Stream Some Great Albums

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A Perfect Circle’s new live album, Stone And Echo

On November 26th, A Perfect Circle return with their career-spanning box set, A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone And Echo. The limited-edition collection includes the band’s three-album discography anchored by Stone And Echo, a new full-length live album and DVD of their exceptional performance at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 11th, 2011.

Queens of the Stone Age’s live EP

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In support of …Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age have chocked up a hefty chunk of frequent-flier miles, gigging hard across the US, the UK and Europe, and even an extended stay in Australia. Now, Josh Homme and Co. bring a little slice of their live show home with the release of a new EP, …Like Cologne. The three-track effort features acoustic versions of “Long Slow Goodbye”, “The Vampyre of Time and Memory”, and “I Sat by the Ocean” from a September 4th show at Cologne, Germany’s Kulturkirche Köln.

R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties

R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties, is in full week ahead of its official release date (December 10th via RCA). Listen in below (via Vibe).  ack Panties is R. Kelly’s 12th studio album following last year’s Write Me Back. Spanning 13 tracks, it features collaborations with 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Ludacris, and Kelly Rowland. Future, Migos, and Juicy J appear on the Deluxe Edition. The LP is preceded by singles “My Story”, “Cookie”, and “Genius”.

Stream R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties

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Josh Tillman’s (AKA Father John Misty) The History of Caves Soundtrack

The movie industry has a rich history of husbands and wives working together on films. Judd Apatow has put Leslie Mann in every film since 40-Year-Old Virgin; Kate Beckinsale met her husband Len Wiseman on the set of Underworld; Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere was scored by her husband Thomas Mars’ band, Phoenix. Now, Father John Misty mastermind Josh Tillman and his wife Emma Tillman join those storied ranks as the scorer and director duo of the short film The History of Caves.

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Burial’s surprise new EP, Rival Dealer

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UK producer Burial has made good on his promise to drop a new EP before year’s end. Entitled Rival Dealer, the three-track, 28-minute effort will be released on December 16th via Hyperdub. In anticipation, you can stream the EP in full below.  Rival Dealer serves as the follow-up to last year’s Truant/Rough Sleeper EP.

01. Rival Dealer

02. Hiders

03. Come Down to Us

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Childish Gambino’s new album, Because the Internet

Donald Glover will return on December 10th with Because the Internet, his second album as Childish Gambino. Currently, you can stream the album in full via iTunes.  Spanning 19 tracks, Because the Internet features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Azelaia Banks, and Jhene Aiko. Its preceded by the singles “Worldstar, “3005″, “Sweatpants”, and “Telegraph Ave”.  Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

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Five Great Albums That Got Scrapped – Ask A Record Label

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With reports last month that Beyonce had scrapped 50 songs to start over completely on jer album, I got to wondering what kind of perfectionist Queen Bey must be. I mean, it says something that she couldn’t sift a good album out of 50 tracks from today’s hottest producers. For artists with lower standards, there were probably four or five great albums in there.

Still, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time an artist had scrapped a great album in the pursuit of a masterpiece. In fact, we’ve even heard some of them years later, like these five.

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5. The Misfits, Static Age
How could a collection of some of the greatest punk songs of all time, and an album that paved the way for hardcore punk in general, get scrapped? Blame the labels, who had no interest in this type of music when the Misfits laid it to vinyl in 1978. Instead, most of the tracks ended up being released on seven-inches throughout the band’s brief career.

The album was finally released in its full, official version in 1997, and it is, of course, amazing. It plays like a greatest-hits all the way through. Who knows what record execs could have possibly been thinking by rejecting this one.

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4. Prince, The Black Album
In 1987, the world was waiting with bated breath for a new Prince album following his magnum opus, Sign o’ the Times. Advertisements teased something called The Funk Bible, and there were promises Prince was going to be returning to his funk roots. Then the album disappeared without a trace, and the decidedly not-funky-at-all Lovesexy came out in 1988. What happened to the missing album?

Rumor has it that Prince flipped his wig on ecstasy around the time and decided that the album was evil. However, some years later, during his much-publicized battle with Warner Bros., the Artist finally conceded to The Funk Bible‘s release as The Black Album in 1994.

Almost everybody had it as a bootleg by then though, so it met with little fanfare. Shame, because it’s definitely a funk album through and through, and one of Prince’s hardest-hitting and most satisfying efforts.

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3. David Bowie, Toy
David Bowie’s early career was a pretty mixed affair, at least before Hunky Dory. It has its proponents, but by and large “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Space Oddity” are the most significant things to come from the era. That didn’t mean the songs were bad, though; it just meant they were rough, or Bowie wasn’t experienced enough to bring out their full potential.

Enter Toy, recorded in 2001 by a much older Bowie and featuring re-recordings and revamps of many songs from his very early career. It could have been a way to reintroduce Bowie’s fans to these songs’ true potential, but it ended up being shelved by his record label EMI because they couldn’t figure out a good time to release it.

It finally leaked in 2011, and it’s a pretty good second look at these songs, filtered through the lens of a wiser, older Bowie.

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Neil Young, Homegrown and Chrome Dreams
Being one of the most prolific artists of the ’70s had its ups and downs. For Neil Young, it meant an exceptional creative period, one that couldn’t even be contained to his released albums. As incomprehensible as it may seem, Young had so much great material recorded at any given time that he could simply throw out an album at the last minute and release a different one.

