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New Music Tuesday, December 6, 2011


This week’s New Releases have an urban flavor: hip-hop vets The Roots return with their thirteenth studio album, with R&B standbys Robin Thicke and T-Pain dropping new ones as well.

There’s also a smorgasbord of new music from a wide variety of genres, including nu-metal troupe Korn, DJ deadmau5, Latina-pop queen Shakira, drone-rock experimentalists Boris, and the latest from the Glee kids. Rounding out the week's releases is a compendium of music left behind by late pop diva Amy Winehouse. Hear these artists and more on the New Music Tuesday playlist for December 6, 2011.

Playlist Notes

  • Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures
    Following neo-soul singer Amy Winehouse’s tragic passing this summer, the London chanteuse left behind a batch of songs that never saw the light of day. Alternate takes, covers, and of course a handful of new tracks round out this memorial for the late young musician.

  • The Roots - undun
    One of the most musically gifted and respected hip-hop troupes of all time returns this week with their thirteenth studio album. undun is the band’s first concept album, about a character whose life path hinges on his decisions, right or wrong. Hear the story now.

  • Robin Thicke - Love After War
    L.A.-based singer-songwriter Robin Thicke releases his fifth LP today, including collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Faith Evans, Usher, Maxwell, and Lil Wayne. His silky-smooth vocal delivery over sexy, soulful beats should move any R&B fan.

  • T-Pain - rEVOLVEr
    Autotune-lovin’ R&B crooner T-Pain drops rEVOLVEr today, his fourth studio album. The singer himself has claimed that the word “evolve” in the album’s title refers to his growth as both a person and artist since 2008’s Thr33 Ringz, but you’ll have to tune into the album to hear exactly how.

  • American Music Club Reissues - Mercury, California, United Kingdom, San Francisco, Hello Amsterdam, Engine
    From 1982 to 1994, San Francisco alt-rockers American Music Club covered quite a bit of musical turf. It makes sense that the austere, guitar-based tunes from their earliest days should be due for reissue. Enjoy six of their best albums today.