Last Friday's album releases
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.
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.
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
- Beach Boys Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered And Unplugged 2xCD
- Beat Happening Look Around
- Career-spanning greatest hits compilation (physical release today; previously released digitally)
- Big K.R.I.T. All My Life
- 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
- 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
- New collaboration between Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti features contributions from Busdriver, P.O.S., and more
- Tracy Chapman Greatest Hits
- Club 8 Pleasure
- Billy Cobham Live From Dallas Electric Ballroom
- John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters 3xCD
- 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
- Mychael Danna The Good Dinosaur OST
- Warren Ellis Mustang OST
- Enya Dark Sky Island
- 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
- Morgan Frazier The Best
- FVC Walking EP
- Freddie Gibbs Shadow of a Doubt
- 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
- 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
- iLoveMakonnen iLoveMakonnen 2
- Jadakiss Top 5 Dead or Alive
- Kississippi We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed EP LISTEN (Stereogum)
- Krayzie Bone Chasing the Devil
- 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
- Mammatus Sparkling Waters
- Shawn Mendes Handwritten (Revisited)
- Lee Michaels Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels
- The Nasties Discipline
- Phantasma The Deviant Hearts
- Natalie Prass Side by Side EP
- Five-song set includes two live tracks and three covers
- Punch Brothers The Wireless
- PWRHAUS How I Feel About You
- Stephen Rennicks Room OST
- Ringo Deathstarr Pure Mood
- Rush R40 Live 3xCD+Blu-ray
- Sheer Uneasy
- Shovels & Rope Busted Jukebox Volume 1
- Shunkan The Pink Noise
- The Silence Hark the Silence
- Carly Simon Songs From The Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection) 2xCD
- Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955) 4xCD
- 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
- Tech N9ne Strangeulation Vol. II
- Tinariwen Live in Paris
- Total Abuse Excluded
- Various Empire: Season 2 Vol. 1 OST
- The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes Box set
- 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
- Roger Waters The Wall 2xCD
- Nigel Godrich-produced live album was recorded during Waters' solo tour from 2010-13
- Weather Report The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981 Box set
- 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
- The Who Live In Hyde Park 2xCD+Blu-ray
- WoodzSTHLM Lighthouse EP
- Frank Zappa 200 Motels - The Suites 2xCD
- 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.
- 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.
- TRACK "Mire (Grant's Song)" streaming at SoundCloud.
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- TRACK "Hot Coals" streaming at SoundCloud.
- TRACK "Amnesia Haze" (from the #Horror soundtrack) streaming at YouTube.
- 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.
- TRACK "T.I.W.Y.G." streaming at YouTube.
- 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":
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