Music Monday (6/16): This Week's New Albums + Videos

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  • Publish Date: June 16, 2014

This week's new album releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, June 17 unless otherwise indicated.

The Antlers
Familiars LISTEN (NPR)

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After receiving 80+ scores for their previous two full-lengths (2009's Hospice and 2011's Burst Apart), the Brooklyn-based indie band jump to a new label for their fifth album. Though Familiars is self-produced, the group enlisted Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands) for the mixing. Early reviews are fairly good, but not quite at the same level as those two prior releases.

Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence

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Critics didn't love the singer-songwriter's 2012 major-label debut Born to Die, but it was a hit, shipping more than 5 million copies worldwide. Her highly anticipated follow-up finds Del Rey working with an unlikely collaborator: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. He produced the entirety of Ultraviolence, which was recorded in his Nashville studio with a seven-piece band shortly after the two artists met serendipitously in New York. And the move appears to have paid off: reviewers are liking the new album much more than Del Rey's debut.

Klaxons
Love Frequency

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[Out today; available only as an import in the U.S.] Love Frequency is the first album since 2010's Surfing the Void (and third LP overall) from the London rave-rockers. The big, upbeat, and poppy new set is produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands, Gorgon City, James Ford, and Erol Alkan.

Willie Nelson
Band of Brothers LISTEN (NPR)

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The 81-year-old country legend has released dozens of albums in the past decade or two, but those recordings haven't featured too many Willie Nelson original compositions. That changes on Band of Brothers, which features nine new Nelson originals (among its 14 tracks), his most prolific songwriting output since 1996's Spirit. The new album was produced by frequent Kenny Chesney collaborator Buddy Cannon.

Sam Smith
In the Lonely Hour LISTEN (NPR)

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It's a bit of an understatement to say that there's a lot of buzz behind 22-year-old English soul singer Sam Smith, who first gained fame lending his voice to tracks by Disclosure and Naughty Boy. After all, he won the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll and has already appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live without ever having released an album. But this debut LP—making its first appearance in the States this week after a UK release late last month—doesn't quite live up to the hype. Critics have been praising Smith's talent, but they find the material he's working with on In the Lonely Hour severely lacking.

White Lung
Deep Fantasy LISTEN (Pitchfork)

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Vancouver punk band White Lung have jumped to a larger label—Domino—for the release of their third album, a follow-up to 2012's Sorry (and if that isn't a Canadian album title, we don't know what is). Recording sessions for Deep Fantasy found the band stripped down to a trio, though they'll add Wax Idols' Hether Fortune on bass for their upcoming tour. Early reviews are strong.

