Music Monday: This Week's New Albums and Videos

  • Publish Date: October 28, 2013
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This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, October 29 unless otherwise indicated. The week's most noteworthy releases are starred.

Trace Adkins The King's Gift
Arcade Fire
Following a fairly impressive marketing campaign that featured mysterious graffiti scattered around the globe, "surprise" shows billed under the name The Reflektors, and a performance on (and following) Saturday Night Live, Arcade Fire finally release their fourth album this week. The double-album Reflektor was recorded in part with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and features a more dance-oriented approach. The result is slightly more uneven than a typical Arcade Fire album—Reflektor has the group's lowest Metascore to date—but even a slightly lesser effort from the Canadian band is something to look forward to.
Audacity Butter Knife
Autechre L-event EP
Daniel Avery Drone Logic
Ayreon Theory of Everything
Bad Religion Christmas Songs
Yes, it's a holiday album
Baio Mira EP
New solo recordings from Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio
Christophe Beck Runner Runner OST
Body Parts Fire Dream LISTEN (Soundcloud)
Botany Lava Diviner (Truestory)
Susan Boyle Home for Christmas
Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in Red
Christmas album
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition) 2xLP
Includes the original LP plus demo versions of every track on the album
The Devil Makes Three I'm a Stranger Here
Alexander Ebert All Is Lost OST
Endless Bummer Ripper Current EP LISTEN (Bandcamp)
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
The Flaming Lips Peace Sword EP LISTEN (CoS)
Digital-only EP includes a song from the Ender's Game soundtrack plus five other tracks (CD/LP release is 29 November)
Foals Holy Fire: Live at the Royal Albert Hall CD+DVD/Blu-ray
Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio 2
Laurel Halo Chance of Rain
Mick Hucknall American Soul
Solo album for Simply Red frontman
Humble Pie Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore 4xCD
Jonwayne Rap Album One
Kaito Until the End of Time
Eighth album for the Japanese producer
Toby Keith Drinks After Work
Ed Kowalczyk The Flood And The Mercy
Lily & Madeleine Lily & Madeleine LISTEN (NY Times)
Linkin Park Recharged
Remix album
Nick Lowe Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family
Holiday album
Johnny Mathis Sending You a Little Christmas
Minor Alps Get There LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
Full-length debut for the duo of Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws
Juana Molina Wed 21 LISTEN (3voor12)
Moonface Julia With Blue Jeans On
Second solo album (as Moonface) for Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug
Mount Kimbie CSFLY Remixes EP
Phosphorescent Muchacho De Lujo 2xCD
Deluxe reissue of 2013 album Muchacho adds a live set
Russian Circles Memorial LISTEN (3voor12)
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters Tomorrow Is Another Day
Seether Seether: 2002-2013 2xCD
Career-spanning retrospective
Son Lux Lanterns LISTEN (3voor12)
The Sounds Weekend LISTEN (Soundcloud)
The Stranger Watching Dead Empires in Decay
Maria Taylor Something About Knowing
Toxic Holocaust Chemistry of Consciousness
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Blue Record EP
Acoustic tracks and covers
Upset She's Gone
Various About Time OST
Various Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday DVD/Blu-ray
2012 concert featuring former Grateful Dead members plus Carlos Santana and more guests
Vaura The Missing
Leslie West Still Climbing
White Denim Corsicana Lemonade LISTEN (3voor12)
Produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco
Whores Clean
Widowspeak The Swamps EP LISTEN (Spin)
Dot Wiggin Band Ready! Get! Go!
Debut solo album for former Shaggs vocalist (and her first album in over 40 years)
Andy Williams The Complete Christmas Recordings 2xCD
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan UZU
Yuna Nocturnal
Yvette Process LISTEN (Pitchfork)

