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 4, 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.
- AIDS Wolf, Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde [2xLP]
- Rodney Atkins, Take a Back Road
- George Benson, Guitar Man
- James Blake, Enough Thunder EP
- Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Wolfroy Goes to Town
- Charalambides, Exile
- Chicago, Chicago XXXIII - O Christmas Three
- Daft Punk, Interstella 5555 [Blu-ray]
- DJ Shadow, The Less You Know The Better
Fans of the producer of such classics as 1996's groundbreaking, sample-driven Endtroducing..... and 2002's The Private Press 81 are accustomed to waiting many years between releases, so any new DJ Shadow record is a welcome event. Especially one that promises more of a return to form following a disappointing detour into hyphy and other genres on 2006's The Outsider 62. The Less You Know, The Better offers a diverse set with a more welcome balance between energy and moody introspection, while adding a newfound accessibility and retaining the sharp production touches the turntablist is known for. Talib Kweli, Tom Vek, Afrikan Boy, De La Soul's Posdnuos, and Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano guest. Still, it's no Endtroducing....., and the first reviewers are disappointed, finding it too inconsistent.
- DRC Music, Kinshasa One Two - Digital release only; CD coming November 8 LISTEN (Hype Machine)
- Erasure, Tomorrow's World LISTEN (Guardian)
- Exitmusic, From Silence EP LISTEN (Paste)
- Feist, Metals LISTEN (Consequence of Sound)
Last time, it took an iPod commercial to launch Leslie Feist to stardom; this time, she doesn't need the extra help to get there. While the upcoming Metals may not boast any one track as catchy as "1234" from 2007's The Reminder 79, it captures some of the serenity of the Big Sur location where it was recorded, while also incorporating an organic feeling from its mostly live (rather than overdubbed) recording process. Ranging from poppy and peppy to string-enhanced ballads, the 12 tracks were recorded with musicians such as Chilly Gonzales and Bjork collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson.
- Gavin Friday, Catholic
- Merle Haggard, Working in Tennessee
- Indigo Girls, Beauty Queen Sister LISTEN
- Jack's Mannequin, People and Things LISTEN
- Lights, Siberia
- London Classical Orchestra, Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom - Orchestral score for dance performance composed by McCartney
- Loney, Dear, Hall Music
- Mayday Parade, Mayday Parade LISTEN
- Modeselektor, Monkeytown - Thom Yorke guests LISTEN (Spin)
- Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day
- MGMT, Late Night Tales - DJ set; includes one new MGMT recording (a Bauhaus cover)
- The Misfits, Devil's Rain LISTEN
- Mutemath, Odd Soul LISTEN
- New Found Glory, Radiosurgery LISTEN
- Prince Rama, Trust Now LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- The Rolling Stones, 4 Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Rolling Stones [2xDVD]
- S.C.U.M., Again Into Eyes LISTEN
- Siskiyou, Keep Away the Dead LISTEN (3VOOR12)
- Styles P, Master of Ceremonies LISTEN
- Talkdemonic, Ruins LISTEN
- Taylor Swift, Life on Stage [DVD]
- Rob Thomas, Live at Red Rocks [DVD]
- Various, Batman: Arkham City - The Album OST LISTEN
- Various, The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams - Previously unheard Hank Williams compositions recorded by Bob Dylan, Jack White, Lucinda Williams, Levon Helm, and more
- Various, Real Steel - Music From The Motion Picture - 50 Cent, Foo Fighters, Eminem, and more
- We Were Promised Jetpacks, In the Pit of the Stomach LISTEN (3VOOR12)
- "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! - The Alpocalypse Tour [DVD/Blu-ray]
- Zola Jesus, Conatus LISTEN (Guardian)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Over the past few months, Radiohead has been releasing remixes of various tracks from The King of Limbs, which will be collected into an album, TKOL RMX 1234567, released next week. Listen to the whole set now at Hype Machine.
- NPR is now streaming On the Water by Future Islands, which will be released on October 11.
