50 Albums for Less Than 5 Bucks

Amazon has gained a reputation for its dirt-cheap MP3 sales (see some of this week’s effects), so we’ve combed through and highlighted some of this week’s discounts (some of which are FREE) that happen to be reader favorites. Note: Price is accurate at the time of this writing, but Amazon frequently updates prices without notice.

  1. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean ($4.99)
  2. The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monae ($4.99)
  3. My Head is An Animal by Of Monsters and Men ($4.99)
  4. The Lumineers by The Lumineers ($4.99)
  5. Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds ($3.99)
  6. The xx by The xx ($3.99)
  7. Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird ($3.99)
  8. Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse ($3.99)
  9. We Are The Tide by Blind Pilot ($3.99)
  10. Passive Me, Aggressive You by The Naked and Famous ($3.99)
  11. Bon Iver by Bon Iver ($3.99)
  12. Mignonette by The Avett Brothers ($3.99)
  13. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend ($3.99)
  14. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells ($3.99)
  15. Be The Void by Dr. Dog ($3.99)
  16. Infinite Arms by Band of Horses ($3.99)
  17. Boxer by The National ($3.99)
  18. Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie ($3.99)
  19. Something by Chairlift ($3.99)
  20. Cults by Cults ($3.99)
  21. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent ($3.99)
  22. Metals by Feist ($3.99)
  23. Delta Spirit by Delta Spirit ($3.99)
  24. Robbers & Cowards by Cold War Kids ($3.99)
  25. Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle ($3.99)
  26. Young & Old by Tennis ($3.99)
  27. Burst Apart by The Antlers ($3.99)
  28. Tramp by Sharon Van Etten ($3.99)
  29. I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling ($3.99)
  30. Oh Land by Oh Land ($3.99)
  31. Milk Famous by White Rabbits ($3.99)
  32. The Bright Lights EP by Gary Clark Jr. ($3.99)
  33. The Valley by Eisley ($3.99)
  34. Continued Silence EP by Imagine Dragons ($3.70)
  35. Saturdays = Youth by M83 ($2.99)
  36. Never Trust A Happy Song by Grouplove ($2.99)
  37. Attack on Memory by Cloud Nothings ($2.99)
  38. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters ($2.99)
  39. Cage the Elephant by Cage the Elephant ($2.99)
  40. The Head And The Heart by The Head And The Heart ($2.99)
  41. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes ($2.99)
  42. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire ($2.99)
  43. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine ($2.99)
  44. Within and Without by Washed Out ($2.99)
  45. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes ($2.99)
  46. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care by Explosions in the Sky ($2.99)
  47. Holy Weather by Civil Twilight ($2.99)
  48. Poison & Wine EP by The Civil Wars ($2.99)
  49. Nightlife by Phantogram ($2.49)
  50. Hometown Glory by Adele ($1.98)

FREE Downloads:

  1. Walk the Moon’s single “Anna Sun”
  2. Cold Specks’ “Blank Maps”
  3. Regina Spektor’s “My Dear Acquaintance [A Happy New Year]”
  4. Ed Sheeran’s “Small Bump”
  5. Metric’s “Gimmie Sympathy”

Passion Pit cancels MORE dates, citing frontman’s “mental health”

Passion Pit is canceling more tour dates as frontman Michael Angelakos continues to “improve his mental health.” The band will still make appearances at the Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Outside Lands music festivals, but they are rescheduling more shows so that Angelakos can “complete a procedure that week.” The band had previously canceled six other shows earlier this month, citing the same reasons. (Read the band’s statement.)

The band’s latest album, Gossamer, is out now.

See updated schedule below:

08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/07 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater *
08/08 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
08/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/18 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/19 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/21 – Singapore @ Esplanade Concert Hall
08/24-26 – Reading and Leeds, UK @ Reading and Leeds Festival
09/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #
09/11 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
09/12 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Convention Center
09/14 – Arlington, TX @ College Park Center
09/15 – Austin, TX @ The Backyard
09/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
09/18 – Knoxville, TN @ Valrium
09/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
09/29 – Brisbane, AU @ Parklife Festival
09/30 – Sydney, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/01 – Perth, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/06 – Melbourne, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
10/19 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/22 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/23 – Hollywood, FL @ ArtsPark Ampitheatre
10/26 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric
10/27 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/02 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oa Music Theatre
11/03 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/14 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

* = w/ Justice

# = w/ Hot Chip

Phil Collins gets first top 10 album since 1989—thanks to Amazon deal

Nas receives his sixth No. 1 album, as expected, with Life is Good. The title sold 149,000 in its first week to take the top spot. Last week’s No. 1, Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged, slips to second place with 78,000 sold. Some album named Kidz Bop 22 takes No. 3. Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is No. 4, following its official physical release, and Justin Bieber’s Believe rounds out the top 5.