It happened twice for him, first with 1975’s Homegrown and then again with 1977’s Chrome Dreams. Both have grown massive legacies since due to bootlegging and fan-assembled versions culled from live recordings and confirmed tracklists of the records. Though neither has ever been released officially, both have come to be regarded as some of Young’s best work of the ’70s.

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1. Jimi Hendrix, Black Gold
It’s a small stretch to say that the album Jimi Hendrix recorded just before his untimely death, Black Gold, which has never been released or heard by anyone outside of close friends and family, is a great album. But seriously, are you going to doubt that it was a classic in the making?

I submit the evidence of “Machine Gun,” a track that ended up appearing live on his Band of Gypsys album and apparently has a studio version on Black Gold, as proof of how badass this album is. I mean, when that’s your starting point, you know you’re dealing with a seriously awesome rock record. Unfortunately, its been over 40 years and Hendrix has seen plenty of posthumous releases, but no Black Gold in its entirety as of yet.

Albums Released & Scheduled For Release in 2013

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First quarter

January

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
January
8
Hollywood Undead Notes from the Underground Nu metal, rap rock, alternative rock A&M/Octone, Polydor, Universal Griffin Boice
Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones Glam Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy metal Lava/Universal Republic John Feldmann
Twenty One Pilots Vessel alternative rock, rap rock Fueled by Ramen Greg Wells
January
14
Everything Everything Arc Art rock, indie pop, indie rock Sony RCA David Kosten
New Order Lost Sirens Alternative rock, synthpop, alternative dance Rhino Entertainment New Order, Stephen Street, Stuart Price, Mac Quayle, Tore Johansson, Jim Spence
January
15
ASAP Rocky Long. Live. ASAP hip hop A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds, RCA
Free Energy Love Sign indie rock, rock, alternative rock Free People
January
16
Sarah Brightman Dreamchaser Classical crossover Simha LLC,
EMI Music Japan
Mike Hedges, Sally Herbert
January
18
Helloween Straight Out of Hell Heavy metal, Power metal Charlie Bauerfeind
January
21
Adam Ant Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter Rock, pop rock, post-punk Blueblack Hussar Adam Ant, Boz Boorer [1]
I Am Kloot Let It All In Shepherd Moon LLP Guy Garvey and Craig Potter [2]
Ludovico Einaudi In a Time Lapse Classical music Decca [3][4]
The Joy Formidable Wolf’s Law alternative rock, indie rock Atlantic Records The Joy Formidable
The Blackout Start The Party Post-hardcore, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock Cooking Vinyl Jason Perry
January
22
Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic Psychedelic rock, Experimental rock, Indie rock Jagjaguwar
Bad Religion True North Punk rock, melodic hardcore, hardcore punk Epitaph Joe Barresi [5]
Otep Hydra Alternative metal, nu metal Victory Records
Ra Ra Riot Beta Love Indie pop Barsuk Records
Toro Y Moi Anything In Return Electronica, chillwave, synthpop Carpark Records
Trapt Reborn Hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge EMI
Voivod Target Earth Heavy metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, speed metal [6]
Gary Allan Set You Free Country MCA Nashville Gary Allan, Jay Joyce, Greg Droman, Mark Wright [7]
January
25
Blue Roulette Pop, R&B, ballad, dance Universal Records Jez Ashurst, StarSign, Ne-Yo, RedOne, The Smeezingtons
Zeromancer Bye-Bye Borderline Industrial rock Trisol Music Group
January
28
Biffy Clyro Opposites Alternative rock 14th Floor Garth “GGGarth” Richardson
Delphic Collections Alternative dance Polydor [8]
Funeral for a Friend Conduit Post-hardcore, hardcore punk The End Records Romesh Dodangoda
The Mavericks In Time Country Valory Records
January
29
Justin Bieber Believe Acoustic Pop Island Dan Kanter
Andrea Bocelli Passione Pop, Traditional pop, Vocal, Latin Verve, Decca, Sugar David Foster
Tomahawk Oddefellows Hard rock Ipecac Recordings Tomahawk, Colin Dupuis
Tegan and Sara Heartthrob Indie rock, Indie pop Sire Greg Kurstin, Mike Elizondo
Local Natives Hummingbird Indie rock, Indie folk, Psychedelic folk Frenchkiss Records
Colton Dixon A Messenger Alternative rock, Christian rock, CCM 19/EMI CMG/Sparrow busbee [9]
The Saturdays Chasing The Saturdays Pop, dance-pop, R&B Fascination/Mercury Steve Mac, Arnthor Birgisson, Xenomania, Space Cowboy, MNEK
k-os BLack on BLonde hip hop, rock Crown Loyalist/EMI DJ Kemo, Hazel, Rich Kidd, T-Minus, Phen Ray, Dream Team, Vago, Doc McKinney, Ryan Dahle, Roger Swan, Sebastien Grainger [10]
Jill Barber Chansons vocal jazz Outside Music [11]

