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Tuesday New Releases in Music
Mumford and Sons’ Babel continues to rule the Billboard 200 after two weeks in release, and very little on this week’s release schedule suggests that’s going to change in the short term. Next week Taylor Swift storms the charts with her upcoming album Red, which leaves a void this week for albums heavily slanted in the indie direction. Though none of these should unseat Mumford, there’s plenty of room in the top ten for a few surprises. We’re open to your suggestions as we develop this column to best serve you. If you have suggestions for future coverage, or if you have a product you’d like featured or reviewed here, simply email Jonathan Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Fine Frenzy – Pines (Virgin)
Singer-songwriter Alison Sudol’s third studio album, Pines, features a companion book and animated film in addition to the CD release. The album of songs plays as a succession of chapters, according to the songwriter. Her last album, Bomb in a Birdcage, made an indie splash in 2010, charting among Billboard’s top thirty albums on its debut.
Anberlin – Vital (Universal Republic)
Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives (Barsuk) – of Death Cab for Cutie
Boys Noize – Out of the Black (Ingrooves)
Brandy – Two Eleven (RCA)
Conor Maynard – Contrast (Capitol)
Daphni – Jiaolong (Merge) – Dan Snaith a.k.a. Caribou
Dethklok – Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III (William Street)
The “virtual band” on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, Dethklok features music from the second, third and fourth seasons of the television show. The deluxe edition CD / DVD contains a 32 minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of the album, as well as music videos.
Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (Reprise)
Double Naught Spy Car – Western Violence (Eleven Foot Pole)
Earlimart – System Preferences (The Ship)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
In Fear and Faith – In Fear and Faith (Rise Records)
Jamey Johnson – Livin’ For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury Nashville)
One of the most successful songwriters in country music, Hank Cochran mentored Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard among others. This tribute revives Cochran’s songs, including “I Fall To Pieces” and “Ocean Front Property,” as performed by Johnson, himself among Nashville’s finest modern songwriters.
Jason Aldean – Night Train (Broken Bow)
Jason Lytle – Dept. of Disappearance (ANTI Records)
Kem – What Christmas Means (Xenon)
K’naan – Country, God or the Girl (A&M/Octone)
J. Charles and the Train Robbers – Upon Leaving (End Sounds)
Martha Wainwright – Come Home To Mama (Cooperative Music)
Mika – The Origin of Love (Casablanca)
No Bragging Rights – Cycles (100% WOMON)
Pinback – Information Retrieved (Temporary Residence)
Rah Rah – The Poet’s Dead (Hidden Pony)
This Canadian indie rock band’s latest album fits right in with the current crop of folk-inspired alternative. But they blend these influences with pure pop hooks. The band’s latest single, “Prairie Girl,” has something to please fans of Metric as much as it will those who prefer Mumford’s Babel.
Scotty McCreery – Christmas With Scotty McCreery (Mercury Nashville)
That’s Outrageous! – Psycho (Invogue Records)
TKTTSM – TKTTSM (Sumxuni)
Trey Anastasio – Traveler (Ato Records) – of Phish
Though the holiday release season frequently doesn’t hit its peak until November, this year has seen a surprising number of high-profile album releases over the last four weeks, making it difficult for even the most discerning music listener to keep track of every noteworthy album. Here are a few you might have missed.