Music Monday: This Week's New Albums and Videos

  • Publish Date: January 14, 2013
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This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, January 15 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.

2Cellos In2ition LISTEN
A$AP Rocky
While he previously issued the mixtape Live Love A$AP, New York rapper Rakim Mayers—better known as A$AP Rocky—finally releases his long-delayed official studio debut Long.Live.A$AP (you'll be forgiven for confusing the two titles) this week. Joining Rocky on the LP are Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Santigold, Big K.R.I.T., Florence Welch, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, and more. Early reviews range from decent to great, while Stereogum suggests that the sound is reminiscent of 1990s trip-hop.
Broadcast Berberian Sound Studio OST
Released last week [8 Jan]; this soundtrack to the acclaimed British indie film marks the final album for late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan
J Dilla Donuts Box set (vinyl)
Rerelease of the original album on 7-inch singles, with two bonus tracks
Free Energy Love Sign LISTEN
Holopaw Academy Songs, Volume 1 LISTEN
Kidz Bop Kids Kidz Bop 23
Sean Lennon Alter Egos OST LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
Patti LuPone Far Away Places: Live at 54 BELOW
Mystical Weapons Mystical Weapons
New Order Lost Sirens LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
Contains previously unreleased tracks recorded during the same sessions that produced 2005's Waiting for the Sirens Call, plus a remix of that album's "I Told You So" and a longer version of the previously released rarity "Hellbent"
Orbital Pusher OST
US release
Christopher Owens Lysandre LISTEN (NY Times)
Solo debut for former Girls frontman
Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory Elements of Light
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold
Rammstein Videos 1995-2012 DVD/Blu-ray
Michael Schenker Temple Of Rock: Live In Europe
Teena Marie Beautiful
Contains unreleased recordings that were nearly complete at the time of her death in 2010
The Tenors Lead With Your Heart
Various Music from the Showtime Series Californication - Season 6 OST
Various West of Memphis: Voices for Justice OST LISTEN
Soundtrack to new documentary features music by Bob Dylan, Henry Rollins, Band of Horses, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, and more
Villagers {Awayland} LISTEN (3voor12)
UK only [14 Jan]
Jessie Ware If You're Never Gonna Move EP
U.S. debut for the Mercury Prize-nominated singer known for her album Devotion and collaborations with SBTRKT
Yo La Tengo
Fade LISTEN (3voor12)
The Hoboken trio follow 2009's Popular Songs 79 with an atypically (for them) short album; there are no 10-minute-long tracks this time around. It also might be their mellowest album since 2003's Summer Sun. But that doesn't mean that it isn't good (early reviews are very positive); nor does it mean that it is lacking the stylistic diversity that's one of their hallmarks. After a short tour of record shops, the band will hit the road playing more conventional venues this winter and spring.

More streaming and downloadable new music

TRACK "A Violent Sky" downloadable from Soundcloud.
A$AP Rocky
TRACK "I Come Apart," featuring Florence Welch, streaming at YouTube.
Atoms For Peace
TRACK "Judge Jury and Executioner" streaming at YouTube.
Devendra Banhart
TRACK "Für Hildegard von Bingen" streaming at Pitchfork.
The Besnard Lakes
TRACK "The Besnard Lakes, 'People Of The Sticks" streaming at NPR.
Bettie Serveert
ALBUM Oh, Mayhem! streaming at 3voor12.
TRACK "Next Stop" streaming at YouTube.
David Bowie
TRACK "Where Are We Now" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
Camper Van Beethoven
TRACK "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out" downloadable from Soundcloud.
The Cannanes
TRACK "Bumper" (from their upcoming Small Batch EP) streaming at Spin.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
TRACK "Jubilee Street" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
Destiny's Child
TRACK "Nuclear" (new single) streaming at Pitchfork.
Esben and the Witch
ALBUM Wash the Sins Not Only the Face streaming until 1/22 at Pitchfork.
Factory Floor
TRACK "Fall Back" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "No Destruction" streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic streaming until its 1/22 release at Pitchfork.
Guided by Voices
TRACK "Copy Zero" streaming at Consequence of Sound.
A Hawk and A Handsaw
TRACK "You Have Already Gone To The Other World" streaming at Soundcloud.
Jimi Hendrix
TRACK "Somewhere" (previously unreleased) streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Coalition" downloadable from Pitchfork.
Jim James
TRACK "A New Life" streaming at Rolling Stone.
Jens Lekman
TRACK "Olivia & Maddy" downloadable from Secretly Canadian.
Lindstrøm and Todd Terje
TRACK "Lanzarote" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Just Make It Stop" streaming at Soundcloud.
The Men
TRACK "Electric" streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM Centralia streaming until 1/22 at Pitchfork.
Aaron Neville
ALBUM My True Story streaming until its 1/22 release at NPR.
Frank Ocean
TRACK "Pink Matter (Remix)," featuring both Andre 3000 and Big Boi, streaming at Soundcloud.
Poltergeist New band from Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson of Echo & The Bunnymen
TRACK "Cathedral" streaming at Soundcloud.
Ra Ra Riot
TRACK "Dance With Me" streaming at Soundcloud.
Ulrich Schnauss
ALBUM A Long Way to Fall streaming at 3voor12.
Sally Shapiro
TRACK "Starman," featuring Electric Youth, streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Barriers," from the band's upcoming reunion album Bloodsports, downloadable at the official site.
Tegan and Sara
TRACK "Fool to Cry" (Rolling Stones cover), from the Girls soundtrack, streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Ghosts and Creatures" streaming at Soundcloud.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
TRACK "We The Common [For Valerie Bolden]" streaming at YouTube.
Justin Timberlake
TRACK "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, streaming at Timberlake's official site.
Toro Y Moi
TRACK "Lyin (Pt. 1-4)" streamin' at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Anything in Return streaming until its 1/22 release at Pitchfork.
Tom Waits & Keith Richards
TRACK "Shenandoah" streaming at NPR.
ALBUM Almanac streaming until its 1/22 release at NPR.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Jose James (Letterman), Chris Mann (Conan), One Republic (Kimmel), The Saturdays (Leno)
  • Tuesday: A$AP Rocky (Letterman), Big Boi (Kimmel), Vintage Trouble (Leno), Yo La Tengo (Fallon)
  • Wednesday: Buddy Guy (Letterman), JJamz (Leno), Phillip Phillips (Kimmel), Trampled by Turtles (Conan), Jessie Ware (Fallon)
  • Thursday: Jake Bugg (Conan), Michael Kiwanuka (Fallon), Train (Leno)
  • Friday: The Amazing (Letterman), Big Boi (Leno), The Joy Formidable (Kimmel)
  • Saturday: Norah Jones and Kat Edmonson (Austin City Limits), The Lumineers (Saturday Night Live)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Country music legend Patti Page died January 1st at the age of 85. - Billboard
  • Adele's 21 was the top-selling album of 2012 with sales of 4.41 million units, making it the second year in a row that the LP has topped American sales charts. It's the first time since the creation of SoundScan that an album has repeated at #1. Taylor Swift's Red finished in second place for the year. - Billboard
  • Destiny's Child will reunite to perform several songs as part of Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show next month. Beyoncé will also be the subject of an HBO documentary in February; watch the trailer at YouTube.

