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 25, 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.
- Aiden, Some Kind of Hate
- The Beets, Let the Poison Out
- Boyz II Men, Twenty LISTEN
- Cameras, In Your Room
- Kelly Clarkson, Stronger LISTEN
- Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto LISTEN (3voor12)
Originally intended for release at the end of 2010, Coldplay's fifth studio album took a bit longer to record than expected. Mylo Xyloto (pronounced MY-lo ZY-letoe, and, no, we don't know what it means, either) was recorded with a trio of producers—Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson—and a bit of assistance from longtime collaborator Brian Eno. Despite the unlikely presence of Rihanna (on the track "Princess of China") to enliven things a bit, early reviews have been lukewarm.
- Comet Gain, Howl of the Lonely Crowd - US CD release
- Deer Tick, Divine Providence LISTEN (Spin)
- Dirty Projectors and Bjork, Mount Wittenberg Orca
- DJ Cam, Seven
- Dntel, Life is Full of Possibilities - Reissue of 2001 album with bonus disc LISTEN
- Thomas Dolby, A Map of the Floating City - First studio album in 19 years
- El Rego, El Rego - New compilation of 12 classic Afro-soul tracks
- Michael Feinstein, The Sinatra Project, Vol. II: The Good Life
- Peter Gabriel, New Blood - Live in London [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Vince Gill, Guitar Slinger
- Goapele, Break of Dawn LISTEN
- Gringo Star, Count Yer Lucky Stars LISTEN
- honeyhoney, Billy Jack
- Hurricane Bells, Tides and Tales - 2nd solo album for Longwave's Steve Schlitz LISTEN
- James, The Gathering Sound [3xCD + 1xDVD] - Rarities box set; UK only INFO
- Jedi Mind Tricks, Violence Begets Violence
- Justice, Audio, Video, Disco LISTEN (NME)
The French electronica duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay won fans among music lovers and critics alike with their Daft Punk-esque 2007 debut album † 81. It has taken them four years to record a follow-up, but Audio, Video, Disco finally arrives this week, incorporating more arena rock and prog influences into their sound. While that may not sound like a critic-pleasing mix on paper, if anyone can pull it off, it might be these guys.
- Kid Koala, Space Cadet
- Cyndi Lauper, To Memphis with Love [DVD]
- Metric, Fantasies Flashbacks [Vinyl box set] - Remixes of tracks from Fantasies
- MF Doom, Operation: Doomsday [2xCD or 4xLP] - Expanded reissue of 1999 album
- Raleigh Moncrief, Watered Lawn
- Of Montreal, Cassette Box Set [10xCASS] - Limited edition of 500; includes tape versions of 10 LPs
- Ozric Tentacles, Paper Monkeys
- Peggy Sue, Acrobats - Produced by John Parish LISTEN
- John Prine, The Singing Mailman Delivers [2xCD] - Newly discovered recordings from 1970 LISTEN (Paste)
- Roots Manuva, 4everevolution - US release
- Russian Circles, Empros LISTEN (Spin)
- She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas - Adorkable holiday standards
- Skinny Puppy, handOver LISTEN
- Spectrals, Bad Penny
- Surfer Blood, Tarot Classics EP LISTEN (Spin)
- Christina Vantzou, No. 1
- Various, The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition [3xDVD or 2xCD]
- Various, The Essential Phil Spector [2xCD]
- Tom Waits, Bad As Me LISTEN (NPR; today only)
The legendary Tom Waits is always doing something, whether it is recording, touring, writing, or even acting, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to realize that he hasn't released an album of new material since 2004's Real Gone 78. But the Waits wait ends this week; his new album, Bad As Me, contains 13 new songs (and another 3 in the deluxe version), co-produced as usual with his wife Kathleen Brennan. If it lives up to the PR hype (early reviews suggest that it will), expect one of his most crowd-pleasing albums in at least a decade.
- Chris Watson, El Tren Fantasma - Field recordings; first solo album since 2003
- Scott Weiland, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Holiday standards LISTEN (Spin)
- Brian Wilson, In the Key of Disney - Covers of songs from Disney movies
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Stream next week's new Girl in a Coma album Exits and All the Rest at NPR.
