65daysofstatic – Wild Light CD/LP (Superball Music)
Sixth album from the Sheffield-based instrumental post-rock outfit. Initially, the band interspersed heavy, progressive, guitar-driven instrumental sections with live drums and offbeat sampled drums akin to those of Aphex Twin, although since their second album they have developed their work to include keyboard parts.
Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
Arcade Fire’s new double album was produced by the band, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, and long-time collaborator Markus Dravs.
Audacity – Butter Knife CD/LP+CD (Suicide Squeeze)
Audacity’s new album Butter Knife is still, at its core, a garage rock record. The economic instrumentation, grit-tinged guitar jangle, pogo-prompting tempos, and sing-along choruses can all be traced back to the seminal Nuggets collections. But ultimately, Butter Knife doesn’t sound so much like an homage to The Sonics as it sounds like a young band striving to make the most ebullient and jubilant noise possible.
Bad Religion – Christmas Songs CD (Epitaph)
Bad Religion have threatened to record an album of seasonal classics for years, and now they’ve gone and done it, tackling eight chestnuts in their classic punk rock style. From “White Christmas” with its nod to pioneers The Ramones, to the glorious choirboy intro to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Christmas Songs is the record you need to get your holiday household’s toes tapping.
Bardo Pond – Peace On Venus CD/LP (Fire)
Philadelphia’s foremost purveyors of psychedelic rock again dazzle with their gift for heavy riffs laced with soaring vocals &and swathes of sound.
Botony – Lava Diviner (True Story) CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
When our human experiences defy articulation, music and film can sometimes be the only languages we have to communicate with. In 1975, Peter Weir directed Picnic At Hanging Rock, a haunting film in which a group of schoolgirls disappear while exploring a volcanic rock in the Australian outback. Through the film, Weir explores landscapes of intense memory, and the mysterious forces that bend, mold, and erode the core of our psyches.
Susan Boyle – Home For Christmas CD (Sony)
Singing sensation Susan Boyle returns with a stunning album of her favorite classic Christmas songs.
Peter Broderick – Float 2013 CD/LP (Erased Tapes)
Reissue of the 26-year old American composer’s 2008 debut album, Float. Remastered by Nils Frahm. Vinyl edition features two bonus tracks.
Circuit des Yeux – Overdue CD/LP (Ba Da Bing!)
A few artists have had studios built for themselves—Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios a notable example—but certainly few albums have had studios built for them. Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr and Cave’s Cooper Crain erected USA Studios in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood over a few weeks in January 2013 for the two months of recording sessions that make up Overdue. Founded with the acquisition of a one-inch Otari MX-70 tape deck (modded to 8-track) and a vacancy in a friend’s apartment, the studio endured hundreds of hours over its brief flash of life.
Circus Devils – My Mind Has Seen The White Trick CD (Happy Jack)
Circus Devils – When Machines Attack CD (Happy Jack)
Founded by Robert Pollard, completed by the Tobias brothers Todd and Tim, Ohio’s Circus Devils have been lurking under the radar since 2001. They’re back with two new albums for 2013, both released on the same day Vinyl versions due November 12.
Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red CD (RCA)
The Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist releases her first Christmas album.
Diane Coffee – My Friend Fish CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
Joseph Campbell describes a shaman as “person, male or female, who…has an overwhelming psychological experience that turns him totally inward. It’s a kind of schizophrenic crack-up. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls into it.” We’ll never know the whole truth about what happened when (Foxygen drummer and former Disney child actor) Shaun Fleming moved from the West Coast suburbs to New York, but whatever it was fractured his psyche, opened it up, and gave birth to Diane Coffee.
Corrections House – Last City Zero CD (Neurot)
Corrections House is the collective compulsions of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury. A mysterious cooperative of lost souls, forged unwittingly by the impetuous forces of nature and altered states of consciousness, Corrections House is without control of their destiny.