An interesting point in this week’s charts comes with No. 6, as Phil Collins’ …Hits album makes an unexpected jump into the top 10 with 40,000 sold (up 4,575% from last week) after Amazon MP3 sold the set for 99 cents one day last week.

Ocean’s Channel Orange was also discounted by Amazon this past week for $2.99, meaning any of those sales (perhaps 15,000-plus) didn’t count toward this week’s charts. Following last year’s controversy with Amazon selling Lady Gaga’s Born This Way for 99 cents during its first week (leading to mammoth sales), titles discounted to less than $3.49 in its first four weeks are not counted by Billboard. Fortunately for Collins, his latest “hit” released in 1998, and he hasn’t had a top 10 since his album …But Seriously landed at No. 1.

The Lumineers add tour dates, will be on ‘Jay Leno’ Wednesday

The Lumineers will perform their hit song “Ho Hey” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday. The track has been at the top of Triple A radio for six weeks, and has been featured recently in the new Bing commercial. The band has also announced new tour dates, included below.

The Lumineers Fall Tour Dates
Sep 20 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
Sep 21 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
Sep 23 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
Sep 24 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 27 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
Sep 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Sep 29 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Oct 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Oct 05 - Santa Barbara, CA @ The Lobero Theatre
Oct 07 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 10 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

Star of ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Christian Bale visits Aurora victims

Christian Bale and his wife made an unannounced—and unofficial—trip to Aurora, Colo., on Tuesday. The star of The Dark Knight Rises, who made it clear he was on his own and not representing Warner Bros., spent more than two-and-a-half hours meeting with seven of the gunshot victims.

(Photo above via Twitter user @7Marshall)

“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” a hospital spokesperson said. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.” Bale asked that media not be alerted of his trip, as his intentions were solely to meet with victims, their families and emergency workers.

Over the weekend, Bale released a statement regarding the massacre, saying “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Birdy releasing ‘Live in London’ EP in U.S.

Jasmine van den Bogaerde (aka Birdy) will release a digital EP on August 7 called Live in London. The powerhouse 16-year-old singer is featured as one of Variance’s Five Female Faves of Summer. (EP artwork included.)

1. Shelter (The xx cover)
2. The A Team (Ed Sheeran cover)
3. 1901 (Phoenix cover)
4. Just A Game (From The Hunger Games soundtrack)
5. Young Blood (The Naked and Famous cover)
6. People Help The People
7. Terrible Love (The National cover)
8. Skinny Love (Bon Iver cover)

Bassnectar announces fall tour

Bassnectar kicks off a North American tour in September, starting with Greensboro. Joining him will be Gramatik and Gladkill. Pre-sale begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. PST.

9/27 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, N.C.
9/28 - CounterPoint Fest - Fairburn, Ga.**
9/29 - Sugarcane Village - Baton Rouge, La.*
10/3 - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Indoors - Columbus, Ohio
10/4 - U.S. Cellular Coliseum - Bloomington, Ill.
10/5 - Burcham Park - Lawrence, Kan.
10/6 - Bass Center VII - The Chaifetz Arena – St. Louis, Mo. with special guest
10/8 - Jackson Convention Complex - Jackson, Miss.
10/10 - Riverfest Amphitheatre - Little Rock, Ark.
10/11 - Tulsa Convention Center - Tulsa, Okla.
10/13 - Austin City Limits Fest - Austin, Texas ­*
10/17 - Marquee Theatre – Tempe, Ariz.
10/18 - The Palladium - Los Angeles, Calif.
10/20 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, Calif. with Ghostland Observatory
10/24 - Summit Pavilion - Reno, Nev.
10/25 - Revolution Center - Boise, Idaho
10/26 - Rose Quarter - Portland, Ore.
10/27 - UBC Thunderbird Arena - Vancouver, B.C.
10/31 - Big Four Building at Stampede Park - Calgary, Alberta
11/2 - Concert Hall at The Venue - Fargo, N.D.
11/3 - Target Center - Minneapolis, Minn. with Zedd
11/5 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, Pa.
11/7 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, Mich.** with Secrets
11/8 - The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, Mich.* with Dave Nada
11/15 - Mullins Center - Amherst, Mass.
11/16 - Wellmont Theater - Montclair, N.J.
11/17 - Terminal 5 - New York, N.Y.* with Griz
11/18 - Terminal 5 - New York, N.Y.**

