The third wave of October music releases. I've included 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.
Trey Anastasio, Traveler (JEMP)
Phish's guitar-slaying frontman is ever-busy playing with his behemoth rock main band, joining the odd symphony to direct and perform orchestral presentations of his compositions, and in the midst of it all, writing plenty of solo material. This is his seventh (proper) studio full-length. Check out a recording studio mash-up below featuring badass dub-and-groove single, "Land of Nod."
Jason Aldean, Night Train (Broken Bow)
Blackbird Blackbird, Boracay Planet EP (Lavish Habits)
Boys Noize, Out Of The Black (Boys Noize Records)
Brandy, Two Eleven (RCA)
Culture Queer, Nightmare Band (self-release)
Current Swell, Long Time Ago (Nettwerk)
Daphni, JIAOLONG (Jiaolong / Hostess / Merge)
Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, presents an album under his new dance-oriented moniker.
Mac Demarco, 2 (Captured Tracks)
Reviving soft rock one cock-eyed, mildly lackadaisical song at a time is Montreal singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco. This is his sophomore full-length. Listen to single "Ode to Viceroy" after the jump and check out the rest of this week's releases.
Earlimart, System Preferences (The Shipp Records)
Sky Ferreira, Ghost EP (Capitol Records)
A Fine Frenzy, Pines (Virgin)
The pseudonym of Seattle piano rock songstress Alison Sudol. Her third studio full-length is described as "a sensory experience of music, storytelling and emotion ..." The album features a companion e-book and short animated film that incorporates hand-cut sets, puppets, stop motion, physical effects, and layer glass. While I don't have a clip of said film to show you, I do have a video for sublimely lovely first single "Avalanches" to share below.
Ben Gibbard, Former Lives (Barsuk)
Death Cab for Cutie's frontman presents his debut solo record, which was written over the course of eight years and finally produced at The Shipp studio, run by longtime pal Aaron Espinoza (of Earlimart).
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
The seminal instrumental post rock outfit — which reunited in 2010 after seven years of inactivity — presents their first new LP in a decade. Pitchfork.com has already weighed in and awarded it with a hefty 9.3 rating and flagged it as a 'Best New Music' entry, so I'm guessing it's a quality comeback. Listen to "Their Helicopters' Sing" below.
Gov't Mule, The Georgia Bootleg Box (Evil Teen)
The first installment in Gov't Mule's Bootleg Series is a six-disc set that captures a three-night 1996 Georgia run at Georgia Theater (Athens), the Roxy in Atlanta and Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in Macon.
The Herbaliser, There Were Seven (Department H)
London native hip hop, soul and electronics outfit the Herbaliser issues their seventh studio album. Check out the video for first single "The Lost Boy" featuring Hannah Clive below.
Hundred Waters, Hundred Waters (Owsla)
Icona Pop, Iconic EP (Atlantic)
The Infamous Stringdusters, Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition (High Country/SCI Fidelity)
A re-release of the newgrassy folk band's March album, as distributed to a wider market by by SCI Fidelity Records.
In Fear And Faith, In Fear And Faith (Rise)
Jamey Johnson, Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury Nashville)
John The Conqueror, John The Conqueror (Alive Naturalsound)
Kem, What Christmas Means (Xenon)
King Dude, Burning Daylight (Dais)
Self-styled purveyor of "dark pagan-fueled folk wrapped tight with outsider Americana, steeped in themes of love, death and redemption," King Dude (singer-songwriter TJ Cowgill of the sub-deep baritone) presents an album of rockabilly-flavored numbers. Check out "Jesus in the Courtyard" below.
K'Naan, Country, God Or the Girl (Octone)
The Luyas, Animator (Dead Oceans)
Canadian indie rock foursome The Luyas offer up a sophomore full-length. Watch the video for the album's first single, "Fifty Fifty," below.
The Lytics, They Told Me (Camobear Records)
Jason Lytle, Dept. of Disappearance (Anti-)
The Granddaddy primary delivers a fourth studio album.
Matmos, The Ganzfeld EP (Thrill Jockey)
Scotty McCreery, Christmas With Scotty McCreery (Mercury Nashville / 19 Recordings / Interscope)
Mean Creek, Youth Companion (Old Flame)
Mika, The Origin Of Love (Casablanca)
METZ, METZ (Sub Pop)
Miss Tess, Sweet Talk (Signature Sounds)
My Dying Bride, A Map of all our Failures (Peaceville Records)
No Bragging Rights, Cycles (Good Fight / Eone)
Christina Perri, A Very Merry Perri Christmas (Atlantic)
Philistines, Therewolves! (self-release)
Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Octopus Kool Aid (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
A solo full-length from the multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer best known for his guitar work with The Mars Volta.
Savoir Adore, Our Nature (Red Eye / Popular Recordings)
Smoke & Jackal, EP1 (RCA)
The first recording from the side project featuring Jared Followill of Kings of Leon and Mona's Nick Brown.
The Swellers, Running Out Of Places To Go EP (Snowbird Songs)
Tamaryn, Tender New Signs (Mexican Summer)
That's Outrageous!, Psycho (Invogue Records)
TKTTSM, TKTTSM (Sumxuni)
Martha Wainwright, Come Home to Mama (V2 Cooperative)
ZZ Ward, Til The Casket Drops (Boardwalk/Hollywood Records)
Widespread Panic, Wood (Widespread Records)
A double live album that features selections from the band's first-ever fully acoustic 2012 Wood Tour.
Win Win, Double Vision (VICE Music)
A sophomore full-length from the Brooklyn dance-psych trio. Listen to "Salt Days +" below.
Patrick Wolf, Sundark and Riverlight (Bloody Chamber Music)