Music Monday (8/4): This Week's New Albums + Videos

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  • Publish Date: August 4, 2014

This week's new album releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, August 5 unless otherwise indicated.

Spoon
They Want My Soul LISTEN (iTunes Radio)

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Spoon's last album, way back in 2010, was a critical disaster, by the band's own elite standards: Transference scored a "mere" 80. That release came after four straight albums of 84 or higher, making the Britt Daniel-led indie rock outfit one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the century. After taking time off to pursue side projects (such as Daniel's Divine Fits), Spoon have reunited, turning to outside producers (Joe Chiccarelli and the ubiquitous Dave Fridmann) for the first time to record They Want My Soul. Spoon's eighth studio album also features new keyboardist/guitarist Alex Fischel (another Divine Fits member), and sees the band moving from longtime home Merge to a larger label, Loma Vista. You won't hear too many of those changes on the record however; instead, you'll find ten tightly constructed, immaculately produced pop-rock songs that would be welcome on any of the band's recent albums. It would be hailed as a return to form were it not for the fact that Spoon have never departed from form.

Additional releases

Adult Jazz Gist Is LISTEN (NPR)
Debut from Leeds band is available as an import in the U.S. [4 Aug]
Alestorm Sunset On The Golden Age
Willis Earl Beal Experiments in Time LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Beal is self-releasing his latest album, which means he can do crazy things like release it on a Friday (8/8)
Bear in Heaven Time Is Over One Day Old LISTEN (NPR)
Blues Pills Blues Pills
Etienne Charry Mood Indigo OST
Chrome Feel It Like A Scientist LISTEN (CoS)
Cold World How The Gods Chill LISTEN (Stereogum)
Counterpunch Bruises
Darkest Hour Darkest Hour
Christopher Denny If the Roses Don't Kill Us
Divorcee Divorcee EP
The Due Diligence Are You Down
The Empty Hearts The Empty Hearts
New band features members of Blondie, The Cars, The Romantics, and Chesterfield Kings
John Garcia John Garcia
Paul Gilbert Stone Pushing Uphill Man
Godsmack 1000HP
Andy Grammer Magazines or Novels
Devonte Hynes Palo Alto OST
This is the score from the film (a previously released soundtrack contains other songs heard in the film)
The Icarus Line Avowed Slavery EP
The Interrupters The Interrupters
Al Jarreau My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Shooter Jennings Don't Wait Up (For George)
Katie Kate Nation LISTEN (Stereogum)
David Kilgour & The Heavy 8's End Times Undone
Kix Rock Your Face Off
Ladada Ladada
Nils Lofgren Face the Music 9xCD+DVD
Career retrospective box set features 169 tracks, including some rarities and concert videos
Lusine Arterial
Ben Miller Band Any Way, Shape or Form
Mogwai Come On Die Young 2xCD
US release of double-disc reissue of band's second album
Mozart's Sister Being LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Naomi Punk Television Man LISTEN (Pitchfork)
The Once Departures
Operators EP1 EP
New band from Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits)
Owl John Owl John
Solo debut from Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Justin Vernon produces and guests
Roses Dreamlover EP
Billy Joe Shaver Long in the Tooth
Spider Bags Frozen Letter
Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone
Rick Rubin-produced third album from the Australian sibling duo
Sunny Sweeney Provoked
Tuatara Underworld
Twin Peaks Wild Onion
Andreas Varady Andreas Varady
Various Now 51: That's What I Call Music
Various Now That's What I Call Party Anthems 2
Wovenwar Wovenwar

