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February 18, 2008

This Week's Interesting CD Releases (February 19th, 2008)

The new Mountain Goats album, Heretic Pride, is garnering critical accolades (including an 8.0 in Pitchfork today), all of them deserved. Not only is John Darnielle's songwriting stronger with every new release, but he seems more comfortable with the production and collaborating musicians (including St. Vincent's Annie Clark here). Look for an interview with Darnielle on Largehearted Boy tomorrow.

A Mountain Goats release alone would make it a great music release week for me, but there are plenty more quality discs I can recommend. Bon Iver received plenty of music blog love for the hauntingly beautiful For Emma, Forever Ago. I can also strongly recommend American Music Club's The Golden Age, Allison Moorer's Mockingbird, Flowers Forever's self-titled debut, Headlights' Some Racing, Some Stopping, Mike Doughty's Golden Delicious, Raveonettes' Lust Lust Lust, and Throw Me the Statue's Moonbeams from what I have already heard.

Yep Roc reissues a remastered edition of Nick Lowe's classic album, Jesus of Cool, this week.

Poetry and Beat generation fans will be excited to see Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen's three-disc Poetry For The Beat Generation available as a standalone purchase.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Allison Moorer: Mockingbird
American Music Club: The Golden Age
Apes: Ghost Games
Arlen Roth & Levon Helm: Toolin' Around Woodstock (with bonus DVD)
Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
B.B. King: Live
Bell X1: Flock
Big Sleep: Sleep Forever
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings (remastered)
The Company: Old Baby
Crushed Stars: Gossamer Days
Cryptacize: Dig That Treasure
A Cursive Memory: Changes
The Damned: The Chaos Years: Rare & Unreleased 1977-1982
Danny Schmidt: Little Grey Sheep
Doug Hoekstra: Blooming Roses
The Denmark Veseys: The Denmark Veseys
Envy: Compiled Fragments 1997-2003
The Epochs: The Epochs
Flowers Forever: Flowers Forever
Flying: Faces of the Night
Gary Louris: Vagabonds
The Grand Archives: The Grand Archives
Growing: Lateral
Headlights: Some Racing, Some Stopping
The Heavenly States: Delayer
Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen: Poetry For The Beat Generation
Jim Lauderdale: Honey Songs
John Coltrane & Duke Ellington: John Coltrane & Duke Ellington (remastered)
Kula Shaker: Strange Folk
Marianne Faithull: No Regrets
Megafaun: Bury the Square
Mike Doughty: Golden Delicious
Morcheeba: Dive Deep
Monade: Monstre Cosmique
Mountain Goats: Heretic Pride
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig (import single)
Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool (remastered)
No Kids: Come into My House
Panther: 14 Kt. God
Parlour Steps: Ambiguoso
Paul Thorn: A Long Way from Tupelo
Ponies in the Surf: See You Happy
Porcupine Tree: Nil Recurring
Raveonettes: Lust Lust Lust
Ray Davies: Working Man's Cafe (with bonus DVD)
The Republic of Tigers: EP
Roky Erickson and the Explosives: Halloween (Live 1979-1981)
Sambassadeur: Final Say
Shauna Burns: The Moon And The Fire Circle
Sian Alice Group: 59.59
Throw Me the Statue: Moonbeams
Tom Paxton: Comedians & Angels
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Euro Groove
White Stripes: Conquista (single)

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (music from this week's CD releases)