February

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
February
2
My Bloody Valentine m b v Shoegazing Pickpocket Kevin Shields
February
4
Pure Love Anthems Alternative rock, garage rock, punk rock, hard rock Vertigo, Mercury Gil Norton
Ron Sexsmith Forever Endeavour Folk, Rock Cooking Vinyl Mitchell Froom
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Get Up! Indie Rock, Rock Stax Records Ben Harper
Courteeners ANNA Indie Rock, Alternative Cooperative Music Joe Cross
February
5
Josh Groban All That Echoes Operatic pop, classical 143, Reprise Rob Cavallo
Red Release the Panic Alternative metal, nu metal Essential / Sony Howard Benson
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension Progressive rock, Alternative rock Hundred Handed/Everything Evil Coheed and Cambria, Michael Birnbaum, Chris Bittner
Jim James Regions of Light and Sound of God Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock ATO Jim James
Unknown Mortal Orchestra II Indie Rock, psychedelic rock, lo-fi Jagjaguwar
Silverstein This is How the Wind Shifts Post-hardcore, hardcore punk Hopeless Records Shane Told
Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom Country Music Big Machine Records
Eels Wonderful, Glorious Alternative Rock, Indie Rock Vagrant Records Mark Oliver Everett
Hayden Us Alone indie folk Arts & Crafts Hayden [12]
February
11
Darwin Deez Songs for Imaginary People Indie, Indie Rock Self-recorded
Foals Holy Fire Indie Rock, Math Rock Transgressive Records Flood & Alan Moulder
February
12
Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper Metalcore, Heavy Metal RCA Records Don Gilmore
Justin Rutledge Valleyheart alternative country Outside Music Justin Rutledge [13]
February
18
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away Alternative rock Bad Seed Ltd. Nick Launay
February
19
Starfucker Miracle Mile Indie, Indie pop Polyvinyl Records
Atlas Genius When It Was Now Indie, Indie Pop Warner Bros. Records
Puscifer Donkey Punch the Night Alternative rock, Industrial rock Puscifer Entertainment
Beach Fossils Clash the Truth Dream pop, Surf pop, New wave, lo-fi Captured Tracks
Buckcherry Confessions Hard rock Century Media Records, Eleven Seven Music
February
20
Hoodie Allen Crew Cuts Hip Hop
February
22
Stratovarius Nemesis Heavy metal, Power metal Edel Matias Kupiainen [14]
February
25
Johnny Marr The Messenger Alternative Rock, Rock Warner Bros., Sire Records
Ed Harcourt Back Into The Woods Alternative Rock, Rock CCCLX Music
Atoms for Peace Amok Experimental Rock, Electronica XL Recordings
Ólafur Arnalds For Now I Am Winter Neo-Classical, Instrumental, Ambient Erased Tapes Records, Mercury Classics
Steven Wilson The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) Progressive rock KScope Steven Wilson, Alan Parsons [15][16]

March

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
March
1
Inna Party Never Ends Electronic dance music, electropop, Eurodance, house Roton, UMG, Ultra Records Play & Win, RedOne, Steve Mac, DJ Frank E, soFLY & Nius, Lucas Secon, The Insomniax, Thomas Troelsen, Orange Factory Music, Shermanology
Hardcore Superstar C’mon Take on Me Hard Rock, Sleazy, New Glem Nuclear Blast
March
4
Dido Girl Who Got Away Electronic, pop, house RCA Records Dido, Jeff Bhasker, Jon Brion, Greg Kurstin, Pete Miser, Rick Nowels, Plain Pat, P*Nut, Rollo, Sister Bliss [17]
Stereophonics Graffiti on the Train Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post Britpop V2 Records
Bastille Bad Blood Indie-pop, Indie-rock, Alternative rock Virgin Records
March
5
They Might Be Giants Nanobots Alternative, experimental Idlewild, Lojinx [18][19]
How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion Post-industrial, Experimental, Electronica Columbia Records, The Null Corporation
Dirty South Speed of Life House, Progressive House Phazing Records
March
6
Tohoshinki TIME J-pop, Contemporary R&B, electropop, dance Avex Trax [20]
March
8
Bonnie Tyler Rocks & Honey Country, Pop rock ZYX Music
March
11
Hurts Exile Synthpop, electronic rock RCA Records Hurts
Bon Jovi What About Now Rock Island Records John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora [21]
March
12
David Bowie The Next Day Rock ISO Records, Columbia Tony Visconti [22]
Melanie Amaro Truly Pop Syco, Epic
Orianthi Heaven in This Hell Rock
March
15
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience Pop, R&B, electronic RCA Records Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon [23]
March
18
Suede Bloodsports Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock Warner Music Group Ed Buller
Draco Rosa Vida Latin rock, latin pop, alternative, indie Sony Music Latin Draco Rosa, Phantom Vox Studios
March
19
Low The Invisible Way Indie Rock, Slowcore Sub Pop Jeff Tweedy
Clutch Earth Rocker Stoner Rock, Blues Rock Weathermaker Music
Intronaut Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) Progressive Metal, Experimental Metal Century Media
Kerli Utopia EP BubbleGoth, Pop TBA TBA [24]
The Ocean Blue Ultramarine Alternative Rock Korda Records David Schelzel and Peter Anderson
Anthrax Anthems Heavy metal, thrash metal, crossover thrash, speed metal, groove metal Megaforce, Nuclear Blast [25]
March
22
Depeche Mode Delta Machine Alternative Columbia Records Ben Hillier [26]
Northlane Singularity UNFD
March
25
Alizée 5 Pop Sony Music Alizée Jacotey, Alexandre Azaria
Nadia Sirota Baroque Classical Bedroom Community Nadia Sirota, Paul Evans, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Paul Corley [27]
March
26
Tamar Braxton Love and War R&B, pop, soul Streamline/Interscope LaShawn Daniels, TC
The Strokes Comedown Machine Indie Rock RCA Records
Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being II Hip hop Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
Wavves Afraid of Heights Indie rock, Garage rock, surf rock, pop punk, lo-fi Mom + Pop Music
Sevendust Black Out the Sun Alternative Rock, heavy Metal 7Bros Records Sevendust, Clint Lowery, Morgan Rose
Cartel Collider Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
OneRepublic Native Pop rock, alternative rock, cello rock Mosley Music Group, Interscope [28]
Kvelertak Meir Hardcore punk, Hard rock Sony Music Scandinavia, Indie Recordings Kurt Ballou
Avantasia The Mystery of Time Heavy metal, Power metal Nuclear Blast Tobias Sammet, Sascha Paeth
March
27
Army of Lovers Big Battle of Egos Dance, pop [29]

