Music Monday: This Week's New Albums and Videos

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  • Publish Date: September 24, 2012

This week's new releases

Each title listed below will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 25 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.

As I Lay Dying Awakened LISTEN
The Bad Plus Made Possible LISTEN
Joe Bonamassa Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
Sera Cahoone Deer Creek Canyon LISTEN
Caspian Waking Season LISTEN (Spin)
The Casualties Resistance
Chris Cohen Overgrown Path
Jason Collett Reckon LISTEN (Disc 1) LISTEN (Disc 2)
New solo album for the Broken Social Scene member includes bonus disc, Essential Cuts, which includes previously released tracks (and two never-before-released cuts) from throughout his career
Jesse Cook The Blue Guitar Sessions LISTEN
Crime & The City Solution An Introduction To Crime & The City Solution LISTEN
Remastered tracks originally released from 1987-91
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DJ Shadow Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow
Greatest hits album includes two new tracks, including "Listen" (featuring vocals by Terry Reid)
Dokken Broken Bones
Dragonette Body Parts LISTEN
Dum Dum Girls End of Daze EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
Efterklang Piramida LISTEN (3voor12)
Emerson Lake & Palmer Emerson Lake & Palmer 2xCD+DVD
Deluxe reissue includes remastered original 1970 album on CD and DVD 5.1, plus an alternate stereo mix
Emerson Lake & Palmer Tarkus 2xCD+DVD
Deluxe reissue includes remastered original 1971 album on CD and DVD 5.1, plus an alternate stereo mix
Frightened Rabbit State Hospital EP LISTEN (Pitchfork)
John Frusciante PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings 4xCD
First release of 1973 concerts in their entirety
Gatekeeper Exo
Green Day
Talk about making up for lost time. After going three years without delivering a new studio album, Green Day are set to release three of them over the next four months. The first, ¡Uno!, arrives this week, followed by ¡Dos! on November 13th and concluding with ¡Tré! on January 15th. (The band will be on the road for much of that time as well.) Rob Cavallo serves as producer for the trilogy, and you can expect a slightly more stripped down, power-pop sound on the first album, which is preceded by singles "Oh Love" and "Kill the DJ", the latter sounding like it was ripped from a Franz Ferdinand album. November's ¡Dos!, meanwhile, is rumored to be more garage-y. Early reviews for ¡Uno! are mixed-to-good, with critics appreciating the album's energy.
Steve Harris British Lion
Solo debut for Iron Maiden founder
John Hiatt Mystic Pinball
Waylon Jennings Goin Down Rockin: The Last Recordings
A dozen tracks recorded shortly before his death in 2002
Lucy Kaplansky Reunion
Lavender Diamond Incorruptible Heart
Bettye LaVette Thankful N' Thoughtful LISTEN (3voor12)
Covers of songs by the Black Keys, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, kd lang, and more
Levek Look A Little Closer LISTEN
Lightning Bolt Oblivion Hunter
Rarities collection
Lupe Fiasco
Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
His most recent release (Lasers 57) a critical fiasco, rapper Lupe Fiasco hopes to return to critics' good graces with a sequel to his Grammy-nominated debut, 2006's Food & Liquor 83. The new Food & Liquor 2—which, as the "Part 1" in the title suggests, is the first half of a planned double album—includes recent singles "Around My Way (Freedom Ain"t Free)", "Bitch Bad", and "Battle Scars", the latter featuring Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. (And, yes, that's really the album cover.)
Rachael MacFarlane Hayley Sings
Medeski Martin & Wood Free Magic
Melody's Echo Chamber Melody's Echo Chamber
Metronomy LateNightTales
Jason Molina Autumn Bird Songs EP
First new recordings from former Songs:Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co. leader in three years
Gary Moore Blues for Jimi: Live in London
Mumford & Sons
The London folk outfit's 2009/2010 debut Sigh No More 68 (2010) ultimately earned the young band six Grammy nominations and an Album of the Year win at the BRIT Awards, while selling over 2 million units in the U.S. alone. So the stakes are high for Mumford & Sons' sophomore set, Babel. They seem to be taking a safe approach, working with the same producer (Markus Dravs) and retaining the same sound heard on their hit debut, with the new LP including many songs the band has been performing live for several years. Early reviews are decent but not great, though the same was true of the previous album.
Murder by Death Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon LISTEN
Murs & Fashawn This Generation
No Doubt
Push and Shove
After a decade-long recording hiatus and over a year of new recording sessions, the Southern California ska-punk band fronted by Gwen Stefani are finally ready to release their sixth studio album. As he did for much of Rock Steady 69, Mark "Spike" Stent serves as producer for most of the tracks on Push and Shove, including lead single "Settle Down", though at least one Diplo-produced track ("Push and Shove") is included in the final tracklist.
The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Time's A-Coming
Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore YOKOKIMTHURSTON
R.E.M. Document 2xCD
Remastered rerelease of 1987 album with new liner notes and a bonus disc containing a previously unreleased concert performance from the band's 1987 world tour
Lee Ritenour Rhythm Sessions
Richie Sambora Aftermath of the Lowdown
Savages I Am Here EP
Four-song live EP available digitally Sep. 30 and on vinyl Oct. 8
Pete Seeger A More Perfect Union
14 new tracks from the 93-year-old folk legend; guests include Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Emmylou Harris, and Dar Williams
Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols 3xCD+DVD
35th anniversary box set (released in the UK only) includes the original album, a disc of B-sides and demos, and a disc of live recordings from 1977; there's also a book and a DVD with concert footage and interviews [24 Sep]
The Soft Pack Strapped
Angie Stone Rich Girl
John Tejada The Predicting Machine
Unnatural Helpers Land Grab LISTEN (Spin)
Various Frankenweenie OST
Various Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head
Deep Purple tribute album featuring covers by Metallica, Flaming Lips and more
Various This Is BBC Radio 6 Music Live 2xCD
The radio station's first-ever CD compilation includes tracks recorded live in their studios over the past decade by artists including Arcade Fire, Amy Winehouse, The Shins, Florence + The Machine, Thom Yorke, MGMT, The National, Spiritualized, Beck, and more [UK only: 24 Sep]
Ricardo Villalobos Dependent And Happy
Witchcraft Legend
Samuel Yirga Guzo
Yo La Tengo Stupid Things EP

