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, October 18, 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.
- Alesana, A Place Where the Sun Is Silent
- James Blake, Enough Thunder EP
- Body Language, Social Studies LISTEN
- Brown Bird, Salt for Salt LISTEN (Paste)
- Casting Crowns, Come to the Well
- Class Actress, Rapprocher LISTEN
- Cowboy Junkies, Sing in My Meadow LISTEN
- Cradle of Filth, Evermore Darkly
- Rob Crow, He Thinks He's People LISTEN (3voor12)
- Kimya Dawson, Thunder Thighs - Aesop Rock guests
- Everlast, Songs of the Ungrateful Living LISTEN
- Evile, Five Serpent's Teeth
- Mick Fleetwood, The Visitor - CD rerelease of 1981 album
- Forest Fire, Staring at the X LISTEN
- Four Tet, Fabriclive 59
- The Gaslight Anthem, iTunes Session [Live EP] LISTEN
- Gauntlet Hair, Gauntlet Hair LISTEN
- Grateful Dead, The Grateful Dead Movie [Blu-ray] - First Blu-ray release of 1974 concert film
- I Break Horses, Hearts
- Iced Earth, Dystopia
- Chris Isaak, Beyond the Sun - Covers of classic Sun Studios recordings
- Jane's Addiction, The Great Escape Artist LISTEN (iTunes)
When it arrives this fall (assuming that it isn't delayed further), The Great Escape Artist will mark the first album for Perry Farrell and company since 2003's comeback effort Strays 75. Despite touring with the group in recent years, bassist Eric Avery is once again out; replacing him on the record is TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, who also contributed to the writing process (and who is himself a replacement for the original replacement bassist, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan). Rich Costey (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand) produces.
- Joe, The Good, The Bad, The Sexy
- Jonti, Twirligig
- Dave Koz, Ultimate Christmas
- Shelby Lynne, Revelation Road
- M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming [2xCD] DISC 1 (3voor12) DISC 2
Anthony Gonzalez returns with a follow-up to 2008's Saturdays=Youth 70, which, while not his best M83 album, saw him reaching a bigger audience than ever before. Unsurprisingly, given that it is a 22-track double album, the new Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is even more expansive in sound than previous LPs, while incorporating more live instrumentation than ever before. Guests include Zola Jesus and Medicine's Brad Laner.
- My Brightest Diamond, All Things Will Unwind
- The Original 7ven, Condensate - First LP in two decades for band formerly known as The Time
- Pujol, Nasty, Brutish, and Short EP
- Puscifer, Conditions of My Parole LISTEN (Spin)
- Real Estate, Days
- The Smiths, Complete [Box set]
An eight-disc set containing remastered versions of all four Smiths studio albums, live album Rank, and three previously released compilations (including Hatful Of Hollow)? That's fine, if you only want to drop $50 on the standard version. But true fans with more disposable income will be splurging on the £250 U.K.-only deluxe collectors edition, which adds vinyl versions of all albums plus 25 seven-inch singles, a DVD, and more.
- Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin, Tape Club
- Sting, Best of 25 Years - Remastered greatest hits; includes some live tracks
- Patrick Stump, Soul Punk
- Richard Swift, Walt Wolfman EP
- Various, T Bone Burnett Presents The Speaking Clock Revue Live From The Beacon Theatre LISTEN
More streaming and downloadable new music
- NPR is currently streaming both discs of The Bridge School Concerts, a two-CD set due in stores next week featuring live music by artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Sonic Youth.
- For the price of an email address, you can stream the upcoming Tom Waits album Bad As Me at the album's official site.
- Gringo Star's new album Count Yer Lucky Stars (out 10/25) is streaming this week at Hype Machine.
- The debut album from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds doesn't come out in the U.S. until November 8, but you can listen to the whole thing now at Soundcloud.
- Soundcloud is also streaming The Juan Maclean's remix/outtake collection Everybody Get Close in its entirety.
- Stream the title track from the upcoming Los Campesinos! release Hello Sadness at Pitchfork.
- Stream the new Major Lazer track "Original Don" (from a new EP to be released digitally on November 1) at Soundcloud.
- "Make My," featuring Big K.R.I.T, is the first track released so far from the upcoming Roots album Undun. Stream it at Soundcloud.
- Download the new Parts & Labor track "No Nostalgia" at Stereogum.
- Stereogum also has an MP3 for the new 65Daysofstatic track "Come to Me," featuring vocals by Robert Smith.
- Download the new Craig Wedren track "I Know" at Rolling Stone.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Harry Belafonte (Colbert Report), Mayer Hawthorne (Conan)
- Wednesday: Coldplay (Colbert Report), Foster the People (Ellen)
- Thursday: Robyn (Ellen)
Recent artist and industry news
- TheNewRecord is a new website where you can download free MP3s of tracks from new albums on over 30 independent record labels, from Sub Pop to Epitaph. Pop & Hiss has an interview with SideOneDummy co-founder Bill Armstrong, who created the site.
