Due to the Memorial Day holiday, today's Music Monday appears on a Tuesday, but we couldn't convince anyone to change the name to Tusic Tuesday.
This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 28 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.
- Aceyalone Leanin' on Slick
- Alex Bleeker And The Freaks How Far Away
- Side project for Real Estate's Alex Bleeker
- Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
- Animal Collective Monkey Been To Burn Town EP
- Four-track remix collection
- Anvil Hope in Hell
- Baths Obsidian LISTEN (Pitchfork; through May 30)
- Black Star Riders All Hell Breaks Loose
- New band from Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham
- Brazos Saltwater LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- David Byrne & St. Vincent Brass Tactics EP
- Contains one new non-album track, several remixes, and some live recordings; available as a free download.
- CocoRosie Tales of a Grass Widow LISTEN (3voor12)
- Dark Tranquillity Construct
IV Play LISTEN (YouTube)
- Either the fourth (hence the title) or the fifth album from R&B singer-songwriter Terius Nash, this new set was repeatedly delayed due to ongoing contract negotiations, with Nash using the hiatus to quickly record and release a free album under his given name, titled 1977 66. IV Play includes appearances by Jay-Z, Gary Clark Jr., Kelly Rowland, and Beyonce.
- Eisley Currents
- Danny Elfman Epic OST
- John Fogerty Wrote a Song for Everyone
- Garbage One Mile High...Live DVD/Blu-ray
- Michael Giacchino Star Trek Into Darkness OST
- Guster Live Acoustic
- Hooded Fang Gravez
- Steve Jablonsky Pain & Gain OST
- Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Somewhere
- Judas Priest Epitaph DVD/Blu-ray
- Live concert recorded in 2012 at London's Hammersmith Apollo
- Damien Jurado Where Shall You Take Me
- 10th anniversary vinyl reissue adds the Just In Time For Something EP and previously unreleased demo recordings
- Brian Keane Copper OST
Ultraviolet LISTEN (3voor12)
- Spiral Shadow 85, the last proper studio album from Savannah, Georgia sludge metal band, was one of 2010's best-reviewed releases and firmly established the group as one of the top psych-metal acts around. Now, three years later, Kylesa finally return with a follow-up, their unusual time signatures and dual-drummer attack intact, though the band's Laura Pleasants has stated that Ultraviolet is "colder and darker" and more introspective than their previous album.
- Laura Marling
Once I Was an Eagle LISTEN (3voor12)
- Though she's just 23, British singer-songwriter Laura Marling (a former member of the band Noah and the Whale) has already been nominated for two Mercury Music Prizes, with three acclaimed albums under her belt (including 2011's A Creature I Don't Know 82). Her newest, Eagle, features 16 tracks, though the first four blend into a seamless, 15-minute whole. Working again with producer Ethan Johns, Marling again seems to have a winner on her hands, with early reviews giving the release one of the year's highest Metascores so far.
- Paul McCartney & Wings Wings Over America 2xCD LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Remastered reissue of 1976 live album; a 4-disc deluxe edition adds eight tracks and a live DVD
- Ryan Miller The Kings of Summer OST LISTEN (Paste)
- Miss Kittin Calling From the Stars
- Mount Kimbie
Cold Spring Fault Less Youth LISTEN (3voor12)
- Sometimes lumped in with the dubstep (or post-dubstep) movement, London-based electronic music duo Mount Kimbie don't fall cleanly into any label, other than "talented"; their debut album, Crooks & Lovers, was a staple on best-of-2010 lists. Last year, the pair signed to Warp Records, and that label releases Mount Kimbie's second full-length this week. The three-year gap seems to have brought some changes to the group's sound, most notably in the increased reliance on original vocals, including on a few tracks featuring singer-songwriter King Krule.
- Oblivians Desperation LISTEN (3voor12)
- First album release from the garage-punk band in over 15 years
- Paperhaus Lo Hi Lo EP LISTEN (BPM)
- The Pastels
Slow Summits LISTEN (Pitchfork; through May 29)
- Not necessarily a household name in the United States—and once dismissed as twee along with many of the other artists appearing on NME's famed C86 compilation—the Glasgow, Scotland-based Pastels nevertheless influenced countless bands on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1980s and '90s with their 1960s-referencing "anorak pop" DIY indie-rock sound. (Artists ranging from Jesus and Mary Chain to Kurt Cobain have cited the band as a major influence.) Never an act to frequent the recording studio, The Pastels released just four studio albums, with their last being 1997's Illumination, though they did collaborate with Japanese act Tenniscoats in 2009 and release a soundtrack album in 2003. The group never disbanded, though, and have finally returned with a proper fifth studio album, producer by John McEntire and featuring contributions from Craig Armstrong and members of Teenage Fanclub and To Rococo Rot.
- Pharmakon Abandon EP LISTEN (3voor12)
- Roomrunner Ideal Cities LISTEN (Spin)
- Secret Colours Peach LISTEN (CoS)
- Skinny Puppy Weapon
- TEEN Carolina EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Tesseract Altered State
- The now 45-year-old trip-hop artist and former Massive Attack member has struggled to win praise for his 21st century output as he did for standout 1990s albums, but he might be asking for trouble by inviting comparisons to 1995's Maxinquaye (his terrific debut album) with his latest album; while critics do hear some similarities, don't expect quite the same caliber of music throughout False Idols. The new album, which includes a cover of Van Morrison's "Somebody's Sins," features collaborations with Peter Silberman of The Antlers, Nigerian artist Nneka, and several performers signed to Tricky's own label (also called False Idols), including Francesca Belmonte, who fills the void left by one-time Tricky collaborator Martina Topley-Bird.