More streaming and downloadable new music

Action Bronson
TRACK "It's Me" downloadable from Consequence of Sound.
Tori Amos
TRACKS "Silent All These Years" and "Gold Dust" (new orchestral versions) streaming at Rolling Stone.
Bat for Lashes
TRACK "All Your Gold" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
Andrew Bird
TRACK "Three White Horses" streaming at Pitchfork.
Crime and The City Solution
TRACK "I Have The Gun" downloadable from Soundcloud.
TRACK "Leathers" downloadable from Consequence of Sound.
TRACK "About That Life" downloadable from Soundcloud.
TRACK "10 Years" streaming at Soundcloud.
Missy Elliott
TRACK "9th Inning" (feat. Timbaland) streaming at YouTube (audio only).
TRACK "Triple Threat" (feat. Timbaland) streaming at YouTube (audio only).
Flying Lotus
ALBUM Until the Quiet Comes streaming until its 10/2 release at NPR.
TRACK "When the Fire Hits the Forest" streaming at Spin.
TRACK "Monkey" (new B-side) streaming at Pitchfork.
ALBUM Kaleidoscope Dream streaming at NPR.
Jason Molina
TRACK "Heart My Heart" streaming at Soundcloud.
The Mountain Goats
ALBUM Transcendental Youth (out 10/2) streaming this week at Rolling Stone.
AC Newman
TRACK "Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns" (feat. Neko Case) downloadable from Matador.
Randy Newman
TRACK "I'm Dreaming" downloadable from Soundcloud.
Beth Orton
ALBUM Sugaring Season streaming until its 10/2 release at NPR.
Amanda Palmer
TRACK "Institutionalized" (Suicidal Tendencies cover) streaming at Stereogum.
TRACK "His Phase" streaming at Entertainment Weekly.
TRACK "The Good Life" (feat. Blueprint) streaming at Rolling Stone.
Tegan and Sara
TRACK "Closer" streaming at Soundcloud.
Titus Andronicus
TRACK "In a Big City" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
TRACK "Divine" streaming at Soundcloud.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
TRACK "Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)" streaming at YouTube (audio only).
Paul Westerberg
TRACK "My Road Now" downloadable from Stereogum.
TRACK "Strawberries" downloadable from Stereogum.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Animal Collective (Conan), Rebecca Ferguson (Leno), Gotye (Letterman), The Killers (Kimmel)
  • Tuesday: Band of Horses (Conan), Green Day (Kimmel), Bettye LaVette (Leno), Regina Spektor (Carson Daly), Two Door Cinema Club (Fallon), The Whigs (Letterman)
  • Wednesday: Andrew Bird (Carson Daly), Green Day (Kimmel), Little Big Town (Fallon), Richie Sambora (Leno)
  • Thursday: Tony Bennett (Kimmel), Chairlift (Carson Daly), The Chevin (Conan), The Gaslight Anthem (Leno), Lupe Fiasco (Letterman), Rumer (Live From Daryl's House, Palladia)
  • Friday: Estelle (Carson Daly), Hunter Hayes (Fallon), The Piano Guys (Leno), Dwight Yoakam (Letterman)
  • Sunday: Carrie Underwood (Behind the Music, VH1)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI has finally been approved by regulators in the US and Europe. As a condition of the merger, artists currently signed to Parlophone (such as Gorillaz and Coldplay) will be freed from their contracts, and Universal will have to spin off some smaller labels such as Chrysalis and Mute. - Pop & Hiss

