This week's new releases
Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Monday, November 19 or Tuesday, November 20 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.
Note that in addition to the titles listed below, a variety of participating independent record stores will be offering exclusive "Record Store Day" releases on Friday, November 23rd. View a list of releases.
- 3 Doors Down Greatest Hits
- AC/DC Live at River Plate 2xCD
- Recorded during 2009 tour
- Alixander III The Incline of Western Civilization Pt. III
- Solo debut from Azari & III member Alphonse Lanza [out 23 Nov]
- Archers Of Loaf What Did You Expect? (Live At Cat's Cradle) DVD
- Bad Brains Into the Future LISTEN
- The Beach Boys Live in Concert: 50th Anniversary DVD/Blu-ray
- Bikini Kill Bikini Kill EP
- Vinyl reissue of the band's debut EP comes with a new zine and two bonus tracks
- Bjork bastards
- Compilation of previously released remixes of tracks from Biophilia by Death Grips, Matthew Herbert, and more
- Carter Burwell Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - The Score OST
- Carter Burwell + various Seven Psychopaths OST
- Eric Clapton Slowhand Box set
- 35th anniversary reissue includes the remastered and expanded album on CD, vinyl, and DVD audio, plus a live concert recorded at Hammersmith Odeon on April 27, 1977
- Kelly Clarkson Greatest Hits - Chapter One LISTEN
- Coldplay Live 2012 CD+DVD/Blu-ray
- Recorded during various stops on Mylo Xyloto world tour; can be purchased with or without the audio CD
- Keyshia Cole Woman to Woman
- Elvis Costello In Motion Pictures
- Compilation of 15 Costello songs that have been featured in movie soundtracks
- Mychael Danna Life of Pi OST
- Dinosaur Jr. Chocomel Daze (Live 1987)
- Live album released for the first time (on vinyl and MP3) by Merge
- Ramin Djawadi Red Dawn OST
- The Evens The Odds
- Third album from the duo of Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) and Amy Farina (The Warmers)
- The Faint Danse Macabre 2CD+DVD
- Deluxe edition reissue adds covers, remixes, and a DVD
- Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin Instrumental Tourist LISTEN (3voor12)
- Il Volo We Are Love
- Incite All Out War
- Chris Isaak Beyond The Sun - Live! DVD/Blu-ray
- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live From Alabama
- The Jam The Gift 3xCD+DVD
- Super deluxe remastered reissue of 1982 album includes 23 never before released live recordings from the band's final tour, as well as B-sides and rarities, a DVD, and a 72-page book [UK only]
- Kid Rock Rebel Soul
- Kylesa From The Vaults, Vol. 1 2xCD
- Rarities compilation includes one brand-new track ("End Truth")
- Led Zeppelin Celebration Day 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray
- Audio and video from 2007 concert performance at London's O2 Arena
- Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up
- Rerelease of 2012 album adds seven songs
- Nico Muhly Drones
- Kate Nash Death Proof EP
- The Pharmacy Stoned & Alone
- Phillip Phillips The World From The Side of The Moon
- Debut album from American Idol season 11 winner
- Pitbull Global Warming
- Porcupine Tree Octane Twisted 2xCD LISTEN-DISC 1 (3voor12) LISTEN-DISC 2 (3voor12)
- Double live album
- The Replacements Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements 2xDVD
- Documentary (which screened at film festivals last year) comes to DVD in an expanded set with additional interviews and deleted scenes.
- It wouldn't be November without a new album from Rihanna. Unfortunately, while previous Novembers saw the pop star release albums such as 2009's Rated R 75, 2010's Loud 67, and last year's Talk That Talk 64, the new Unapologetic looks like it could continue that downward trend in quality, if early reviews are indicative of what's to come; the increased variety on display here, it seems, produces a mixed bag. Guests on the 15-track album include Eminem and Chris Brown (yes, we know), while David Guetta is among the producers.
- Starred Prison To Prison EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
- The Twilight Sad No One Can Ever Know: The Remixes LISTEN
- Remixes from Liars, Com Truise, and more
- Uncle Kracker Midnight Special
- Various Chasing Mavericks: Music From the Motion Picture OST
- Various Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two OST
- Various Save the Date OST
- Various Silver Linings Playbook OST
- Includes Danny Elfman's original score plus songs by Eagles Of Death Metal, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and more
- Various Songs of Anarchy: Volume 2 OST
- Music from the show Sons of Anarchy
- Frank Zappa Mothermania
- Reissue (and first official CD release) of 1969 greatest hits set by The Mothers of Invention
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Alt-J feat. Mountain Man
- TRACK "Buffalo" (from the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack) streaming at Soundcloud.
