First wave of December 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.
Alex Metric, Ammunition Pt. 2(Owsla)
A-Trak, Tuna Melt EP (Fool's Gold Records)
Blur, ParkLive (Virgin)
The mega UK rock band's performance at Hyde Park, London to mark the closing of the 2012 Olympic Games is made available in CD, DVD and deluxe combo editions.
Gavin DeGraw, Sweeter Live (RCA)
Diamond Version, EP2 (Mute Records)
Dream Boat, Eclipsing (Cloud Recordings)
El Perro del Mar, Pale Fire (The Control Group)
Hinder, Welcome to the Freakshow (Republic Records)
Ke$ha, Warrior (RCA)
KISS, The Casablanca Singles (Mercury / Casablanca / UMe)
Memory Tapes, Grace/Confusion (Carpark)
"Discarding any ideas about genre, format or even song structure didn't feel like a liberation though, more like a maze to get lost in," Dayve Hawk has said about his latest Memory Tapes endeavor, a six-track 39-minute work of down-tempo experimental electro, what he's called "pop music as field recordings." Check out "Neighborhood Watch" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Jacob Morris, Moths (Sloud Recordings)
Paloma Faith, Fall To Grace (Epic)
The Prodigy, The Fat of the Land Expanded Edition (XL Recordings)
The record that hatched ball-busting strip-club single, "Smack My Bitch Up," as well as "Firestarter" and "Breathe" gets a 15th anniversary re-release expanded to include a second disc of six new remixes by electronic acts Noisia, Alvin Risk, Zeds Dead, Baauer, Glitch Mob and Major Lazer. Check out the latter's remix below.
The Relapse Symphony, Times Running Out EP (Standby Records)
Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness Remastered (Virgin)
A year filled with Pumpkins remasters releases concludes with their double-album magnum opus. Multiple physical and digital configurations of the remastered album are offered in addition to the original format. A pimp-ass expanded 5CD/DVD Deluxe Box Set (also available digitally) encompasses 64 bonus tracks of previously unreleased material or alternate versions of Mellon Collie-era songs curated from the band's archives by Billy Corgan and remastered by Bob Ludwig. The DVD features a performance filmed in London in 1996 along with bonus footage from their appearance on German music TV show Rockpalast; also included in the package - two books of personal notes, lyrics, new collage artwork, and a Decoupage kit for creating your own scenes from the Mellon Collie universe, all enclosed in a 12 x 12 lift-top box with magnetic closure, re-imagined cover art and velvet-lined disc holder.
Super Hi Fi, Dub to the Bone (Electric Cowbell)
There's certainly not enough modern dub music coming out, but at least Super Hi Fi is living up to high quality grooves with their brass fused Brooklyn-bred sound. Check out an album sampler below.
Team Ghost, Dead Film Star EP (Wsphere)
The Walkaways, Romance and Medicine (self-release)
Scott Walker, Bish Bosch (4AD)
Wild International, Lake Tones EP (self-release)
Wiz Khalifa, O.N.I.F.C. (Atlantic)
The West Coast ganja-loving emcee issues his fourth studio album and second under Atlantic, O.N.I.F.C., an acronym for ‘Only Nigga in First Class’ or edited for less mature audiences, ‘One Night in First Class.’ Check out the video for "The Bluff" featuring Cam'ron.