The last round of new releases for October sees some holiday fare cropping up, and from a range of artists (Nick Lowe, Kelly Clarkson, Bad Religion). 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.
65daysofstatic, Wild Light (Newly Inked Deal/Superball Music)
Arcade Fire, Reflektor (Merge)
There's been some buzz about how Canadian art/baroque rock outfit Arcade Fire has 'lightened up' on their fourth and latest album; less doom and gloom, more rara (the festival music of Haiti). Rolling Stone's David Fricke gave it an almost perfect rating, calling it the best album married visionaries Win Butler and Régine Chassagne have put together thus far. The double album was co-produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, regular Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs and the band itself, in Jamaica. Video for the title track (replete with giant paper mache heads) after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases ...
Audacity, Butter Knife (Suicide Squeeze Records)
The Fullerton, Calif. band churns out lo-fi loud garage sounds in bursts of good-natured noise imbued with bright melody. They play Big Pre-Fest tonight at Orpheum.
Autechre, L-event EP (Warp)
Bad Religion, Christmas Songs (Epitaph)
Bad Things, Bad Things (Warner Bros.)
The band led by snow/skateboarder Shaun White.
Blue Rodeo, In Our Nature (Warner Bros.)
Body Parts, Fire Dream (Father/Daughter Records)
Botany, Lava Diviner (Western Vinyl)
Bottomless Pit, Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One)
Boy & Bear, Harlequin Dream (Nettwerk)
The Sydney-bred folk rock outfit presents their sophomore LP, reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and MMJ; check the video for lead-off track "Southern Sun" below.
Chris Forsyth, Solar Motel (Paradise of Bachelors)
Kelly Clarkson, Wrapped In Red (RCA)
Clarkson's first Christmas-themed album and sixth overall features classics, modern holiday numbers and a new original, the title track.
Corrections House, Last City Zero (Neurot Recordings)
John Davis, Spare Parts (Shrimper Records)
The Devil Makes Three, I'm A Stranger Here (New West)
Diane Coffee, My Friend Fish (Western Vinyl)
Dot Wiggin Band, Ready! Get! Go! (Alternative Tentacles)
Brian Fallon, The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute (Fat Wreck Chords)
Far-Out Fangtooth, Borrowed Time (Siltbreeze)
Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time (Capitol)
The Flaming Lips, Peace Sword EP (Warner Bros.)
A song from the new EP appears on the Ender's Game soundtrack, "Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)," and was written exclusively for the film, while the remaining five songs were all inspired by the book. (Cover at left)
CeeLo Green, CeeLo Green is Loberace — Live In Vegas DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (Blue Note)
The jazz pianist and hip hop producer presents his follow-up to last year's Grammy-winning Black Radio, which calls on both his musical styles with guests ranging from Common and Snoop Dogg to Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott (as in "Calls," video below), and Norah Jones.
Hellogoodbye, Everything Is Debatable (Old Friends)
Hubble, Hubble Eagle (NNA Tapes)
Joey Bada$$, Summer Knights EP (Cinematic Music Group/Pro Era Records/RED Distribution)
Ed Kowalczyk, Flood and the Mercy (Soul Whisper/Harbour/Caroline)
Kraak & Smaak, Chrome Waves (Jalapeño Records)
Los Campesinos!, No Blues (Witchita Recordings)
The Cardiff, Wales sextet recorded their fifth studio album with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Nada Surf, Blonde Redhead), and lyrically, Los Camp! touches on Welsh history, football (soccer) death, drinking, and listless sex, among various other topics. "Avocado Baby" below.
Nick Lowe, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family (Yep Roc)
Another artist issuing a first holiday album, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, the British singer-songwriter, who touches on traditional hymns, forgotten gems and a few of his own originals
Minor Alps, Get There (Barsuk)
A new project featuring Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws.
Juana Molina, Wed 21 (Crammed Discs)
The first new album in five years from the post-folk Latin-loop songstress. "Eras" below.
Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans (Jagjaguwar/Paper Bag)
Noctum, Final Sacrifice (Metal Blade)
Pompeya, Tropical (No Shame)
Protest the Hero, Volition (Razor & Tie)
The Ramones, Ramones: The Sire Years 1976-1981 (Rhino)
Russian Circles, Memorial (Sargent House)
Shy Girls, Timeshare (Hit City USA)
Skeletonwitch, Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic Records)
The Sounds, Weekend (Arnioki Records/INgroove)
Steffaloo, Heart Beats (Mush Records)
Survive This!, The Life That You’ve Chosen (Epitaph)
The Swellers, The Light Under Closed Doors (No Sleep)
John Talabot, DJ Kicks (!K7)
Maria Taylor, Something About Knowing (Saddle Creek)
Toby Keith, Drinks After Work (Showdog/Universal)
Toxic Holocaust, Chemistry of Consciousness (Relapse Records)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blue Record EP (Jagjaguwar)
Upset, She's Gone (Don Giovanni Records)
Dave Van Ronk, Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
White Denim, Lemonade Corsicana (Downtown)
A psych rock fave from Austin that infuses their sound with jazz grooves, blues garage drive, and prog guitar prowess. This is their fifth full-length. "Pretty Green" lyric video below.
Widowspeak, The Swamp EP (Captured Tracks)
Wolf-Face, Still A Son of A Bitch (Mooster Records)
The Teen Wolf-inspired punk band from St. Pete issues a 10-track debut recording leading up to their performance at Fest in Gainesville this weekend. Listen to it here.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, UZU (Suicide Squeeze)
Yuna, Nocturnal (Verve)
Zodiac, A Hiding Place (Prosthetic Records)
Zula, This Hopeful (Inflated Records)