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September 8, 2008

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (September 9th, 2008)

Okkervil River releases The Stand Ins tomorrow, yet another lyrical masterpiece from Will Sheff and crew.

I pre-ordered copies of Kimya Dawson's long-awaited children's album, Alphabutt for all my young nieces, nephews and children of friends and encourage you to do the same. It's a work of genius for the kids from one of my favorite singer-songwriters who definitely understands what children want.

Metallica releases its latest album, Death Magnetic, in a variety of formats tomorrow, including 2-disc and 5-disc vinyl sets.

Two notable releases this week are the Lovely Sparrows' Bury the Cynics and Horse Feathers' House With No Home, incredible albums that will very possibly end up on my year-end list of favorites.

Beyond these discs there is a multitude of good music available tomorrow. From what I have already heard, I can strongly recommend Angela Desveaux's The Mighty Ship, Calexico's Carried to Dust, Damien Jurado's Caught in the Trees, Don Chambers' Zebulon, Fujiya and Miyagi's Lightbulbs, Jesu's Why Are We Not Perfect EP, Mogwai's Batcat EP, Parenthetical Girls' Entanglements, and Portastatic's Some Small History (a b-side and rarities compilation).

Three Daniel Johnston discs are reissued this week: 1990, Artistic Vice, and Rejected Unknown.

What new music releases can you recommend this week?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Aids Wolf: Cities of Glass (vinyl)
The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event
Angela Desveaux: The Mighty Ship (vinyl)
Backyard Tire Fire: The Places We Lived [vinyl]
Bart Davenport: Palaces
The Bittersweets: Goodnight, San Francisco
The Black & White Years: The Black & White Years
Bound Stems: The Family Afloat (vinyl)
Brett Anderson: Wilderness (import)
Brian "Head" Welch: Save Me From Myself
Broken West: Now or Heaven
Calexico: Carried to Dust (vinyl)
Callers: Fortune
Catie Curtis: Sweet Life
Chad VanGaalen: Soft Airplane
Christophe Beck: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score (soundtrack)
Civet: Hell Hath No Fury
Clientele: That Night, A Forest Grew EP (import)
Colourmusic: f, monday, orange, february, venus, lunatic, 1 or 13
Common Market: Tobacco Road
D+: What is Doubt For?
Damien Jurado: Caught in the Trees (vinyl)
Daniel Johnston: 1990 (reissue)
Daniel Johnston: Artistic Vice (reissue)
Daniel Johnston: Rejected Unknown (reissue)
Dar Williams: Promised Land
Dark Romantics: Heartbreaker
Darlene Love: So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998 (import)
Dave Stewart: The Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol. 1 [vinyl]
The Dead Science: Villainaire
Don Chambers: Zebulon
Donkeys: Living on the Other Side (vinyl)
Emilliana Torrrini: Me and Armini
Eric Benet: Love & Life
The Ettes: Look at Life Again
Fujiya and Miyagi: Lightbulbs
Girls Against Boys: Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby (reissue) (vinyl)
Grayson Capps: Rott 'N' Roll (vinyl)
Greg Camp: Defektor
Growing: All The Way (vinyl)
Gym Class Heroes: The Quilt
Hal Ketchum: Father Time
Horse Feathers: House With No Home (vinyl)
I'm Not Jim: You Are All My People
Iced Earth: The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Jesu: Why Are We Not Perfect EP
Joan Baez: Day After Tomorrow
Joan Osborne: Little Wild One
John Cage: 26' 1.1499'' for a String Player and 45' for a Speaker
Jonathan Richman: You Can Have A Cellphone That's OK But Not For Me 7" [vinyl]
Josh Hoge: Everything She Was
Josh Rouse: The Best of the Rykodisc Years
Jules Shear: More
Kellarissa: Flamingo
Kimya Dawson: Alphabutt (vinyl)
Lea DeLaria: The Live Smoke Session
Lemuria: First Collection
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez: Why Is Bear Billowing
Little Teeth: Child Bearing Man
Liz Durrett: Outside Our Gates
LL Cool J: Exit 13
Locksley: Don't Make Me Wait
The Lovely Sparrows: Bury the Cynics
The Low Lows: Shining Violence
Magic Slim & the Teardrops: Midnight Blues
Maquiladora: St. Cecilia's: Ritual of Hearts and White Sands (import)
Mark Tucker: In the Sack
Maserati: Inventions Remixes (vinyl)
Mates of State: My Solo Project (reissue) [vinyl]
Matt Bauer: The Island Moved in the Storm
Meiko: Meiko
Melissa Etheridge: Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (reissue)
Metallica: Death Magnetic (2-lp vinyl) (5-lp vinyl)
Michael Franti & Spearhead: All Rebel Rockers (vinyl)
Mitch Hedberg: Do You Believe in Gosh?
Mogwai: Batcat EP (vinyl)
Natalie Cole: Still Unforgettable (vinyl)
Neil Young: Live At the Fillmore East [vinyl]
Neil Young: Live at Massey Hall 1971 (with bonus CD) [vinyl]
The New Year: The New Year (vinyl)
Novillero: A Little Tradition
Of Great & Mortal Men: 43 Songs For 43 U.S. Presidents
Of Montreal: Id Engager / Alter Eagle [vinyl]
Okkervil River: The Stand Ins (vinyl)
oRSo: Ask Your Neighbor
Parenthetical Girls: Entanglements (vinyl)
Patty Loveless: Sleepless Nights
People in Planes: Beyond the Horizon
Plushgun: Plushgun [vinyl]
Pontiak: Sun on Sun (vinyl)
Portastatic: Some Small History
Rafter: Sweaty Magic EP
Rahim: Laughter
Sam Champion: Heavenly Bender
Shaky Hands: Lunglight (vinyl)
The Sound of Animals Fighting: The Ocean and the Sun
Stereophonics: Pull the Pin
Steve Wynn: Crossing Dragon Bridge
Subways: All or Nothing
Thompson Twins: Here's to Future Days (import reissue with bonus disc)
Tricky: Knowle West Boy (vinyl)
Tweak Bird: Reservations
Various Artists: The Celtic Tribute to Metallica
Various Artists: Hallam Foe (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Heroes Original Soundtrack (deluxe edition)
Various Artists: The New Rocky Horror Show
Various Artists: We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year
Various Artists: The Women (soundtrack)
Viarosa: Send for the Sea
Woodhands: Heart Attack [vinyl]
Wovenhand: Ten Stones (vinyl)
Young Widows: Old Wounds (vinyl)
ZZ Top: Eliminator (collector's edition with bonus DVD)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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