- Still curious about how that Lou Reed-Metallica collaboration Lulu is going to sound? Wonder no more; the full album is streaming now at the official album site prior to its release on November 1st.
- Stream the new, final R.E.M. single, "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," taken from their forthcoming greatest hits collection, at Rolling Stone.
- "No Spare Parts" is a new old Rolling Stones song, a never officially released, late-1970s cut that will be included in the band's upcoming box set reissue of Some Girls. Stream it, appropriately enough, at Rolling Stone.
- Listen to "Cast Out For Days," a track from tomorrow's release Watered Lawn by Raleigh Moncrief, at Spin.
- Amazon has a new free download by Atlas Sound called "Flagstaff."
- A second collaborative track from Burial and Massive Attack has emerged; "Paradise Circus" is a new version of the song that first appeared on Heligoland. Listen at Stereogum.
- Over at Spin, you can hear four new tracks by Johnny Marr that find him collaborating with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, Au Revoir Simone, Tom Vek, and Mona.
- Download "Spiral Down," a new bonus track by Cowboy Junkies, at Rolling Stone.
- Listen to the new Hurricane Bells track "Let's Go" at Spin.
- Stream a pair of tracks by Joker, from his November 8 debut album The Vision, at Stereogum.
- Grab the track "Black Saturday," taken from Girls Names' debut album Dead to Me, at Stereogum.
- Download "MG 333," a track from Richard Swift's new Walt Wolfman EP, at Spin.
- One Thirty BPM has an MP3 for "Sidewalk Safari," from the upcoming Chairlift album Something.
- Last week we told you about Mazzy Star's upcoming single, the band's first release in over a decade. Now, stream the single's B-side, "Lay Myself Down," at Pitchfork.
- Stereogum is streaming a Ryan Adams bonus track, "Petal In A Rainstorm."
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Beirut (Fallon), Harry Connick Jr. (Ellen), Chris Isaak (Leno), Jane's Addiction (Letterman), Amos Lee (Craig Ferguson), Primus (Kimmel)
- Tuesday: The Airborne Toxic Event (Carson Daly), Blitzen Trapper (Fallon), Mayer Hawthorne (Letterman), Switchfoot (Conan), Yo-Yo Ma and Friends (Leno)
- Wednesday: The Civil Wars (Letterman), Coldplay (live webcast on YouTube at 4pm ET), Cyndi Lauper (Fallon), Mona (Carson Daly)
- Thursday: Coldplay (Ellen), Delta Spirit (Carson Daly), Foster the People (Letterman), The Fray (Kimmel), GWAR (Fallon), Toby Keith (The Colbert Report), The Original 7ven (Leno)
- Friday: Kelly Clarkson (Fallon), Duran Duran (Craig Ferguson), Goldheart Assembly (Carson Daly), The Head and The Heart (Letterman)
Recent artist and industry news
- Those Stone Roses reunion rumors circulating a few weeks ago? As you have probably heard by now, it turns out those were real: all four original members of the Manchester band are reuniting for a pair of shows (which sold out in 14 minutes, as did a hastily added third show) in their hometown next June, they announced at a press conference held last Tuesday. Though not yet booked, an "extensive" world tour is expected to follow later in 2012 (assuming they don't play Coachella earlier in the year), and the resurrected band has already begun working on new material and may even record a new album. The Stone Roses disbanded in 1996 after releasing just two studio albums, including their 1989 self-titled debut, which stands as one of the all-time greats. - BBC, Telegraph
- Will Oasis be the next band to reunite? Liam Gallagher is open to it, reports Rolling Stone.
- Irish boy band Westlife is breaking up, but not before one final UK tour next spring. - Billboard
- The veteran English reggae band UB40 has declared bankruptcy. - Billboard
- Tuesday brings the release of a new biography about Prince. Based on a decade of research by journalist Ronin Ro, Prince: Inside The Music and the Masks is published by St. Martin's Press. Read an excerpt from the book—dealing with Prince's name change to everyone's favorite unpronounceable symbol—at Vanity Fair.
