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March 31, 2008

This Week's Interesting CD Releases (April 1st, 2008)

REM releases Accelerate tomorrow, its first studio album in four years (and first since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).

Other new releases I can strongly recommend this week include Annuals' Wet Zoo EP, The Black Keys' Attack & Release, Colour Revolt's Plunder, Beg, and Curse, Sun Kil Moon's April, and Tally Hall's Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum.

Robyn Hitchcock's Shadow Cat is a collection of unreleased tracks recorded between 1993 and 1999, and includes a Jimi Hendrix cover, "The Wind Cries Mary." Apples in Stereo also release a b-sides and rarities compilation, Electronic Projects for Musicians.

Two country box sets caught my eye this week, Willie Nelson's 4-disc One Hell of a Ride and the Carter Family's double-CDThe Acme Sessions: 1952-1956.

Reissues worth noting include two discs with bonus material by Apollo Sunshine, Apollo Sunshine and Katona and Astrid Williamson's Boy for You.

For me, the most interesting release is Kathy Mattea's Coal, a collection of songs about coal mining. A fervent social and environmental activist, Mattea chose these songs after the Sago mine disaster, and they touch on both the human and ecological price of coal mining.

What new releases are you picking up?

this week's interesting CD releases:

American Babies: American Babies
Annuals: Wet Zoo EP
Anti-Flag: The Bright Lights of America
Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Apples in Stereo: Electronic Projects for Musicians
Apollo Sunshine: Apollo Sunshine (with bonus tracks)
Apollo Sunshine: Katona
Astrid Williamson: Boy for You
Billionaires: Really Real for Forever
The Black Keys: Attack & Release
Borko: Celebrating Life
Bryan Scary: Flight of the Knife
Camphor: Drawn to Dust
Canadians: Sky with No Stars
The Carter Family: The Acme Sessions, 1952-56
Colour Revolt: Plunder, Beg, and Curse
David Ford: Songs for the Road
Diamond Galas: Guilty Guilty Guilty
The Electric Pop Group: Sunrise EP
Fall Out Boy: Live In Phoenix
Kathy Mattea: Coal
Los Campesinos: Hold on Now, Youngster
Kylie Minigue: X
Lili Haydn: Place Between Places
Matthew Ryan: Matthew Ryan Vs. Silver State
Ministry: Cover Up
Moby: Last Night
Mono In VCF: Mono In VCF
Murdocks: Roar!
Muse: Haarp (with DVD)
Paddy Casey: Addicted to Company
Poi Dog Pondering: 7
Proclaimers: Life With You (special edition)
The Quarter After: Changes Near
Radiohead: Nude (import single)
R.E.M.: Accelerate
Robyn Hitchcock: Shadow Cat
Rolling Stones: Shine a Light: Original Soundtrack
Sandrine: Dark Fades into the Light
Sevendust: Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow
Shel Silverstein: Hairy Jazz (reissue)
Shel Silverstein: Inside Folk Songs (reissue)
Sun Kil Moon: April
The Sword: Gods of the Earth
Tally Hall: Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum
U2: Ballad of Ronnie Drew (import single)
Unwed Sailor: Little Wars
Van Der Graaf Generator: Trisector
Van Morrison: Keep It Simple
Various Artists: In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2
Various Artists: Lick It Up: A Millenium Tribute to Kiss
Various Artists: My Blueberry Nights (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story (import)
Willie Nelson: One Hell Of a Ride (4-CD box set)
The Wood Brothers: Loaded
Yelle: Pop-Up

also at Largehearted Boy:

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