Music Monday (3/24): This Week's Albums and Videos

  • Publish Date: March 24, 2014
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Music Monday will be on holiday for a few weeks; look for our return on April 14, 2014.

This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 25 unless otherwise indicated.

Johnny Cash
Out Among the Stars LISTEN (The Guardian)

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Music legend Johnny Cash has been gone for a decade, but he's still making quite the impact. Last year brought music critic Robert Hilburn's massive biography of the country/rock star, and this week sees the release of his fourth posthumous album. Never-before-heard Out Among the Stars was recorded during the early 1980s with producer Billy Sherrill, but the album was shelved when Cash was dropped by his then-label Columbia. The 12-song release features duets with June Carter and Waylon Jennings.

Future Islands

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Thanks to an utterly compelling performance on a recent episode of Late Show With David Letterman that impressed both Dave and the blogosphere, Baltimore-based indie synth-rockers Future Islands have probably never been bigger than they are now. They hope to capitalize on their new fame with the release this week of their fourth album (which, contrary to its title, is not a singles collection), which will also be their first release for new label 4AD. Chris Coady (Beach House) produces, and early reviews suggest it is the band's best LP yet.

The Hold Steady
Teeth Dreams LISTEN (iTunes)

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After an atypically long four-year break—during which frontman Craig Finn released his solo debut—the Brooklyn rockers return for their first album with new guitarist Steve Selvidge (formerly of Lucero). Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters), Teeth Dreams is also their (and anyone's) first release on the brand-new Razor & Tie-affiliated label Washington Square.


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Two years removed from their best album to date (WIXIW), indie iconoclasts Liars return with their seventh LP this spring. An early listen reveals a big, confident album that features more of the Radiohead-influenced electronics of WIXIW, coupled with added stylistic diversity, including tracks that veer in more of a straight-ahead (though sinister) EDM direction.


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Two is indeed Owls' second album, following a mere 13 years after their first. The band was originally formed after the breakup of Chicago emo band Cap'n Jazz, but Owls, too, was short-lived, dissolving in 2002 with its members (including Tim and Mike Kinsella) moving on to other bands like Joan of Arc and Owen. But Owls reunited a few years ago, and Two is the result of an 18-month writing process.

Tokyo Police Club
Forcefield LISTEN (NY Times)

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In their first decade, Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club have proven to be more adept at singles than albums, though neither of their previous LPs (including 2010's Champ) were bad. Album number three, produced by the band's own David Monks along with Doug Boehm (Girls), arrives this week, and early reviews are encouraging.

Additional releases

Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
Asia Gravitas
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain 2xCD
30th anniversary reissue of classic debut album includes the remastered album plus a disc of rarities (rescheduled from Feb. 4)
The Bad Plus The Rite of Spring
New arrangement/recording of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral work by the jazz trio
Baseball Project 3rd
Third album of baseball-themed songs from the group that includes R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Peter Buck, plus Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, and Linda Pitman
The Belle Brigade Just Because
Boy George This Is What I Do
First new studio album in 18 years
Erica Campbell Help
The Colourist The Colourist LISTEN (Billboard)
D'Angelo Live at the Jazz Cafe, London: The Complete Show
Miles Davis Miles at the Fillmore—Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 4xCD
Desert Noises 27 Ways
Will Downing Euphoria
Nathan East Nathan East
Simone Felice Strangers
Fireworks Oh, Common Life
Golden Retriever Seer
Jimi Goodwin Odulek
Solo debut for Doves frontman
Grieves Winter & The Wolves
Koen Holtkamp Motion
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 4xCD+DVD
40th anniversary super deluxe box set reissue adds bonus tracks, B-sides, a full live concert, and more
Karmin Pulses
Kool A.D. Word O.K. LISTEN/BUY (Bandcamp)
Released digitally last Thursday
Glenn Kotche Adventureland
First solo album in 8 years from the Wilco member
London Grammar If You Wait
U.S. release of 2013 album
Lotus Plaza Overnight Motorcycle Music EP LISTEN (Soundcloud)
Cassette-only 2-song release from Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt
Barry Manilow Night Songs
Clint Mansell Noah OST
Memphis May Fire Unconditional
Mr. Little Jeans Pocketknife
My Chemical Romance May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits 2001 - 2013 CD+DVD
Jerrod Niemann High Noon
Dustin O'Halloran Breathe In OST
Pixies EP3 EP
Jon Porras Light Divide
Chuck Ragan Till Midnight LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
The Range Panasonic EP
Shakira Shakira.
Sleeper Agent About Last Night
Thou Heathen
Various Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One LISTEN (CBC)
Tribute album includes covers performed by Reggie Watts, Deer Tick, Built to Spill, Blitzen Trapper, Glen Hansard, Craig Finn, and more
Various Rio 2: Music From the Motion Picture OST LISTEN (Billboard)
Various The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2 OST LISTEN (Billboard)
Washer Bighead EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
We Are Catchers We Are Catchers
[UK only: 24 Mar]
Withered Hand New Gods
Wolfmother New Crown LISTEN/BUY (Bandcamp)
Surprise album (first in five years) released online yesterday