The latest music videos

Wilco, "Sunloathe":

Green Day, "Stay the Night":

Aimee Mann, "Labrador" [starring Jon Hamm]:

Nick Lowe, "Stoplight Roses" [starring Paul F. Tompkins]:

Flying Lotus, "Putty Boy Strut":

Sex Pistols, "Holidays in the Sun":

Tame Impala, "Elephant":

Dirty Projectors, "About to Die":

Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, "Sweet Nothing":

The Kills, "Wild Charms":

Corin Tucker Band, "Neskowin":

Jessie Ware, "Night Light":

Alt-J, "Something Good":

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Black Mold":

Sigur Rós, "Ekki Múkk" [starring Aiden Gillen]:

In the studio / coming soon

  • Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels side project has a new record deal (with major Columbia). First up is a six-song digital/vinyl EP, An Omen, out November 13th, with a full-length to follow next spring. - Pitchfork
  • It looks like a reunited Lemonheads—including co-founder Ben Deily (who has been out of the group for over two decades) and bassist Juliana Hatfield—will record a new album with Ryan Adams producing (and drumming). - Spin
  • Pitbull will return with Global Warming on November 19. - Pop & Hiss
  • The third album from Crystal Castles is now targeted for a November release.
  • Ke$ha will finally release her second album (titled Warrior) on December 4th. Guests range from Iggy Pop to the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to Ben Folds. - Billboard
  • It doesn't happen often, but a new Scott Walker album will surface before the end of the year; Bish Bosch arrives December 4th. - Pitchfork
  • On November 6, Dirty Projectors will release the About to Die EP, which, in addition to the title track, features three new songs.
  • Primal Scream will return with a "sophisticated" album in 2013. - NME
  • Has Cee-Lo Green recorded a Christmas album with Rod Stewart, The Muppets, and Christina Aguilera? Why, yes; yes he has. CeeLo's Magic Moment is out October 30th. - Billboard

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

Tours and festivals

  • Pink's North American tour doesn't launch until February, but HitFix has the dates.
  • Nas and Lauryn Hill will hit the road together at the end of October. - Billboard
  • Aerosmith will tour later this fall in support of their upcoming album. - Pollstar
  • Pollstar also has fall dates for The Wallflowers.
  • Get October dates for the RZA's Iron Fists tour at Consequence of Sound.
  • Peter Hook has apparently moved on from performing Joy Division albums in full to performing New Order albums in full. - NME
  • Swedish House Mafia's final tour will include some North American dates in February. - Consequence of Sound

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