Music Monday (8/22): This Week's New Albums + Videos

  • Publish Date: August 22, 2016
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Last Friday's album releases

Crystal Castles
. Amnesty (I) Spotify

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The fourth album from Crystal Castles is the electronic music duo's first release since the acrimonious departure of lead singer Alice Glass, who has been replaced by new vocalist Edith Frances. The result appears to be their most lackluster album to date.

Factory Floor
. 25 25 Spotify

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This week's best new electronic dance album belongs not to Crystal Castles but to the British two-piece (formerly three-piece) outfit and DFA signees Factory Floor. This is the group's second album, following 2013's self-titled effort.

Frank Ocean
. Blonde iTunes
. Endless iTunes

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When the reported release date for Boys Don't Cry came and went a few weeks ago with no sign of its arrival, fans grew even more impatient as they began to doubt that Ocean's follow-up to 2012's Channel Orange would ever appear. The singer made up for it over the last few days with a deluge of activity, beginning with the stream of a "visual album" called Endless. It turns out that Boys Don't Cry itself was not an album but a magazine (complete with Kanye West poetry!), available at a few surprise pop-up shops in major cities. The highlight of the weekend, though, is Blonde, Ocean's second official studio album. Though the physical version (with a slightly different tracklisting) was only made available at those pop-up shops, the digital version is available now from iTunes and Apple Music. The 17-song release includes collaborations with Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, James Blake, and more.

Ryley Walker
. Golden Sings That Have Been Sung Spotify

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The singer-songwriter's third album follows his excellent 2015 Dead Oceans debut Primrose Green. Former Wilco member Leroy Bach produces.

Additional new releases last week

Ages and Ages Something to Ruin Spotify
AJJ The Bible 2 Spotify
Arab on Radar Yahweh or the Highway Sessions Spotify
Arc Iris . Moon Saloon Spotify
Bayside . Vacancy Spotify
Bent Life Never Asked For Heaven Spotify
Big Eyes Stake My Claim Spotify
Big Search Life Dollars Spotify
Blackbear Deadroses
Black Foxxes . I'm Not Well Spotify
Blood Incantation Starspawn Spotify
Peter Broderick Partners Spotify
Carl Broemel 4th of July Spotify
Solo album from My Morning Jacket guitarist
Bueno Illuminate Your Room
Rhea Butcher Butcher
Comedy album
Alex Cameron . Jumping the Shark Spotify
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Hell or High Water OST Spotify
CC Mose Beat Me Spotify
Cold Pumas . The Hanging Valley Spotify
Sam Coomes . Bugger Me
Solo debut for the Quasi member
Cosmonauts A-OK! Spotify
Datach'i System Spotify
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things, Vol. 2 OST LISTEN (Apple Music)
Dumb Numbers Dumb Numbers (II) Spotify
EDEN i think you think too much of me Spotify
Eros & The Eschaton Weight of Matter Spotify
Exploded View Exploded View Spotify
Faith No More We Care a Lot
"Deluxe Band Edition" reissue of long out-of-print 1985 debut adds 9 bonus tracks (demos, alternate mixes, and live cuts)
Flaw Divided We Fall Spotify
Ezra Furman Big Fugitive Life EP Spotify
Jerry Garcia Band GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th 1976 Sophie's Palo Alto 2xCD Spotify
Gonjasufi . Callus Spotify
Thom Sonny Green High Anxiety Spotify
Solo debut for the Alt-J drummer
Lisa Hannigan . At Swim Spotify
Third album from the Irish singer-songwriter includes collaborations with The National's Aaron Dessner
Happy Diving Electric Soul Unity Spotify
Ed Harcourt . Furnaces Spotify
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
The Heaters American Dream: The Portastudio Recordings
Sharon Jones Miss Sharon Jones! OST Spotify
Benjamin Francis Leftwich . After the Rain Spotify
Amos Lee Spirit
Lil Debbie Debbie Spotify
Lydia Loveless . Real Spotify
The Minus 5 Of Monkees & Men Spotify
Myrkur . Mausoleum Spotify
Live album
Dolly Parton . Pure & Simple Spotify
Pascal Pinon Sundur Spotify
Pill Convenience Spotify
Portable Alan Abrahams Spotify
Colin Quinn Unconstitutional Spotify
Jordan Raf Double Negative
The Rifles Big Life Spotify
Ritual Howls Into the Water Spotify
Roosevelt . Roosevelt Spotify
Carina Round Deranged to Divine
Sabaton The Last Stand Spotify
Salute My Heart Spotify
The Scientists . A Place Called Bad 4xCD
Box set collects the Australian punk band's studio recordings as well as a disc of live tracks
Sex Pistols Live 76 Box set
Contains four concert performances, including the band's legendary 1976 Manchester show
Skeletonwitch The Apothic Gloom Spotify
Slow Club . One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore Spotify
Soilwork Death Resonance Spotify
Chris Staples Golden Age Spotify
The Stray Birds Magic Fire Spotify
Kiefer Sutherland Down in a Hole Spotify
The actor's debut album features Americana/country songs that he composed and performed
Tall Heights Neptune Spotify
Tobacco . Sweatbox Dynasty Spotify
Total Slacker Parallels Spotify
Trapt DNA Spotify
Turtlenecked Pure Plush Bone Cage Spotify
Various !Kollections 01: The Club
Various Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates OST Spotify
Scott Walker . The Childhood of a Leader OST Spotify
Walker's first work as a film composer since 1999
Watsky x Infinity Spotify
Dale Watson and His Lonestars Live at the Big T Roadhouse, Chicken SH!+ Bingo Sunday
Drake White Spark Spotify
John Paul White . Beulah Spotify
Thalia Zedek . Eve Spotify

