Lady Gaga - 'ARTPOP' (Streamline/Interscope)
When not getting naked at surprise club shows or weeping through songs at the YouTube Music Awards, Lady Gaga is likely finding ways to get her rabid fanbase excited for her new all-caps album, 'ARTPOP.' Dubbed as "a celebration and a poetic musical journey," her third studio album sees the Aphrodite lady in a seashell bikini veering away from the austere, rock-based tracks/mess of 'Born This Way' and toward a more electronic-influenced sound. She gets production help this time around from RedOne, DJ White Shadow, Madeon, and Zedd, and collaboration cozy with R. Kelly, Twista, T.I., and Too $hort. In the meantime, peep the Jeff Koons cover art and listen for the Sun Ra and Zombie Zombie samples in second single "Venus" below.
Blood Orange - 'Cupid Deluxe' (Domino)
Dev Hynes is best known as a former member of dance-punk band Test Icicles. Or wait, perhaps he's best known for his work in Lightspeed Champion. Or maybe his work with Solange and Sky Ferreira? In any case, Hynes has clearly been making a name for himself for years now, and his chameleon-like tastes and increasing interest in 1's and 0's provide the perfect backdrop for his electronic solo project, Blood Orange. 'Cupid Deluxe' follows 2011's 'Coastal Grooves,' and it features an eclectic group of tracks influenced by R&B, funk, hip-hop, dub, 80s pop, jazz, and soul. Guests include Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Clams Casino, and R&B singer Samantha Urbani. Out on Domino, y'all.
deadmau5 – 'We Are Friends 2' (Astralwerks)
Heavyweight EDM producer deadmau5, known to his agent Joel Zimmerman as Joel Zimmerman (yes, he has the same name as his agent), has recently signed with Astralwerks, which is now both the U.S. home for deadmau5 music and the exclusive distributor of his Mau5trap imprint. His first release for Astralwerks is a compilation, 'We Are Friends 2,' and includes works by BSOD, James Njie, Kario Kingdom, Al Bizarre, and more. Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi were not available for comment at press time.
Mark Pritchard – 'Make A Livin'' EP (Warp)
Mark Pritchard, Australian DJ/producer/Red Bull Music Academy lecturer, is capping off his EP trilogy this week with 'Make A Livin',' the follow-up to 'Ghosts' and 'Look Off.' In typical Pritchard fashion, the EP makes stylistic jumps from UK rave and dub to footwork and 8-bit, all of it in advance of a new full-length release set for next year. Warp's got you covered on this one.
Mount Eerie - 'Pre-Human Ideas' (PW Elverum & Sun)
Last year, Phil Elverum (a.k.a. Mount Eerie) released 'Clear Moon' and 'Ocean Roar,' albums that were aesthetically complementary and incredibly audacious. But neither of them apparently had enough (or any) Auto-Tune on the vocals, so this year, Elverum is releasing 'Pre-Human Ideas,' a 12-track set that sees the Anacortes musician embracing an intentionally synthetic, digital sound, pitch-shifting and MIDI-fying pre-existing Mount Eerie songs. Originally made as "exploratory and instructional demos" for his various touring bands, the tracks have a bizarre, almost satirical quality that's offset by gorgeous melodies and hypnotic chord swells. Some even feature new lyrics, which is proof once again that Elverum's music is alive and ever-changing.
ÄÄNIPÄÄ (Mika Vainio & Stephen O'Malley) - 'Through A Pre-Memory' (Editions Mego)
Mika Vainio (one half of Finnish experimental electronic group Pan Sonic) and Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Ideologic Organ) have teamed together for a new release as ÄÄNIPÄÄ. The album's called 'Through A Pre-Memory,' and it's a heavy, cavernous experience that inspires equal parts terror, destruction, and bleakness. Sounds fun! You can find it on Editions Mego, which offers this bit of advice: MAXIMUM VOLUME YIELDS MAXIMUM RESULTS.
MondreM.A.N. - 'They Say I Struggle Rap' (SWTBRDS)
Listen up, fans of West Coast swag! MondreM.A.N., one half of Oakland-based duo Main Attrakionz, is finally releasing his "proper" debut, after having released exactly one million mixtape tracks and collaborative singles. And he's only 22! 'They Say I Struggle Rap' features Shady Blaze, Hasani, DaVinci, and of course Squadda B -- but don't you dare call it #cloudrap. Look for it this week on SWTBRDS.
Throwing Muses - 'Purgatory/Paradise' (It Books/Friday Project)
They're back. Again! Yep, Throwing Muses -- the first American band signed to 4AD -- have regrouped for their first album since their 2003 self-titled reunion album. Tanya Donelly (Belly, Breeders) isn't around this time, but we still have Kristin Hersh, drummer Dave Narcizo, and bassist Bernard Georges holding down that '90s college rock aesthetic with 'Purgatory/Paradise.' But this isn't your typical album release. 'Purgatory/Paradise' is composed of not only a 32-track multimedia CD, but also an art book designed by Narcizo, featuring lyrics, photos, and words by Hersh. They ain't fucking around.
Wooden Shjips - 'Back to Land' (Thrill Jockey)
'Back to Land' is Wooden Shjips' second album for Thrill Jockey and fourth overall, but it's the psych-band's first to be conceived outside of San Francisco. As such, their psych freakouts here are tempered by less transcendental, face-ripping tones, such as those from the acoustic guitar (an ancient musical instrument that makes sound through the vibration of strings). Listen to the band search for the quintessential primal groove this week on Thrill Jockey.
The Growlers - 'Gilded Pleasures' EP (Everloving)
The Growlers released full-length 'Hung At Heart' earlier this year on FatCat, but that doesn't mean they can't release, say, a new EP called 'Gilded Pleasures' on Everloving Records. What it does mean, however, is that fans of The Growlers' so-called "beach goth" will be treated to nine new songs -- "simple and soulful," says vocalist Brooks Nielsen -- as well as gigs that'll take the band through the end of the year. Don't know what they look like? Look for wigs, dresses, and props aplenty.
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