Second quarter

April

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
April
1
The Flaming Lips The Terror Alternative Rock Warner Bros The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker [30]
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal Metalcore, post-rock RCA Terry Date
British Sea Power Machineries of Joy Alternative Rock, Indie Rock Rough Trade Dan Smith, Ken Thomas
Wiley The Ascent Rap, dance, grime Warner Music Group Wiley, Rymez, Wize, Thomas Mellor, Sillkey, Kid D
April
2
Cold War Kids Dear Miss Lonelyhearts Indie rock Downtown Records/V2 Records Lars Stalfors
Alkaline Trio My Shame Is True Punk rock, alternative rock Heart & Skull/Epitaph Records Bill Stevenson [31]
The Band Perry Pioneer Country Republic Nashville Rick Rubin
The Black Angels Indigo Meadow Psychedelic rock Blue Horizon Ventures John Congleton
The Dear Hunter Migrant Indie rock, progressive rock Cave & Canary Goods/Equal Vision Records Mike Watts
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent Melodic Metalcore, Metalcore, Roadrunner Records Adam Dutkiewicz
New Kids on the Block 10 Pop, dance-pop, pop rock The Block / Boston Five New Kids on the Block, Deekay, Brent Paschke
Tyler, The Creator Wolf Alternative Hip-Hop Odd Future Records Tyler, The Creator [32]
April
4
Bradley Joseph Paint the Sky Contemporary instrumental Robbins Island Music Bradley Joseph
April
5
Ghost Infestissumam Heavy Metal, Doom Metal Loma Vista Records Nick Raskulinecz
Kadavar Abra Kadavar Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock Tee Pee Records
April
8
James Blake Overgrown Electronica, post-dubstep, soul A&M Records, Polydor James Blake [33]
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark English Electric Synthpop Sony BMG O. M. D., Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys [34]
The Knife Shaking the Habitual Synthpop, Synthpop, Minimal techno Rabid Records [35]
Stone Sour House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 Alternative Metal, post-grunge, hard rock Roadrunner Records [36]
April
9
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse Country Arista Nashville Brad Paisley
Paramore Paramore Rock, Punk Fueled By Ramen Justin Meldal-Johnsen [37]
Device Device Industrial Metal [38]
April
12
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll Punk rock, alternative rock Island Records Butch Walker [39]
April
15
SULK Graceless Psychedelic Rock, Shoegaze Perfect Sound Forever SULK
Killing Joke The Singles Collection 1979-2012 Rock, Punk Universal/Spinefarm Killing Joke [40]
Major Lazer Free the Universe Electronica, dubstep, bounce Mad Decent [41]
Charli XCX True Romance Goth pop, Dark pop, Electronic IAMSOUND Records/This Is Music Ariel Rechtshaid [42]
April
16
Flotsam and Jetsam Ugly Noise Hard rock, Heavy Metal Metal Blade Records
Snow White’s Poison Bite Featuring: Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show Post Hardcore, Horror Punk, Pop Punk Victory Records
Meat Puppets Rat Farm
April
19
will.i.am #willpower Hip-hop, Pop will.i.am, Interscope will.i.am, Audiobot, Dallas Austin [43]
April
23
Phoenix Bankrupt! Alternative Rock Glassnote Phoenix, Philippe Zdar [44]
Michael Bublé To Be Loved Pop, adult contemporary Reprise Records [45]
Laura Stevenson Wheel Indie Rock, Folk, Singer/Songwriter Don Giovanni Records Kevin McMahon [46]
Kid Cudi Indicud Alternative hip hop, Rap Universal Republic Records, GOOD Music Kid cudi/dot da genius [47]
Gama Bomb The Terror Tapes Thrash Metal, Crossover thrash AFM Records
April
26
HIM Tears on Tape Rock (see HIM’s genre) Universal Finland Hiili Hiilesmaa/Tim Palmer
April
29
Amelia Lily Be a Fighter Pop, Electronic, Dance Xenomania, Sony Music Xenomania, Brian Higgins, Miranda Cooper
Bo Bruce Before I Sleep Pop, Rock, Indie Mercury Records
April
30
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Pardon My French Pop Punk, Melodic Hardcore, Metalcore Fearless Records Joey Sturgis
Love Carver Love Carver Pop, Country, Rock MyPixo Records Ryan J. Gauntz
Kenny Chesney Life on a Rock Country Blue Chair/Columbia Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney [48]
TBA The Bailey Hounds All the Blood in the World Rock, Folk rock, Cemetery blues, Americana TBA The Bailey Hounds
TBA Jai Paul Rayner’s Lane Pop rock, Synthpop, Electronica XL Records
TBA Sky Ferreira I’m Not Alright Dance-pop, Alternative pop, Folk Capitol Ariel Rechtshaid, Greg Kurstin [49][50]