- Various Arts & Crafts: X
- Another Arts & Crafts 10th anniversary compilation, this one featuring newly recorded collaborations between artists on the label's roster (including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Ra Ra Riot, Stars, Amy Millan, and more)
- Various Kinky Boots Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Various True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume Four OST
- Latest soundtrack from the HBO show features Iggy Pop, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and more
- The Veils Time Stays We Go
- When Saints Go Machine Infinity Pool
More streaming and downloadable new music
- About Group
- TRACK "All Is Not Lost" streaming at Nowness.
- AM & Shawn Lee
- TRACK "All the Love" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Broken Social Scene and Years
- TRACK "Day of the Kid" (new song from this week's new Arts & Crafts comp) streaming at Stereogum.
- Camera Obscura
- ALBUM Desire Lines streaming until its June 4 release at NPR.
- Cold Cave
- TRACK "Black Boots" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Daft Punk
- TRACK "Horizon" (bonus cut from Japanese version of Random Access Memories) streaming at No BPM Limit.
- TRACK "Sunbather" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM Sunbather streaming through May 30 at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "When a Fire Starts to Burn" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Earl Sweatshirt
- TRACK "Guild" (feat. Mac Miller) streaming at Fader.
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- TRACK "Better Days" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Flaming Lips
- TRACK "Your Face Can Tell the Future" (new song from this week's True Blood soundtrack) streaming at Spin.
- Eleanor Friedberger
- ALBUM Personal Record streaming until its June 4 release at NPR.
- Future Bible Heroes
- ALBUM Partygoing streaming until its June 4 release at Pitchfork.
- Daughn Gibson
- TRACK "You Don't Fade" streaming at Sub Pop.
- Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip)
- TRACK "She Burns" (featuring Mara Carlyle; from forthcoming Taking Over EP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Gold Panda
- TRACK "We Work Nights" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Goodie Mob
- TRACK "Special Education" (featuring Janelle Monáe) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Jon Hopkins
- ALBUM Immunity streaming until its June 4 release at NPR.
- The Lonely Island
- TRACK "Semicolon" (featuring Solange) streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- TRACK "The Mad March" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Cass McCombs
- TRACK "Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Queens of the Stone Age
- ALBUM ...Like Clockwork streaming until its June 4 release at iTunes.
- TRACK "Daddy's Groove" (new song from new Late Night Tales comp) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ScHoolboy Q
- TRACK "Hell Of A Night" streaming at YouTube.
- The Sounds
- TRACK "Shake Shake Shake" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
- ALBUM Sob Story (out 6/18) streaming at Spin.
- Talking Heads
- TRACK "Psycho Killer" (unreleased version featuring Arthur Russell on cello) streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Apocalypse streaming until its June 4 release at NPR.
- TRACK "Never Stop Running" streaming at YouTube.
- Pharrell Williams
- TRACK "Happy" (from the forthcoming Despicable Me 2 soundtrack) streaming at Rolling Stone.
Recent artist and industry news
- Watch the trailer for Metallica's upcoming 3D movie Metallica Through the Never (in theaters August 9th).
- You can also catch Bruce Springsteen on the big screen this summer. The fan-made (but Ridley Scott-produced) documentary Springsteen & I screens one night only, July 22nd; tickets go on sale June 4th. Here's a trailer.
- Watch last week's L.A. concert by Queens of the Stone Age in its 2-hour entirety at NPR.
- Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died last week at the age of 74. The Los Angeles Times has an obituary.
The latest music videos
Boards of Canada, "Reach for the Dead":
Major Lazer, "Bubble Butt" [directed by Eric Wareheim] [NSFW]:
Prince and 3rd Eye Girl, "Fixurlifeup":
The Thermals, "The Sunset":
Charli XCX, "Take My Hand":
British Sea Power, "Hail Holy Queen":
She & Him, "I Could've Been Your Girl" [directed by Zooey Deschanel]:
Action Bronson, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps":
Portugal. The Man, "Atomic Man":
Dirty Beaches, "Casino Lisboa":
Glass Candy, "Beautiful Object":
Julia Holter, "World":
In the studio / coming soon
- Goodie Mob's reunion album (yes, with Cee-Lo Green back on board) will be released August 27th; it's titled Age Against the Machine. And Cee-Lo is also working on a new solo album and (with Danger Mouse) a new Gnarls Barkley album; all could surface before the end of the year. - Billboard
- With all the projects Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, etc.) has been involved with over the past two decades, it is amazing that he hasn't released a proper solo album (though there are a few unproper releases under his name). However, Rolling Stone reports that Albarn has just completed work on his solo debut, though no release date has been given.
- Washed Out (the one-man chillwave project from Ernest Greene; you've heard him on Washed Out's great 2011 debut Within And Without and/or supplying the theme song to Portlandia) finally returns with a second album on August 13th, titled Paracosm. Here's a trailer.
- Julia Holter's third album, Loud City Song, is set for an August 20 release on Domino.
- Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is reviving his Volcano Choir side project for a new album, Repave, due September 3rd via Jagjaguwar. Here's the trailer.
- Placebo's seventh LP, Loud Like Love, will be out on September 16.
- You will no doubt be happy to know that a new Paris Hilton album is in the works. - Billboard
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- James Blake has scheduled a few dozen North American dates for late in 2013. - Pollstar
- Consequence of Sound has summer dates for Ty Segall.
- You can also find new summer dates for Kurt Vile at CoS.
- This year's version of San Francisco's annual fall music festival at Treasure Island will include Atoms for Peace, James Blake, Beck, Animal Collective, Phantogram, and more.
- The lineup has also been announced for the 2014 version of the Weezer Cruise.