- Singer John Mayer has undergone throat surgery, and is under complete vocal rest for a month. - MTV
- The next artist to get into the TV business might be Mick Jagger, who is reportedly developing a series with Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter for HBO about the music industry in the late 1970s. - Billboard
- Britain's Channel 4 recently made a short documentary about up-and-coming electronica artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs; watch over at One Thirty BPM.
- Want to buy John Lennon's tooth? You're probably going to need $16,000. - Rolling Stone
- Want to use MC Hammer's new search engine? You can, because that thing we just said actually exists. - Mashable
The latest music videos
Wild Flag, "Electric Band":
M83, "Midnight City":
Rihanna, "We Found Love":
Friends, "I'm His Girl":
The Ting Tings, "Hang It Up":
My Brightest Diamond, "We Added It Up":
William Shatner, "Bohemian Rhapsody":
Feist, "The Undiscovered First" [recorded live for the Black Cab Sessions]:
FreeSol feat. Justin Timberlake, "Role Model":
Future Islands, "Give Us the Wind":
Canyons, "See Blind Through":
Justin Bieber, "Mistletoe":
In the studio / coming soon
- Brian Wilson is at work on a new solo album, reports Billboard.
- Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will return in 2012 with his first album in eight years. There will be 10 new songs on Old Ideas; The New York Times has more details.
- Dirty Projectors will return with a new, still-untitled, album in early spring; Spin has details about some of the songs, straight from the band's own David Longstreth.
- Early 2012 will also bring a new album by Islands. - One Thirty BPM
- Though Mike Skinner has retired his outfit The Streets, he has joined up with vocalist Rob Harvey of The Music for a new project named The DOT. They've been busy recording, and you can hear the 14 tracks they have so far at their official site.
- T-Pain will return with his fourth album, rEVOLVEr, on December 6. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, and Lily Allen are among the guests. - Billboard
- South African rap outfit Die Antwoord will release their second album, Tensions, in January. Spin has a breakdown of five of the new album's tracks.
- Smashing Pumpkins have released details about the November 29 deluxe reissues of Gish and Siamese Dream; learn more at the band's official site.
- If you aren't already tired of James Blake EPs, he now has another one coming in December, though details about the new EP haven't been released.
- Hot Chip's Joe Goddard will release Be Strong, the first full album by his new side project 2 Bears, on January 30. - One Thirty BPM
- Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label seems to have a compilation set for release in the spring, though details are sketchy at the moment. - Spin
- Rapper T.I. talks to Rolling Stone about his in-progress eighth album, which will be his first release since being freed from prison.
- Common has delayed the release of his next album, The Dreamer, The Believer, from November to December, though an exact date hasn't been announced. - HipHop DX
- Jeezy's oft-delayed album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition now has a December 20 release date, for what it's worth.
- A number of artists will be releasing limited edition singles and albums for the Record Store Day Black Friday event on November 25. Releases range from a new Tom Petty live album to a box set collecting Nirvana's Nevermind singles on vinyl; the official Record Store Day site has the full list of exclusives that will be available at participating indie record stores.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- Pitchfork has a few details about Radiohead's 2012 world tour, which is expected to run from February to November in mostly indoor venues and focus on material from their last two albums.
- Mutemath will head out on a U.S. tour in late January; dates at Pollstar.
- Madlib has lined up three West Coast dates in November with J Rocc. - Prefix
- Country star Brad Paisley will hit the road with Scotty McCreery beginning in January; Pollstar has the dates.
- The Lemonheads will kick off the new year with a whopping 50-date U.S. tour. - Pollstar
- The lineup for 2012's expanded Stagecoach Festival (the country music equivalent of Coachella, held at the same location) has been announced. The Mavericks will reunite to perform together for the first time in a decade, while Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are set as the headliners. Other performers at the April 27-29 event range from Steve Martin to Chris Isaak to Kenny Rogers; tickets go on sale Friday. More information at the official festival site.
- Belgium's Pukkelpop Festival will return in 2012 (from August 16-18) despite the deadly stage collapse that occurred at this year's event, forcing the cancellation of the final two days of shows. - Billboard
- The Jeff Magnum-curated version of All Tomorrow's Parties has been delayed from December to March. - The Quietus