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August 11, 2008

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (August 12th, 2008)

Songs for Tibet - The Art of Peace is a two-CD compilation album featuring a variety of mainstream and indie artists, and includes tracks by Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Moby, Damien Rice, Garbage, and others. Proceeds from the album will go toward supporting peace initiatives and Tibetan cultural preservation projects important to the Dalai Lama.

Other albums I have heard and can recommend this week include the Portland Cello Project's self-titled album, the Jesu/Battle of Mice EP, Rilo Kiley bass player Pierre de Reeder's solo album The Way That It Was, Ben Weaver's The Axe in the Oak, and the Widow Babies' The Mike Watt EP (a song cycle that pits Mike Watt against a vampire that looks like Abe Lincoln).

Road Runner: The Chess Masters 1959-1960 collects Bo Diddley's complete 1959 Chess studio recordings (and half of his 1960 recordings) on two discs and contains many previously unreleased songs as well as alternate versions.

Alkaline Trio is reissuing 1500 vinyl copies of its 1983 album, Good Mourning tomorrow.

Have I left anything notable off the list? What can you recommend?

Adele: Hometown Glory (import single)
Alkaline Trio: Good Mourning (limited edition reissue) [vinyl]
Anya Singleton: The Other Side
Bark Hide and Horn: Bark Hide & Horn
Ben Weaver: The Axe in the Oak
Bigelf: Cheat the Gallows
Bill Chinnock: Badlands (reissue)
Billy Childish: Thatcher's Children
Billy Childish: Thatcher's Children [vinyl]
Bo Diddley: Road Runner: The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-disc set)
The Bug: London Zoo
Coldplay: Viva La Vida (import single)
The Cure: Perfect Boy (Mix 13) (single)
David Sanborn: Here And Gone
Edith Piaf: 65 Titres Originaux (import 3-cd box set)
Elsiane: Hybrid
Extreme: Saudades de Rock
The Gutter Twins: God's Children 7" [vinyl]
The Hold Steady: Stay Positive (2-disc with unreleased track) [vinyl]
Inara George: An Invitation
Irma Thomas: Simply Grand
Janelle Monae: Metropolis: The Chase Suite
Janelle Monae: Metropolis: The Chase Suite [vinyl]
Jason and the Scorchers: The EMI Years (remastered 2-disc set)
Jesu/Battle of Mice: Jesu/Battle of Mice EP
Jesu/Battle of Mice: Jesu/Battle of Mice EP [vinyl]
Jonas Brothers: A Little Bit Longer
Jucifer: L' Autrichienne [vinyl]
Ladytron: Velocifero [vinyl]
Laura Nyro: Nested (reissue)
Laura Nyro: Seasons of Lights...Laura Nyro in Concert (reissue)
Leon Ware: Moon Ride
Manhattan Love Suicides: Burnt Out Landscapes
Metallica: Death Magnetic - Deluxe (import)
Ministry: With Sympathy (reissue)
The Mission: The Mission at the BBC (import box set)
Nine Inch Nails: The Slip [vinyl]
The Pack A.D.: Funeral Mixtape
The Pack A.D.: Funeral Mixtape [vinyl]
Pierre de Reeder: The Way That It Was
Portland Cello Project: Portland Cello Project
Prussia: Dear Emily, Best Wishes, Molly
Rebecca Martin: The Growing Season
Roky Erickson: Halloween: Recorded Life 1979-1981 [vinyl]
Ryan Foret: She's Mine
The Script: The Script
S.M.V.: Thunder
Steve Roach: Empetus (2-CD Collector's Edition)
Tittsworth: Twelve Steps
Tori Amos: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO 4/19/05
Tori Amos: Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK 6/4/05
Tori Amos: Royce Hall Auditorium Los Angeles
TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain [vinyl]
Uri Caine: Otello Syndrome
Various Artists: The American Mall (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Beer for My Horses (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Brotherman (soundtrack)
Various Artists: The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 10: 1970
Various Artists: The Dark Knight [vinyl]
Various Artists: Songs for Tibet - The Art of Peace
Various Artists: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (soundtrack)
The Ventures: Play Their Greatest Hits
The Verve: Love Is Noise (import single)
The Widow Babies: The Mike Watt EP
Yung Berg: Look What You Made Me
Zach Hill: Astrological Straits
Zach Hill: Astrological Straits [vinyl]

also at Largehearted Boy:

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