Coming Friday 8/26 (notable releases):

The Album Leaf Between Waves LISTEN (NPR)
The Bad Plus It's Hard LISTEN (NPR)
The jazz trio takes on songs by Prince, Kraftwerk, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel, and more on an all-covers album
Banks & Steelz Anything But Words
Debut for the duo of Interpol's Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA
Cassius . Ibifornia
French duo's first album in a decade features Cat Power, Ryan Tedder, Pharrell Williams, and Mike D.
De La Soul . And the Anonymous Nobody…
Morgan Delt . Phase Zero
Glass Animals How to Be a Human Being
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan Take It, It’s Yours LISTEN (Noisey)
Punk covers
Gringo Star The Sides and in Between
Carly Rae Jepsen E•MO•TION: Side B
B-sides collection
Joseph I'm Alone, No You're Not LISTEN (NPR)
Cass McCombs . Mangy Love LISTEN (NPR)
The Mild High Club Skiptracing
The Parrots . Los Niños Sin Miedo
Prophets of Rage The Party’s Over EP
Debut from the new "supergroup" that finds most of Rage Against the Machine joined by members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill
River Whyless We All the Light LISTEN (NPR)
Omar Rodríguez-López Arañas en La Sombra
Latest in the artist's sequence of 12 solo albums was recorded with the original lineup of The Mars Volta plus guitarist John Frusciante
Britney Spears Glory
Vince Staples Prima Donna EP
Six-song set features A$AP Rocky, James Blake, and more
Barbra Streisand Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway LISTEN (NPR)
Duets album finds Streisand teaming with actors, including Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx, and more
Twist Spectral LISTEN (Stereogum)
Various The Intervention OST
Various Total 16 2xCD
Kompakt label compilation includes 8 previously unreleased tracks
Various XOXO OST
The Veils . Total Depravity
Co-produced by El-P
Vinyl Williams Brunei LISTEN (Hype Machine)
Full album release calendar >

