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April 7, 2008

This Week's Interesting CD Releases (April 8th, 2008)

The Breeders' Mountain Battles is the album I most anticipated among this week's releases. Popmatters called it a "challenging classic" while the New York Sun called teh record "near-perfect indie rock." I wouldn't go that far, but Mountain Battles is refreshing in its lack of pretension, clever songwriting, and lo-fi loveliness.

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy releases the aptly titled Colin Meloy Sings Live!. Other new releases I can strongly recommend include Cloud Cult's Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes), the expanded edition of Dark Meat's Universal Indians, Fleet Foxes' Sun Giant EP, Foals' Antidotes, Jim Noir's self-titled album, The Long Blondes' Couples, Neva Dinova's You May Already Be Dreaming, Richard Swift's Richard Swift as Onasis EP, Man Man's Rabbit Habits, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's Pershing, and Wye Oak's If Children. Jason Anderson's new album, The Hopeful and the Unafraid, deserves a special mention, and is at the top of my shopping list.

Green Owl Compilation: a Benefit for the Energy Action Coalition is a compilation album benefiting the Energy Action Coalition, a group "made up of more than 40 organizations from across the U.S. and Canada, founded and led by youth to help support and strengthen the student and youth clean energy movement in North America." The two-disc set features tracks by Feist, Of Montreal, Bloc Party, Deerhoof, A Place to Bury Strangers, as well as many more indie rock acts. For the price of a single disc get 30 songs and help a good cause.

If you are a vinyl lover, you should enjoy the reissues this week. Three Mountain Goats albums get vinyl reissues: Tallahassee, We Shall All Be Healed, and The Sunset Tree. The other notable vinyl reissue this week is the Felice Brothers self-titled debut. On the CD reissue front, a double-disc remastered edition of the Microphones' Glow, Pt. 2 is available.

this week's interesting CD releases:

Black Kids: I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You (import single)
Boredoms: Super Roots, Vol. 9
The Breeders: Mountain Battles
Client: Untitled Remix
Clinic: Do It!
Colin Meloy: Colin Meloy Sings Live!
Cloud Cult: Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)
Courteeners: St. Jude (import)
Cut Copy: In Ghost Colors
Dark Meat: Universal Indians (Expanded Edition)
Drift: Memory Drawings
Drive By : A Delicate Situation
The Duke Spirit: Neptune
Eric Avery: Help Wanted
The Felice Brothers: The Felice Brothers [lp]
Finest Dearest: Finest Dearest
Fixer: Before the Sun
Fleet Foxes: Sun Giant EP
Foals: Antidotes
For Against: Shade Side Sunny Side
Gran Ronde: Secret Rooms
Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind
Ike Reilly: Poison The Hit Parade
Jason Anderson: The Hopeful and the Unafraid
Jim Noir: Jim Noir
Jonathan Richman: Because Her Beauty Is Raw & Wild
Karan Casey: Ships in the Forest
Leona Lewis: Spirit
Lo Fine: Not for Us Two
The Long Blondes: Couples
Man Man: Rabbit Habits
Marcia Ball: Peace, Love & BBQ
Marie Digby: Unfold
Meat Beat Manifesto: Autoimmune
The Microphones: Glow, Pt. 2 (remastered)
Miss Murgatroid and Petra Haden: Hearts and Daggers
Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree [lp]
Mountain Goats: Tallahassee [lp]
Mountain Goats: We Shall All Be Healed [lp]
Neva Dinova: You May Already Be Dreaming
The New Bloods: The Secret Life
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I - IV
Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I - IV [lp]
Old Haunts: Poisonous Times
Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark: Live: Architecture & Morality and More
Pacifika: AsunciĆ³n
Peter Moren: The Last Tycoon
P.O.D.: When Angels and Serpents Dance
Richard Swift: Richard Swift as Onasis EP
Robert Kelly: Just the Tip (with DVD)
Robots in Dusguise: We're in the Music Biz
Rosey: Luckiest Girl
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Pershing
Spanish Prisoners: Songs To Forget
Spoon: Don't You Evah EP
Tapes 'n Tapes: Walk It Off
Thee Oh Sees: The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In
Thurston Moore: Sensitive/Lethal
Tina Dico: Count to Ten
Various Artists: Bite the Ivory: The Piano Tribute to Metallica
Various Artists: Green Owl Compilation: a Benefit for the Energy Action Coalition
Various Artists: Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 1-3 (box set)
Various Artists: Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 3
Various Artists: Punk Goes Crunk
Various Artists: Strung out on Madonna: The String Quartet Tribute
Was (Not Was): Boo!
Wye Oak: If Children

also at Largehearted Boy:

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