This week's new releases
Note that many albums (marked with an asterisk below) are being released on Monday, September 30th rather than the customary Tuesday. (Gotta boost those third quarter earnings!) All titles not marked with an asterisk will be out on Tuesday, October 1st.
- All Time Low Don't Panic: It's Longer Now!
- Reissue of the album Don't Panic with eight extra tracks
- Basement Jaxx What A Difference Your Love Makes EP
- * Blind Boys of Alabama I'll Find a Way LISTEN (Spotify)
- Produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon; guests include Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, and Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) [30 Sep]
- * Blitzen Trapper VII LISTEN (NY Times)
- * The Blow The Blow LISTEN (Spotify)
- Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly Acoustically Irish
- Brendan Canning You Gots 2 Chill
- Second solo album from Broken Social Scene member
- * Deltron 3030
Event 2 LISTEN (Spotify)
- Years in the making, Event 2 is the second album from the trio of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, turntable master Kid Koala, and producer Dan the Automator; their only previous LP, also called Deltron 3030, was released back in 2000. The new set's eclectic guest lineup includes musicians Zach De La Rocha, Damon Albarn, Mike Patton, and Jamie Cullum, actors David Cross, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amber Tamblyn, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comedy music outfit The Lonely Island, and celebrity chef David Chang. The result is a post-apocalyptic concept album that Del describes as "like a rock opera, but using rap."
- * Dr. Dog B-Room LISTEN (Spotify)
- Elf Power Sunlight on the Moon
- Tyler Farr Redneck Crazy
- Fates Warning Darkness in a Different Light
- The Field
Cupid's Head LISTEN (Soundcloud)
- The Field consists solely of Swedish musician/producer Axel Willner, who has released three albums of looping, sample-driven minimal techno under that name to great critical acclaim (such as on 2007's From Here We Go Sublime 90 and his most recent release, 2011's Looping State of Mind 83). The atypically colorless album cover signals that his fourth LP, Cupid's Head, is different from past releases, with Willner suggesting that fans will find his new music is darker and slower than they are accustomed to, though fans of his Loops of Your Heart side project may hear some similarities.
- FUZZ FUZZ
- Full-length debut for new Ty Segall-led trio
- * HAIM
Days Are Gone LISTEN (Spotify)
- With five years of performing but just a single EP release to speak of, the young Los Angeles-based sister trio Haim managed to score a major-label contract, open for Rihanna, perform at Glastonbury, land on the cover of NME, and top the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll within the span of the last year. That makes today's Days Are Gone, their first album, one of the year's most-anticipated debuts, and early reviews suggest that enthusiasm isn't misguided. Guided by producers James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco) and Ariel Rechtshaid (who has worked with Usher and Vampire Weekend), the LP showcases the group's harmony-drenched, radio-friendly pop—think Fleetwood Mac meets '90s R&B—on 11 tracks, including previously released singles like "Don't Save Me" and "Falling."
- * Hunters Hunters LISTEN (Spotify)
- * In Solitude Sister
- * Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Unvarnished
- * Lorde Pure Heroine LISTEN (Spotify)
- Debut LP for the 16-year-old artist from New Zealand best known for her recent hit "Royals"
- Machinedrum Vapor City
- * Moby Innocents LISTEN (Spotify)
- Guests include Mark Lanegan, Wayne Coyne, Skylar Grey, and Damien Jurado
- Momus Bambi
- * Nelly M.O.
- * New Model Army Between Dog & Wolf
- Agnes Obel Aventine
- Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven LISTEN (3voor12)
- One of several recording projects for Brooklyn-based electronic artist Daniel Lopatin (who is also a member of Ford & Lopatin), Oneohtrix Point Never impressed critics on 2011's Replica 80, which ended the year on numerous top 10 lists. Lopatin has since signed to Warp Records, and his debut for the label, R Plus Seven, arrives tomorrow. Said to be a "major departure" from past Oneohtrix Point Never recordings, the new disc has been receiving mostly excellent reviews.
- * Phantogram Phantogram EP
- Phèdre Golden Age
- * Polvo Siberia LISTEN (Spotify)
- Steven Price Gravity OST
- Quasi Mole City
- * Rush The Studio Albums 1989-2007 7xCD
- Discount-priced box set includes the remixed version of Vapor Trails, also available separately (see below)
- * Rush Vapor Trails Remixed LISTEN (Rolling Stone)
- Entirely new mix/master of the band's 2002 album
- * Saint Rich Beyond the Drone LISTEN (Spotify)
- Debut album from Delicate Steve side project
- * Dave Stewart Lucky Numbers
- Teen Daze Glacier
- * Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 LISTEN (Spotify)
- A follow-up to the first 20/20 Experience 75 disc released earlier this year, this second part (also available in a combined "Complete Experience" set) features 11 new tracks recorded during and after the sessions for the first album. Jay-Z and Drake guest, while Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon return as co-producers. Critics are not impressed by the new songs, and the result is easily the lowest-scoring album of Timberlake's solo career to date.
