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September 10, 2007

This Week's Interesting CD Releases

Whenever I hear the phrase "women doing it for themselves," I immediately think of Ani DiFranco. Her DIY ethic combined with her considerable songwriting skills (not to mention her artistic integrity) has made her one of my favorite singer-songwriters. This week she releases Canon, a two-CD career retrospective spanning her 19 albums.

Other albums I can wholly recommend include singer-songwriter Joe Henry's Civilians, Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam, Film School's Hideout, former Delgado's member Emma Pollock's Watch The Fireworks, Mono's Gone: A Collection of EP's 2000-2007, Oakley Hall's I'll Follow You, Pinback's Autumn Of The Seraphs, and especially Vic Chesnutt's North Star Deserter.

Holiday discs are starting to appear on the release lists, this week's entries include Joan Osborne's Christmas Means Love and Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Christmas Rock Classics, and the disc that most interests me, Monster Ballads: Xmas. I doubt if any of these discs will become one of my favorite holiday albums, but it's never too early to start building that holiday mix CD (mine doubles as an Xmas card).

Notable reissues this week include Cloud Cult's Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus, the three-disc limited edition of Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, June Panic's Songs from Purgatory, Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (worthwhile for the bonus tracks alone), and yet another reissue of Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True, this one complete with a 1977 performance.

Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week? What should I avoid?

50 Cent: Curtis [cd]
Adrian Orange and Her Band: Adrian Orange and Her Band [cd]
Andrew Jackson Jihad: People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World [cd]
Ani DiFranco: Canon [cd]
Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam [cd]
Animal Collective: Peacebone (single) [cd]
Ann Wilson: Hope & Glory [cd]
Axe Riverboy: Tu Tu to Tango [cd]
Black Francis: Bluefinger [cd]
Black Lips: Good Bad Not Evil [cd]
Bomb the Music Industry!: Get Warmer [cd]
Charlemagne: We Can Build an Island [cd]
Cloud Cult: Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus (reissue) [cd]
C.O.C.O.: Play Drums + Bass [cd]
Deadly Syndrome: The Ortolan [cd]
Dirty Projectors: Rise Above [cd]
Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True (reissue with bonus tracks) [cd]
Emma Pollock: Watch The Fireworks [cd]
Eulogies: Eulogies [cd]
Figurines: When the Deer Wore Blue [cd]
Film School: Hideout [cd]
Ghostland Observatory: Paparazzi Lightning [cd]
The Go! Team: Proof Of Youth [cd]
The Good Life: Help Wanted Nights [cd]
Grand National: A Drink And A Quick Decision [cd]
Greyskul: Bloody Radio [cd]
Hot Hot Heat: Happiness Ltd [cd]
The Hot Toddies: Smell the Mitten [cd]
Japanther: Skuffed Up My Huffy [cd]
Joan Osborne: Christmas Means Love [cd]
Joe Henry: Civilians [cd]
June Panic: Songs from Purgatory [cd]
Jonathan Rice: Further North [cd]
Jupiter Rising: Electropop [cd]
Kanye West: Graduation [cd]
Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music (reissue) [cd]
Mike Segeer: Early Southern Guitar Sounds [cd]
Mono: Gone: A Collection of EP's 2000-2007 [cd]
Oakley Hall: I'll Follow You [cd]
Picastro: Whore Luck [cd]
Pinback: Autumn Of The Seraphs [cd]
Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (3-disc limited edition reissue) [cd]
Qui: Love's Miracle [cd]
Shout Out Louds: Our Ill Wills [cd]
Simian Mobile Disco: Attack Decay Sustain Release [cd]
Taken By Trees: Open Field [cd]
Various Artists: Across the Universe (soundtrack) [cd]
Various Artists: Grey's Anatomy, Original Soundtrack 3 [cd]
Various Artists: Grey's Anatomy Volumes 1-3 Box Set [cd]
Various Artists: I'm Beginning to See the Light [cd]
Various Artists: Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 25: Endless Summer Edition [cd]
Various Artists: Monster Ballads: Xmas [cd]
Various Artists: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Christmas Rock Classics [cd]
Various Artists: Sowing the Seeds: The 10th Anniversary -- Appleseed Recordings [cd]
Various Artists: String Quartet Tribute to H.I.M. [cd]
Various Artists: String Quartet Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins [cd]
Various Artists: The War: A Ken Burns Film (soundtrack) [cd]
Vic Chesnutt: North Star Deserter [cd]
White Stripes: You Don't Know What Love Is (import single) [cd]
Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (remastered with bonus tracks) [cd]

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