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September 24, 2007

This Week's Interesting CD Releases

Indie rock fans should break out their wallets this week, with a stellar release list that has something for everyone. The Weakerthans' first album in four years, Reunion Tour is simply one of my favorite albums of the year. Also recommended this week: Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzales' In Our Nature, Iron & Wine's The Shepherd's Dog, Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, Damon & Naomi's Within These Walls, Nellie Mckay's Obligatory Villagers, matt pond PA's Last Light, Magik Markers' Boss, Sea Wolf's Leaves in the River, Stars' In Our Bedroom After the War, and Georgie James' debut full-length, Places. My final indie rock recommendation is Bang Bang Boom Cake by Tiny Masters of Today, with an average age of 12 the band proves rock and roll has no age limits...

Outside the indie rock realm, other discs worth checking out include Erin McKeown's live album, Lafayette, R&B legend Bettye Lavette's masterpiece Scene of the Crime (which features the Drive-By Truckers as her backing band), singer-songwriter Karen Dalton's posthumous Cotton Eyed Joe (a two-CD compilation of unreleased recordings with bonus DVD), and Steve Earle's Washington Square Serenade.

Notable reissues this week include two discs from seminal British folksters Pentangle, In the Round and Open the Door, as well as Tegan and Sara's This Business of Art and Two Cow Garage's Please Turn the Gas Back On.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Athlete: Beyond the Neighbourhood [cd]
Barcelona: Absolutes [cd]
Bear Claw: Slow Speed: Deep Owls [cd]
Bettye Lavette: The Scene Of The Crime [cd]
Billy Joe Shaver: Everybody's Brother [cd]
Birdie Busch: Penny Arcade [cd]
Brian Setzer Orchestra: Wolfgang's Big Night Out [cd]
Cave Singers: Invitation Songs [cd]
Damon and Naomi: Within These Walls [cd]
Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon [cd]
Erik Friedlander: Volac: Book of Angels, Vol. 8 [cd]
Erin McKeown: Lafayette [cd]
Eskimo Joe: Black Fingernails Red Wine (W/ Bonus DVD) [cd]
Foo Fighters: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace [cd]
Freezepop: Future Future Future Perfect [cd]
Georgie James: Places [cd]
The GoStation: Passion Before Function [cd]
Herbie Hancock: River: The Joni Letters [cd]
Iron & Wine: Shepherd's Dog [cd]
Jill Scott: The Real Thing [cd]
John Digiweed: Renaissance Presents: Transitions, Vol. 3 [cd]
Joni Mitchell: Shine [cd]
Jose Gonzalez: In Our Nature [cd]
Karen Dalton: Cotton Eyed Joe (2 CDs and DVD) [cd]
Keyshia Cole: Just Like You [cd]
Lemonheads: Best of the Lemonheads: The Atlantic Years [cd]
Loney, Dear: Sologne [cd]
Magik Markers: Boss [cd]
Matt Pond, PA: Last Light [cd]
Melissa Etheridge: The Awakening [cd]
Meneguar: Strangers in Our House [cd]
Meshell Ndegeocello: The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams [cd]
MF Grimm: The Hunt For the Gingerbread Man [cd]
Michael Ian Black: I'm a Wonderful Man [cd]
Miles Davis: Complete On the Corner Sessions (box set) [cd]
Mountain Home: Mountain Home [cd]
mum: Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy, Let Your Crooked Hands Be Holy [cd]
Nellie McKay: Obligatory Villagers [cd]
New Amsterdams: At the Foot of My Rival [cd]
Office: A Night at the Ritz [cd]
Orion Rigel Dommisse: What I Want from You Is Sweet [cd]
Pat DiNizio: Pat DiNizio [cd]
Pearl Jam: Immagine in Cornice: Picture in a Frame [cd]
The Pearlfishers: Up With The Larks [cd]
Pentangle: In the Round (reissue) [cd]
Pentangle: Open the Door (reissue) [cd]
Poison Control Center: A Collage of Impressions [cd]
Raul Malo: Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites [cd]
Red Krayola, Art & Language: Sighs Trapped by Liars [cd]
Sea Wolf: Leaves in the River [cd]
The Secret Handshake: One Full Year [cd]
Shocking Pinks: Shocking Pinks [cd]
Sir Richard Bishop: Polyheistic Fragments [cd]
Sly & Robbie: The Song Remains The Same - Sly:Robbie Greets Led Zeppelin [cd]
Small Sins: Mood Swings [cd]
Stars: In Our Bedroom After the War [cd]
Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade (Ltd Ed CD/DVD Combo featuring 35 minute documentary and 3 acoustic performances) [cd]
Steven Wright: I Still Have a Pony [cd]
Takka Takka: We Feel Safer at Night [cd]
Tegan and Sara: This Business of Art (reissue) [cd]
Telephone Jim Jesus: Anywhere out of the Everything [cd]
Tiny Masters of Today: Bang Bang Boom Cake [cd]
Tunng: Good Arrows [cd]
Two Cow Garage: Please Turn the Gas Back On (reissue) [cd]
Two Gallants: Two Gallants [cd]
Various Artists: Celebrate Catmas! [cd]
Various Artists: Give US Your Poor [cd]
Various Artists: Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino [cd]
Various Artists: Interstellar: The String Quartet Tribute to Interpol [cd]
Various Artists: People Take Warning!: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 [cd]
Via Audio: Say Something [cd]
The Weakerthans: Reunion Tour [cd]
Will.I.Am: Songs About Girls [cd]
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price: Last of the Breed [cd]
Zolar X: X Marks The Spot [cd]
Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer: Schematics [cd]

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous CD & DVD release lists