May

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
May
5
Little Boots Nocturnes Electropop, synthpop, nu-disco, electro house IAMSOUND, 679, Atlantic, Elektra Hesketh, Butler, Ellis James Tim Goldsworthy DFA, Hercules & Love Affair, The Maccabes, [51][52]
May
6
Noah and the Whale Heart of Nowhere Pop, Folk [53]
May
7
Rod Stewart Time Rock Capitol Records Rod Stewart [54]
Goo Goo Dolls Magnetic Pop, Rock Warner Bros. Records
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City Indie rock, Pop XL Records
Richard Clayderman Romantique Easy listening, piano music Decca Records [55]
Natalie Maines Mother Rock Columbia Records Ben Harper and Natalie Maines [56]
May
13
Gabrielle Aplin English Rain Folk, Indie Pop Parlophone Mike Spencer
May
14
Escape the Fate Ungrateful Metalcore, post-hardcore, alternative metal, hard rock Eleven Seven Music John Feldmann, Escape the Fate
Anamanaguchi Endless Fantasy Chiptune, Indie rock, Electronic
Demi Lovato DEMI Dance-pop, Pop, R&B, Hollywood Mitch Allan
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation Pop punk Hopeless Records [57]
May
17
30 Seconds to Mars Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams Alternative Rock Virgin, EMI Jared Leto, Steve Lillywhite
Daft Punk Random Access Memories Electronic, dance, house, French house Columbia Records Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Nile Rodgers [58]
May
20
The National Trouble Will Find Me Alternative Rock 4AD Craig Silvey, Peter Katis, Marcus Paquin [59]
May
20
Texas The Conversation Alternative rock PIAS Recordings [60]
Stooshe Stooshe Pop Warner Music UK / Future Cut Future Cut, Chris Braide, Scotty Granger, Mo Brandis [61]
May
21
French Montana Excuse My French Rap Bad Boy, Maybach, Interscope Sean Combs, (exec.), Rick Ross, Young Chop, Harry Fraud, Rico Love
May
27
Tesseract Altered State Progressive metal Century Media [62]
May
28
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Alternative metal, grunge, heavy metal Virgin, EMI Nick Raskulinecz [63][64]
Kylesa Ultraviolet Sludge Metal, Psychedelic Rock Season of Mist Phillip Cope [65]
Skinny Puppy Weapon Electro-industrial Metropolis Records [66]
TBA Mariah Carey TBA R&B, pop, hip hop, soul Island Records Jermaine Dupri, L. A. Reid, Bryan-Michael Cox, Emile Haynie, Jeff Bhasker, Greg Kurstin, Fraser T Smith, Walter Afanasieff, Noel Zancanella, Jim Abbiss, Benny Blanco, Christopher Breaux, Savan Kotecha, Rick Nowels [67]
TBA Dream Theater Live at Luna Park Progressive Metal Roadrunner Records John Petrucci, James LaBrie
TBA Switchfoot Fading West Alternative Rock, Post Grunge, Hard Rock
TBA The Wanted Third Strike Pop Island Records
TBA The Veer Union Life Support Part I Hard rock, alternative rock, post-grunge

June

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
June
3
iamamiwhoami bounty Electronic, dream pop, synthpop To whom it may concern., Cooperative Music iamamiwhoami: Claes Björklund & Jonna Lee [68]
June
4
Portugal. The Man Evil Friends Psychedelic rock, Psychedelic pop, Progressive rock Atlantic Records Danger Mouse [69]
Megadeth Super Collider Heavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal, hard rock Tradecraft Johnny K [70]
June
6
Children Of Bodom Halo of Blood Melodic death metal Nuclear Blast Peter Tägtgren [71]
June
18
3OH!3 Omens Synthpop,crunkcore, electronic rock Photo Finnish Records, Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group
June
11
Black Sabbath 13 Heavy metal Vertigo, Universal Rick Rubin [72]
June
25
Skillet Rise Hard Rock, Altern Metal, Symphonic Metal Atlantic Records Howard Benson [73]
June
18
Hanson Anthem (Hanson album) Indie Rock, Pop/Rock 3CG Records Hanson [74]
TBA Akon Stadium R&B, Euro Dance Konvict Muzik, Republic Records [75]
TBA Darius Rucker True Believers Country Capitol Nashville Frank Rogers [76][77]
TBA MGMT MGMT Psychedelic Rock Columbia Records Dave Fridmann [78]
TBA Queens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork Stoner Rock, Blues Rock, Rock Matador Josh Homme, Chris Goss, (Fififf Teeners) [79]
TBA Yuna TBA Indie Verve Records David Foster

Third quarter

July

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
July
9
Colette Carr Skitszo Pop, Dance-pop Interscope Records The Cataracs, Nick Canon, Colette Carr, Frankmusik, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom
July
29
Misha B TBA R&B, soul, hip-hop, reggae fusion Relentless Records MNEK, TMS, Naughty Boy [80]

September

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
TBA Cher TBA Pop, dance Warner Bros. Records Timbaland, Lady Gaga [81][82]