Additional releases

Alex G DSU LISTEN (Fader)
The Austerity Program Beyond Calculation
Austra Habitat EP
Jeff Beal House of Cards: Season 2 OST [2xCD]
Big Freedia Just Be Free
Mary J. Blige Think Like a Man Too OST
Boris Noise LISTEN (NPR)
Cerebral Ballzy Jaded & Faded LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Clean Bandit New Eyes
Cocktails Adult Life
Death Has No Dominion Death Has No Dominion LISTEN (AV Club)
The Downtown Fiction Losers & Kings
Empires How Good Does It Feel
Nima Fakhrara The Signal OST
The Felice Brothers Favorite Waitress
Ben Fields Extraordinary Light
Frog Eyes Carey's Cold Spring
The Front Bottoms Rose EP
Glass Animals Zaba
David Gray Mutineers
The singer-songwriter's 10th album is also available in a 3-disc deluxe version, which adds 15 live tracks
Greys If Anything LISTEN (Stereogum)
Happyness Weird Little Birthday
[16 Jun; import only in the U.S.]
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden Last Dance
Karl Hector and The Malcouns Unstraight Ahead
The Knife Shaken-Up Versions
Mini-album contains new versions of eight songs from several of the duo's recent albums
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Lone Reality Testing LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Jennifer Lopez A.K.A.
Lower Seek Warmer Climes LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Full-length debut for the Copenhagen band (and new Matador signees)
Mali Music Mali Is
The Mannish Boys Wrapped Up and Ready
Martyn The Air Between Words
Pat Mastelotto and Tobias Ralph ToPaRaMa
The Mastersons Good Luck Charm
Dave Matthews Band Remember Two Things
Expanded reissue of the band's self-released 1993 debut album adds two tracks
Ian McLagan & The Bump Band United States
Meridian Brothers Salvadora Robot LISTEN (NPR)
Miniature Tigers Cruel Runnings
Mogwai Come On Die Young 2xCD
Deluxe reissue of 1999 album adds 17 bonus tracks (including demos, alternate mixes, and several unreleased tracks)
John Murry Califorlornia EP
Nazareth Rock 'n' Roll Telephone
The Nighthawks 444
Nightmares on Wax N.O.W. Is the Time 2xCD
Greatest hits compilation
NRBQ Brass Tacks
OK Go Upside Out EP
Papertwin Vox Humana EP LISTEN (Spin)
John Powell How to Train Your Dragon 2 OST
Brian Reitzell Auto Music
Solo debut for noted film composer (and former Redd Kross member) includes collaborations with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
John Robinson and PVD Modern Vintage
Sassparilla Pasajero/Hullabaloo 2xCD LISTEN (CoS)
Say Hi Endless Wonder
The Soft Pink Truth Why Do the Heathen Rage?
First album in a decade for the side project from Drew Daniel of Matmos consists of house music covers of classic black metal tracks
Swollen Members Brand New Day
Alexis Taylor Await Barbarians LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Second solo album (and first for Domino) for the Hot Chip and About Group member
Tiësto A Town Called Paradise LISTEN (iTunes Radio)
Guests include Icona Pop, Ladyhawke, Krewella, and more
Trummors Moorish Highway LISTEN (NY Times)
Vanna Void
Various Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Various Greater Lengths: An All Saints Compilation 2xCD
Various Hyperdub 10.1 2xCD
Various Where The Sky Ends: The Songs of Michael Mott
Various Soul Jazz Records Presents: Calypso: Musical Poetry in The Caribbean 1955-69
Julian Velard If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave
Venetian Snares My Love Is a Bulldozer
The Verve Pipe Overboard
Wo Fat Conjuring

Stream upcoming albums and new tracks

Ab-Soul
TRACK "Hunnid Stax" (feat. ScHoolboy Q) streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "These Days" (feat. The O'My's) streaming at Soundcloud.
Blonde Redhead
TRACK "No More Honey" streaming at YouTube.
The Bug
TRACK "Fuck a Bitch" (feat. Death Grips) streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Save Me" (feat. Gonjasufi) streaming at Soundcloud.
Busdriver
TRACK "Ego Death" (feat. Aesop Rock and Danny Brown) streaming at Soundcloud.
Circulatory System
ALBUM Mosaics Within Mosaics streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
The Front Bottoms
TRACK "Twelve Feet Deep" streaming at Soundcloud.
Kimbra
TRACK "Love in High Places" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Nobody But You" streaming at YouTube.
Machinedrum
TRACK "Want Me" downloadable/streaming at Adult Swim.
J Mascis
TRACK "Every Morning" streaming at YouTube.
Morrissey
TRACK "The Bullfighter Dies" streaming at YouTube.
The New Pornographers
TRACK "Brill Bruisers" streaming at Pitchfork.
OOIOO
TRACK "Jesso Testa" streaming at Soundcloud.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
TRACK "Red River" streaming at Spotify.
TRACK "U Get Me High" streaming at Spotify.
Phish
ALBUM Fuego streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
Phox
ALBUM Phox streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
Riff Raff feat. Mac Miller
TRACK "Aquaberry Dolphin" streaming at YouTube.
Sinkane
TRACK "Hold Tight" streaming at Soundcloud.
Dave Sitek
TRACK "God Damn Beauty" streaming at Soundcloud.
Strand of Oaks
ALBUM Heal streaming until its 6/24 release at NPR.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
ALBUM Sea When Absent streaming until its 6/24 release at Pitchfork.
Total Control
ALBUM Typical System streaming until its 6/24 release at Pitchfork.
The Vaselines
TRACK "One Lost Year" streaming at Stereogum.
Jessie Ware
TRACK "Tough Love" streaming at Soundcloud.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Jungle (Kimmel), Angel Olsen (Letterman), Stromae (Meyers)
  • Tuesday: Bernhoft (Conan), Jimmy Buffett (Fallon), Empires (Letterman), LP (Ferguson), Brad Paisley (Kimmel)
  • Wednesday: The Both (Conan), fun. (Fallon), Sam Smith (Letterman), Tove Lo (Meyers)
  • Thursday: Atmosphere (Conan), John Doe (Letterman), Linkin Park (Kimmel), Pitbull (Fallon)
  • Friday: The Orwells (Letterman)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Amazon's rumored streaming music service is now official and operational. Prime Music is available free to Amazon Prime customers and offers ad-free streaming of one million tracks (including the ability to download tracks for offline listening). The catch: the service lacks most new releases (within the past six months) and also omits any music on Universal-owned labels.
  • Casey Kasem, the longtime host of American Top 40 (among numerous music countdown shows on TV and radio) and occasional Negativland "collaborator", died yesterday at the age of 82. Billboard remembers his career, as does L.A. Times music critic Randall Roberts.

