Music Monday (11/23): This Week's New Albums + Videos

  • Publish Date: November 23, 2015
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Last Friday's album releases

Adele
. 25

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It looked for a while that another year would pass before we got a follow-up to 21—the biggest hit the record industry has seen in the past decade—but apparently Adele really didn't want to change that album title. The singer's third album will includes collaborations with writers and/or producers such as Greg Kurstin, Paul Epworth, Danger Mouse, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Tobias Jesso Jr., Bruno Mars, and Ariel Rechtshaid. Just don't expect to find it streaming anywhere, at least for now.

Arca
. Mutant Spotify

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The electronic music artist and producer (who has worked with Bjork and Kanye West, among others) returns with a follow-up to his 2014 debut Xen.

Underworld
Second Toughest in the Infants 4xCD Spotify

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This box set includes a remastered re-release of Underworld's classic 1996 album and adds singles, B-sides, and numerous rarities, including previously unreleased studio and live tracks. There's also an entire disc devoted to multiple versions of the hit single "Born Slippy (Nuxx)".

Additional new releases last week

Leo Abrahams Daylight
New solo album for the frequent Brian Eno collaborator features contributions from Eno as well as Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa
Ed Askew Ask the Unicorn Spotify
Beach Boys Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered And Unplugged 2xCD
Beat Happening Look Around Spotify
Career-spanning greatest hits compilation (physical release today; previously released digitally)
Big K.R.I.T. All My Life Spotify
Black Moth Super Rainbow SeeFu Lilac LISTEN (Bandcamp)
Blue Jean Committee Catalina Breeze EP
Contains seven real songs from the fake band composed of Fred Armisen and Bill Hader
Carter Burwell / Various Carol OST Spotify
Neko Case Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule 8xLP
Vinyl box set collects her 8 solo albums
Joe Castro Lush Life: A Musical Journey Box set
Cavanaugh Time and Materials Spotify
New collaboration between Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti features contributions from Busdriver, P.O.S., and more
Tracy Chapman Greatest Hits Spotify
Club 8 Pleasure Spotify
Billy Cobham Live From Dallas Electric Ballroom
John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters 3xCD Spotify
Rerelease of classic album adds a wealth of extra material from the same 1964 recording sessions as well as a live performance of the album (the latter previously released in 2002)
Comsat Angels Waiting for a Miracle 2xCD
Comsat Angels Sleep No More 2xCD
Comsat Angels Fiction 2xCD
Comsat Angels Chasing Shadows + Dream Command Fire on the Moon 2xCD
Re-releases of the post-punk band's first three albums (including their classic long-out-of-print debut) add a disc of bonus material to each; also reissued (in a combined set) are later albums Chasing Shadows and Fire on the Moon, the latter originally credited to Dream Command
Patrick Cowley Muscle Up Spotify
Mychael Danna The Good Dinosaur OST Spotify
Warren Ellis Mustang OST Spotify
Enya Dark Sky Island Spotify
Ernie Dog Park EP
Scott Fagan South Atlantic Blues
Foo Fighters Saint Cecilia EP Free download
Surprise five-song release is available digitally for free, with a vinyl version also available
Fourplay Silver
Foxtrott A Taller Us Spotify
Morgan Frazier The Best Spotify
FVC Walking EP
Freddie Gibbs . Shadow of a Doubt Spotify
The rapper's 3rd album includes appearances by Black Thought, E-40, and Gucci Mane
The Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead Spotify
Live set recorded during the band's final concerts over July 4th weekend in Chicago is available in a variety of formats, ranging from 2 to 12 CDs (with some also including multiple DVDs and/or Blu-ray discs)
Guided by Voices Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won the War 4xCD
Danny L Harle Broken Flowers EP Spotify
iLoveMakonnen iLoveMakonnen 2 Spotify
Jadakiss Top 5 Dead or Alive Spotify
Kississippi We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
Krayzie Bone Chasing the Devil Spotify
Arthur Lee & Love Coming Through To You: The Live Recordings (1970-2004) Box set
M83 Saturdays = Youth Remixes and B Sides
Magic Circle Journey Blind Spotify
Mammatus Sparkling Waters
Shawn Mendes Handwritten (Revisited) Spotify
Lee Michaels Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels
The Nasties Discipline
Phantasma The Deviant Hearts Spotify
Natalie Prass Side by Side EP Spotify
Five-song set includes two live tracks and three covers
Punch Brothers The Wireless Spotify
PWRHAUS How I Feel About You
Stephen Rennicks Room OST Spotify
Ringo Deathstarr . Pure Mood
Rush R40 Live 3xCD+Blu-ray
Sheer Uneasy
Shovels & Rope Busted Jukebox Volume 1 Spotify
Shunkan The Pink Noise Spotify
The Silence Hark the Silence
Carly Simon Songs From The Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection) 2xCD Spotify
Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955) 4xCD Spotify
Set compiles Sinatra's various live radio broadcasts; 91 of the tracks are previously unreleased
Six Organs Of Admittance Hexadic II
Spock's Beard The First Twenty Years
Stove Is Stupider Spotify
Tech N9ne Strangeulation Vol. II Spotify
Tinariwen Live in Paris Spotify
Total Abuse Excluded Spotify
Various Empire: Season 2 Vol. 1 OST
The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes Box set Spotify
Four-disc set compiles live tracks (9 previously unreleased) recorded during the band's 18-night residency in San Francisco in late 1969
Violent Mae Kid Spotify
Roger Waters The Wall 2xCD Spotify
Nigel Godrich-produced live album was recorded during Waters' solo tour from 2010-13
Weather Report The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981 Box set Spotify
Bill Wells & Friends Nursery Rhymes
The Scottish musician collaborates with Yo La Tengo, Deerhoof, Isobel Campbell and more on a series of dark nursery rhymes
Leslie West Soundcheck Spotify
The Who Live In Hyde Park 2xCD+Blu-ray
WoodzSTHLM Lighthouse EP Spotify
Frank Zappa 200 Motels - The Suites 2xCD Spotify
Recording of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2013 performance of Zappa's 1971 work with special guests

