Music Monday: This Week's New Albums and Videos

  • Publish Date: May 20, 2013
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Music Monday fans: Note that next week's column will run on Tuesday, May 28 (rather than Monday) due to the Memorial Day holiday.

This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 21 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.

Airbourne Black Dog Barking
Alpine A Is For Alpine
U.S. release of 2012 debut album by Australian alternative act
Attic Lights Super De Luxe
The Baptist Generals Jackleg Devotional to the Heart LISTEN (3voor12)
The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour 2xCD
Recorded during last year's reunion tour
The Black Dog Tranklements
The Brand New Heavies Forward
Captain Beyond Live In Texas - October 6, 1973
Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes Baby Caught the Bus
U.S. release of 2012 album from the Australian band best known for the Heineken commercial-scoring "Love Letter"
Club 8 Above the City
Come Eleven:Eleven 2xCD
Reissue (by Matador) of out-of-print 1992 album, with a bonus disc containing a 1992 concert performance
Jamie Cullum Momentum
Daft Punk
Random Access Memories LISTEN (iTunes)
Helmeted French dance music duo Daft Punk return Tuesday with Random Access Memories, their first proper album since 2005's disappointing Human After All 57. The new set is faring much better with critics, and it features an all-star guest roster that includes The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, singer-songwriter Paul Williams (yes, the man who wrote "Rainbow Connection"), Animal Collective's Panda Bear, house producer Todd Edwards, and Chilly Gonzales, plus a host of session musicians from some of the duo's favorite 1970s and '80s albums and one heck of a lead single in the already ubiquitous "Get Lucky."
Death Cab for Cutie The Barsuk Years Box set
Limited-edition vinyl box set containing the band's early albums and EPs, some on vinyl for the first time
Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil LISTEN (3voor12)
Emma Louise vs Head vs Heart
French Montana Excuse My French
The rapper's debut album (co-released by Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group) includes appearances by The Weeknd, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Diddy, and more
The Front Bottoms Talon of the Hawk
G&D The Lighthouse
Laurel Halo Behind The Green Door EP
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Seesaw
Bob James & David Sanborn Quartette Humaine
Japanther Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart LISTEN (Spin)
Jesse Ruins A Film
Majical Cloudz Impersonator LISTEN (Pitchfork; today only)
Matador Records debut for the Montreal duo
Man or Astro-Man? Defcon…5…4…3…2…1
First album in 12 years for the sci-fi surf-rock outfit
Willy Moon Here's Willy Moon
The National
Trouble Will Find Me LISTEN (iTunes)
This week's other major release is also on the receiving end of great advance reviews (which has become the norm for The National; their previous three LPs averaged an 84). The latest from the New York-based indie-rockers includes appearances by St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, and Sharon Van Etten, though the real draw, as always, is The National's literate, brooding rock and Matt Berninger's distinctive baritone.
New Politics A Bad Girl in Harlem LISTEN (MTV)
Scout Niblett It's Up to Emma
Graham Reynolds Before Midnight OST
The Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane DVD/Blu-ray
Documentary about the early days of the Rolling Stones; home video release contains bonus concert footage
Darius Rucker True Believers
Third country album from the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman
Saturday Looks Good to Me One Kiss Ends It All
Shannon and the Clams Dreams in the Rat House
Four-song debut from trio (formerly known as Bad Rabbit) of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, and Shane Stoneback
Thirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + Dreams
Hanan Townshend To the Wonder OST
U.D.O. Steelhammer
Various After Dark 2
Long-delayed Italians Do It Better label compilation includes previously unreleased music by Chromatics, Glass Candy, and more Johnny Jewel projects [released last Friday on iTunes]
Various Behind the Candelabra OST
Soundtrack to Steven Soderbergh's HBO film includes the final music composed by the late Marvin Hamlisch
Various Fast & Furious 6 OST
Various The Source Family OST
The Vibrators On the Guest List
Visage Hearts and Knives
First album in almost 30 years for the New Wave act of "Fade to Grey" fame

