The second wave of November releases crashes into the week. 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.
Christina Aguilera, Lotus (RCA)
Army of Freshmen, Happy To Be Alive (self-release)
The Babies, Our House On The Hill (Woodsist)
Travis Barker and Yelawolf, Psycho White EP (Lasalle Records)
Two white-and-tatted music makers - Travis Barker, Blink-182 drummer and producer who played with Suicide Machines and the Aquabats in his early past, and Southern rapper Yelawolf - present a collaborative recording. Check out the freaky (issued on Halloween) video for bumpin' first single "Whistle Dixie" below.
Bush Tetras, Happy (ROIR)
Black Forest Fire, Transit Of Venus (self-release)
Books on Tape, Retired Numbers (Sorry Juniper!)
Susan Boyle, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage (Columbia)
Clinic, Free Reign (Domino)
Crystal Castles, III (Casablanca/Republic/Fiction Records)
Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
Grammy-winning alt rock/metal sextet Deftones present their seventh album (and second minus recovering-from-a-near-fatal-accident bassist Chi Cheng, and with replacement Sergio Vega). As lead-off track "Tempest" seems to indicate, Deftones are as ferocious as ever. Listen after the jump and check out the rest of this week's new aural fare...
Empresarios, El Sonido Mágico (Fort Knox Recordings)
Brian Eno, LUX (Warp)
His first solo album since Another Day on Earth finds Brian Eno offering up what he sees as a continuation of his "Music for Thinking" project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993); this 76-minute composition in four parts was apparently inspired by a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy.
The Floacist, Presents Floetry Re:Birth (Shanachie)
Front Line Assembly, AirMech (Metropolis)
Golden Gardens, How Brave The Hunted Wolves (Neon Sigh Collective)
Green Day, Dos! (Reprise)
Part of the trilogy.
Guided by Voices, The Bears For Lunch (GBV Inc.)
GBV's third album of 2012.
How to Destroy Angels, An Omen EP (Columbia)
Jan, Jan (Enclaves)
The solo project of Kim Talon (from art-rock band Eagle and Talon) delivers heavy-driving riot grrrl-infused grunge and shoe-gazey indie rock with plenty of fuzzed-out guitars and growling vocals. Listen to "How To Beast” below.
Aaron Lewis, The Road (Blaster Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville)
Lust For Youth, Growing Seeds (Sacred Bones)
Stephen Lynch, LION (What Are Records)
Machinehead, Machine F**king Head Live! (Universal Republic)
Roc Marciano, Reloaded (Decon)
Paul McCartney, Live Kisses (Eagle Rock)
This live DVD/Blu-ray release captures Paul McCartney performing songs from his acclaimed Kisses On The Bottom album at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Amid the music are interviews with Paul and others, while the package itself also encompasses concert footage, exclusive promo videos directed by Paul, and a 40-page hardback book.
Midnight Magic, Walking The Midnight Streets (Midnight Sun Sound)
A trippy blend of funk, soul, and electro-tinged disco direct from NYC. This is the outfit's debut full length since first hitting the scene in 2009. Listen to "Same Way I Feel" below.
Old Man Luedecke, Tender Is The Night (True North)
One Direction, Take Me Home (Columbia)
Oneida, A List of the Burning Mountains (Jagjaguwar)
Placebo, B3 EP (UMe)
Bambi Lee Savage, Darkness Overshadowed (self-release)
Sonic Youth, Smart Bar Chicago 1985 (Goofin')
In the fall of 1985, Sonic Youth was on a nationwide tour backing their Bad Moon Rising LP. This show at Chicago's Smart Bar was recorded on 4-track cassette and includes live versions of songs from that album, early performances of "Secret Girl" and "Expressway to Yr Skull," and a rare, never-before-released live rendition of "Kat n Hat." Mixed and mastered by the band from the original tape source.
Soundgarden, King Animal (Entertainment/Republic)
The band's first studio album in 16 years, since 1996's Down on the Upside, and their sixth overall. Gotta say, what I've heard so far from "Non-State Actor" has got me excited - Chris Cornell howling, Kim Thayil dishing out thick grungy riffs, and Matt Cameron hitting hard on rhythms. Album preview below.
Patti Smith, Live at Montreux 2005 (Eagle Rock)
Trésors, Missionaries (Desire)
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch, The Mystery Of Heaven (Sacred Bones)
Vinyl Williams, Lemniscate (Golden Face Records / Mixed Magic Artists Group)