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July 14, 2008

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (July 15th, 2008)

The Hold Steady's fourth album, Stay Positive, is released tomorrow.

In his New York magazine profile of the band, Joshua Ferris wrote of Stay Positive:

For anyone new to the Hold Steady looking for a point of breaking and entering on Stay Positive, start with “Sequestered in Memphis.” It’s as immediate and infectious as “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” The same goes for the title track. Musically, two songs are real standouts: a guitar solo provides a plaintive wail on behalf of the rocky couple on “Lord, I’m Discouraged,” while the harpsichord becomes the voice of the protagonist on “One for the Cutters.” The instruments aid and abet Finn as he articulates the inner turmoil of his characters’ lives.

Other than Stay Positive, the only other new releases I have heard and can strongly recommend are the new Wire disc, Object 47, Blind Pilot's 3 Rounds and a Sound and Herman Dune's 1-2-3 Apple Tree EP.

Three Del Fuegos albums (Boston, Mass., The Longest Day, and Stand Up) lead the week's reissues, along with two vinyl releases (Rocky Votolato and Suicide Medicine) from singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato. Damon & Naomi's More Sad Hits has been remastered and is also available tomorrow.

this week's interesting CD releases:

ABN: It is What It Is
Adele: Chasing Pavements (import single)
Bajofondo: Mar Dulce
Holly Golightly, Billy Childish: In Blood (reissue) [vinyl]
Blackmore's Night: Secret Voyage
Blind Pilot: 3 Rounds and a Sound
The Boy Bathing: A Fire To Make Preparations
The Cure: Sleep When I'm Dead (Mix 13) (single)
Cut Copy: Hearts on Fire (import single)
Damon & Naomi: More Sad Hits (remastered)
Danny Elfman: Hellboy II: The Golden Army (soundtrack)
Death to Anders: Fictitious Business
Del Fuegos: Boston, Mass. (reissue)
Del Fuegos: The Longest Day (reissue)
Del Fuegos: Stand Up (reissue)
Delta Goodrem: Delta
David Banner: Greatest Story Ever Told
Drakkar Sauna: Wars and Tornadoes
Dr. Dog: Fate [digital]
Einsturzende Neubaten: Jewels
Elisa: Dancing
Grascals: Keep on Walkin'
Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Tim Story: Inlandish
Herman Dune: 1-2-3 Apple Tree EP
The Hold Steady: Stay Positive
Hypatia Lake: Angels And Demons, Space And Time
Icy Demons: Miami Ice
Jay Reatard: Singles 06-07 (remastered) [vinyl]
Jet & Iggy Pop: Wild One: Tribute to Johnny Okeefe (import single)
John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Lucky Dragons: Dream Island Laughing Language
Madonna: Give It 2 Me (import single)
Madonna: Give It 2 Me (import single) [vinyl]
Metallica: Master of Puppets (deluxe edition reissue) [vinyl]
The Music: Strength in Numbers
Nas: Nas
Nas: Nas [vinyl]
Negativland: Thigmotactic
Nirvana: Unplugged in New York (import reissue) [vinyl]
O.A.R.: All Sides
PAS/CAL: I Was Raised... [digital]
Philip Glass: Glass: Music in Twelve Parts
The Presets: My People (import single)
Portishead: The Rip (single)
Radiohead: Nude (import single)
Randy Travis: Around the Bend
Recess Monkey: Tabby Road
Rocky Votolato: Rocky Votolato (reissue) [vinyl]
Rocky Votolato: Suicide Medicine (reissue) [vinyl]
Sunset: The Glowing City
Van She: Strangers (import single)
Various Artists: The Dark Knight (soundtrack)
Various Artists: High Voltage Box: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute
Wire: Object 47

also at Largehearted Boy:

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