Unscheduled and TBA

Artist Album Genre Label Producer Ref.
A Day to Remember Common Courtesy Pop punk, post-hardcore, metalcore Victory Records
AC/DC TBA Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll Columbia
Adam Gontier TBA Alternative rock, hard rock, post-grunge, alternative metal Jive, RCA Records
Adelitas Way TBA Hard rock, alternative rock, post-grunge Virgin Records
Afrojack TBA House, electro, Dutch house Wall Recordings [83]
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Punk rock Total Treble Music
Alter Bridge TBA Hard rock, alternative metal
Animals As Leaders TBA Progressive Metal Sumerian Records, Prosthetic Records Misha Mansoor
American Hi-Fi TBA Pop rock, pop punk Goomba Music John Fields
Arcade Fire TBA Indie rock, baroque pop, art rock [84]
Ariana Grande Daydreamin’ Pop Universal Republic
Asking Alexandria From Death to Destiny heavy metal, metalcore Sumerian Records Joey Sturgis
Avenged Sevenfold TBA Heavy metal Warner Bros.
Avril Lavigne TBA[85] Pop, Pop Rock Epic Records The Runners, David Hodges, Martin Johnson
Ayreon TBA Prog Metal
Azealia Banks Broke with Expensive Taste Electro house, dirty rap, hip hop Polydor/Interscope Various [86]
Backstreet Boys TBA Pop, dance, R&B K-BAHN (independent) Martin Terefe, The Fliptones, RedOne, Dan Muckala, Morgan Taylor Reid [87]
Bertrand Cantat TBA Rock Barclay (Universal) [88]
Beyoncé Mrs. Carter R&B, Pop Music Columbia [89]
Big Time Rush Blink Pop Columbia
The Black Keys TBA Blues rock, Garage Rock Nonesuch [90]
Broadway TBA Post-hardcore, alternative rock Uprising
Britney Spears TBA Pop RCA will.i.am, Hit-Boy, Danja, Rodney Jerkins [91]
Carly Rae Jepsen TBA Contemporary R&B, Pop, Disco, Funk Interscope/Schoolboy/604
Crash Kings TBA Alternative Rock Custard/Universal Motown
Christina Aguilera “Second Spanish Studio Album” Latin pop, Musical Theatre
Daley Days and Nights R&B, soul, pop Polydor Records, Republic Records Bernard Butler, Shea Taylor, Damon Albarn, The White N3rd, Balistiq
Daughtry Leave the World Behind Rock, pop
Deep Purple Now What?! Hard rock, heavy metal, psychedelic rock, blues rock Edel Bob Ezrin [92]
Deltron 3030 Deltron Event II Alternative Hip Hop EMI
Demi Lovato TBA Pop, R&B, Dance-pop Hollywood Mitch Allan
The Devil Wears Prada TBA Metalcore Ferret Music, Roadrunner Records
Devin Townsend Project Casualties of Cool Progressive rock, blues rock, ambient HevyDevy Records Devin Townsend
The Dillinger Escape Plan TBA Mathcore, Grindcore, Math Metal Sumerian Records Steve Evetts [93]
Dita Von Teese TBA Dance-pop, jazz music, Swing, Electronica music Interscope Records
Dream Theater TBA Progressive metal, progressive rock Roadrunner [94]
Electric Six TBA Alternative rock Metropolis [95]
Ella Henderson TBA Pop, R&B, Soul Sony Records
Emblem3 TBA Reggae, rock, pop Columbia, Syco Savan Kotecha [96]
Eminem TBA Hip-hop,rap Aftermath, Shady, Interscope
Exodus TBA Thrash metal, speed metal, groove metal [97]
Falling In Reverse TBA Post-Hardcore, Pop Rock
Fifth Harmony TBA Pop, R&B
Five Finger Death Punch TBA Alternative metal, heavy metal Prospect Park
Flotsam and Jetsam Ugly Noise Thrash metal, power metal, speed metal Pledge Music [98]
Foster the People TBA Indie pop Columbia Records [99]
Geri Halliwell TBA Pop, dance-pop, electropop 19 Entertainment, Innocent, Universal TBA [100]
Goldfrapp TBA Synthpop, electroclash, trip hop, ambient, downtempo, glam rock Mute, Parlophone, Astralwerks, TBA .[101]
The Glitch Mob TBA Electronica, Glitch, Techno Glass Air Records
Hawthorne Heights TBA Emo/Punk, Rock,
Hilary Duff TBA Dance, Pop,
Iggy Azalea The New Classic Hip-Hop Rap Trap
Iron Maiden TBA Heavy metal EMI [102]
James Arthur TBA Pop, Rap Syco Music
Jennifer Lopez TBA Pop music, R&B, latin TBA RedOne [103]
Jessie J TBA R&B, pop, dubstep, techno Lava Records [104]
Johnny Flynn TBA Folk rock Transgressive Records [105]
Jimmy Buffett Songs From St. Somewhere Tropical Rock Mailboat TBA
Jimmy Eat World TBA Alternative rock, power pop TBA Alain Johannes [106]
Justin Bieber Believe 2.0 Pop Island, Schoolboy, RBMG
Kanye West TBA Hip Hop, R&B, Rap G.O.O.D. Music, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam [107]
Karnivool TBA Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal Sic Squared, Bieler Bros. [108]
Katy Perry TBA Rock music, Pop, Techno, Blues Capitol Records Greg Wells, Zedd, M83 [109]
King Diamond TBA Heavy metal [110]
Kylie Minogue TBA Dance-pop, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Lounge Warner Australasia, Capitol, EMI, Parlophone
Lady Gaga ARTPOP Pop, Techno, Electro Pop Interscope Records Lady Gaga, Zedd, RedOne, Madeon
Laura Marling TBA Indie folk, folk rock TBA Ethan Johns [111]
Leaves’ Eyes Symphonies of the Night Symphonic metal, folk metal Napalm Records Alexander Krull [112]
Limp Bizkit Stampede of the Disco Elephants Rock, Nu Metal Cash Money Records Limp Bizkit [113]
M.I.A. Matangi Electronic music, Alternative hip hop Interscope Records [114]
Mayday Parade TBA Rock, Alternative Rock Fearless Records/Atlantic Records TBA [115]
Miley Cyrus TBA Pop, Hip Hop, Country Sony Records [116]
Miranda Cosgrove TBA pop, pop rock Columbia
Motörhead TBA Heavy metal, hard rock, speed metal Future PLC/Motörhead Music [117]
Moving Mountains TBA Indie rock, Post-rock, Post-hardcore, Emo Triple Crown Records
My Darkest Days TBA Hard rock, post-grunge, rock 604 Records
Natalia Kills Trouble Pop, dark pop Interscope, Cherrytree Records
Nelly Furtado Broken Hip-Hop, R&B, Folk, Pop, Drum & Bass Interscope
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: The Pinkprint Rap music, hip-hop, R&B Cash Money Records, Universal Motown, [118]
Nicole Scherzinger TBA Pop, R&B Polydor [119]
Neils Children Dimly Lit Indie, psychedelic pop Boudoir Moderne Records Jean-Michel Cros, Ayumu Matsuo, Neils Children, James Apericio [120]
Panic! at the Disco TBA Pop punk, alternative rock Fueled by Ramen
Pearl Jam TBA Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock Monkeywrench [121]
Pestilence Obsideo Death metal, thrash metal, technical death metal, jazz fusion Mascot [70]
Protest the Hero TBA Progressive Metal, Mathcore Underground Operations, Vagrant Records [122]
Pusha T My Name Is My Name Hip-Hop, Rap G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam [123]
Relient K TBA Pop punk, alternative rock, Christian rock Gotee Records Paul Moak
Saliva TBA Rap metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Post Grunge Rum Bum Records
Scale the Summit The Migration Progressive metal, progressive rock Prosthetic Records [124]
Scott Stapp Between Lust and Love Hard rock, heavy metal, post-grunge, Christian rock Wind-up
Selena Gomez TBA Pop, Dance, Pop Rock
Shakira TBA Latin, Dance Live Nation [125]
Sick Puppies TBA Hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge Virgin Records
Sigur Rós TBA Post-rock, ambient Fat Cat Records, Geffen Records, EMI
Sixx:A.M. TBA Hard rock, alternative metal Eleven Seven Music
Solange Knowles TBA Electronica, dance, Techno, Pop Music Polydor Records
Suicidal Tendencies TBA Hardcore punk, crossover thrash, funk metal [126]
Teedra Moses THE LIONESS: Luvr Believr Dreamr Thinkr R&B, Soul Teedra Moses, Jack Splash, Bigg D, Big Krit, Eric Roberson [127]
That Handsome Devil TBA Experimental Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative hip hop, Fringe pop Arts & Crafts Recordings, Stardust/Traffic, Modern Savage Recordings
The Airborne Toxic Event Such Hot Blood Indie rock, Alternative rock Island Records Jacquire King
The Vines TBA Grunge, acoustic, rock Self-released TBA
Zebrahead TBA Pop-Punk, Rapcore, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock MFZB Records TBA [128]

