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October 15, 2007

This Week's Interesting CD Releases (October 16th, 2007)

This week's rather lean CD release list has a distinctive Athens, Georgia flavor (at least for the two discs that interest me most). R.E.M. releases their long-awaited live album (complete with concert DVD), R.E.M. Live, and a remastered edition of Pylon's Gyrate arrives with several bonus tracks. Other albums I can strongly recommend include Southeast Engine's Misra debut, A Wheel Within a Wheel, the Capstan Shafts' Environ Maiden and singer-songwriter Karen Dalton's live two-disc collection, Cotton Eyed Joe.

Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland is the only holiday music disc I am picking up, with soulful Christmas music from artists ranging from Leon redbone to Irma Thomas.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Aretha Franklin: Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul [cd]
Bill Burr: Emotionally Unavailable: Expanded Edition [cd]
The Blakes: The Blakes [cd]
The Capstan Shafts: Environ Maiden [cd]
Champion Kickboxer: Perforations [cd]
Current 93: Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre (reissue) [cd]
Dan Wilson: Free Life [cd]
DJ Tiesto: In Search of Sunrise 6 [cd]
The Fatal Flying Guilloteens: Quantum F**king [cd]
Gov't Mule: Mighty High [cd]
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey [cd]
Jimmy Eat World: Chase the Light [cd]
Joan of Arc: Orchard Vale (soundtrack) [cd]
John Mayall: Live from Austin, Texas [cd]
Karen Dalton: Cotton Eyed Joe (2CD+DVD) [cd]
Kenna: Make Sure They See My Face [cd]
Krazy Kuzins: Hip-Hop Holiday Cheer [cd]
Maritime: Heresy & the Hotel Choir [cd]
Nurse with Wound: Homotopy to Marie (reissue) [cd]
P.J. Olsson: American Scream [cd]
Pylon: Gyrate (remastered with bonus tracks) [cd]
R.E.M.: R.E.M. Live (2 CD, 1 DVD) [cd]
Radishes: Good Machine [cd]
Roisin Murphy: Overpowered [cd]
Santana & Chad Kroeger: Into the Night [cd]
SNMNMNM: Crawl Inside Your Head [cd]
Soulsavers: It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land [cd]
Southeast Engine: A Wheel Within a Wheel [cd]
Steel Train: Trampoline [cd]
Thrice: The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II - Fire & Water [cd]
To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie: The Patron [cd]
Umphrey's McGee: Live at the Murat [cd]
Underworld: Oblivion with Bells [cd]
Various Artists: The Cake Sale [cd]
Various Artists: Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland [cd]
Various Artists: La Belle Epoque: EMI's French Girls 1965-1968 [cd]
Various Artists: Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: A Rough Guide to the World (3 disc box set) [cd]
Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Paris [cd]
Venetian Snares: My Downfall [cd]

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)