalypse HD [Blu-ray]
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Listen to Camp, the upcoming album by actor Donald Glover's hip-hop alias Childish Gambino, at NPR prior to its release next week.
- NPR also is streaming both discs of R.E.M.'s upcoming greatest hits album a week before its release.
- You can also stream the new Los Campesinos! album Hello Sadness at NPR.
- Listen to all 42 minutes of an early 1990 live set by Nirvana at The Phoenix.
- The Guardian has an exclusive stream of If..., a new solo album by former Coral frontman Bill Ryder-Jones.
- Stream next week's new Korallreven album, An Album by Korallreven, all this week at Hype Machine.
- Stream or download Night Bus II, a new mixtape by Montreal electronica artist/producer CFCF, at Gorilla vs. Bear.
- Not only does David Lynch have that new album out this week, but the director has also put together a mixtape, which you can stream at Pitchfork.
- Download all of Abdication, an 8-song EP by Reigning Sound that's produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, at One Thirty BPM.
- Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood have teamed with MF Doom for a one-off track for an upcoming Lex Records compilation. Stream "Retarded Fren" at Pitchfork. (Speaking of Lex Records, check out a 50-track, 10th anniversary compilation available at Bleep.)
- Stream the upcoming album Dive by San Francisco-based producer Tycho at Spin.
- "Like Smoke" is a collaboration between Amy Winehouse and Nas, taken from the former's upcoming posthumous release Lioness (due Dec. 5). Listen at Stereogum.
- Rolling Stone is streaming "Tomorrow," a Stephen Street-produced track by the newly reunited Cranberries.
- Drake's highly anticipated sophomore LP hits next week; in the meantime, download the closing track "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne) at Stereogum.
- Stream "Angelo," the B-side to EMA's new single "Marked," at Spin.
- "Doughnut for a Snowman" is another new track by Guided By Voices, from their forthcoming album Let's Go Eat The Factory, and it's streaming now at Soundcloud.
- Stream this week's new Ty Segall single "Spiders" at Soundcloud.
- Spin has a download of "No Future No Past," a track taken from Cloud Nothings' forthcoming LP Attack on Memory (out January 24 on Carpark).
- Hear "Don't Let It Get To You," a new solo track by Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij (who records simply as Rostam) at Soundcloud.
- Listen to a new Field Music track, "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing," at Soundcloud.
- Stream the A-side to Factory Floor's upcoming DFA Records single "Two Different Ways" at Soundcloud.
- Stream Joanna Newsom pairing with The Muppets to sing "The Muppet Show Theme" at Stereogum.
- Download ""Thucydides II-58," an unreleased acoustic track by the Mountain Goats, at Pitchfork.
- Stream the SBTRKT bonus track "Fried Eggs" at Some Kind of Awesome.
- Rolling Stone is giving away a free MP3 of "Come to the City" by the War on Drugs.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Joan Baez & Kris Kristofferson (Letterman), Joe Jonas (Conan), St. Vincent (Fallon)
- Tuesday: Chromeo (Fallon), The Decemberists (Carson Daly), Cyndi Lauper (Rosie), Lyle Lovett (Leno), Wale (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Andrea Bocelli (Leno), Death Cab for Cutie (Carson Daly), Peter Gabriel (Letterman)
- Thursday: Atmosphere (Carson Daly), Brian Eno (The Colbert Report [interview only]), Feist (Kimmel), Hunter Hayes (Fallon), Il Divo (Leno), Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Letterman)
- Friday: Beyonce (Fallon), Steve Martin with The Lonesome River Band (Letterman), Megadeth (VH1's Behind the Music), Thievery Corporation (Carson Daly), Yo-Yo Ma (Tavis Smiley)
- Saturday: Coldplay (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead by his bandmates last week; a cause of death has yet to be determined. - Los Angeles Times
- Damon Albarn tells NME that the members of Blur have indeed been meeting up "regularly" and recording new music, though there are no definite plans for any release. A world tour in 2012 is not out of the question, however.
- Indie label Brassland (home to The National) is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away a free track every day in November. Get details at Pitchfork, or head right to the label's Facebook page to begin downloading.
- My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields has started a new record label, Pickpocket. Unfortunately, there are no plans to release any new MBV material. - NME
- Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and manic pixie dream girl Zooey Deschanel have separated after two years of marriage, reports US Weekly.
- Public Enemy's Chuck D is the latest artist to sue his record company (Universal) for underpayment of royalties related to digital music and ringtone sales. Eminem and Rob Zombie are among the other artists who have pursued similar litigation in recent months. - The Hollywood Reporter
- Just a few months after parting ways with their bassist, Coheed and Cambria have now lost drummer Chris Pennie, the former Dillinger Escape Plan member who has performed with C&C since 2007. - Kerrang!
- Country singer Keith Urban will undergo throat surgery and will be on vocal rest for at least the rest of 2011. - Billboard
- Can Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) save the Lou Reed/Metallica collab Lulu? That record is beyond rescue at this point, but he is directing a video for one of the album's tracks, "Iced Honey." - AP
- After the past week, we're almost—almost—starting to feel sorry for Nickelback. First, a survey revealed the band to be the #1 biggest sexual turn-off among music fans. Then, an irate Detroit Lions fan launched a petition drive to cancel the act's planned halftime performance during the Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game.
