Due to the July 4th holiday, Music Monday was planning on taking this week off ... but there was so much good stuff that we're here with an abbreviated version instead. The full regular weekly column returns on July 8th.
This week's most notable releases
- Editors The Weight of Your Love LISTEN (KCRW)
- UK physical release is 1 Jul; US digital release is 2 Jul, with a US CD release following next week.
Magna Carta Holy Grail
- Released Thursday, July 4th to Samsung mobile device owners via an app, and three days later to the general public, Jay-Z's 12th studio album features Rick Ross, Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Nas, Timbaland, and Pharrell.
- Various The Lone Ranger: Wanted, Music Inspired By The Film
- Includes brand new songs from artists including Lucinda Williams, Iggy Pop, Iron & Wine, Grace Potter, Shane MacGowan, and more
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Action Bronson
- TRACK "Heel Toe" streaming at Stereogum.
- Au Revoir Simone
- TRACK "Somebody Who" streaming at YouTube.
- Willis Earl Beal
- TRACK "Everything unwinds." streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Swisher (out 8/6) streaming at YouTube.
- Daft Punk
- TRACK "Get Lucky (Daft Punk Remix)" streaming at Spotify.
- Dan Deacon
- TRACK "Why Am I on This Cloud?" downloadable from Adult Swim.
- TRACK "Spirit" streaming at YouTube.
- The Dodos
- TRACK "Substance" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Electronic Anthology Project
- TRACK "Soul Meets Body" (Death Cab for Cutie cover, with new vocals from Ben Gibbard) streaming at Pitchfork.
- Franz Ferdinand
- TRACK "Love Illumination" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Right Action" streaming at YouTube.
- Iron and Wine
- TRACK "Rattling Bone" (from The Lone Ranger OST) streaming at YouTube.
- Lower Dens
- TRACK "Non Grata" streaming at Bandcamp.
- David Lynch
- TRACK "Are You Sure" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Vicissitude streaming until its 7/9 release at NPR.
- TRACK "A Case for Shame" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Janelle Monáe
- TRACK "Dance Apocalyptic" (from the upcoming The Electric Lady LP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Russian Futurists
- TRACK "Cochineal Red" (featuring Jeremy Greenspan) streaming at Stereogum.
- Speedy Ortiz
- ALBUM Major Arcana streaming until its 7/9 release at NPR.
- Washed Out
- TRACK "Don't Give Up" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- Zola Jesus
- TRACK "Avalanche (Slow)" streaming at YouTube.
The latest music videos
Pixies, "Bagboy" [first new song in nine years] Free download:
Nine Inch Nails, "Came Back Haunted" [directed by David Lynch]:
Big Boi feat. Sleepy Brown, "The Thickets":
M.I.A., "Bring the Noize":
Oneohtrix Point Never, "Still Life (Excerpt)":
The Weeknd, "Kiss Land":
Duck Sauce, "It's You":
Bloc Party, "Ratchet":
Stars, "Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It":
Smith Westerns, "Idol":
Pissed Jeans, "Romanticize Me":
In the studio / coming soon
- Janelle Monáe has announced a September 10 release date for her sophomore album The Electric Lady. Guests will include Prince, Miguel, and Erykah Badu.
- After a 12-year recording absence, indie rockers The Dismemberment Plan are returning with a new album. Uncanney Valley will be out on October 15th; Pitchfork has the details.
- MGMT have announced release details for their third album. Produced by Dave Fridmann, the self-titled MGMT will hit stores on 9/17.
- While Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has already delivered the first album from his new Chelsea Light Moving project, it's now Kim Gordon's turn to introduce her own new band. Body/Head will make their full-length debut with Coming Apart, out September 10th on Matador. The one-time instrumental project now features Gordon on vocals.
- Moby has a new album, Innocents, set for an October 1st release; guest contributors include Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan, and Damien Jurado.
- Occasional Kim Gordon collaborator Yoko Ono will release a new album this fall; Take Me to the Land of Hell (out 9/17) includes collaborations with tUnE-yArDs, Nels Cline, ?uestlove, Andrew Wyatt, and the current Plastic Ono Band lineup (featuring members of Cibo Matto and Cornelius).
- Willis Earl Beal will release his second album, Nobody Knows, on September 10th. Cat Power will guest on one track.
- A re-formed Au Revoir Simone will return with third album Move in Spectrums on September 24th. - CoS
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.