This is the final Music Monday of 2013. Weekly updates will resume on January 13, 2014.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, December 10 unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.
- Audion Audion X
- Digital compilation of tracks from throughout the discography of the Matthew Dear-led project; also contains two new songs
- Beastmilk Climax
- Brendan Benson You Were Right
- B.o.B Underground Luxury
- [17 Dec]
- Burial tbd EP
- [16 Dec]
- Cabaret Voltaire #8385 6xCD+2xDVD
- [17 Dec] Box set includes remastered versions of four mid-1980s albums, a disc of 12" mixes (including B-sides), a CD called Earthshaker - The Lost Soundtrack containing 12 previously unreleased tracks, a live DVD, and the first ever DVD release of experimental video Gasoline In Your Eye (with four music videos added)
- Childish Gambino Because the Internet LISTEN (iTunes)
- Donald Glover's second Childish Gambino full-length includes contributions from Chance the Rapper and Azealia Banks.
- Eric Clapton Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Recordings 5xCD+Blu-ray
- Contains 88 remastered, remixed, rare unreleased and live recordings, including 2 studio albums and a live album
- Dâm-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk
- Collaboration between Snoop Dogg and Dâm-Funk
- Chris D'Elia White Male Black Comic
- Comedy album
- Ilan Eshkeri 47 Ronin OST
- [24 Dec]
- Jerry Garcia Band, Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound 6xCD
- [17 Dec]
- Jesus and Mary Chain The Complete Vinyl Collection 11xLP
- [UK only: 12 Dec] Remastered versions of every studio album, plus a live album, BBC sessions, and numerous rarities
- Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace
- R. Kelly Black Panties LISTEN (Vibe)
- Shelby Lynne Thanks EP
- Roc Marciano Marci Beaucoup
- [17 Dec]
- Mastodon Live at Brixton
- Digital-only (video and audio versions available)
- John Mellencamp 1978-2012 19xCD
- Thomas Newman Saving Mr. Banks OST
- One Direction This Is Us DVD/Blu-ray
- [17 Dec]
- Parmalee Feels Like Carolina
- Robert Pollard Blazing Gentlemen LISTEN (Spin)
- Howard Shore The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug OST
- Christopher Titus Voice in My Head
- Comedy album
- Various Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes
- Damon Albarn-produced set recorded in Mali features African musicians collaborating with the likes of Brian Eno, Nick Zinner, Django Django, and more. [Digital only; CD release coming in 2014]
- Various Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom OST
- Various The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1 OST
- Various The Secret Life of Walter Mitty OST
- [17 Dec]
- Various Verve: The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection 5xCD
- Various You Be My Heart LISTEN (BPM)
- [9 Dec] Benefit album (for 826 National) features recordings by Mark Kozelek, Marissa Nadler, Fruit Bats, Bowerbirds, and more
- The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat 3xCD
- Deluxe reissue includes both stereo and mono mixes of the album, a live set, and alternate versions of album and non-album tracks
- Yes The Studio Albums 1969-1987 12xCD
- [24 Dec]
- Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Live album recorded during six solo Washington DC shows in 1970
- Zac Brown Band The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 EP
- iTunes release features production and drumming from Dave Grohl
More streaming and downloadable new music
- TRACK "And Anyway It's Christmas" streaming at YouTube.
- Arctic Monkeys
- TRACK "You're So Dark" (new B-side) streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Dye the Water Green" streaming at Warp.
- Com Truise
- TRACK "Declination" (from the Wave 1 EP, out 2/18) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Dr. Dog
- ALBUM Oh My Christmas Tree EP streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Trouble Again" (new bonus track) streaming at Spotify.
- Peter Morén
- TRACK "Constant Reaction" streaming at Stereogum.
- Ariel Pink
- ALBUM Early Live Recordings streaming through 12/16 at Pitchfork.
- Songs: Ohia
- TRACK "The Big Game Is Every Night" (previously unreleased) streaming at Soundcloud.