- Joey Bada$$
- TRACK "Enter The Void," featuring Ab-Soul, streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "AK47" streaming at YouTube.
- The Faint
- TRACK "Evil Voices" downloadable from Consequence of Sound.
- Hodgy Beats
- TRACK "Break Ya Neck" downloadable from Stereogum.
- Jamie Lidell
- TRACK "What a Shame" streaming at YouTube.
- Memory Tapes
- TRACK "Neighborhood Watch" streaming at Stereogum.
- ALBUM A Wrenched Virile Lore (remix album out 12/4 in U.S.) streaming at 3voor12.
- Public Enemy
- TRACK "Riotstarted," featuring Tom Morello & Henry Rollins, streaming at YouTube.
- Ra Ra Riot
- TRACK "Beta Love" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Fuck You" streaming at YouTube.
- Ron Sexsmith
- TRACK "She Does My Heart Good" streaming at Rolling Stone.
- Sufjan Stevens
- ALBUM Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Volumes 6-10 streaming (and on sale) at Bandcamp.
- TRACK "Edie's Dream" streaming at YouTube.
- TRACK "Ballad Of The Golden Hour" downloadable from Stereogum.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: Zac Brown Band (Fallon), Andy Grammer (Leno), Aimee Mann & James Mercer (Kimmel), Philip Phillips (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Andy Allo (Kimmel), Wanda Jackson (Leno), Pitbull (Fallon), Tegan and Sara (Letterman)
- Wednesday: Gary Clark Jr. (Letterman), Flo Rida (Kimmel), Alicia Keys (Fallon)
- Thursday: PSY (Leno)
Recent artist and industry news
- Justin Bieber was named artist of the year at last night's American Music Awards; get a full list of AMA winners at Billboard.
- Want to contribute to a documentary about Bruce Springsteen? Go to the film’s website, Springsteen and I to learn how.
- Don't expect an OutKast album—or Andre 3000's solo album—anytime soon. - Billboard
- One of the last remaining digital holdouts, AC/DC has finally agreed to make its back catalog available through iTunes. - Pollstar
The latest music videos
Yo La Tengo, "Before We Run":
R.E.M., "Blue" [directed by James Franco and starring Lindsay Lohan]:
Johnny Marr, "The Messenger":
Beach House, "Wild":
Bjork, "Mutual Core":
Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd, "Remember You":
Sufjan Stevens, "I'll Be Home for Christmas":
The Polyphonic Spree, "A Working Elf's Theme":
Metric, "Breathing Underwater":
Moonface, "Headed for the Door":
The Sword, "The Veil of Isis":
Nite Jewel, "Weak For Me":
Nada Surf, "Jules and Jim":
In the studio / coming soon
- Yo La Tengo have announced a January 15 release date for their next album, Fade, produced by John McEntire. - Matador
- Danish teen punk band Iceage has signed to Matador, and the label will release the band's currently untitled second album on February 19th.
- Beady Eye, the band featuring Liam Gallagher and all the members of Oasis not named Noel, are recording a second album (due in 2013) with producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. - NME
- Dan Deacon is among the guests on The Marriage of True Minds, the upcoming Matmos album (their first in five years) due February 19th on Thrill Jockey. - Resident Advisor
- Jamie Lidell has a new self-titled album arriving on February 18th via Warp Records.
- Terius Nash, better known as The-Dream, will finally release his 1977 album commercially on December 18th, and it will have some new material that wasn't included on the free 1977 mixtape released under his given name.
- Chicago Rapper Chief Keef makes his major-label (Interscope) debut with Finally Rich on December 18th. - Pitchfork
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.
Tours and festivals
- On December 12, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Roger Waters, and more will perform at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden; details at the official site.
- Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum has added over 30 new live dates in January and February. - Merge
- Yo La Tengo kick off a mostly east-of-the-Mississippi tour of North America in January. - Matador
- January brings the start of a solo North American tour by former Girls frontman Christopher Owens. - Pitchfork
- Guitarist Eric Clapton has scheduled a tour for the spring. - Rolling Stone
- Bloc Party have added more North American dates in January. - CoS
- Find 2013 dates for Matchbox Twenty at Billboard.
- Ken Stringfellow has a West Coast tour lined up for early 2013. - Pollstar
- In the spring, Def Leppard will land in Las Vegas for a nine-date "Viva Hysteria!" residency at the Hard Rock Hotel. - Pollstar
- Ben Folds Five have added some West Coast dates in early 2013. - Pollstar
- Next year's Sasquatch Festival will take place May 24-27; tickets go on sale this Friday at the official site.