- You can also stream next week's new Joe Henry album Reverie at NPR.
- Freshly released from prison, T.I. has dropped a new single, "I'm Flexin," featuring Big K.R.I.T; listen at YouTube (audio only).
- "Back in the Crowd" is another new Tom Waits track from the upcoming Bad As Me; listen at Stereogum.
- Stereogum also has two more non-album tracks by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds available for streaming: "Alone On The Rope" and "I'd Pick You Every Time."
- Download the new Ivy single "Distant Lights" at Rolling Stone.
- One Thirty BPM is streaming an unreleased, instrumental James Blake track called "Fear To Fear."
- Stream a new, instrumental Andrew Bird track, "Hospital," at Soundcloud.
- Have you ever wanted to hear Susan Boyle sing Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence"? You can, at Rolling Stone.
- Download Cate Le Bon's new single "Puts Me to Work," from her upcoming sophomore set CYRK, at Stereogum.
- Stereogum is also streaming "Speak Into The Rose," a Wilco track found only on the deluxe edition of their new album The Whole Love.
- Listen to the new Ford & Lopatin track "No Disguise" at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Blink-182 (Kimmel), Radiohead (Fallon), Sting (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Feist (Letterman), Daryl Hall (Fallon), Lykke Li (Carson Daly), Mutemath (Kimmel), LeAnn Rimes (Leno)
- Wednesday: J. Cole (Kimmel), Fools Gold (Carson Daly), George Harrison (George Harrison: Living in the Material World documentary on HBO, part one), Mastodon (Letterman), Scotty McCreery (Leno), Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Colbert Report), Portishead (Fallon)
- Thursday: Blondie (Leno), Frightened Rabbits (Carson Daly), George Harrison (George Harrison: Living in the Material World documentary on HBO, part two), Jane's Addiction (Kimmel), Jeff the Brotherhood (Fallon), The Joy Formidable (Letterman), Tom Morello (Tavis Smiley)
- Friday: Biffy Clyro (Carson Daly), Garland Jeffreys (Letterman), Joe Jonas (Fallon), Puddle of Mudd (Leno), Slash (Hoppus on Music)
- Saturday: Foster the People (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Who is headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012? Fifteen artists are on the shortlist of contenders, including first-timers The Cure, Guns N' Roses, Eric B. & Rakim, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and returning hopefuls like the Beastie Boys and Donna Summer. Billboard has the full list of eligible artists.
- Sylvia Robinson died last week at the age of 75. An R&B performer best known for her hit "Pillow Talk," Robinson played a key role in the early development of rap music, producing the genre's first mainstream hit single, "Rapper's Delight," and releasing it and other early rap classics on Sugar Hill Records, which she owned with her husband. The New York Times has an obituary.
- Two weeks ago, 85-year-old Tony Bennett became the oldest living artist to place a single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; last week, he became the oldest living artist to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Duets II 71 is Bennett's first #1 album. - Billboard
- Contrary to what Kele Okereke suggested last week, the remaining members of Bloc Party tell NME that they did not fire him as their lead singer. However, the band will be recording new music without him, and are actively seeking a new frontman. Either way, it appears that Okereke is out of a job.
- Headed to the increasingly crowded rock autobiography bookshelf next fall is a memoir by Courtney Love. - Rolling Stone
- Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will direct a documentary about Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, to debut on Showtime next year. - Pop & Hiss
- Now your vinyl-loving cat can have his own turntable. You know, for scratching. - Wired
- Check out VH1's list of the greatest songs of the past decade, from "Crazy in Love" to "Thong Song."