Stream upcoming albums and new tracks

Damon Albarn
TRACK "Sister Rust" (from the Lucy OST) streaming at YouTube.
Avi Buffalo
TRACK "Memories of You" streaming at YouTube.
Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
TRACK "Wonderful Everyday: Arthur" streaming at Soundcloud.
Delta Spirit
TRACK "Live On" streaming at YouTube.
FKA twigs
TRACK "Pendulum" streaming at YouTube.
Fucked Up
TRACKS "Blink" b/w "The Way We Did" (new single) streaming at Stereogum.
Sarah Jaffe
ALBUM Don't Disconnect streaming until its 8/19 release at NPR.
JJ
ALBUM V streaming until its 8/19 release at NPR.
Lucero
ALBUM Live From Atlanta (out 8/12) streaming at Spin.
J Mascis
TRACK "Wide Awake" (feat. Cat Power) streaming at Soundcloud.
Nicki Minaj
TRACK "Anaconda" streaming at Spotify.
Sinead O'Connor
ALBUM I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss streaming until its 8/12 release at NPR.
Purling Hiss
TRACK "Learning Slowly" streaming at Soundcloud.
Porter Robinson
ALBUM Worlds streaming until its 8/12 release at NPR.
Simian Mobile Disco
TRACK "Dervish" streaming at YouTube.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
TRACK "Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)" streaming at Pitchfork.
Tweedy
TRACK "Low Key" streaming at Soundcloud.
The Underachievers
ALBUM Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium streaming until its 8/12 release at NPR.
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa
TRACK "She He See Feel" streaming at Soundcloud.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Disclosure (Kimmel), Nikki Lane (Conan), Rixton (Meyers), Spoon (Fallon)
  • Tuesday: The Head and The Heart (Fallon), Jake Owen (Kimmel), Jamie Scott (Conan)
  • Wednesday: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Kimmel), Chase Rice (Meyers), Wiz Khalifa (Fallon), Wu-Tang Clan (Daily Show)
  • Thursday: Banks (Kimmel), Echo & The Bunnymen (Yahoo! Screen, 12:45am ET), T.I. (Fallon)
  • Saturday: David Gray (Yahoo! Screen, 10pm ET)
  • Sunday: OneRepublic (Yahoo! Screen, 10pm ET)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Postal Service) doesn't just have a new solo album out; she also has a new wine. Grab Broc Cellars' "The Voyager" Red Blend from excellent L.A. wine shop DomaineLA.

The latest music videos

Beck, "Heart Is a Drum":

Lana Del Rey, "Ultraviolence":

BANKS, "Beggin For Thread":

Janelle Monáe, "Electric Lady":

Franz Ferdinand, "Stand On The Horizon":

Sam Smith, "I'm Not The Only One":

Real Estate, "Had to Hear":

Mac DeMarco, "Chamber Of Reflection":

Bill Callahan, "Javelin Unlanding":

Philip Selway, "Coming Up For Air":

Foxygen, "How Can You Really":

The Gaslight Anthem, "Rollin' And Tumblin'":

In the studio / coming soon

  • TV on the Radio will release Seeds, their first album in three years, this fall. It's their first for new label Harvest. Watch an album trailer.
  • Jessie Ware's upcoming album Tough Love how has an official release date: October 21st in North America. UK fans will get the album a bit earlier, on October 6th.
  • Muse will release their next album in summer 2015. - NME
  • Foxygen's overstuffed next album, ...And Star Power, is out October 14th. It clocks in at 82 minutes and 24 tracks. - Jagjaguwar
  • Canada's Stars return on October 14 with No One Is Lost.
  • The Flaming Lips' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band track-for-track covers album (titled With a Little Help From My Fwends) drops October 28th. The full roster of "fwends" includes Phantogram, My Morning Jacket, Miley Cyrus, Moby, MGMT, Foxygen, J Mascis, Juliana Barwick, Maynard James Keenan, Grace Potter, and more.
  • Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will release their duets album Cheek to Cheek—featuring covers of standards such as "Sophisticated Lady" and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"—on September 23rd. - Billboard
  • October 14 brings a new Pharmakon album, Bestial Burden. - Pitchfork
  • Chris Brown has set yet another release date for his sixth album, X. This time, it is set to come out on September 16th.
  • Don't expect another Blur album anytime soon. - NME

Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.

Tours and festivals

  • 5 Seconds of Summer will launch their first North American headlining tour in July 2015. - Pollstar
  • Dum Dum Girls have booked a fall tour. - CoS
  • The Melvins launch their fall tour on October 15th. - Pollstar
  • Tweedy have set new dates for the fall. - CoS

Comments (1)

  • Medley  

    There's one album that you missed, Sinema, by Swoope. It comes out August 5th.

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