- St. Vincent
- TRACK "Birth in Reverse" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Deep Wound" (first new song in 15 years) streaming at YouTube.
- The War on Drugs
- TRACK "Red Eyes" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Biggy" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: 7 Days of Funk (Conan), Cage the Elephant (Kimmel), CHVRCHES (Letterman), Jack Johnson (Fallon), MS MR (Leno)
- Tuesday: Childish Gambino (Kimmel), CHVRCHES (Carson Daly), Pentatonix (Conan), Switchfoot (Leno), ZZ Ward (Letterman)
- Wednesday: The Head and The Heart (Leno), Iron and Wine and Calexico (Fallon), John Legend (Conan), Nick Lowe (Letterman), Mac Miller (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Jeff Campbell (Kimmel), Kelly Clarkson (Fallon), Glen Hansard (Letterman), Lee Ranaldo (Conan), Chris Young (Leno)
- Friday: Billy Ray Cyrus (Leno), R. Kelly (Kimmel)
- Saturday: Kings of Leon (Saturday Night Live)
Recent artist and industry news
- Jay Z leads all artists this year with nine Grammy nominations (which were announced Friday evening), followed by Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell with seven apiece. Album of the year nominees include Sara Bareilles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk, and Kendrick Lamar. Here's a complete list of this year's Grammy nominees; winners will be announced on January 26, 2014, during a live broadcast on CBS.
- "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was the most streamed track on Spotify in 2013; Billboard has the full top 10 list.
- Vevo's most-watched music video of the year was "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, with 371 million views worldwide. Time has the full top-10 list.
- Beats Music, the new streaming music service from Trent Reznor, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine, is expected to launch in January. Rolling Stone has some details.
- Check out DJ Earworm's annual mashup of all of this year's pop hits.
- Watch Tropico (NSFW), a 27-minute short film from Lana Del Rey.
- Or, watch a 77-minute concert film from Nine Inch Nails.
- Don't expect a second album from the supergroup Wild Flag. - The Skinny
The latest music videos
Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas, "Instant Crush":
Broken Bells, "Holding on for Life":
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "Higgs Boson Blues":
David Bowie, "I'd Rather Be High - Venetian Mix":
Angel Olsen, "Forgiven/Forgotten":
Maximo Park, "Leave This Island":
Young Galaxy, "Hard to Tell":
Jon Hopkins, "Collider":
High on Fire, "Slave the Hive":
Metric, "Lost Kitten":
Best Coast, "This Lonely Morning":
Devendra Banhart, "Mondo Taurobolium":
In the studio / coming soon
- Kanye West's 2014 album will be produced by Q-Tip and Rick Rubin. - CoS
- St. Vincent's new self-titled album has been given a February 25 release date. Pitchfork has some details.
- The Rentals will release a new album on Polyvinyl (their first in 15 years) in 2014. - Rolling Stone
- Tomorrow's Hits, out March 4th, is the next album from The Men. - Pitchfork
- Drive-By Truckers return with English Oceans on March 4th. - Rolling Stone
- Secretly Canadian will release a new album from The War on Drugs on March 18th, titled Lost in the Dream.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- 2 Chainz will tour with Pusha T this winter. - Pitchfork
- Against Me! launch a monthlong tour on New Year's Eve. - CoS
- CHVRCHES have added some Coachella-adjacent U.S. dates in April. - Pitchfork
- Cut Copy have extended their 2014 tour. - CoS
- Billy Joel has announced a residency at Madison Square Garden that will find him playing once a month at the New York venue for the foreseeable future. - Billboard
- Lady Gaga's North American tour begins in May. - Billboard
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks tour North America in the spring. - Pitchfork
- The Pixies will spend much of 2014 on the road, joined by a new bassist. - Pitchfork
- Queens of the Stone Age have added U.S. dates in early 2014. - Matador
- Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear has a solo tour planned for the spring. - Pitchfork
- Skrillex has announced a few city residencies (or "takeovers") for February. - Pollstar
- Richard Thompson heads out on a solo acoustic tour in February. - Pollstar