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May 19, 2008

This Week's Interesting CD Releases (May 20th, 2008)

Actress Scarlett Johansson's album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head has garnered the most press and blog buzz among this week's batch of new releases, but it is hardly the only disc worth talking about.

Islands absolutely killed at our Hot Freaks party at SXSW this year, and the band's Arm's Way is an early contender for my favorite record of the year. Other discs that I have already heard and can strongly recommend include Blackstrap's wonderfully shoegazeySteal My Horses and Run, Bonnie "Prince" Billy's Lie Down In the Light, Free Kitten's Inherit, and Windsor for the Derby's How We Lost.

I haven't heard the new Wedding Present album, El Rey, but it is at the top of my shopping list.

Three Velvet Underground albums are reissued on vinyl this week: The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and White Light/White Heat. Another vinyl reissue worth checking out is Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Mudhoney not only releases a new studio album this week, but also a two-disc remastered edition of Superfuzz Bigmuff.

What are you picking up this week? Are there any releases worth adding to the list?

this week's interesting CD releases:

3 Doors Down: 3 Doors Down
Abigail Washburn: Abigail Washburn
Annihilation Time: Tales of The Ancient Age
Ateleia and Benjamin Curtis: Baghdad Batterie [vinyl]
B-52's: Wild Planet (reissue)
The Band of Heathens: The Band of Heathens
Bearfoot: Follow Me
Beatallica: All You Need Is Blood
Blackstrap: Steal My Horses and Run
Blackstrap: Steal My Horses and Run [vinyl]
Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Lie Down In the Light
Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Lie Down In the Light [vinyl]
Bun B: II Trill
Carolina Liar: Coming To Terms
Collections of Colonies of Bees: Six Guitars [vinyl]
The Cure: Cure One Single
Curt Smith (Tears for Fears): Halfway, Pleased
Cut Copy: Lights and Music (import single)
Cut Copy: Lights and Music (import single) [vinyl]
Daniela Cotton: Rare Child
Dare: Belief/Beneath the Shining Water
Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (reissue) [vinyl]
Donna Summer: Crayons
Douglas Armour: The Light of a Golden Day, The Arms of the Night
Douglas Armour: The Light of a Golden Day, The Arms of the Night [vinyl]
Dresden Dolls: No, Virginia...
E for Explosion: Reinventing the Heartbeat
Eric Hutchinson: Sounds Like This
Explorers Club: Freedom Wind
Explorers Club: Freedom Wind [vinyl]
Felix da Housecat: Global Underground 34 Milan
The Flobots: Fight With Tools
The Foxboro Hot Tubs: Stop Drop And Roll
Free Kitten: Inherit
French Kicks: Swimming
George Jones: The Hits Then Till Now (box set)
Indian Jewelry: Free Gold!
Islands: Arm's Way
Jeremy Jay: A Place Where We Could Go
Jim O'Rourke: Tamper (reissue)
Joan of Arc: Boo Human
Joan of Arc: Boo Human [vinyl]
John Williams: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Justice: Dvno (import single)
Killing Joke: Fire Dances (limited 2-disc edition) [vinyl]
Killing Joke: FRevelations (limited 2-disc edition) [vinyl]
Love Psychedelico: This Is Love Psychedelico
Mason Jennings: In the Ever
Mason Jennings: In the Ever [vinyl]
Mates of State: Re-Arrange Us
Mudhoney: Lucky Ones
Mudhoney: Lucky Ones [vinyl]
Mudhoney: Superfuzz Bigmuff (remastered with bonus disc)
Music Go Music: Light of Love
The National: Skin a Night & The Virginia EP (with bonus DVD)
Nicolai Dunger: Sjunger Edith Sodergran (import)
Okay: Huggable Dust
Orchestra Baobab: Made in Dakar
Osaka Popstar: Rock'em O-Sock'em Live! EP
Retribution Gospel Choir: Retribution Gospel Choir
Scarlett Johansson: Anywhere I Lay My Head
Sonny Landreth: From the Reach
Steve Fisk & Ben Gibbard: Kurt Cobain: About a Son (soundtrack) [vinyl]
Sybris: Into The Trees
The Takeover UK: It's All Happening EP
Thea Gilmore: Liejacker (import)
Thee Oh Sees: The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In [vinyl]
Ting Tings: We Started Nothing
Ting Tings: We Started Nothing [vinyl]
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits (remastered with bonus tracks)
Trees: Light's Bane
Various Artists: A-Square (Of Course): The Story of Michigan's Legendary A-Square Records (import)
Various Artists: Impala Eardrums: A Radium Sampler [vinyl]
The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground (reissue) [vinyl]
The Velvet Underground & Nico: The Velvet Underground & Nico (reissue) [vinyl]
The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (reissue) [vinyl]
VSS: Nervous Circuits
Wedding Present: El Rey
Windsor for the Derby: How We Lost
Windsor for the Derby: How We Lost [vinyl]

also at Largehearted Boy:

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