As we have been mentioning the last couple of months, September is stocked with a ton of great releases and next Tuesday in particular comes the mother-load with a staggering number of high profile albums dropping that day. To get you ready for “Super Tuesday” the fine folks at NPR Music have handpicked 14 of their favorites to stream on their site for free as part of their First Listen series. Among those that you can get the “try it before you buy it” preview of are the new ones from Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, of Montreal, Chromeo, Justin Townes Earle and The Walkmen.
- List Time: 10 Fall Albums You Need To Buy
- The xx won England’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize
- Cover Alert: The Drums tackle The Arcade Fire
- David Fricke digs into his archives for this Jeff Tweedy interview
- Download This: AA Bony – Live At Mojo’s – August 10, 2010
- David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries to be released as an audio book
Finally, with Matador Records set to celebrate their 21st anniversary in style with a big blowout celebration in Las Vegas, the venerable indie label has announced the details of their Matador At 21 limited-edition box set. The six-disc, deluxe box features five CDs documenting the history of the label with remastered songs released from 1989 through 2010, and one CD of unreleased live recordings from the Matador 10th Anniversary concerts in New York City.
The entire set comes in a blue-grey foil-stamped linen-bound box, with each CD in a custom digipak along with an 85-page book documenting the history of the label with essays, photos, ephemera, emails and more. In addition, the box holds 36 custom Matador poker chips in three values. All proceeds from the sale of the set will will go to benefit three charities chosen by the label.