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October Music Guide: 12 Albums To Listen For This Month

It's a huge month for new releases - we've boiled down the dozen can't-miss albums for October!

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

 

With the changing seasons, cooler weather and holiday gears beginning to turn, the heat is turning up on new music releases! New offerings from Muse, Bat For Lashes, Gary Clark Jr, P.O.S., Coheed & Cambria and more lead the pack for your autumn soundtrack – check out the full highlight list of new releases for October below!

 

Muse – The 2nd Law

Release Date: Oct 2

"Imagine the high intent of Radiohead fused with the arena posturing of latter day U2," writes Crave reviewer Iann Robinson, and he's dead on the mark. Muse's latest finds them coming back down to earth just a bit after the interstellar high-opera of their last two releases. There's some murky water here as the boys attempt to regain their footing on less obtusely grand songwriting, but overall a solid effort from the multiplatinum rockers, who've overcome their Radiohead derivatives and fully come into their own.

Check out the video for "Madness":

 

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

Release Date: Oct 2

Los Angeles producer-champion Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, describes his new collection as “a collage of musical states, dreams, sleeps and lullabies.” A gorgeous wash of ambient electronica laced with nu-jazz production, newcomers will find an artist at the top of his game while loyals will be pleasantly rewarded.

Check out a short film by Kahlil Joseph, with music from Flying Lotus' album:

 

Tori Amos – Gold Dust

Release Date: Oct 2

Tori Amos' second adventure in the classical genre (following 2011’s Night of Hunters) pulls favorites from her illustrious songwriting career, reworking them with orchestration from the Metropole Orchestra. Nearing 50 years old, Amos' works have long been peppered with classical flourishes and dramatic flare, and despite having spent many years “running from” classical music, as she puts it, the elfin songstress is embracing her deepest roots. Having reestablished listener relationships with Bach and Chopin to Stravinsky and Prokofiev, Amos found new inspiration in the classical greats. “It was humbling to see how their minds worked. I had a love affair with each of those dead guys,” she gushed. On Gold Dust, the influence is palpable.

 

Kiss – Monster

Release Date: Oct 9

Gene "Merchandising Before Meaning" Simmons and Co. put on the make up once more, in conjunction with a massively oversized photo book, also entitled ‘Monster’. They've just come off their massive arena tour with Motley Crue, and are celebrating their 2012 revival with their 20th studio album.

After 40-plus years in the game – including 28 gold albums (the most for anyAmerican band in history) and total album sales topping 100 million – it's clear these career opportunists know what they're doing.

 

Coheed & Cambria – Aftermath: Ascension

Release Date: Oct 9

Coheed And Cambria's new double album 'The Afterma' is split into two parts, with Ascension seeing an October 8 release, four months before the second half, which is titled Descension (due in February). Produced by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, the album promises to be a sprawling epic in true Coheed form, including a four-part series titled 'Key Entity Extraction'.

Album trailer:

 

Pinback – Information Retrieved

Release Date: Oct 16

San Diego indie stalwarts Pinback return after a five year studio absence with Information Retrieved, though fans have been anticipating new music since 2009, when the band first hinted it was working on a record. Members Rob Crow and Zach Smith took their sweet time, however, partially due to Smith’s other group Three Mile Pilot and Crow’s solo work.

 

Ben Gibbard – Former Lives

Release Date: Oct 16

Despite giving Death Cab For Cutie the primary focus of his creative drive for the better part of 2010 and 2011 for the construction of Codes And Keys, frontman Ben Gibbard found time to begin assembling his first solo album. Recorded in bits and pieces in between Death Cab sessions, the songs on Former Lives are pulled from periods that span his entire career. Diehards will be familiar with much of the material, having seen many of the tracks performed at his solo live shows for years. Gibbard's truest talents as a songwriter shine through here, expanding into colors unvisited by the Death Cab collective.

 

Dethklok – Metalocalypse: Dethalbum III

Release Date: Oct 16

Dethklok's highly anticipated follow up is on the horizon, with the biggest, most metalest band in the world delivering four versions of the album: regular release, digital release, clean release, and deluxe edition CD/DVD combo. The deluxe edition features a 32-minute documentary on the making of the album, as well as music videos and more.

Check out the video for the scandalously-titled "I Ejaculate Fire":

The album is once again co-produced by show co-creator Brendon Small and Ulrich Wild.

 

Trey Anastasio – Traveler

Release Date: Oct 16

Traveler, Trey’s ninth studio album, was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi) at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Musicians include Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State’s Kori Gardner, The National’s Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, and Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen.

"My goal was to create an album that used the studio as an instrument," Anastasio said in a press release. "I wanted to work with Peter because he is a master at creating a sonic landscape. We were hoping for a cinematic end result." Among the new and unheard tracks fans will find a surprising gem: a studio version of the Gorillaz song “Clint Eastwood,” which Anastasio has included in his recent live sets.

 

Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

Release Date: Oct 16

Natasha Khan breaks her three-year studio absence after the highly acclaimed Two Suns with The Haunted Man, with a gorgeously-composed collection of tracks that walk a balanced line between meditatively thoughtful and ethereally poppy.

Check out the recent single "All Your Gold" for a taste of what's to come:

 

Gary Clark Jr. – Blak & Blu

Release Date: Oct 23

Blak and Blu," produced by Clark and Mike Elizondo and recorded earlier this year in California, certainly shoots wide, including the brassy psychedelic soul of "Ain't Messin' 'Round," the Prince-like R&B flavors of the title track and "You Saved Me," the rock 'n' roll boogie of "Travis County" and the rustic, front porch, lo-fi feel of "Next Door Neighbor Blues."

The album, out Oct. 22, contains 13 songs, including three holdovers from his “Bright Lights” EP (which famously got a four-star lead review in Rolling Stone) and a mash-up of the blues hit “If You Love Me Like You Say” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun.”

The first single is the horn-powered “Ain’t Messin ‘Round.”

 

P.O.S. – We Don't Even Live Here

Release Date: Oct 23

Through killer couplet wordplay soaked in now culture, We Don’t Even Live Here reveals, in full color, an evolved & highly refined class warfare antagonist amidst a storm of instrumentation and effects. 

Produced by all-star engineer and Minneapolis high school acquaintance Andrew Dawson, We Don’t Even Live Here follows 2009′s stellar Never Better with a more aggressive, effects-rich instrumentation surge that dismantles Pfizer-fade bottle-poppin’ culture with a recurring “oh shit, rewind that” barrage of lyrical tyranny over powerfully nuanced, percussively driven backdrops.

Rhymesayers Entertainment wildcard has found a point of precise momentum to return and deliver a downright flabbergastingly fantastic album – a facegrind down the pissed and littered alleyways of America’s cannibal culture through a beast-bounce trip with molotov slingshot surprises blasting across an anarchist’s party playlist.

Check out the video for "Fuck Your Stuff" below:

Each We Don’t Even Live Here CD and Vinyl pre-order from Fifth Element is autographed by P.O.S and will include an exclusive sticker, full color CrimethInc. poster as well as an instant digital download of album track Bumper and a special live version of “Bumper” not available anywhere else.