More streaming and downloadable new music

ALBUM Saltwater (out 5/28) streaming at Soundcloud.
Camera Obscura
TRACK "Fifth In Line To The Throne" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Cockroach" downloadable from Stereogum.
The Dodos
TRACK "Confidence" streaming at Soundcloud.
Four Tet
TRACK "Unspoken" (unreleased version that samples Tori Amos' "Winter") downloadable from Soundcloud.
French Montana
TRACK "Gifted" (feat. The Weeknd) streaming at Soundcloud.
Eleanor Friedberger
TRACK "She's a Mirror" streaming at Rookie.
Laurel Halo
TRACK "Sex Mission" streaming at NPR.
Mayer Hawthorne
TRACK "Her Favorite Song" (featuring Jessie Ware) streaming at Soundcloud.
Hospital Ships
TRACK "If It Speaks" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Ultraviolet (out 5/28) streaming through 5/23 at Pitchfork.
TRACKS "I Saw You From the Lifeboat" and "Perfume Tear" (both new) downloadable from the official site.
The Lonely Island
TRACK "I Fucked My Aunt" (featuring T-Pain) streaming at YouTube.
Laura Marling
TRACK "Once" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Once I Was an Eagle streaming until its 5/28 release at NPR.
Mount Kimbie
TRACK "You Took Your Time" (featuring King Krule) streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM Cold Spring Fault Less Youth streaming until its 5/28 release at NPR.
Sean Nelson (former Harvey Danger frontman)
ALBUM Make Good Choices streaming until its 6/4 release at NPR.
Skinny Puppy
TRACK "saLvo" downloadable from Rolling Stone.
TRACK "Looks Good with Trouble" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) streaming at Soundcloud.
Sonny & The Sunsets
TRACK "Palmreader" streaming at Soundcloud.
Smith Westerns
TRACK "3am Spiritual" streaming at Soundcloud.
Mavis Staples
TRACK "I Like The Things About Me" streaming at Complex.
Teenage Guitar (new Robert Pollard project)
TRACK "Atlantic Cod" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Keep Up" (new single, due in July) streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM False Idols streaming until its 5/28 release at NPR.
TRACK "Shameless Fashion" streaming at YouTube.
The Weeknd
TRACK "Kiss Land" (from his forthcoming LP of the same name, date tba) streaming at YouTube.
Wu-Tang Clan
TRACK "Execution in Autumn" streaming at Bandcamp.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Ahmir (Fallon), The Black Angels (Conan), The-Dream with Kelly Rowland (Leno), Grape St. (Carson Daly), Jewel (Kimmel), The National (Letterman)
  • Tuesday: J. Cole (Fallon), John Fogerty (Letterman), Milo Greene (Carson Daly), Thirty Seconds to Mars (Kimmel), Thompson Square (Leno)
  • Wednesday: The Coup (Carson Daly), John Fogerty with Dawes (Letterman), The Lone Bellow (Leno), Bobby McFerrin (Fallon), The National (The Colbert Report), Darius Rucker (Kimmel), Thirty Seconds to Mars (Conan)
  • Thursday: The Men (Carson Daly), The Mowgli's (Conan), Shout Out Louds (Leno), Reggie Watts (Kimmel)
  • Friday: Sigur Ros (Leno), They Might Be Giants (Fallon)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Google announced plans to expand into the subscription music streaming arena with Google All Access, which is now available via Google Play. The Spotify/Pandora competitor will allow streaming from a vast music catalog for $9.99/month. Apple is expected to launch a similar service (iRadio) once it can finalize licensing deals with the various record labels. - CNET
  • Were you aware that Diddy has been on Downton Abbey for two seasons now? Here's the "proof."
  • Singer and producer Romanthony, best known for providing vocals for Daft Punk's "One More Time," died earlier this month at the age of 45. - Spin

The latest music videos

Queens of the Stone Age, "Kalopsia":

Queens of the Stone Age, "Keep Your Eyes Peeled":

Queens of the Stone Age, "If I Had a Tail":

Queens of the Stone Age, "My God Is the Sun":

Liars, "I Saw You From the Lifeboat":

Mikal Cronin, "Change":

!!!, "One Girl/One Boy":

Chelsea Light Moving, "Lip":

Melody's Echo Chamber, "Some Time Alone, Alone":

Holy Ghost!, "Dumb Disco Ideas":

The-Dream, "IV Play":

The Lonely Island, "Diaper Money":

In the studio / coming soon

  • It's official: Kanye West has titled his next album Yeezus, and it looks like it will be out on June 18th. There's no official tracklist yet, but Daft Punk, Frank Ocean, and Azealia Banks are among the collaborators known to have recorded with West for the album. Kanye debuted two new songs, "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves", on Saturday Night Live over the weekend; the latter was also projected onto various buildings around the world. - Rap Up
  • Franz Ferdinand have finished their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, which will be released by Domino on August 27. Here's a trailer.
  • It has taken an unusually long eight months, but Ty Segall will finally release his first album of 2013 on August 20th. Watch a trailer for the upcoming album, Sleeper, at YouTube.
  • Julianna Barwick has titled her next album Nepenthe; watch the trailer for that August 20 release (via Dead Oceans) at YouTube.
  • After a four-year break, Fuck Buttons will finally return with a new album, Slow Focus, on July 23rd. Their first self-produced album will be released by ATP Recordings.
  • San Francisco's Dodos will release their fifth album Carrier on August 27 via Polyvinyl. Here's the album announcement trailer.
  • Manic Street Preachers are hoping to record two new albums, the first almost entirely acoustic. - NME
  • My Morning Jacket are planning to head to the recording studio in October to record their next album. - Rolling Stone

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

Tours and festivals

  • Now you'll know what it's supposed to sound like. Beck will perform his Song Reader album (released only as sheet music) for the first time in a one-off performance in London this July that will include Franz Ferdinand, Jarvis Cocker, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beth Orton, and more special guests. - NME
  • Find dates for Local Natives' 2013 world tour at Consequence of Sound.
  • James Blake is returning to North America this fall. - CoS
  • CoS also has new dates for Iron & Wine.
  • Phosphorescent has scheduled some new dates for summer and fall. - Dead Oceans
  • Backstreet Boys launch a summer tour this August. - Billboard
  • Peter Hook is at it again, this time enlisting his New Order cover band The Light to perform the album Power, Corruption & Lies in full. - CoS
  • It's never too early to buy tickets to next year's Coachella festival.

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