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The Best Albums Pitchfork Hated This Year

Dan Weiss - Village Voice

Dan Weiss – Village Voice / Sorry Lana.No BNM for you.

Since Purity Ring, Death Grips and Tame Impala didn’t exactly take off this year like Arcade Fire or Animal Collective, Pitchfork’s cultural influence might be cooling off, which is bittersweet since their writer stable is probably better now than it ever was (some of us don’t miss those novelty reviews), and their point-of-view has gotten less indie-elitist and more friendly to female artists, pop and r&b in particular in 2012. But the overarching editorial tastes still tend toward a certain narrative that so many artists do not follow, the whole “victory lap” adage, people ascending until their career crashes and burns, before a triumphant comeback. This sort of sensationalized trajectory really doesn’t happen with most artists, who sometimes make good albums and sometimes make disappointing ones. And many artists who’ve stagnated or are on their way “down” still make more essential music than whoever du jour is on the rise. So here’s a bunch of good records that Pitchfork missed the forest for the trees on. (Full disclosure: I’ve written there in the past. We didn’t agree a lot. Also a few fellow Sound of the City people write there too, don’t judge them based on my haterade.)

David Byrne/St. Vincent – Love This Giant
Pitchfork rating: 5.9
What they said: “With precious few exceptions, neither Clark nor Byrne seems willing to push the other into new musical territory that might contain revelations about either. The songs merely stand apart from life and dryly comment on its strangeness.”

Au Contraire: As someone lukewarm on St. Vincent and completely astringent towards Byrne’s post-Talking Heads career, I’ll definitely vouch for the falseness of that first part. The herky-jerky horn arrangements give Annie Clark an upright, marching urgency that her own albums lack (this year’s Big Black-channeling “Krokodil” single also helped show she can do more than boring art-prog indie), and somehow she must’ve edited Byrne’s songwriting into funky little nuggets again. The leadoff “Who” and oddly danceable “Lazarus” take rhythm ideas from tUnE-yArDs, while “The One Who Broke Your Heart” unabashedly recalls Buster Poindexter’s ’80s craze “Hot Hot Hot.” That’s not new musical territory? Giant is Byrne’s best venture since Music for the Knee Plays, which was also horn-based. As for the dry comments on life, they have their moments, like Clark’s gorgeous Occupy-inflected chorus for “Optimist”: “I’m the optimist of 30th street/ How it is is how it ought to be.”

