New music Tuesday! (Feb. 7): Air, Dr. Dog, Van Halen, Paul McCartney & more

A guide to this week's new releases, with audio & video.

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Contino, Back Porch Dogma (Blind Pig)


Deadmau5, Meowingtons Hax 2k11K: Toronto DVD (Ultra)
A live DVD release featuring the Toronto date of the Canadian dance artist's 2011 tour; check out a clip below.



Robert Deeble, Heart Like Feathers (Badman)


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Die Antwoord, TEN$ION (Zef Records)
South African hip hop duo Die Antwoord’s second LP. The cover of this album seriously creeps me out. Guess that’s the point, huh?


Dr. Dog, Be The Void (Anti-)


Elliott Brood, Days Into Years (Paper Bag Records)


Escape Club, Celebrity (Whipped Cream)


Roberta Flack, Let It Be Roberta - Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles (429 Records)


The Fray, Scars & Stories (Epic)


Goldfrapp, The Singles (Astralwerks)
A career-spanning overview of select tracks from the UK electro duo’s five albums, along with two brand new numbers.


Liz Green, O, Devotion! (PIAS America)
The velvety-voiced blues-folk songstress from the UK finally issues her debut LP in the U.S. Check out the noir-ish animated video for "Displacement Song" below.



Francis Harris, leland (Scissor & Thread)


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Ben Kweller, Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Company/ADA)


Mark Lanegan Band, Blues Funeral (4AD)


Liam The Younger, After the Graveyard (Underwater Peoples Records)


Lindstrøm, Six Cups of Rebel (Smalltown Supersound)


Lapalux, When You’re Gone EP (Brainfeeder)


Scott Matthew, Gallantry’s Favorite Son (Riot Bear Recording Co.)


Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music)
A selection of standards McCartney grew up listening to in his childhood as well as the two new original compositions "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts"; featuring guest Diana Krall and her band along with appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.


Wymond Miles, Earth Has Doors (Sacred Bones Records)
The guitar player and songwriter of The Fresh & Onlys presents his first solo release. Listen to "Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them" below.



Mux Mool, Planet High School (Ghostly International)


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Of Montreal, Paralytic Stalks (Polyvinyl)


Kenny Olson, Kenny Olson Cartel (Foxy Music/Firebird)


Owl City, Live From Los Angeles DVD (Eagle Rock)


The Plimsouls, Beach Town Confidential (Alive Records)
Recorded at the height of their onstage power at The Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1983, this live recording captures Peter Case, Eddie Muñoz, Dave Pahoa and Louie Ramírez in their youthful and reckless abandon as The Plimsouls, which “effortlessly straddled the perfection of British Invasion pop, the raucous, edgier side of early punk and garage rock, and the foundational elements of maximum R&B and wailing soul.” Prior to Peter Case forming The Plimsouls, he was part of two other influential mid-to-late '70s bands with Paul Collins — The Nerves and The Breakaways; both the artists stop in town in April on a 2012 American tour. Venue TBD.


Pretty Good Dance Moves, Limo (Mad Dragon)


Chuck Prophet, Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc)


Raffertie, Mass Appeal EP (Ninja Tune)


Royal Baths, Better Luck Next Life (Kanine Records)


Silver Swans, Forever (TwentySeven)
The Dark Wave-inspired dreamy synth pop project by producer/musician Jon Waters and vocalist Ann Yu (LoveLikeFire). Listen to "Secrets" below.



Silverstein, Short Songs (Hopeless)


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The Twilight Sad, No One Can Ever Know (FatCat Records)


Steve Tyrell, I'll Take Romance (Concord)


Sharon Van Etten, Tramp (Jagjaguwar)


Virtual Boy, Virtual Boy (Alpha Pup)


Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope)
Van Halen's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band's classic multi-platinum 1984 (and 12th overall) includes 13 songs and a bonus DVD; the band hits St. Pete Times Forum on Sat., April 14.


Rita Wilson, AM/FM (Decca)
Yes, that Rita Wilson aka actress married to Tom Hanks. This is her musical debut.

Another bigger wave of new releases by some big names and smaller important ones. 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 ...

Air, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (Astralwerks)
The classy French electro duo were commissioned to compose music to go with a painstakingly restored color print of Georges Méliès' 1902 film, A Trip To The Moon (Le Voyage Dans La Lune). Both the early sci-fi film and Air's soundtrack were premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival; the album (out today) is more of a companion piece to the film than an actual score.You can still listen to the album today at NPR.

Archer Black, Forgiveness Is a Weapon (Post Planetary)

Band of Skulls, Sweet Sour (Vagrant)
An iTunes exclusive release… physical album out 2/14.

Dierks Bentley, Home (Capitol Nashville)

Big James and the Chicago Playboys, The Big Payback (Blind Pig)

Big Sir, Before Gardens After Gardens (Rodriguez Lopez Productions)
The project of singer/composer Lisa Papineau (whose lent her pipes to records by Air and M83, among others) and bassist/composer Juan Alderete (of The Mars Volta). This is their third album. Listen to lead-off track "Regions" below and stream the album in its entirety at AOL Spinner today.

Blondes, Blondes (RVNG Intl.)
The electro duo (Sam Haar and Zach Steinman) release their self-titled debut; check out "Wine" below.

V V Brown, Lollipops & Politics (Capitol/EMI)
The British odd pop songstress otherwise known as Vanessa Brown issues her second full-length studio LP. Check out her video "Children" with guest Chiddy Ban after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases....

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