The latest music videos
Death Cab for Cutie, "Stay Young, Go Dancing":
Plaid, "At Last":
Blink-182, "Heart's All Gone":
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "If I Had A Gun...":
Adele, "Someone Like You":
MGMT, "Lucifer Sam" [Pink Floyd cover; live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]:
Radiohead, "The National Anthem" [live on The Colbert Report (web exclusive)]:
Deerhoof, "Secret Mobilization":
Okkervil River, "Your Past Life As a Blast":
Wooden Shjips, "Lazy Bones" [directed by Black Dice]:
Twin Sister, "Kimmi in a Rice Field":
Holy Ghost!, "Hold My Breath":
Fucked Up, "Do You Feed?":
T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen, "5 O'Clock":
In the studio / coming soon
- The Sea and Cake are currently working on their 10th studio album, which is slated for a 2012 release. - One Thirty BPM
- Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur tells Billboard that he's making good progress on his "experimental" next album (likely titled The Ballad of Boogie Christ), and he has so much material that it could wind up being a double or even triple album.
- A new Aerosmith album is coming in March, frontman Steven Tyler tells Rolling Stone.
- Recording a six-hour song apparently wasn't enough of a challenge for the Flaming Lips; next on their agenda is a 24-hour song, to be released on Halloween. - Pitchfork
- On October 24, Warner will release a 2-CD and/or 3-DVD set celebrating the 25th anniversary of Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concerts. The set includes live performances by artists including Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Thom Yorke, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Sonic Youth, with all profits going to the school. Get details and a full tracklist at the official album site.
- The Decemberists will release Long Live the King, a 6-song EP consisting of acoustic material, on November 1. Pitchfork has the tracklist.
- Immortal is the second posthumous Michael Jackson album; it arrives November 21st with "re-designed and re-imaged" tracks compiled from 70 never-before-heard recordings. HipHop DX has the tracklist.
- Joe Goddard tells Rolling Stone that Hot Chip will release a new album in 2012. Next year should also bring a Goddard solo record, and an LP from his new side project 2 Bears.
- Mike Patton has a new album, unhelpfully called Music From The Film And Inspired By The Book The Solitude Of Prime Numbers (La Solitudine Dei Numeri Primi), arriving on November 7. The Quietus has some details.
- Pitchfork reports that Band of Horses will begin recording their fourth album at the conclusion of their fall tour.
- The Ben Folds Five are heading to the recording studio in December, with a future album "likely," Folds tells Billboard.
- On November 1, Fat Beats will release Black and Brown, an EP-length collaboration between Black Milk and Danny Brown. - Pitchfork
- B.o.B has named his next album Strange Clouds, and it should arrive next spring. - Billboard
- In two weeks, Belle and Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson will release a solo album titled (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson; Pitchfork has details and a stream of two tracks.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- If you live in New York, Los Angeles, or London—and you can get tickets—you can catch The Cure performing their first three albums (Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, and Faith) in their entirety this November. More details at the band's official site; the American dates go on sale on Halloween.
- Rolling Stone talks to the Beach Boys about a possible reunion tour in 2012 featuring all remaining band members, including Brian Wilson.
- Ryan Adams has extended his fall tour into December, when he'll visit the eastern half of North America; get the dates at Consequence of Sound.
- In about three weeks, The Field will head out on a North American tour; check Pitchfork for the dates.
- Pitchfork also has dates for Holy Ghost!, who make their first stop on October 29 in New York.
- Guns N' Roses continue to add dates to their upcoming U.S. tour; Pollstar has the latest info.
- Roger Waters is planning to perform The Wall in the U.S. again in 2012, but this time outdoors in baseball stadiums. - Rolling Stone
- As he did in April, Chris Cornell will be performing a series of solo acoustic shows late this year; get the dates at Pollstar.
- The Sea and Cake will kick off their North American tour on November 4 in Detroit; One Thirty BPM has the details.
- Animal Collective's Avey Tare has a brief solo tour planned for the end of the year; check Pitchfork for the dates.
- The War on Drugs have added 10 more dates to the end of their North American tour in December; get them at One Thirty BPM.
- Sting has added a handful of dates to his current North American tour; get them at Pollstar.
- Also adding dates are Beirut, who will now be occupied through mid-December. - Pitchfork
- Shonen Knife will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a North American tour kicking off at the end of October. Get the dates at their label's website.