New Music Tuesday! (December 13)

A two-disc tribute to The Smiths + new releases by Keller Williams, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Snoop Dogg & more (video)

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Rammstein, Made in Germany (Universal)


Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, Mac & Devin Go to High School (Atlantic)
The soundtrack to the pot-loving rappers' buddy film, its premise centering on valedictorian hopeful Devin Overstreet (Wiz Khalifa), who realizes as he writes his graduation speech that all his academic over-achievements have left him with very little life experiences. He finds an unlikely inspiration in underachieving man on campus, Mac Johnson (Snoop Dogg).


T. Mills, Leaving Home EP (Columbia)


Travis Tritt, Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof (Rockbeat Records)


Simon Fisher Turner and Espen J Jörgensen, Soundescapes (Mute)
Oslo-based electronic composer and filmmaker Jörgensen (The Sequential Art) contacted Fisher Turner after hearing his score to the David Lynch-produced vampire film, Nadja. The two never met in person for their collaboration; instead, the two corresponded via email and agreed that Jörgensen would send tracks to Fisher Turner, who was given free reign to do whatever he wanted with the sounds he received. This album is the result and is is pretty weird, based on the video below.



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Various Artists, Live From The Old Town School (Old Town School of Folk)
Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, a venerable vernacular music institution, releases 127 live tracks of rare live folk, gospel, country, bluegrass, blues, and world music tracks that were recorded over the last half-century; Joan Baez, Donovan, Ella Jenkins, Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Mahalia Jackson, Andrew Bird and many more are featured.


Various Artists, Please Please Please: Tribute to the Smiths (American Laundromat)
A tribute to the Manchester quartet led by Morrissey by indie rockers like Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, Throwing Muses co-founder Tanya Donelly, Greg Laswell, Telekinesis, Girl in a Coma and William Fitzsimmons.


Keller Williams, Bass (Sci Fidelity)
On his 17th album, the quirky playful alt folk-dub-funkadelic singer-songwriter/one-man explosion shows off his skills on bass with his reggae-funk band Kdubalicious. Keller (on bass and vocals) is joined by Jay Starling on keys and Mark D on drums.

The last wave of new releases before the new music season slows down to a near stop for a few weeks. I've included info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may never have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months ...

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stage Whisper (Elektra)
The French chanteuse and actress presents seven studio recordings and 11 live songs, many of the former from sessions for the Beck-produced 2010 album IRM.

Anthony Hamilton, Back To Love (RCA)
The fourth studio album from the R&B superstar and follow-up to his Gold-certified, critically-acclaimed 2008 release, The Point of it All; production credits comprise industry legends and Grammy Award winners Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Salaam Remi, Kelvin Wooten and Hamilton, himself.

Katherine Jenkins, One Fine Day (Decca)

Naughty By Nature, Anthem Inc (eOne)
The seventh album from the veteran hip hop trio as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary; this is the first NBN album to feature all three original members (Treach, Vin Rock and Kay Gee) since 1999's Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury.

Nero, Welcome Reality (Cherrytree / Interscope)
Spin magazine wrote: “Nero's Joe Ray and Dan Stephens produce “post-dubstep with its can-you-believe-this-sh*t? flash of stadium-size euphoria, enhancing (or defiling, depending on your perspective) the genre's bass-heavy payload with trancey synths and wailing vocals." Check out the video for "Crush on You" after the jump.

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