We’re deep into the fall, and November’s release schedule is looking strong. September and October are generally two of the busiest months for new releases each year, and we see a slight drop off in terms of quantity once November begins. This year sees this trend continue, but there are many highly anticipated albums from SXSW alumni artists that we will be pointing out for your listening pleasure.
November 17 Releases
This Friday sees six heavy-hitting releases from past Showcasing Artists. Experimental pop artist Baths returns with Romaplasm, iconic crooner Morrissey releases his new LP titled Low in High School, arty pop star Sia adds Everyday Is Christmas to her extensive catalogue, r&b icon Mavis Staples releases If All I Was Was Black, UK pop singer Paloma Faith drops The Architect, and we are gifted a posthumous release from soul music legend Sharon Jones.
After organizing the list of new releases, we pick one new album and make a playlist incorporating new music from past SXSW Showcasing Artists for fans to discover other like-minded artists. This week's playlist features soulful jams inspired by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, whose posthumously released album Soul Of A Woman is dropping this Friday. Act quick because these playlists will only be active for seven days before we pick a new artist to focus on.
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Past Showcasing Artist November 17 Releases
Baths - Romaplasm
Paloma Faith - The Architect
Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black
Morrissey - Low In High School
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman
Sia - Everyday Is Christmas
November 10 Releases
Indie pop duo Tennis drop We Can Die Happy, their second LP of 2017. Anthemic rockers Sleigh Bells are back with an album titled Kid Kruschev. Angel Olsen will release Phases—a collection of B-sides, demos, and unreleased material. Christopher Owens, of Girls, releases Vante under the Curls moniker.
Past Showcasing Artist November 10 Releases
Billy Ray Cyrus - Set the Record Straight
Sleigh Bells - Kid Kruschev
Curls [Christopher Owens] - Vante
Angel Olsen - Phases
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake: Demoes
Tennis - We Can Die Happy
Smokey Robinson - Christmas Everyday
Spinning Coin - Permo
Teen Daze - Themes For A New Earth
November 3 Releases
This week there are 5 new releases from SXSW artists. English singer Sam Smith returns with his second album titled The Thrill of It All. Canadian indie-rockers Casper Skulls release Mercy Works. UK veterans Stereophonics have jumped the gun and released their album Scream Above the Sounds at the beginning of the week, and are already enjoying a good release week. Industrial leaning rock band AUTOBAHN have The Moral Crossing hitting record store shelves on Friday as well.
Past Showcasing Artist November 3 Releases
AUTOBAHN - The Moral Crossing
Casper Skulls - Mercy Works
Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All
Shamir - Revelations
Stereophonics - Scream Above the Sounds
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Sharon Jones - Photo by Heather Kennedy
Teen Daze - Photo by David Tait
Shamir - Photo by Jason Macdonald