December is winding down but there's still some new music to be had, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V or not. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know) – with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to see releases from the past several weeks…
Angels & Airwaves, The Dream Walker (To the Stars Records)
Bleep Bloop, 10 Watt Lazers (Liquid Amber)
The first signee on DJ Shadow's new label is a fellow Californian who presents a fresh three-track EP. Check out "" below.
Canopies, Maximize Your Faith (Forged Artifacts)
Cracker, Berkeley To Bakersfield (429 Records)
Emigrate, Silent So Long (Vertigo)
The Side project of Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe
Dan Farber, Middle Eastern Jungle EP (Dim Mak Records)
Dream Ritual, Dream Ritual EP (6131 Records)
Ghostface Killah, 36 Seasons (Salvation/Tommy Boy)
JMSN, Blue Album (White Room Records)
Kissing Cousins, In With Them EP (Velvet Blue Music)
LA all-girl group present a new album of eerie ethereal yet propulsive rock recorded straight to 8-track by Richard Swift (Black Keys, The Shins). Check out the video for "Cover Me" below.
Is Tropical, Crawl/On My Way 10" (Black Anything Part 1) (Axis Mundi Records)
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (ROC Nation LLC)
K. Michelle, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? (Atlantic Urban)
Los Campesinos!, A Los Campesinos! Christmas (Turnstile/Heart Swells)
PRhyme, PRhyme (PRhyme Records)
The upcoming eponymous debut from the hip hop duo made up of rapper Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier; among the guests in the nine-track collection are Killer Mike, Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller and soul singer Dwele. While Premier handled all the production, all the samples he used were from that of psychedelic soul musician/producer Adrian Younge. Check out first single "Courtesy" below.
Matt Pryor, Nine Forty Live (Rory Records)
tētēma, Geocidal (Ipecac)
The new project of Mike Patton has been involved in a diverse array of projects beyond his Faith No More tenure, from Mr. Bungle to Fantômas, Peeping Tom to Tomohawk to Lovage to collabs with John Zorn. Dude is prolific, creative and sometimes downright weird, and his latest project with Australian pianist, composer and electroacoustic musician Anthony Pateras proves a bizarre, world-tinged romp if "Tenz" is any indication. Listen below.
The Smashing Pumpkins, Monuments to an Elegy (Martha's Music/BMG)