Stream upcoming albums and new tracks

Danny Brown
TRACK "Pneumonia" streaming at YouTube.
Car Seat Headrest
TRACK "Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye?)" streaming at SoundCloud.
De La Soul
TRACK "Greyhounds" (feat. Usher) streaming at YouTube.
Earl Sweatshirt
TRACK "Balance" (feat. Knxwledge) streaming/downloadable at Adult Swim.
TRACK "Rorschach Pavan" streaming at SoundCloud.
TRACK "Alarms" streaming at YouTube.
Macy Gray
TRACK "Annabelle" streaming at Billboard.
Jimmy Eat World
TRACK "Get Right" streaming at YouTube (lyric video).
Kaiser Chiefs
TRACK "Hole In My Soul" streaming at YouTube.
Kool Keith
TRACK "Super Hero" (feat. MF Doom) streaming at Billboard.
TRACK "NIV" streaming at NPR.
TRACK "Hidden Driver" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Bird Song" (alternate Diplo-produced version) streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Where" streaming at SoundCloud.
Mac Miller
TRACK "We" (feat. Cee-Lo Green) streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Cruel World" streaming at YouTube.
TRACK "Talent" streaming at YouTube.
Tim Presley
TRACK "Long Bow" streaming at SoundCloud.
Isaiah Rashad
TRACK "i mean" streaming at SoundCloud.
TRACK "Like a Star" streaming at SoundCloud.
Britney Spears
TRACK "Do You Wanna Come Over?" streaming at Spotify.
Tanya Tagaq
TRACK "Aorta" streaming at YouTube.
The Tallest Man On Earth
TRACK "Rivers" streaming at SoundCloud.
Teenage Fanclub
TRACK "Thin Air" streaming at YouTube.
Touché Amoré
TRACK "Skyscraper" streaming at Spin.
The Wedding Present
TRACK "Rachel" streaming at CoS.
Bob Weir
TRACK "Only a River" streaming at NPR.

On TV this week (new episodes only)

  • Monday: Jon Bellion (Meyers), De La Soul (Fallon)
  • Tuesday: Blood Orange (Conan), Diana Gordon (Colbert), Kongos (Kimmel), Dolly Parton (Fallon)
  • Wednesday: Anthrax (Meyers), Florida Georgia Line (Fallon), Kip Moore (Colbert), Lindsey Stirling (Conan), Kiefer Sutherland (Kimmel)
  • Thursday: Car Seat Headrest (Colbert), Jidenna (Kimmel), Barbra Streisand & Alec Baldwin (Fallon), Wolf Parade (Conan)

Recent artist and industry news

  • Metallica and Roger Waters are among the performers booked for Neil Young's 30th annual Bridge School Benefit this fall.

The latest music videos

Frank Ocean, "Nikes":

Metallica, "Hardwired":

Neon Indian, "Annie":

Omar Rodríguez-López, "Pineapple Face, Not Even Toad Loves You":

Peter Bjorn and John, "Dominos":

Banks, "Gemini Feed":

Danny L Harle feat. Carly Rae Jepsen, "Super Natural":

The Faint, "Skylab1979":

Will Butler, "Friday Night":

Thee Oh Sees, "Dead Man's Gun":

Against Me!, "Crash":

Coldplay, "A Head Full of Dreams":

In the studio / coming soon

  • Metallica's first proper studio album since 2008, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct spans two discs (or three, in a deluxe version) and arrives on November 18. - Billboard
  • Danny Brown's intriguing-sounding new album Atrocity Exhibition—which is influenced by Joy Division and Bjork (!), and is being released on Warp Records (!)—has been given a September 30 release date. Rolling Stone talks to Brown about the album.
  • The upcoming Gorillaz album will feature appearances by De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Vic Mensa, Jean Michel-Jarre, and more. There's still no release date. - CoS
  • A Tribe Called Quest's comeback album, which includes contributions from Phife Dawg prior to his death in March, could arrive "very soon." - Rolling Stone
  • French Montana's album MC4, expected to arrive last week, is now scheduled for an October 14 release.
  • The Tyde's first album in a decade, Darren 4, will be out on September 9.

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

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