The latest music videos

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "We No Who U R":

Death Grips, "Come Up and Get Me":

Mac DeMarco, "Dreamin":

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, "Spectral Split":

How to Destroy Angels, "The Loop Closes":

Charli XCX, "You (Ha Ha Ha)":

Foxygen, "San Francisco":

Ke$ha, "C'mon":

Johnny Marr, "Upstarts":

Esben and the Witch, "Despair":

Pinback, "Proceed to Memory":

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Bag of Bones":

In the studio / coming soon

  • The Next Day is the name of 66-year-old David Bowie's first album in 10 years (once again produced by Tony Visconti), due March 12th. Watch a lyric video for lead single "Where Are We Now" at his official site.
  • Justin Timberlake is returning to music with a new album, The 20/20 Experience, due sometime this year. The first single, the Jay-Z-featuring "Suit & Tie," is available now on iTunes.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs have named their next album Mosquito, and it will be released by Interscope on April 16th. Producers include Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Nick Launay, and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem). Check Pitchfork for a look at the crazy album cover, or watch the teaser video.
  • Chelsea Light Moving, the new band featuring Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, will release their self-titled debut LP March 5th on Matador.
  • In June, Black Sabbath will release 13, their first album with original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years. - Billboard
  • Welcome Oblivion, the debut full-length from Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels project, has been scheduled for a March 5 release.
  • In March, Suede will release Barriers, the Britpop band's first album since 2002.
  • Vampire Weekend will release a new album in the spring, reports Q (via Team Vampire Weekend).
  • Heading into the studio this spring are the Black Lips, who hope to have the album completed and released by next winter. - MTV Hive
  • On April 2, Merge will release Dormarion, a new album from Telekinesis.
  • Raekwon has an LP (Fly International Luxurious Art) arriving this spring, following the release of his Lost Jewelry EP last week.
  • Rolling Stone talks to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club about their next album, Specter At The Feast, due in mid March.
  • The Besnard Lakes return with Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO on April 2nd. - BPM
  • On March 5, The Men return with a quick follow-up to last year's Open Your Heart called New Moon.
  • Bleached will make their full-length debut with Ride Your Heart, out April 2nd on Dead Oceans.
  • Afraid of Heights is the name of the next Wavves album (out March 26 on Mom + Pop); Jenny Lewis guests. - Spin
  • April 23rd brings a new Talib Kweli solo album, Prisoner of Conscious; guests include Kendrick Lamar, Nelly, and Busta Rhymes. - Rolling Stone
  • Youth Lagoon have a new album, Wondrous Bughouse, due March 5th on Fat Possum. - Pitchfork

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

Tours and festivals

  • After three years off, the Black Crowes will return to touring this spring. - Rolling Stone
  • Crystal Castles will be on the road for the first half of 2013. - Consequence of Sound
  • Animal Collective is hitting the road with Dan Deacon; Coachella dates are possible. - Pitchfork
  • Find tour dates for Major Lazer at Consequence of Sound.
  • Solange Knowles has lined up some February live dates. - Pitchfork
  • Sweden's Goat have announced their first U.S. live dates. - Spin
  • Spiritualized have lined up a handful of pre-Coachella dates in the U.S. - Pitchfork
  • Leonard Cohen returns to North America for additional dates this spring. - CoS
  • Alicia Keys has announced dates for a March/April tour, with Miguel serving as the opener. - Billboard
  • New bands have been added to this year's already massive SXSW lineup.
  • Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a concert, the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, on June 8 in Toronto; performers include Broken Social Scene and Feist.

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