- * Tired Pony Ghost of the Mountain LISTEN (Spotify)
- Side project for Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody
- * Randy Travis Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am
- * Mack Wilds New York: A Love Story
- Wood Brothers The Muse
- * Yuck Glow & Behold LISTEN (NY Times)
- London band's first album since the departure of original frontman Daniel Blumberg (who left to form Hebronix)
More streaming and downloadable new music
- Blood Diamonds
- TRACK "Osaka" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Danny Brown
- ALBUM Old (out 10/8) streaming now at Spotify.
- Anna Calvi
- TRACK "Suddenly" streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Beyond Light" streaming at Soundcloud.
- ALBUM Psychic streaming until its 10/8 release at NPR.
- Frog Eyes
- ALBUM Carey's Cold Spring streaming through 10/8 at Pitchfork.
- ALBUM Interiors streaming until its 10/8 release at Hype Machine.
- Albert Hammond, Jr
- TRACK "Rude Customer" streaming at Soundcloud.
- The Men
- TRACK "Turn Your Color" streaming at YouTube.
- Gary Numan
- TRACK "Love Hurt Bleed" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Of Montreal
- ALBUM Lousy With Sylvianbriar streaming through 10/7 at Pitchfork.
- TRACK "Celebrating Nothing" (from today's Phantogram EP) streaming at Soundcloud.
- TRACK "Smug" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Robert Pollard
- TRACK "Tonight's the Rodeo" streaming at Soundcloud.
- Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
- TRACK "Ambulancer" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM More Is Than Isn't (out 10/8) streaming now at Rolling Stone.
- TRACK "Elastic Heart" (feat. The Weeknd and Diplo) streaming at YouTube.
- Sun Kil Moon
- TRACK "Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes" streaming at YouTube.
- ALBUM Red Hot + Fela streaming until its 10/8 release at NPR.
- White Denim
- TRACK "At Night in Dreams" streaming at Soundcloud.
On TV this week (new episodes only)
- Monday: A$AP Ferg (Arsenio), The Avett Brothers (Fallon), Gary Clark Jr. (Leno), The Lumineers (Kimmel), Moby (Conan), Sting (Letterman)
- Tuesday: Jake Bugg (Conan), Gary Clark Jr. (Arsenio), First Aid Kit (Letterman), Lorde (Fallon), Mika feat. Ariana Grande (Leno), Bonnie Raitt (Kimmel)
- Wednesday: Goodie Mob (Conan), Demi Lovato (Leno), MS MR (Fallon), Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (Letterman), Kenny Rogers (Kimmel)
- Thursday: Billy Ray Cyrus (Arsenio), John Mayer (Kimmel), Phantogram (Fallon), Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington (Leno)
- Friday: Albert Hammond Jr. (Letterman), Nelly (Leno)
- Saturday: Miley Cyrus (Saturday Night Live), Juanes and Jesse & Joy (Austin City Limits)
Recent artist and industry news
- Despite refusing to attend the awards ceremony, Godspeed You! Black Emperor has won this year's Polaris Prize, presented annually to the best Candian album of the year, for their recent release 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! 81.
- Diddy once again tops Forbes' list of the highest-paid hip-hop artists, collecting an estimated $50 million over the past year. Jay Z placed second, followed by Dr. Dre.
The latest music videos
Arcade Fire, Here Comes the Night Time (full NBC special directed by Roman Coppola):
Drake, "Hold On We're Going Home":
The Killers, "Shot at the Night":
Foals, "Out of the Woods":
RJD2, "Her Majesty's Socialist Request":
Toro Y Moi, "Rose Quartz":
Tim Hecker, "Black Refraction":
Mark Lanegan, "I'm Not the Loving Kind":
Charli XCX, "SuperLove":
Small Black, "Breathless":
Sky Ferreira, "You're Not The One":
Luscious Jackson, "Show Us What You Got":
In the studio / coming soon
- Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon project will release a new album, Benji, on February 4, 2014; guests include Will Oldham and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
- David Bowie's 2013 album The Next Day will get a triple-disc reissue on November 5th that adds a DVD with music videos and a CD with extra tracks, including four new songs and some remixes by James Murphy.
Visit Metacritic's Album Release Calendar for a full listing of upcoming release dates, updated daily.