New Music Tuesday: Songs For Slim, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Cate Le Bon, and GEMS

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on November 12, 2013

Photo: The Replacements at Riot Fest 2013 by Jesse DeFlorio

A new compilation for Songs For Slim, new albums from Lady Gaga and Cate Le Bon, a greatest hits release from The Killers, and a new EP from GEMS make up this week's New Music Tuesday. For more new music from the fall, check out our Music Monday Playlist: Best of Fall 2013.

This probably isn't the first time you're hearing about Songs For Slim, the non-profit project that raises money for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap who suffered a massive right brain stroke in 2012. Since January of this year, The Replacements and various artists have released monthly limited edition vinyls in picture sleeves designed by Chris Mars. In addition to 8 records that were auctioned off, Songs For Slim released a special 45 for Record Store Day and a commercial version of the first Songs For Slim Release, The Replacements EP.

So you're probably asking why we've included the project in this week's New Music Tuesday. Today, the artists behind Songs For Slim put out a 2CD compilation of all the Slim songs from the series plus a couple bonus tracks. The compilation features The Replacements, Chris Mars, Jeff Tweedy, Craig Finn, Frank Black, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Lucero, Deer Tick, Soul Asylum, and more. Head over to the release page for the tracklist and check out our photo gallery of The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago 2013.

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Lady Gaga released Art Pop worldwide this week, her third album including her 2008 debut The Fame. The album, which was preceded by the singles "Applause" and her duet with R. Kelly "Do What You Want," can be streamed in full below via Spotify. Little Monsters can sign up or log in to Gaga's online community to listen to the album on a virtual record player, complete with the ability to control the needle and wind the record back and forth.

You may think Greatest Hits collections are reserved for bands that have been around longer than you've been alive, but that's not the case for The Killers. After rising to success in a blink of an eye in the early 2000s, the Las Vegas group released four studio albums, the best from which have been compiled in this week's new release Direct Hits. The 18-track LP includes the songs you'd expect, "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "When You Were Young," as well as a couple new tracks sprinkled into the mix. Stream the hits below via Spotify.

The Wales native, LA transplant Cate Le Bon released her third album Mug Museum this week, a release that won't disappoint fans of her slightly spooky voice and dark lyrics (Le Bon has confessed to being fixated on death). NPR draws parallels between The Velvet Underground and Television, and we're not inclined to disagree. Stream the album below and decide for yourself.

There's hardly anything novel about a synth-pop duo based in a big city, but we're drawn to the project of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John, GEMS, anyway. The duo released new EP Medusa today featuring the two, recently released singles "Medusa" and "Ephemera." The two tracks are at once romantic and heartbreaking. Slightly dark tunes that nevertheless induce a soothing excitement. Stream the EP below and catch GEMS in D.C. this Thursday and headlining Brooklyn's Glasslands in December.

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See Also:

Music Monday Playlist: Best of Fall 2013
Photo Gallery: The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago 2013
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