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April 17, 2006

This Week's Interesting CD & DVD Releases

One of my favorite bands, the Drive-By Truckers, release their A Blessing and a Curse album tomorrow, and I'll be headed out to pick it up at an independent record store (to get the bonus EP as well).

My music preorders this week included Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs' Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (I am a fan of all things Matthew Sweet), Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006), A Whisper in the Noise's As the Bluebird Sings, and Fell's self-titled album, but I am most looking forward to spinning Dudley Perkins' Stones Throw release, Expressions. The single, "Funky Dudley" (mp3 link) has quickly become one of my favorite tunes of the year.

The following discs were either delivered early, from artists, labels or their PR machines, and I can recommend them to varying degrees:

The Church: Uninvited Like the Clouds [cd]
Cities: Cities [cd]
Elefant: The Black Magic Show [cd]
Maritime: We, The Vehicles [cd]
Mugison: Little Trip [cd]
Rye Coalition: Curses [cd]

Even though Steven Soderbergh (one of my favorite directors) directed Yes 9012 Live, I'll rent that some day and pick up the George McGovern documentary, One Bright Shining Moment this week.

What new releases can you recommend? What are you buying this week?

Afx: Chosen Lords [cd]
Be Your Own Pet: Summer Sensation EP [cd]
The Church: Uninvited Like the Clouds [cd]
Cities: Cities [cd]
Daniel Johnston: Welcome To My World (reissue) [cd]
Dresden Dolls: Yes Virginia [cd]
Drive-By Truckers: A Blessing And A Curse [cd]
Dudley Perkins: Expressions [cd]
Elefant: The Black Magic Show [cd]
Erasure: Union Street [cd]
Fell: Fell [cd]
Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea [cd]
Frog Eyes: Bloody Hand [cd]
Frog Eyes: Golden River (reissue) [cd]
Geoff Farina: Already Told You [cd]
Ghislain Poirier: Rebondir EP [cd]
Gitogito Hustler: Love & Roll [cd]
Gram Rabbit: Cultivation [cd]
Hidden Cameras: Arms of His Ill EP [cd]
Jon Dee Graham: Full [cd]
Killing Joke: Hosannas from the Basement of Hell [cd]
Love of Everything: Friends EP [cd]
Love of Everything: Piano Bedroom Florida [cd]
Lylas; Lessons for Lovers [cd]
Maritime: We, The Vehicles [cd]
Mat Kearney: Nothing Left to Lose [cd]
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Under the Covers, Vol. 1 [cd]
Michael Leviton: My Favorite Place to Drown [cd]
Mugison: Little Trip [cd]
NOFX: Wolves in Wolves Clothing [cd]
No Neck Blues Band & Embryo: Embryonnck [cd]
Peter Mulvey: Knuckleball Suite [cd]
Richard Butler: Richard Butler [cd]
Rye Coalition: Curses [cd]
Spank Rock: Yoyoyoyoyo [cd]
Stereophonics: Live From Dakota [cd]
Tanakh: Ardent Fevers [cd]
Various Artists: An Apple a Day [cd]
Various Artists: Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads [cd]
Various Artists: Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006) [cd]
Various Artists: Seventeen: Best New Music - Hear It First [cd]
Various Artists: Thank You For Smoking (soundtrack) [cd]
A Whisper in the Noise: As the Bluebird Sings [cd]
Wolfmother: Dimension [cd]
The Zutons: Tired Of Hangin' Around (UK release) [cd]
Yellow Swans: Psychic Secession [cd]

Americano [dvd]
Bad Dreams [dvd]
A Bigger Splash [cd]
Breakfast On Pluto [dvd]
The Buccaneers [dvd]
Dandeliion [dvd]
Carbide and Sorrel [dvd]
The Chess Players [dvd]
The Chiefs [dvd]
Coachella: The Film [dvd]
The Complete Mr. Arkadin (aka Confidential Report) - Criterion Collection [dvd]
Cross of Iron (Widescreen Special Edition) [dvd]
Cuban Blood [dvd]
Destination America [dvd]
Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season Four [dvd]
Games Of Love And Chance [dvd]
The Gleiwitz Case [dvd]
Herbie Hancock - Possibilities [dvd]
Hostel (Unrated Widescreen Edition) [dvd]
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film about Wilco (Single Disc Edition) [dvd]
Irresistible [dvd]
The Killing Time [dvd]
The Last Drop [dvd]
Love Happy [dvd]
Michael Palin - Sahara [dvd]
The Mill on the Floss [dvd]
Moby: Live - Hotel Tour 2005 [dvd]
Moonstruck (Deluxe Edition) [dvd]
Morricone Conducts Morricone [dvd]
Mortuary [dvd]
Mother and Son [dvd]
Mrs. Henderson Presents (Widescreen Edition) [dvd]
Natural City [dvd]
NHL Original Six Series - The New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Champions [dvd]
One Bright Shining Moment [dvd]
Out of Sight (Collector's Edition) [dvd]
Playing For Change [dvd]
Remington Steele - Season 3 [dvd]
Return of the Living Dead 4: Necropolis [dvd]
Second Circle [dvd]
The Sentinel - The Complete First Season [dvd]
Stryker [dvd]
Thirsty Traveler: Season 1 [dvd]
Thundercats - Season Two, Vol. 1 [dvd]
Unveiled [dvd]
Visiting Hours [dvd]
William Shakespeare Compilation Box Set [dvd]
Yes 9012 Live [dvd]