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May 12, 2008

This Week's Interesting CD Releases (May 13th, 2008)

Death Cab for Cutie's Narrow Stairs is the marquee music release this week.

Also out this week is the Black Angels' Directions To See A Ghost. The band's performance at its "Psychfest" show was the highlight of SXSW for me, and this album is one of 2008's musical bright spots.

From what I have already heard, I can also strongly recommend Dosh's Wolves and Wishes, Duffy's Rockferry, The Instruments' Dark Smaland, and Vetiver's Thing of the Past. The new Old 97s disc, Blame It on Gravity (I had just about given up on the band after their last couple of albums, but this is a wonderful return to form by Rhett Miller & company).

I'll be paying import prices for the overseas releases of Gemma Hayes' Hollow of Morning and the Delays' Everything's the Rush (the band's Faded Seaside Glamour was one of my favorite albums of 2004).

The only reissue of note this week is Hush's release of Nick Jaina's 2006 album, The 7 Stations.

This week's interesting CD releases:

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso: Recurring Dream and Apocalypse
Alan Licht: Everydays
The Bellrays: Hard, Sweet and Sticky
Bill Frisell: History, Mystery
Bjork: Volta [vinyl]
Black Angels: Directions To See A Ghost
Botticellis: Old Home Movies
Chuck Leavell: Live in Germany: Green Leaves & Blue Note
Cluster: Berlin 07
The Cure: The Only One (import single)
Dan Friel: Ghost Town
The Daysleepers: Drowned in a Sea of Sound
Death Cab For Cutie: Narrow Stairs
Delays: Everything's the Rush (import)
Delays: Hooray (import single)
Dosh: Wolves and Wishes
Duffy: Rockferry
Echo & the Bunnymen: The Works (import 3-disc box set)
Ecstatic Sunshine: Way
Fern Knight: Fern Knight
Gemma Hayes: Hollow of Morning (import)
Ghost of the Russian Empire: The Mammoth
Girlyman: Somewhere Different Now
Grails: Take Refuge in Clean Living
Gregor Samsa: Rest
Hospital Bombers: Footnotes
The Instruments: Dark Smaland
Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980-1989
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Sunday at Devil Dirt (import)
Joseph Arthur: Vagabond Skies EP
Jason Mraz: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
Kassin+2: Futurismo
Lau Nau: Nukkuu
Local H: 12 Angry Months
Lovecraft: Valley of the Moon
Marc Almond & Michael Cashmore: Gabriel and the Lunatic Lover EP
Martina Topley-Bird: Blue God (import)
Modey Lemon: Season of Sweets
Nana Grizol: Love It Love It
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: More News from Nowhere (import single)
Nick Jaina: The 7 Stations (reissue)
Noa: Genes & Jeans
Noah and the Whale: Shape of My Heart (import single)
Old 97s: Blame It on Gravity
Oxford Collapse: Spike of Bensonhurst b|w Bloopers [vinyl]
Patti Rothberg: Double Standards
Pendulum Project: In Silico
Pomegranates: Everything Is Alive
The Presets: Apocalypso
The Queers: CBGB OMFUG Masters: Live 2/3/03, The Bowery Collection
Rauelsson: Tiempo de & Pacifico
Royal Bangs: We Breed Champions
Skybombers: Take Me to Town
Submarines: Honeysuckle Weeks
T Bone Burnett: Tooth of Crime
The T4 Project: Story-Based Concept Album
Tangerine Dream: Booster
Teitur: The Singer
TimLee3: good2b3
Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw (import)
Ting Tings: That's Not My Name (import single)
Tobias Froberg: Turn Heads
Toy Gun Cowboy: Big Blue
Various Artists: The Tracey Fragments (soundtrack)
Vetiver: Thing of the Past
We Are Scientists: Brain Thrust Mastery
Young and Sexy: The Arc

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (album streams & mp3 downloads)
Soundtracked (directors and composers discuss their film's soundtrack)