The last wave of music releases for October. 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.
Angra, Best Reached Horizons (Steamhammer/SPV)
Andrew Bird, Hands of Glory (Mom + Pop)
The whistling troubadour — who stopped here earlier this month — issues his second album in 2012, an eight-song "musical companion" to Break It Yourself recorded live with a small band around a single microphone placed in a barn, and made up of of old country cover tunes and re-arrangements of tracks from the aforementioned album. Listen to the spellbinding "Three White Horses" below.
Paul Buchanan, Mid Air (Essential Music)
Chad Valley, Young Hunger (Cascine)
Cody ChesnuTT, Landing On A Hundred (Vibration Vineyard)
The '60s soul revivalist presents his sophomore LP, recorded in both Cologne, Germany and Al Green's old studio in Memphis, Tenn., and funded via a successful Kickstarter.com campaign that raised him more than $22k. Check out "Everybody's Brother" below, a performance of a track off the album he presented as part of the campaign.
Cradle Of Filth, The Manticore And Other Horrors (Nuclear Blast America)
Delerium, Music Box Opera (Nettwerk)
Egyptian Project, Ya Amar (Six Degrees)
Early Graves, Red Horse (No Sleep)
Flyleaf, New Horizons (A&M/Octone)
Nick Gill, Waves Are Only Water (Rock Ridge Music)
Macy Gray, Talking Book (429 Records)
Cee-Lo Green, Cee Lo's Magic Moment (Elektra)
The Buddha-like hip-pop artist tries his hand at a soulful holiday-themed album — "All I Need Is Love" mashed up with "Mah Nah Me Nah" and featuring the Muppets, "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" with Straight No Chaser, "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Christina Aguilera, and many more. Listen to "All I Need Is Love" after the jump and check out the rest of this week's new releases...
Indian Handcrafts, Civil Disobedience For Losers (Sargent House)
Katherine Jenkins, This Is Christmas (Reprise)
Jonathan & Charlotte, Together (Columbia)
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Kamelot, Silverthorn (Steamhammer / SPV)
Toby Keith, Hope On The Rocks (Show Dog/Universal)
Layo & Buskwacka!, Rising & Falling (Olmeto Records)
Meek Mill, Dreams & Nightmares (Warner Bros.)
Menahan Street Band, The Crossing (Dunham / Daptone Records)
The acclaimed Brooklyn collective features multi-instrumentalists from Antibalas, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Budos Band, and El Michels Affair, who offer up soul, funk, Afrobeat and jazz instrumentals. Check out "Ivory And Blue" below.
MHz Legacy, MHz Legacy (Man Bites Dog Records)
The MegaHertz collective features RJD2 and various others of his ilk manning the hip hop production boards for rappers Slug (Atmosphere), Copywrite, Tage Future, Jakki & Camu Tao, and others. Check out the RML-directed video for "Gone" below.
David Olney, Robbery & Murder (Deadbeet Records)
Parkway Drive, Atlas (Epitaph)
Plateaus, Plateaus (Art Fag)
Sean Price, Mic Tyson (Duck Down)
Punks on Mars, Bad Expectations (Zoo Music)
Rush Midnight, +1 EP (Cascine)
Matthew Ryan, In The Dusk Of Everything (SKH Music)
Skye, Back To Now (PIAS America)
A solo outing by the vocalist of Morcheeba
The Soft Moon, Zeros (Captured Tracks)
Oakland's Luis Vasquez began the project as a solo bedroom outing not meant to be shared with the public that turned into the jagged, moody post-punk he purveys with his now full band. "Die Life" below.
Rusted Root, Movement (Shanachie)
Stallone, American Baby (Limited Fanfare)
Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby (Verve)
James Taylor, James Taylor At Christmas (UMe)
Thrice, Anthology (Workhorse Music Group)
A two-CD/four-LP live set recorded at select stops during Thrice's recently completed farewell tour.
Tracey Thorn, Tinsel And Lights (Merge)
Trans Siberian Orchestra, Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night) (Lava/Universal)
Twisted Sister, A Twisted Xmas - Live In Las Vegas (Eagle Rock)
After the release of A Twisted Christmas in 2006, Twisted Sister performed a festive show in Las Vegas mixing Christmas favorites with classic songs from their repertoire. This is a CD/DVD release featuring that performance.
The Waves of Fury, Thirst (Alive Naturalsound)
Wax Fang, Mirror Mirror EP (Karate Body Records)
West End Motel, Only Time Can Tell (Warner Bros.)
Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds offers up the sophomore album with side project West End Motel; 2011 debut Don't Shiver, You're A Winner was dubbed "a welcome departure from Mastodon's thrashy, progged-out fare…sounds like Tom Waits and Tim Burton co-hosting the creepiest vaudeville show ever" by Spin magazine last year.
Writer, Brotherface (self-release)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)
The first album of original music from Young and Horse in nearly a decade — and it's a double LP, for those fans who've been waiting for so long. If you've got some time to spare, check out the 17-minute video for "Ramada Inn" below.