*without Gramatik
**without Gladkill

‘Gangster Squad’ reshooting scenes after Colorado massacre

Within hours of the shootings in Aurora, Colo., meetings were being held at Warner Bros. to address changes not only for The Dark Knight Rises’ marketing plan, but for the upcoming film Gangster Squad.

A trailer for the Gangster that played during midnight showings of Dark Knight features a prominent scene where gunmen open fire on the audience in a movie theater. That trailer was yanked immediately; however, it’s not just the trailer that is affected. The studio has reportedly ordered a reshoot to replace the related scenes.

Gangster Squad, which stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn, is still due to release September 7 as of now.

Mindy Kaling will appear in 9th season of ‘The Office’

Mindy Kaling confirmed on Monday that she will appear in the 9th season premiere of The Office, with plans to be in another episode later on. Kaling, who served as co-star/writer/producer for the NBC comedy, is focusing on her own series, Fox’s The Mindy Project.

“I’ll definitely be in the first episode next season,” she said during her TCA session for the Fox show. “And probably at least one other one too, which I’m really excited about,” All Office regulars will return next season, with the exception of James Spader and Kaling. B.J. Novak has chosen to take on a lesser role (“recurring”) this season.

Warner Bros. issues statement on ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting

Following the shootings in Aurora, Colo., during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, the studio has responded to the tragedy. A 24-year-old heavily-armed gunman entered a theater showing the new Batman flick and opened fire after tossing a smoke bomb into the room. Early reports show that 12 attendees have died and 38 injured.

Via Warner Bros.:

“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

The studio just canceled Friday’s Dark Knight Rises movie premiere in Paris and all French press interviews for director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman, who have not commented on the tragedy.

‘Community,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Girls’ & More Get Emmy Love

Some cult favorites got some Emmy love during this year’s nominations; however, some did not.

After landing the top comedy series prize at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards last month, NBC’s underrated comedyseries Community finally is getting some Emmy recognition. While the Best Comedy Series and acting categories remain out of reach, it landed a prestigious Writing for a Comedy Series nomination.

Fox’s New Girl scored a few as well. Star Zooey Deschanel was up early Thursday following the announcement, because she her phone started going off due to her nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Co-star Max Greenfield (Schmidt) scored a Supporting Actor nod.

Deschanel shared her excitement on Twitter with fellow Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Lena Dunham. The 26-year-old creator and star of the HBO series Girls was also nominated for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

And a rocky season for American Idol—not to mention the departure of two of its judges—got a little rockier with the singing juggernaut losing its annual Reality Competition nod to newcomer NBC’s The Voice, which nabbed its first nomination.

While many niche programs such as The Walking Dead missed the list this year, the usual suspects of 30 Rock, Mad Men and Modern Family all dominated their respective categories. The latter snatched up four of the six Supporting Actor nominations for all of its adult males.

Mad Men is also positioned to possibly take Best Drama Series for a fifth consecutive year. It tied FX’s American Horror Story with 17 nominations. Big score for the freshman series created by Ryan Murphy, whose Glee was absent from all the major categories this year.

Another high note: Betty White bumped Survivor’s Jeff Probst out of Reality Competition Series Host for her show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

Full list

‘Parks and Recreation’ to feature real-life senators; Amy Poehler scores Emmy nod

NBC’s little comedy that could, Parks and Recreation, is getting some big-name cameos for the upcoming season. The Amy Poehler comedy has enlisted Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, for its upcoming fifth season in an episode called “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington.” The trio will play themselves at a D.C. mixer attended by Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Poehler) in the second episode of the season.

In related news, the show garnered three Emmy nominations on Thursday, including one for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Poehler.

Parks and Recreation returns Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

Update: Check out this pic Sen. McCain tweeted from the set with Poehler.