More streaming and downloadable new music

TRACK "Broadway (Gimme The Lights On) (Jim Eno Version)" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Dub Sac" streaming at Soundcloud.
Arcade Fire
TRACK "Afterlife" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
TRACK "Welterweight" streaming at Soundcloud.
TRACK "Sexy Socialite" streaming at Soundcloud.
Cold Cave
TRACK "Don't Blow Up the Moon" streaming at YouTube.
Cut Copy
ALBUM Free Your Mind (out next week) streaming at the official band site.
TRACK "Apollo" (new non-album track) streaming at Soundcloud.
Four Tet
TRACK "Gillie Amma, I Love You" streaming at Soundcloud.
Katy B
TRACK "I Like You" streaming at Soundcloud.
Lady Gaga
TRACK "Venus" streaming at YouTube.
Luscious Jackson
ALBUM Magic Hour streaming until its 11/5 release at NPR.
TRACK "Y.A.L.A." streaming at YouTube.
ALBUM Antiphon streaming until tis 11/5 release at NPR.
TRACK "Remurdered" streaming at Soundcloud.
ALBUM What Makes Us Glow (out 11/11) streaming at Hype Machine.
ALBUM Surfing Strange streaming until its 11/5 release at NPR.
Sébastien Tellier
ALBUM Confection streaming through 11/4 at Pitchfork.
TRACK "Love Is To Die" streaming at YouTube.
Wooden Shjips
TRACK "Back to Land" downloadable at Stereogum.
Xiu Xiu
TRACK "Just Say I Love Him" (Nina Simone cover) streaming at Stereogum.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Celine Dion (Fallon), King Krule (Letterman), Steve Nieve with Elvis Costello (Leno), Smallpools (Kimmel)
  • Tuesday: Arcade Fire (Kimmel), Chromeo (Fallon), Alan Jackson (Letterman), Kodaline (Leno)
  • Wednesday: The Avett Brothers (Letterman; also Live on Letterman webcast at 8p ET/5p PT), NONONO (Kimmel), Queens of the Stone Age (Conan), Two Door Cinema Club (Leno), The Weeknd (Fallon)
  • Thursday: The Fray (Leno), Holy Ghost! (Letterman), Rob Zombie (Kimmel)
  • Friday: Big Sean (Fallon), Empire of the Sun (Leno), Frightened Rabbit (Letterman)
  • Saturday: Eminem (Saturday Night Live), Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Austin City Limits)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Rock legend Lou Reed died Sunday at the age of 71, due to complications from a recent liver transplant. The New York Times has an obituary, the L.A. Times offers an appreciation, and Rolling Stone collects tributes from fellow artists.
  • The Smiths' 1986 classic The Queen Is Dead was named the greatest album of all time by UK music magazine NME.
  • The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, a documentary about the band's recent reunion tour, will screen in select North American theaters on November 6th (or shortly thereafter, in some cases).
  • If you've never heard of the YouTube Music Awards, it's because they are new this year. View the just-announced nominees; winners will be announced in a live webcast on November 3rd, in a ceremony hosted by Jason Schwartzman.
  • YouTube may also be getting into the subscription music business; Billboard reports that the Google-owned service will likely launch a competitor to Spotify in 2014 (or possibly as soon as December).
  • Twitter is pulling the plug on its little-used #Music app. - The New York Times

The latest music videos

Paul McCartney, "Queenie Eye":

Arctic Monkeys, "One for the Road":

Washed Out, "All I Know":

Dirty Projectors, "Impregnable Question":

I Break Horses, "Faith":

Julia Holter, "Horns Surrounding Me":

Symmetry, "The Hunt":

Omar Souleyman, "Warni Warni":

Major Lazer, "Jet Blue Jet":

Midlake, "Antiphon":

In the studio / coming soon

  • Mogwai's next LP has been titled Rave Tapes, and it arrives on January 21, 2014.
  • Nigel Godrich and Flood serve as producers on Warpaint's self-titled sophomore album, due January 21st; watch a trailer.
  • Young the Giant's second album, Mind Over Matter, will be out on January 21st. - Billboard
  • Live at Brixton, a Mastodon live album, will be out on December 10th.
  • Against Me! will finally release their next LP, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, on January 21st.
  • NME's legendary 1986 C86 compilation will be released on CD for the first time next year, with an expanded tracklist. - NME

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

Tours and festivals

  • Dr. Dog's 2014 tour will find the band supported by Saint Rich. - Pollstar
  • Kings of Leon launch their U.S. headlining tour in February. - Pollstar
  • Night Beds will tour the U.S. in 2014. - Dead Oceans

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