- Television Personalities frontman Dan Treacy is in a coma after surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. - NME
- Rick Ross was hospitalized after a pair of seizures over the weekend (each while on a plane, forcing an emergency landing in both cases), but the rapper has now been released and is reportedly doing better, though the cause of the seizures has not been reported. - The New York Times, MTV
- Rapper Tone-Loc also suffered a seizure last weekend, collapsing on stage during an Atlanta concert on Saturday. - Billboard
- After 27 years of marriage, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have separated. The band's future plans are uncertain after they complete a South American tour next month. - Stereogum
- The past week has been filled with Stone Roses reunion rumors in the UK press, with frontman Ian Brown supposedly confirming that the band will play together in 2012. An official announcement could come tomorrow; then again, it may never come. - NME
- Indie rockers Parts & Labor have announced an "extended hiatus" to begin after a brief tour early next year. - Stereogum
- From a Mess to the Masses is a new documentary about the band Phoenix, directed by Antoine Wagner; watch the full 52 minute video at Vimeo.
- The American Music Award nominations were announced last week. Leading the pack was Adele, with four key nominations. The AMA winners will be announced November 20 in a ceremony broadcast by ABC and hosted by Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. - Billboard
- Billboard has named Taylor Swift the magazine's Woman of the Year.
- The latest gig for Pulp's Jarvis Cocker? Editor at large for UK publisher Faber and Faber. - Rolling Stone
- The latest gig for Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst? Creating and starring in a TV sitcom for CBS. Naturally, it's called Douchebag. - Deadline
The latest music videos
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, "Senator" [starring Jack Black and Gary Cole]:
Class Actress, "Weekend":
Drake feat. Nicki Minaj, "Make Me Proud" [live on Saturday Night Live]:
Beyoncé, "Love on Top":
The Horrors, "I Can See Through You":
Ryan Adams, "Lucky Now":
Oneohtrix Point Never, "Replica":
Dirty Beaches, "Lone Runner":
Tyler, The Creator, "Bitch Suck Dick":
John Cale, "Catastrofuk":
High Places, "Sophia":
In the studio / coming soon
- Thom Yorke tells Rolling Stone's David Fricke that Radiohead may return to the studio as soon as December to record new music (and the band has in fact nearly completed one new song, "Come to Your Senses"). In addition, Yorke hopes to complete his Atoms for Peace album by the end of this year.
- After a lengthy hiatus, Mazzy Star have reunited, and will release a pair of new tracks digitally on October 31. The Hope Sandoval-fronted outfit never actually broke up, but they haven't released new music since 1996. - Brooklyn Vegan
- The next album from the Black Keys will be called El Camino, and it arrives December 6. Watch a funny Bob Odenkirk video announcing the album, or get the tracklist at Pitchfork.
- November 22 brings a Death Cab for Cutie remix EP, with new versions of seven cuts from Codes and Keys. Pitchfork has details and one of the tracks, remixed by Cut Copy.
- Garbage talks to Spin about the recording process for the band's first album since 2005, which is just "weeks from completion" and should arrive in early 2012.
- Not one to be deterred by terrible reviews, Lil Wayne is planning to record a sequel to his rock album Rebirth. - MTV
- Metric and film composer Howard Shore are collaborating on the soundtrack to the upcoming David Cronenberg movie Cosmopolis, an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. - The Playlist
- On November 15, Tegan and Sara will release Get Along, a live CD/DVD set. - Billboard
- Paramore will release a series of new songs in the coming months via its new singles club, and the group could also have a new album next year. - MTV
- Though it looks like Sweden's much-blogged Air France still has no plans to record a full-length album, the duo has a new "mini-album" coming in 2012. - One Thirty BPM
- The Welsh band Future of the Left have a new album (The Plot Against Common Sense) in the works for 2012; before that, however, you can expect an EP, Polymers Are Forever, coming in November. - NME
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Jay-Z and Kanye West have added dates to their Watch the Throne tour; get them at Pitchfork.
- Billboard reports that Paul Simon intends to perform Graceland on a 2012 tour that will reunite the singer with many of the musicians who performed on that 1987 album, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
- Wilco have added a West Coast segment to their current tour, slated for January and February. - Pitchfork
- George Strait is touring with Martina McBride in early 2012; Pollstar has the info.
- Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba will play a handful of solo acoustic shows in November. - Pollstar
- Youth Lagoon has tour dates lined up for most of November. - Pitchfork
- Also touring at the end of the year are White Rabbits; One Thirty BPM has details.
- MGMT will play a pair of shows at New York's Guggenheim Museum and November 10 and 11. - Pitchfork
- Phish's annual New Year's residency is set for New York's Madison Square Garden from December 28-31. - Pollstar
- Pitchfork is bringing a new festival called Forms to New York next year. The four-day multimedia event (focusing on music and videogames) will run February 1-4, 2012 at a variety of venues; details and ticket information is forthcoming. - Pitchfork