News Roundup: R. Kelly, MGMT, Yo La Tengo, New Releases


–R. Kelly, who still wants to have sex with every woman in the world, has been keeping a low profile as of late. But that’s changing. The R&B singer has announced Untitled, his first album in two years. Kelly explained to MTV News, “I wanted to mix it up a little. I want whoever listens to the record to call it what they want, name it themselves based on what they feel listening to the music.” No release date is set, but to hold you over, a new Kelly mixtape is available here.

–Eight months after the song’s release, MGMT have put out a video for “Kids.” The six-minute video was directed by Ray Tintori, and begins with monsters forever traumatizing a small child and ends with a crazy psychedelic cartoon. If you need to come down a little, here’s Weezer performing the song last month.

–Yo La Tengo announced the release of new album Popular Songs. The disc comes out Sept. 8. It is the follow-up to 2006’s I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass. The album sounds promising, judging by the band’s just-released track “Periodically Double or Triple,” available here. It sounds like an old Stax record, if it were recorded in the future, on acid.

–This week’s new release roster sure doesn’t read like 2009. ’90s rock staples Rancid, Dave Matthews Band and 311 all put out new discs. We know what you’re thinking, Marcy Playground, but please don’t.