s/s/s – Beak & Claw
Pitchfork rating: 4.8
What they said: “The downcast, emo-rap slam poetry he works in has a perilously high carnage margin, but he keeps from plummeting off a cliff here”

Au Contraire: As a huge Serengeti fan, I’ve gotta shut down that “emo-rap” claim right quick. Serengeti is a Chicago-based indie rapper who creates sitcom-like characters he raps as, most notably Kenny Dennis, a 40-ish suburban husband who loves non-alcoholic beer and the Bears. Maybe it’s “emo” or “slam poetry” to work completely outside of the rubric typically associated with rap (drugs, money, swag blah blah), but more likely the involvement of Sufjan Stevens on this experimental one-off is the reason the reviewer signed on. So yeah, of course he keeps from plummeting off a cliff, he’s goddamn Serengeti. This is one of four very good records he made this year.

Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva N a Day
Pitchfork rating: 6.8
What they said: “The problem with K.R.I.T.’s rapping is not that he lacks a personality; it’s that he refuses to settle into the one he has.”

Au Contraire: So much of this review places the onus on K.R.I.T.’s personality and how he fails to live up to it on this mixtape. But he really doesn’t have much personality unless you’re really, really impressed by the wizened-old-pimp thing. His two best assets are in tandem: 1) he doesn’t distract from the beats 2) that he produced himself. 4Eva N a Day was very quietly the year’s best rap album on a purely musical level; if some young buck producer released it as his debut instrumentals tape a la Clams Casino he’d be drowning in year-end hype. And in hindsight, now that we know how much the Big Boi album sucked, maybe it’s time to revisit this perfect synthesis of down-home Aquemini spaciness and butt-simple bedroom production. And if you actually remember any of the words on this thing, they’re pretty winning and sweet: “You help me sleep,” he says to his girl. That’s enough of a personality for me.

A Place to Bury Strangers – Onwards to the Wall and Worship
Pitchfork rating: 5.8 and 6.5
What they said: “It amounts to a mostly homogenous, toothless EP that seems to be aiming for a greater appeal, but ends up appealing very little.” … “Perhaps the most problematic thing about Onward to the Wall is its timing.”
Au Contraire: The absolute worst tendency of Pitchfork is the assumption that the artist makes music for them and has to change their music according to current shifts in the landscape or risk being branded as “more of the same,” unless it’s a pet artist where all the reviewer wants is more of the same (see: M83, Real Estate, any rapper). A Place to Bury Strangers made a debut that excited everyone (8.4 Best New Music), then people were dismayed that they made the same record over and over (although they really didn’t), and that reviewer’s own boredom with covering the artist somehow becomes diminishing returns on the page. A Place to Bury Strangers do one thing and they do it well: stiff, macabre ’80s guitar noise with vampiric vocals buried in the momentum. Over four records they’ve subtly added a pop chorus here, a female voice there, but they are and will remain unfashionable until someone suddenly decides they’ve made a comeback. Their two records this year were as good as everything else they’ve done.

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Pitchfork rating: 5.5
What they said: “Del Rey’s gem-encrusted dreamworld, meanwhile, relies on clichés (“God you’re so handsome/ Take me to the Hamptons”) rather than specific evocations. It’s a fantasy world that makes you long for reality.”

Au Contraire: Lindsay Zoladz did a great job of explaining the Lana Del Rey conversation and major pitfalls by fellow critics about it, like the shots at her appearance and her perceived inauthenticity, but like most reviews of Born to Die, it doesn’t quite climb out from under the rock of that anti-hype itself. Yes, she’s sexually backwards–so’s Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, Tyler, the Creator and Drake, all recipients of an 8.0 or higher last year. Yes, she rather joylessly crawls around looking for money and dominant males. But all that does is point to how truly harrowing the point of view is. These are expert pop songs slowed to a miserable crawl by a singer who doesn’t have it in her to rebel against her basest desires for validation. That’s more horrifying and vivid than any of Kendrick Lamar’s tales of being jumped. So many pop stars are strong women in 2012; the one who uncomfortably is not can be a compelling artist too. And Lana really is a true original weirdo: “She laughs like God/ Her mind’s like a diamond”–what the hell is that?

[Except Lana Del Rey’s album really is garbage. I don’t read Pitchfork and I think they missed the point on Big KRIT but the 5 point whatever they gave Lana’s magnum of piss is actually too high. Combining knock-off old movie soundtracks with meaningless lyrics isn’t art.]

Dan Weiss – Village Voice

The Magical Erik Truffaz Quartet

These guys are rockin’ it for me at the moment. The bass player is called Marcello Giuliani, he’s playing with a pick and flatwounds… sounds totally killing.

But… the best bit… check out the rhodes solo… I think it’s one of the coolest solos I’ve ever heard! Fender rhodes – distortion and a wah wah pedal… BOOM!

Erik Truffaz (trumpet); Marcello Guiliani (bass); Marc Erbetta (drums); Benoît Corboz (Fender Rhodes/Hammond)

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‘In Between’ Album
One of my favorite albums by Erik Truffaz Quartet
Listen to the songs HERE

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ERIK TRUFFAZ QUARTET “The Truffaz Quartet Paris Tour”
My Funny Valentine

MARC ERBETTA – drums, vocals
MARCELLO GIULIANI – bass
PATRICK MULLER – grand piano, Fender Rhodes
ERIK TRUFFAZ – trumpet
Guest: ED HARCOURT