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This Week in Music: The week of the mixtapes and comebacks with Wale, Miguel and More

We listen to new music every week, but finding out what’s new isn’t always easy. Below is a list of our favorite new albums and single that dropped this week so you can keep your head bobbing all through your commute and drum on your desk to the dismay of all your co-workers. Here are the best releases for the first week of December 2014.

New Albums for December 2, 2014

A Better Tomorrow

Wu Tang Clan

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After a few years worth of of delays, Wu Tang is finally providing the public with A Better Tomorrow. It’s not necessarily a groundbreaking record, but it’s new music from the Wu Tang Clan and that’s not to be missed.

Rock or Bust


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AC/DC could have released Rock or Bust as a follow up to Back in Black and it wouldn’t have felt out of place. The band hasn’t lost a beat, even with Stevie Young at the helms in place of his uncle Angus.

Other People’s Songs


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Mike Kinsella’s solo project Owen has produced some great music from within the Chicago indie scene, but on Other People’s Songs he taps into his influences and puts his own twist on their songs.


Take That

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The final product of four years away and losing members Robbie Williams and Jason Orange to other projects, III finds the British pop trio in a tough spot and they find their way out with some upbeat jams.

Extra Painful

Yo La Tengo

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Yo La Tengo has put in a remarkable 30 years together as a band. To celebrate, they’re releasing Extra Painful, a double LP re-issue that features previously unheard and unreleased music from over the years.



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The beloved Doolittle record from The Pixies turns 25 this year. The landmark record from 1989 is getting re-released along side a collection of b-sides and early demos from the band’s recording sessions. Read our interview with Joey Santiago here.


Trash Kit

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London’s DIY trio of post-punk noise Trash Kit returns to form after their 2010 debut. It can be difficult to find the structure within the mad mess of sounds in Confidence, but once they become clear you can see the band building something great.

You Owe Nothing

Kill It Kid

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The British band with an Americana sound, Kill It Kid is back to work with their third studio album You Owe Nothing. A slightly more refined sound does nothing to deter from the raw rocking feel housed in the guitars and vocals.



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Beacon came on to the scene in Brooklyn with a 90s sensibility infused into modern R&B. Their latest record skews them toward the an electronica-tuned pop sound, but the spacey orbiting feeling is still present.

New Singles

Molly Moves My Generation

The Black Angels



It may have seemed after the Black Angels’ last EP that the band was headed toward a sun-drenched, psychedelic sound but Molly Moves My Generation moves the band back into darker territories with echoing guitars.



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UK collection CYMBALS is setting out with a new EP later this year. On the b-side of the record is Innocence, a song that captures the feelings from the dance floor and the emotions that set in after the night ends.


Frank Ocean



Frank Ocean caught fans by surprise with the release of Memrise, an unexpected new release from the singer. The track is a slow burn, filled with a sensual sense of emotion and sexually charged lyrics.

What is What




American rockers Interpol released new single Everything Is Wrong along with the accompanying track What Is What this week. The song is available as a free download and maintains the gritty New York feel of the band.

American Beauty/American Psycho

Fall Out Boy



Pop-punk rockers Fall Out Boy announced plans to release a new album in January 2015. In support of the upcoming release, they shared American Beauty/American Psycho, a catchy, raucous mix that maintains the FOB flair.

Get Over It


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English pop-rockers McBusted are back with another soaring pop song. Get Over It features a catchy chorus, guitar riffs that are impossible to ignore, and just an addictive sense of fun.

Next page: Hot new albums and singles from November 2014.

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