Coming Friday 11/27 (notable releases):

Record Store Day (various special releases at independent record shops; view full list here)
Jon Benjamin Well, I Should Have…*
Sub Pop release is a "jazz" album from the Archer/Bob's Burgers star and non-pianist; Aziz Ansari and Kristen Schaal guest
Charli XCX Hand in the Fire EP
Danzig Skeletons
Covers album
Deerhoof Fever 121614
Live album
The Flaming Lips Clouds Taste Metallic 3xCD/7xLP
20th anniversary box set reissue adds a rarities compilation and a live set
Pope Francis Wake Up!
Actual album by actual pope
Primal Scream Screamadelica 4xCD
Remastered reissue of classic 1991 album adds an EP, remixes, and a live concert
Ty Segall Ty-Rex LISTEN (Pitchfork)
Compiles previously released T. Rex covers
Sophie Product
Eight-song debut compiles four previously released singles and adds four new tracks
They Might Be Giants Why?
Children's album
Full album release calendar >

Stream upcoming albums and new tracks

The Arcs
TRACK "Young" streaming at Pitchfork.
Autolux
TRACK "Soft Scene" (produced by Boots) streaming at YouTube.
Leon Bridges
TRACK "So Long" streaming at YouTube.
The Cave Singers
TRACK "That's Why" streaming at SoundCloud.
Cavern Of Anti-Matter
TRACK "Melody in High Feedback Tones" streaming at SoundCloud.
Rob Crow [formerly of Pinback]
TRACK "Business Interruptus" streaming at SoundCloud.
DIIV
TRACK "Mire (Grant's Song)" streaming at SoundCloud.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
TRACK "Hot Coals" streaming at SoundCloud.
EMA
TRACK "Amnesia Haze" (from the #Horror soundtrack) streaming at YouTube.
Godsmack
TRACK "Inside Yourself" streaming at Spotify.
Half Japanese
TRACK "That Is That" streaming at YouTube.
Carly Rae Jepsen
TRACK "Last Christmas" (Wham cover) streaming at YouTube.
Junior Boys
TRACK "Over It" streaming at SoundCloud.
Walter Martin
TRACK "Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich & Famous" streaming at YouTube.
Sarah Neufeld
TRACK "The Ridge" streaming at SoundCloud.
Robert Pollard
TRACK "What Begins on New Years Day" streaming at SoundCloud.
Savages
TRACK "T.I.W.Y.G." streaming at YouTube.
YACHT
TRACK "Christmas Alone" streaming at SoundCloud.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Adele (Fallon), Shawn Mendes (Corden), My Morning Jacket (Colbert)
  • Tuesday: Justin Bieber (Colbert), Fall Out Boy (Kimmel), Jennifer Nettles (Fallon)
  • Wednesday: Chris Brown (Fallon), A Great Big World (Meyers), Tove Lo (Corden)

Recent artist and industry news

  • This year's Mercury Music Prize winner is Benjamin Clementine, for his debut album At Least For Now. Others who had been shortlisted for the award (which goes to the top British album of the year) include Aphex Twin, Florence + The Machine, Wolf Alice, and Jamie xx.
  • Pandora will acquire rival streaming service Rdio for $75 million. - Variety

The latest music videos

David Bowie, "Blackstar":

!!!, "Ooo":

CHVRCHES, "Empty Threat":

Pusha T, "Untouchable":

Panda Bear, "Crosswords":

John Cale, "Close Watch":

Julia Holter, "Silhouette":

Majical Cloudz , "Game Show":

Ducktails, "Don't Want To Let You Know":

Metric, "The Governess":

Puscifer, "The Remedy":

In the studio / coming soon

  • On December 4, Lush will reissue all of their albums and singles together in the Chorus box set, but that is just a teaser. The surviving members have reunited and returned to the studio, 20 years after last releasing new material. A four-song EP will arrive in early 2016, with a full album to follow at a later date. The band will also tour next year. Read their new bio here for more details.
  • January 22 brings a new John Cale album, M:FANS, which finds the artist sampling his own 1982 album Music For A New Society to create new material. Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman guests. - Flood
  • The Last Shadow Puppets, a collaboration between Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), and Miles Kane, will release a second album next year. Owen Pallett will once again lend string arrangements to the LP. - NME
  • Pinback's Rob Crow has un-quit music to record a new album, You’re Doomed. Be Nice. It's out on April 4th, credited to his new band, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place.
  • A new Half Japanese album, Perfect, arrives on January 22. - Stereolab
  • Teen Vogue reports that Rihanna's new album Anti will be available on Tidal beginning this Friday (November 27th), with the official release following on December 4.
  • Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld will release a solo album, The Ridge, on February 26.

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

Tours and festivals

  • Alessia Cara will tour in support of her new album. - CoS
  • Metric have announced North American dates in February and March. - Pollstar
  • Rihanna has booked a 2016 world tour in support of her new album. - Billboard
  • Vince Staples has dates this year and next. - CoS
  • Tool will tour with Primus in January. - Billboard
  • Kurt Vile returns to the USA in February. - Matador
  • Ween have reunited, with two shows in February already on the books. - Pitchfork
  • Wolf Alice have added new North American dates in April. - CoS

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