The latest music videos

Spoon, "Rent I Pay" [semi-official video]:

Mastodon, "High Road":

The Roots, "Never":

Atmosphere, "We Ain't Gonna Die Today":

Strand of Oaks, "Shut In":

Tomas Barfod, "Busy Baby":

Chlöe Howl, "Disappointed":

, "Walk This Way":

JJ, "All White Everything":

Nicki Minaj, "Pills N Potions":

In the studio / coming soon

  • August 26 will bring a new New Pornographers album, Brill Bruisers. - Pitchfork
  • Kimbra's second album The Golden Echo will arrive on August 18, featuring collaborations with Flying Lotus, John Legend, Matt Bellamy (Muse), Bilal, Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and more. - Stereogum
  • Ten years after their debut album, Death From Above 1979 will finally return with a follow-up. The Physical World will be out on September 9th. NME talks to the band.
  • Though it doesn't have a title yet, "Weird Al" Yankovic's next album will be out July 15th. - Billboard
  • Blonde Redhead return with Barragán, their first LP in four years, on September 2nd.
  • Tied to a Star, the upcoming J Mascis solo album, has been given an August 25 release date.
  • Weezer have titled their upcoming (but still undated) Ric Ocasek-produced album Everything Will Be Alright In The End.
  • Gonjasufi and Death Grips guest on Angels & Devils, The Bug's fourth album and first since 2008. It's out on August 25. - Resident Advisor
  • The Gaslight Album will release their fifth album, Get Hurt, on August 19th. Watch a brief teaser.
  • The newly reunited Libertines may record a new album. - Pitchfork
  • Brian Wilson's next album may feature Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, and Zooey Deschanel. - Billboard
  • Are you ready for eight more Michael Jackson albums? - Rolling Stone

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

Tours and festivals

  • Alt-J will head to North America in October. - Pollstar
  • Atmosphere have U.S. dates set for August and September. - Pollstar
  • Chvrches have extended their tour through October. - Pitchfork
  • Deafheaven have added another round of North American dates in October. - Pitchfork
  • Drake and Lil Wayne will be co-headliners on a 31-city tour. - Billboard
  • First Aid Kit will visit North America this fall at the tail end of a world tour. - Pitchfork
  • The Gaslight Anthem will support their new album with a fall tour. - Pollstar
  • The New Pornographers will tour this fall in support of their new album. - Pitchfork
  • Real Estate will be on the road through October. - CoS
  • Jack White has added dates to his current tour. - CoS
  • YACHT launch their next tour in September. - CoS

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