- Speaking of Thanksgiving, that will be the day that ABC broadcasts a new Lady Gaga special. A Very Gaga Thanksgiving airs at 9:30pm and includes an eight-song performance and a peek at her personal life. - The Futon Critic
- The live Grammy Nominations Concert (which airs November 30 on CBS) will include a performance by a reunited Van Halen, fronted by David Lee Roth. - Spin
The latest music videos
Childish Gambino, "Bonfire":
The Kills, "Baby Says":
Real Estate, "It's Real":
Mates of State, "Sway":
Oneohtrix Point Never, "Sleep Dealer":
Kid Cudi, "Maniac" [directed by Shia LaBeouf] [NSFW]:
The Internet, "Cocaine":
Foster the People, "Call It What You Want":
Cass McCombs, "The Same Thing":
Mister Heavenly, "Bronx Sniper":
The One AM Radio, "In a City Without Seasons":
First Aid Kit, "The Lion's Roar":
Gauntlet Hair, "Keep Time":
Seventeen Evergreen, "Polarity Song":
Pure X, "Surface":
In the studio / coming soon
- The Cure have a double live album, Bestival Live 2011, arriving on December 5. Slicing Up Eyeballs has the tracklist.
- Next week, Mute will release acclaimed music video director Peter Care's 1979 short film Johnny YesNo on DVD for the first time. The film is soundtracked by Cabaret Voltaire, and the 2-CD/2-DVD Johnny YesNo Redux box set will contain a new mix of the album by CV's Richard H. Kirk (with many bonus tracks), as well as a newly filmed remake of the movie by Care. Watch the trailer on YouTube. In 2012, Mute will also re-release expanded versions of Cabaret Voltaire's four Virgin albums (The Crackdown, Micro-phonies, The Covenant, The Sword & The Arm Of The Lord, and Code) from the 1980s, which represent the Sheffield group's most accessible work. - The Quietus
- The xx have begun work on their sophomore album; you can follow their progress on their new blog.
- That recent single released by Mazzy Star wasn't a one-off; the group plan to release a full album in 2012, which would be their first LP in 16 years. Expect a tour to follow. - NME
- Dan Deacon has signed to Domino and will release his first LP for the label in 2012. - Pitchfork
- The good news is that Built to Spill will soon begin recording a follow-up to 2009's There Is No Enemy. The bad news is that, while the album could be out in 2012, it may not be ready until 2013, frontman Doug Martsch tells Rolling Stone.
- Korn's upcoming December 6 release The Path of Totality will find the band embracing dubstep. Really. - Rolling Stone.
- Queens of the Stone Age member Mark Lanegan will release a solo album, Blues Funeral, on February 6. It'll be his first solo album (recorded under The Mark Lanegan Band moniker) in eight years. - One Thirty BPM
- British duo Field Music will release a new album, Plumb, on February 21.
- The Walkmen are about to head into the studio with producer Phil Ek to record their next album, which they hope to release next summer. - Pitchfork
- Gonjasufi has a new mini-album (though at 10 tracks, it's not that mini) called MU.ZZ.LE; it'll be out January 24 on Warp. - Pitchfork
- Jakob Dylan tells Rolling Stone that he is planning on recording a new album with the Wallflowers in January. The band last released an LP in 2005.
- The debut album by Odd Future spin-off The Internet, to be titled Purple Naked Ladies, should arrive before the end of the year.
- Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has titled his solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes (yes, a reference to Friday Night Lights), and it will be released January 24 on Vagrant. - Pitchfork
- Pitchfork has new details about the We Bought a Zoo soundtrack album by Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi, which will be in stores a few weeks ahead of the movie, on December 13.
- The first DJ Food album in over a decade, The Search Engine arrives January 23 on Ninja Tune. - Prefix
- Michelle Branch talks to Rolling Stone about her upcoming 2012 album West Coast Time, which marks her return to pop/rock for the first time since 2003.
- The Antlers will release an 8-song EP called (together) on November 22, and it will include a cover of The xx's "VCR." Pitchfork has the full tracklist as well as a video for one of the tracks, a collaboration with Neon Indian.
- Five years after releasing their debut album, DFA recording artists Prinzhorn Dance School will return in January with Clay Class. - Prefix
- Cardinal will release Hymns, its first album since 1994, on January 9. Pitchfork has the tracklist.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- A Radiohead U.S. tour in 2012? Now, it's a certainty; the band has announced its first batch of live dates, beginning February 27 in Miami. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, and more dates will be announced in the near future. Based on these dates and cities, it looks like the band will be at the West Coast a month too early to play at Coachella, though you can never rule anything out.
- Roger Waters is bringing The Wall back to North America next summer on a 36-date tour. The tour will kick off May 1st and include weekend stops at stadiums such as San Francisco's AT&T Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field, as well as midweek performances at arenas in cities missed on his previous tour. Get more details at Rolling Stone and a full list of dates at Pollstar.
- The Kills have added North American dates in January and February; get the details at One Thirty BPM.
- Black Star (the duo of Talib Kweli and the artist formerly known as Mos Def) have rescheduled some of their previously canceled fall live dates. Prefix has details.
- The recently semi-reunited New Order (still lacking Peter Hook, but with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert) will play their first U.K. show in five years in December. - Prefix
- Crystal Stilts have scheduled a handful of North American dates after Thanksgiving; find them at Prefix.
- Baths are also touring North America late this year; check Pitchfork for dates and cities.
- Miranda Lambert's On Fire tour kicks of January 12 in Illinois - Pollstar
- New York's MoMA has commissioned Antony and the Johnsons to create a new work called "Swanlights," which Antony will perform with a 60-piece orchestra at Radio City Music Hall on January 26. - The New York Times
- It might be a bit early, but South by Southwest has announced some of the acts that will be performing at next year's festival, which will run March 13-18 in Austin. Get the full list (which includes the Wedding Present, Com Truise, Class Actress, Against Me!, and Thee Oh Sees) at the official SXSW site.
- Megadeth's Gigantour festival will return in 2012 for the first time in four years. In addition to Megadeth, artists slated to appear include Motorhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil. Get the details at Pollstar.