The last wave of November 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.
Alicia Keys, Girl On Fire (RCA)
Big Dipper, Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet (Almost Ready Records)
My Education, A Drink For All My Friends (Headbump Records)
Outasight, Nights Like These (Warner Bros.)
The Radiators, The Last Watusi (Radz)
Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine - XX (Sony Legacy)
A commemorative and remastered 20th anniversary edition of the politically-charged rock rap band's 1992 eponymous debut is offered in three configurations: the Deluxe Box Set (two CDs, two DVDs, one 12" 180gm vinyl LP, a 40-page booklet, and a two-sided poster), the Special Edition (two CDs and a bonus DVD with six additional tracks), and the no-frills single compact disc (with three bonus tracks). The single disc features the newly remastered original album in its entirety along with three B-sides from era. Disc two is the original Rage demo tape recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at early Rage shows.
Three Loco, Three Loco EP (Mad Decent)
The new comedy hip hop project featuring eccentric Houston rapper RiFF RAFF, Andy Milonakis of MTV fame, and Dirt Nasty, who you know as Simon Rex. "Bong Hits" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries...
Various Artists, Ouroboros (Innovative Leisure)
LA-based label Innovative Leisure delivers this compilation of house tracks from Background Sound and Braille, techno from Ghosts on Tape, and numbers from heavy-weight Machinedrum, Charlotte duo Click & Whistles and Non Projects owner Anenon among others.
Whispers Of Wonder, Whispers Of Wonder (Standby Records)
The Winter Sounds, Runner (New Granada Records)
Produced by Scott Solter (Spoon, St. Vincent), the new Winter Sounds album — their first on Tampa's own New Granada imprint — is a triumphant high octane blend of New Wave synths and affected vocals, post-punk rhythms and catchy electro pop hooks. According to frontman/lead wailer/lyricist Patrick Keenan, “Each song represents a lost belief or some failed ambition. But, within each one there are personal realizations and revelations.” Video for "The Sun Also Rises" below. CD release show at New World Brewery this Friday; the band also performs on Saturday at Microgroove as part of their One-Year Anniversary Party.
Wu-Block, Wu-Block (Entertainment One Music)
A collaborative studio LP by Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch of The LOX aka D-Block, with appearances by pretty much all the other Wu and D-Block members. Listen to first single "Union Square" below.