More streaming and downloadable new music

The Afghan Whigs
TRACK "The Lottery" streaming at Soundcloud.
Damon Albarn
TRACK "Heavy Seas Of Love" (feat. Brian Eno) streaming at YouTube.
Architecture in Helsinki
ALBUM NOW + 4EVA (out 4/1) streaming now at Billboard.
The Black Keys
TRACK "Fever" streaming at YouTube.
Cloud Nothings
ALBUM Here And Nowhere Else streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
TRACK "I'm Glad You're Mine [live]" streaming at Billboard.
TRACKS "Sweet Sticky Thing [live]" and "Jonz in My Bonz [live]" streaming at Rolling Stone.
De La Soul
TRACK "Vocabulary Spills" streaming at Soundcloud.
Mac DeMarco
ALBUM Salad Days streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
Fucked Up
TRACK "Paper the House" downloadable from Matador.
TRACK "Dreambuilding" streaming at Soundcloud.
The Horrors
TRACK "So Now You Know" streaming at YouTube.
Chrissie Hynde
TRACK "Dark Sunglasses" streaming at Soundcloud.
Inventions [members of Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium]
ALBUM Inventions streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
Kaiser Chiefs
ALBUM Education, Education, Education & War (out next week) streaming at The Guardian.
Lykke Li
TRACK "No Rest For The Wicked" streaming at YouTube.
Manchester Orchestra
TRACK "Cope" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Figured Out" streaming at NPR.
Nickel Creek
ALBUM A Dotted Line streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
Dolly Parton
TRACK "Blue Smoke" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
TRACK "Hawkmoth" streaming at Soundcloud.
Brian Reitzell
TRACK "Last Summer" (featuring Kevin Shields) streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Dark Arc streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
School of Language
TRACK "Dress Up" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Pam" (Spiderland outtake) streaming at Soundcloud.
Slow Club
TRACK "Complete Surrender" streaming at Soundcloud.
Small Black
ALBUM Real People EP (out 4/1) streaming at Spin.
TRACK "A Little God in My Hands" downloadable from Pitchfork.
Thievery Corporation
ALBUM Saudade streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
Timber Timbre
ALBUM Hot Dreams streaming until its 4/1 release at NPR.
TRACK "Water Fountain" streaming at YouTube.
William Tyler
TRACK "Whole New Dude" streaming at Soundcloud.
Wu-Tang Clan
TRACK ''Keep Watch'' (feat. Nathaniel) streaming at YouTube.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: The Hold Steady (Letterman), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Kimmel), Karmin (Meyers), TGT (Arsenio), Vampire Weekend (Fallon)
  • Tuesday: The Belle Brigade (Craig Ferguson), Danny Brown (Arsenio), Lucius (Conan), Jerrod Niemann (Kimmel), Shakira (Fallon), The Strypes (Letterman)
  • Wednesday: Frankie Ballard (Conan), Bleachers (Meyers), Sage the Gemini (Letterman)
  • Thursday: Hot Chelle Rae (Arsenio), The National (Fallon)
  • Friday: Passenger (Fallon)
  • Saturday: Sam Smith (Saturday Night Live)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Gwar frontman Dave Brockie was found dead Sunday in his Virginia home. The singer, who also went by the name Oderus Urungus, was 50. - Rolling Stone
  • Mistaken for Strangers, a documentary about indie rockers The National, opens in select theaters this Friday (and will also be available on demand).
  • Mouse on Mars is trying to raise money to finance a documentary about the band's 21-year history.

The latest music videos

Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)":

Lady Gaga, "G.U.Y.":

Ex Hex, "Hot and Cold":

Neneh Cherry feat. Robyn, "Out of the Black":

Thomas Barfod, "Happy":

Le1f, "Boom":

Thee Oh Sees, "The Lens":

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, "Strange Colores":

Black Lips, "Justice After All":

Pixies, "Snakes":

Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler, "The Root":

Kelis, "Rumble":

In the studio / coming soon

  • Here's a full list of special releases hitting independent record stores on Record Store Day on April 19th. Highlights include a newly remastered reissue of Joy Division's debut EP, An Ideal for Living, a Songs:Ohia singles box set, and much more.
  • The Black Keys have announced a May 13 release date for their next album, titled Turn Blue. Here's a trailer.
  • The Pixies have just released a third EP, EP3, and all three of their recent EPs will be combined into an album, Indie Cindy, for an April 28 release (though you can also find it in some stores on Record Store Day). Here's an album trailer.
  • Matador will release Glass Boys, the next from Fucked Up, on June 3rd. Watch trailer.
  • Plaid will release their 10th album, Reachy Prints, on May 20th via Warp.
  • Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde will release her solo debut, Stockholm, on June 10th; the album was produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and features contributions from Neil Young and John McEnroe.
  • Weezer have begun work on a new album, and have released a cryptic video as proof.
  • The Orwells will release their full-length debut Disgraceland on June 3rd. - Pitchfork

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

Tours and festivals

  • Merge Records will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a 4-day festival in July; here's the early lineup.
  • The second weekend of this summer's Sasquatch Music Festival has been canceled, though the first weekend will be held as normal. - Billboard
  • Black Flag will tour this summer with new frontman Mike Vallely. - CoS
  • Built to Spill have announced some May dates. - BTS site
  • Kate Bush, who last toured in 1979, has announced a 15-date London residency for this summer.
  • Camera Obscura head to North America in July. - Pitchfork
  • Elvis Costello has a short solo tour planned for June. - Pollstar
  • The Eagles have extended their tour into the fall. - Pollstar
  • KISS and Def Leppard are touring together this summer. - Pollstar
  • begins her North American tour in May. - CoS
  • Slint have booked a short tour in support of the rerelease of Spiderland. - Pitchfork
  • Swans will tour this summer, with North American dates on both sides of a May trip to the UK. - Pitchfork

Comments (3)

  • RickFlairbombed  

    Lot of new releases, the Liars and Future Islands albums are pretty great.

  • conditionals  

    Wow, big week of new releases. Maybe 2014's biggest so far. Want to pick a lot of these up.

  • evergreenOldboy New Black Keys single is out today!

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