Not a huge week for new releases. I've included info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may never 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 ...
Andrea Bocelli, Concerto, One Night in Central Park [CD/DVD] (Decca)
Caveman, Coco Beware (Magic Man!)
New York-based Caveman issues their debut LP of psyche-shoegaze. Check out a live performance of album track "Great Life" below.
Ray Charles, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (Concord)
Concord Records makes the artist's collection of ABC-Paramount singles from his prolific1960-72 recording period available for the first time. The digitally remastered deluxe 106-song collection includes the A and B sides of 53 singles.
Crystal Stilts, Radiant Door EP (Sacred Bones)
Cynic, Carbon Based Anatomy EP (Season of Mist)
Drake, Take Care (Cash Money)
The hip hop artist headlines Wild 94.1's Last Damn Show this Friday, and another special event, "Drake Live and Up Close at Scene Premium Night Club" in St. Petersburg on Saturday.
Gym Class Heroes, The Papercut Chronicles II (Fueled by Ramen)
Howie D, Back To Me (HowieDoIt Music)
The Backstreet Boys vocalist presents his first solo LP.
The Jigsaw Seen, Winterland (Vibro-phonic)
Locksmith, Embedded (Bluroc)
The lyrical battle rapper from the San Francisco Bay Area teams up with legendary producer Ski Beatz on this LP. Check out "Devil's Lasso" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's releases.
Yael Meyer, Everything Will Be Alright (Yael Meyer Music)
The Chilean indie electro-pop artist presents her sophomore full-length. Check out "Fire" below.
Mott the Hoople, The Ballad of Mott The Hoople (Redeye)
A feature-length film about the hard glam rock outfit from the 1970s that incorporates rare and unseen archive footage with testimonies from band members and various other associates and witnesses, and chronicles their history and the series of events that led to their implosion at the height of their fame. Also included is footage from their reunion in 2009 at The Hammersmith Apollo. check out the trailer below.
David Nail, The Sound Of A Million Dreams (MCA Nashville)
Pert Near Sandstone, Paradise Hop (Pert Near Music)
Pink Martini and Saori Yuki, 1969 (Heinz)
Yuki, considered by many to be the Barbra Streisand of Japan, debuted in 1969 with her first LP and went on to produce more than 30 albums in her 42-year career. Yuki discovered Pink Martini after the band covered her song "Taya Tan" on 2007's Hey Eugene!, and partnered with Pink Martini to pay musical tribute to 1969 with some diverse tunes from the year — Jorge Ben's “Mas que nada” and “Puff the Magic Dragon,” by Peter, Paul and Mary among them.
Pterodactyl, Spills Out (Brah Records)
Jason Reeves, Caged Birds Set Free EP (abeautifularmyoftrees)
R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 (Warner Bros.)
A double-disc retrospective album and final release from alt rockers R.E.M. that spans their early material released via indie label I.R.S. Records through all their studio output on Warner Bros. The actually release date of this album was Nov. 11.
Run Kid Run, Patterns (Tooth & Nail)
Slash, Made in Stoke 24/7/11 (Fontana)
A live release from the guitar slinger that was recorded at the Victoria Hall in Stoke On Trent, UK, this past summer and marked his return to the town where he grew up.
Swahili Blonde, Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink (Neurotic Yell)
Tegan and Sara, Get Along (Warner Bros.)
The package includes three films offering an intimate look into the lives of songwriters, performers, and musicians-twins Tegan and Sara Quin. States is a 30-minute doc that combines American touring footage with interviews to illuminate their early career and unique connection with their fanbase while the 25-minute India was shot during their first-ever tour of India. And finally, there's For The Most Part, an intimate 70-minute stripped-down concert film shot in front of a small (75-person) audience of fans, friends, and family over two days at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. A 15-track live album from this show is included with the package as well. Check out the trailer below.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Poor Leroy's Almanack (Spring Fed)
White Denim, Takes Place In Your Work Space EP (Downtown)
The psyche-prog-classic rock throwback group is currently on tour with Manchester Orchestra, and both stop in Orlando on Nov. 22.
White Wizzard, Flying Tigers (Earache)
The Who, Quadrophenia Deluxe (Geffen)
Brit rock titans The Who issue a digitally re-mastered and expanded version of their 1973 concept album that includes the original double LP as well as eight of Pete Townshend's previously unreleased demos, two books with unreleased photos and new essays by Pete; a bigger, super deluxe version is also available.