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April 16, 2007

This Week's Interesting CD Releases

Bridging the Distance: A Portland, Oregon Covers Compilation is a covers album that brings together two of my favorite things: quality music and a good cause. With tracks from the Decemberists, Spoon's Britt Daniel, the Thermals, the Minders, and others, the album's proceeds will benefit p:ear, an organization that "builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, ages 15 to 23, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives."

The benefit album's impressive tracklist:

1. Think About Me - The Decemberists
2. The Harder They Come - Pat Macdonald
3. Long Distance Runaround - The Joggers
4. Dancing In The Dark - The Snuggle Ups
5. Tangerine - The Thermals
6. Shattered Dreams - Christopher Walla
7. Eye In The Sky - Viva Voce
8. That Smell - The Minus 5
9. Sombre Reptiles - Talkdemonic
10. Don't Bring Me Down - The Minders
11. Sister Christian - The Kingdom
12. What A Fool Believes - Lackthereof
13. White Wedding - Whip
14. Invincible - Wet Confetti
15. She Sells Sanctuary - The Dandy Warhols
16. Pearl Of The Quarter - Point Juncture, WA
17. Crazy On You - Blitzen Trapper
18. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? - Crosstide
19. Bring It On Home To Me - Britt Daniel

This week also sees the release of the new Nine Inch Nails album,Year Zero, as well as two remastered discs (with bonus material) from singer-songwriter Michael Penn, Mr. Hollywood, Jr. 1947 and Palms and Runes: Best of Michael Penn.

I can strongly recommend several other releases this week, including Elk City's New Believers; 65daysofstatic's single, Don't Go Down to Sorrow; Cat Empire's self-titled EP; Dolly Varden's The Panic Bell; Dead Meadow's Howls from the Hills; Priestbird's In Your Time; and Superdrag's Changin' Tires on the Road to Ruin.

Have I left anything worthwhile off this list? What new releases are you picking up this week?

This week's interesting CD releases:

65daysofstatic: Don't Go Down to Sorrow (single) [cd]
Arctic Monkeys: Brainstorm (single) [cd]
Avril Lavigne: The Best Damn Thing [cd]
Camera Obscura: Tears for Affairs (import single) [cd]
Cat Empire: Cat Empire EP [cd]
Chrisopher Blue: Room Tones [cd]
The Comas: Spells [cd]
Cowboy Junkies: At the End of Paths Taken [cd]
Dead Meadow: Howls from the Hills [cd]
DJ Shadow: Bay Area EP [cd]
Dolly Varden: The Panic Bell [cd]
Elk City: New Believers [cd]
Guy Clark: Live from Austin, TX [cd]
Herman Dune: I Wish That I Could See You Soon (import single) [cd]
John Mayall: In the Palace of the King [cd]
Joseph Arthur: Let's Just Be [cd]
Michael Penn: Mr. Hollywood, Jr. 1947 (remastered with bonus tracks) [cd]
Michael Penn: Palms and Runes: Best of Michael Penn (remastered) [cd]
New Ruins: The Sounds They Make [cd]
Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero [cd]
Noisettes: What's the Time Mr. Wolf [cd]
Priestbird: In Your Time [cd]
Rock Plaza Central: Are We Not Horses [cd]
Superdrag: Changin' Tires on the Road to Ruin [cd]
Various Artists: Bridging the Distance: A Portland, Oregon Covers Compilation [cd]