This week hits hard with releases issued the third Tuesday in October. 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 check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
American Babies, Knives & Teeth (Royal Potato Family)
Anberlin, Devotion (Big3)
ASAP Mob, TBA (ASAP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA)
The Avett Brothers, Magpie and the Dandelion (Republic Records)
North Carolina's favored brothers-led Americana/folk rock sextet issue an eighth studio album and Rick Rubin is back for a third time around. The songs on Magpie were apparently recorded at the same time as 2012's The Carpenter. I read the word 'smooth' in the first few reviews I looked up of this thing, so not sure about what this means for the turn this band is taking. First Listen at NPR; video for "Another Is Waiting" below.
Courtney Barnett, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (House Anxiety/Marathon Artists)
Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Social Music (Razor & Tie)
Beats Antique, A Thousand Faces, Act 1 (Beats Antique Records)
The avant-world fusion band has a percussive-imbued, sample-strewn sound. This is their latest effort. "Kismat" featuring Alam Khan below.
Diane Birch, Speak A Little Louder (S-Curve Records)
The sophomore album from the Portland/Brooklyn songstress features collaborations with Aqualung frontman Matt Hales, Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss, and R&B singer Betty Wright, as well as a Questlove-produced first single, "All The Love You Got," that was co-written by Eg White (Adele) and Steve Greenberg (Joss Stone). Video after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Black Milk, No Poison No Paradise (FatBeats)
Boardwalk, Boardwalk (Stones Throw)
Megan Bonnell, Hunt and Chase (Nevado Records)
Breathe Owl Breathe, Passage of Pegasus (Hometapes)
CAVE, Threace (Drag City)
Crystal Antlers, Nothing Is Real (Innovative Leisure)
Cults, Static (Columbia)
Gavin DeGraw, Make A Move (RCA)
Kevin Devine, Bugglegum and Bulldozer (Self-Release)
A simultaneous dual-album release. Bulldozer is a solo acoustic-based affair featuring Rob Schnapf as collaborator and producer. Bubblegum (pictured left) is Devine’s “pedal-to-the-floor” rock album, created with contributions from his Goddamn Band, and was produced by Jesse Lacey of Brand New. According to Devine's bio, "These 22 songs in total weave back and forth through our American landscape with bravado, heart, energy, and austerity. The delicacy of Bulldozer delights at every turn, every strum, every word, while Bubblegum turns the volume high, taking you in and out of time, a rock record nonpareil. Listen to them loud."
Devin The Dude, One For The Road (eOne)
The Dismemberment Plan, Uncanney Valley (Partisan)
The influential indie rock four-piece issues their first new material in a dozen years.
Mike Donovan, WOT (Drag City)
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Fall Out Boy, Pax Am Days EP (Island)
James Ferraro, Hell, NYC 3:00 AM (Hippos In Tanks)
Fink, RCO (Ninja Tune)
Flying Colors, Live In Europe (Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group)
Four Tet, Beautiful Rewind (Text)
Happy Jawbone Family Band, Happy Jawbone Family Band (Mexican Summer)
The Head and the Heart, Let’s Be Still (Sub Pop)
The Seattle-based folk rock six-piece present their sophomore full-length.
Vikesh Kapoor, The Ballad of Willy Robbins (Mama Bird Recording Co.)
Co-produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward) and featuring Nate Query (Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim), and Birger Olsen (Denver), Kapoor's latest is described as a concept album documenting the harsh but hopeful journey of a working-class man who loses his ambition, health, family and shelter. "I Dreamt Blues" below.
Kwes, ilp (Warp Records)
La Luz, It’s Alive (Hardly Art)
Lizzo, Lizzobangers (Totally Gross National Product)
Lucius, Wildewoman (Mom + Pop)
Marijuana Deathsquads, Oh My Sexy Lord (Totally Gross National Product)
The ever-evolving, experimental music project lead by Ryan Olson, (producer/writer of POLIÇA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale, and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S) puts together multiple drummers, a kitchen sink of electronic instruments, and effected vocals into a fractured, yet complex sound. "Ewok Sadness" below.
Cass McCombs, Big Wheel and Others (Domino Records)
MELODIM, Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide (self-release)
Wymond Miles, Cut Yourself Free (Sacred Bones)
Mirror Travel, Mexico (Modern Outside)
Monster Magnet, Last Patrol (Napalm Records)
Morcheeba, Head Up High ((PIAS) America)
Willie Nelson, To All The Girls... (Legacy Recordings)
A duets album that finds Nelson pairing up some of the most talented women in country, pop and soul — Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, and Rosanne Cash.
Gary Numan, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) (Machine Music)
Paul McCartney, New (Concord Music Group)
Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
Pelican, Forever Becoming (Southern Lord)
Phuture Doom, Nightfall (Owsla)
Radkey, Devil Fruit EP (Little Man Records)
Red Fang, Whales and Leeches (Relapse Records)
Lucy Wainwright Roche, There's A Last Time For Everything (Maeby Music)
Shad, Flying Colours (Black Box)
Summer Camp, Summer Camp (Moshi Moshi)
Luke Temple, Good Mood Fool (Secretly Canadian)
The visionary frontman of Here We Go Magic presents another solo outing. Check his video for "Florida" below.
Tim Hecker, Virgins (Kranky)
TLC, 20 (LaFace/Epic)
Toad the Wet Sprocket, New Constellation (Abe's Records)
After a few postponements, Toad finally issues their new album, the first since 1997's Coil.
Tristen, CAVES (Pupsnake Records)
Trivium, Vengeance Falls (Roadrunner Records)
Jonathan Wilson, Fanfare (Downtown)
Young Dro, High Times (eOne)