The first wave of November releases hits on Election Day. 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.
All That Remains, A War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie)
Bomba Estéreo, Elegancia Tropical (Soundway Records)
Candy Hearts, Best Ways to Disappear (Bridge Nine Records / Lumberjack)
Casket Girls, Sleepwalking (Graveface Records)
Ryan Graveface (of Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Marshmallow Ghosts) wrote and arranged the songs, and newcomers Elsa and Phaedra Greene wrote and performed all of the haunting vocals on this oozy strange debut. Watch the video for "Sleepwalking" after the jump and check out the rest of this week's entries (audio & video included)...
DaVinci, The MOEna Lisa (SWTBRDS)
The new LP from the San Francisco rap artist.
Jon DeRosa, A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes (Rocket Girl Records)
Dirty Projectors, About to Die EP (Domino)
Mike Doughty, The Flip Is Another Honey (Snack Bar/Megaforce)
A new covers album from the moody singer-songwriter and long-ago frontman of Soul Coughing (he would hate if he saw this reference to his hated musical past). Artists who get the tribute treatment include John Denver, Cheap Trick, The Stone Roses, Thin Lizzy, Randy Newman and others. Check out "Take Me Home, Country Roads: with Rosanne Cash below.
Dragged Into Sunlight, Widowmaker (Prosthetic)
El Ten Eleven, Transitions (Fake Record Label)
The Epilogues, Cinematics (Greater Than Collective)
Errors, New Relics (Rock Action Records)
Released on Mogwai's Rock Action label, the follow-up to Errors' critically acclaimed third album Have Some Faith In Magic takes the kaleidoscopic pop sounds into looser retro synth territory. "Ammaboa Glass" video below.
Graveyard, Lights Out (Nuclear Blast America)
ISIS, Temporal (Ipecac Recordings)
A posthumous collection from the California doom metal outfit
Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick 40th Anniversary Edition (Crysalis)
Originally written and recorded in 1972 by visionary frontman Ian Anderson, the progressive rock conceptual classic about fictitious child character Gerald Bostock see a remastered 40th Anniversary Edition release with a new 5.1 stereo mix and DVD containing DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, and other extras.
Joshua James, From The Top Of Willamette Mountain (RCRD LBL)
The Kickstand Band, Puppy Love (Suburban Sprawl)
Kill the Noise, BLVCK MVGIC EP (Owsla)
Lindstrom, Smalhans (Smalltown Supersound)
Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition (Capitol/EMI)
Dave Mustaine personally oversaw the mixing and remastering of Megadeth's double platinum-certified 1992 fifth album. The remastered edition pairs the original album with a 1992 concert recorded live at San Francisco and never before been released in its entirety, with all the concert audio newly remixed for this release.
Kylie Minogue, The Abbey Road Sessions (Parlophone)
An orchestral remix album by the Aussie pop star featuring 16 radically reworked tracks spanning Minogue's 25-year career, and a new single, "Flower." [UK release date Oct. 29].
Neighbors, Good Luck, Kid (self-release)
Ne-Yo, R.E.D. (Motown / Pgd)
OTEP, Sounds Like Armageddon (Victory)
Prince Rama, Top Ten Hits of the End Of The World (Paw Tracks)
From the avant Brooklyn band's press release: "In the early 80s, a London sex cult infiltrated underground discotheques based on the principle that the secret to immortality was found through engaging in intimate acts of love. To retain their anonymity, members went by the acronym I.M.M.OR.T.A.L.I.F.E., or 'Inner Messages Morphing Over Resonant Time, Always Loving Infinitely Free and Everlasting'. For years, I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.I.F.E. dedicated itself to recording dance track hymnals that would provoke lovemaking acts and thus prolong the lives of its members. When the end of the world came, the group was found frozen in midst of an orgiastic collapse. They had not slept or eaten in thirteen days." Listen to "Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever" below.
Queen, Hungarian Rhapsody: Live In Budapest [CD/DVD/Blu-ray] (Eagle Rock)
Saigon, The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses (Suburban Noize Records)
Slingshot Dakota, Dark Hearts (Topshelf)
Andy Stott, Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
Geoff Tate, Kings And Thieves (Inside Out)
Teen Daze, The Inner Mansions (Lefse Records)
Third Day, Miracle (Provident)
Simon Townshend, Looking Out Looking In (Eagle Rock)
Toy, Toy (Universal)
Various Artists, Iowa City Song Project (Maximum Ames Records)
Over the past year, The Englert Theatre commissioned 31 musicians and bands to write and record songs inspired by experiences or impressions of Iowa City. The bulk were recorded locally and gathered onto this compilation album of unreleased music ranging from roots rock to experimental and avant-garde from Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, William Elliott Whitmore, Pieta Brown, Rene Hell, Caroline Smith, The Poison Control Center, and others. Listen to "Strange City" by Brooks Strause below.
WARNOT, His Blood is Yours (Nightmare Records)
Dionne Warwick, Now (Blue Horizon Venture)