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November 10, 2008

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (November 11th, 2008)

Celebrate U.S. president-elect Barack Obama's election win with Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. The disc features contributions by Bono, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Senator McCain can console himself this week with the Abba: The Albums, the 9-CD box set from his favorite band.

Two releases slipped up on me this week. Barbara Morgenstern releases her new album BM, tomorrow, and powerpop darlings the Pillbugs drop Everybody Wants a Way Out. Both are at the top of my shopping list.

Other releases that have been sent my way that I can strongly recommend include Au Revoir Simone's Reverse Migration (remixes), Danielson's retroospective Trying Hartz, Deer Tick's War Elephant, Denison Witmer's Carry The Weight, the Postmarks' By the Numbers, and Vetiver's More of the Past EP.

Five remastered New Order albums are out tomorrow (Brotherhood, Low-Life, Movement, Power Corruption & Lies,, Technique), complete with bonus discs filled with demos, b-sides and live tracks.

Other reissues include the Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection, which collects the band's albums in a mini-LP format on CDs. The 13-disc Genesis Box Set 3 (1970-1975) completes Rhino's set of reissues from the band.

This week's "actors who sing" releases include Kevin Costner & Modern West's Untold Truths and Billy Bob Thornton's Christmas album with the Boxmasters, Christmas Cheer.

Any recommendations from the week's music release list?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Abba: The Albums (9-CD box set)
Adele: 19 (deluxe edition 2-CD single)
Alice Cooper: School's Out (reissue)
The Answer: Never Too Late
Au Revoir Simone: Reverse Migration (remixes)
Barbara Morgenstern: BM
The Battle Of Land And Sea: The Battle Of Land And Sea
Bauhaus: Mask (vinyl reissue)
Bee Gees: Best of Bee Gees
Black Keys: The Big Come Up (vinyl reissue)
Blue Sky Black Death: Slow Burning Lights
The Boxmasters: Christmas Cheer
Brethren of the Free Spirit: The Wolf Shall Also Dwell With the Lamb
The Bronx: The Bronx III
Buffalo Killers: Let It Ride (vinyl)
Burial: DJ-Kicks (vinyl)
Butch Walker: Sycamore Meadows
Charlie Haden: Family and Friends: Rambling Boy
Cheap Trick: At Budokan (remastered #-CD & DVD box set)
Chinese Stars: TV Grows Arms/ The Drowning (vinyl)
Christina Aguilera: Keeps Gettin' Better - A Decade of Hits
Circus Devils: Ataxia
Clutch: Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings 2007-2008
Corey Crowder: Gold & the Sand
Danielson: Trying Hartz
Dear Nora: Three States: Dear Nora Rarities 1997-2007
Deer Tick: War Elephant (vinyl)
Denison Witmer: Carry The Weight
Department of Eagles: In Ear Park (vinyl)
Dillinger Four: Civil War
Dir en Grey: Uroboros
Edie Sedgwick: Things Are Getting Sinister and Sinisterer (digital)
Enya: And Winter Came
The Flaming Lips: Christmas On Mars (with DVD)
The Flamin' Groovies: This Band Is Red Hot 1969-1979
Free Blood: The Singles
Freq Nasty: Fabriclive.42
Frontier Ruckus: Orion Songbook
Genesis: Genesis Box Set 3 (1970-1975) (remastered 12-CD box set)
Gilda Radner: Live from New York (reissue)
Grace Jones: Hurricane (import)
Guns N' Roses: Appetite for Destruction (vinyl reissue)
Helios: Caesura
Hello Seahorse!: Hoy a Las Ocho
Holy Hail: Independent Pleasure Club (vinyl)
Howlin' Wolf: Rockin' The Blues: Live in Germany 1964
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Sunday at Devil Dirt (reissue with bonus tracks)
Jean on Jean: Jean on Jean
Jedi Mind Tricks: A History of Violence
John Williams: Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection (box set)
Johnny Winter: Live Through the 70's
Kevin Costner & Modern West: Untold Truths
The Kinks: Preservation Act 1 (vinyl reissue)
The Kinks: Sleepwalker (vinyl reissue)
Larsen: La Fever Lit
Leadbelly: The Definitive Leadbelly (3-CD box set)
Led Zeppelin: Definitive Collection (12-CD mini LP replica box set)
Longwave: Secrets are Sinister
Love Is All: A Hundred Things Keep Me up at Night
M83: Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (vinyl 2-LP & CD)
Mascott: Art Project
Mudcrutch: Extended Play Live EP (vinyl with CD)
Nada Surf: Karmic EP (vinyl reissue)
The Nerves: One Way Ticket
New Order: Brotherhood (remastered with bonus disc)
New Order: Low-Life (remastered with bonus disc)
New Order: Movement (remastered with bonus disc)
New Order: Power Corruption & Lies (remastered with bonus disc)
New Order: Technique (remastered with bonus disc)
Ocean: Pantheon of the Lesser (vinyl)
Oh Captain My Captain: Recklessly She Split the Sea
Ollabelle: Before This Time
Pig Destroyer: Natasha (vinyl)
Pillbugs: Everybody Wants a Way Out
Pink Martini: Sympathique (vinyl reissue)
Postmarks: By the Numbers
Push-Pull: Hello Soldier
Razorlight: Slipway Fires
Redd Foxx: Both Sides of Redd Foxx
Redd Foxx: Foxx-A-Delic (reissue)
Redd Foxx: Live in Las Vegas (reissue)
Redd Foxx: On the Loose: Recorded Live... (reissue)
Redd Foxx: Up Against The Wall (reissue)
Rocket 88: Rocket 88
Seal: Soul
Secret Dakota Ring: Cantarell
Shiny Toy Guns: Season of Poison (vinyl)
Shirley Bassey: Live in Japan
The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths (2-CD special edition)
Spindrift: The West
Subhumans: Death Was Too Kind (remastered)
T-Pain: Thr33 Ringz (limited edition w/DVD)
Thomas Function: Celebration (vinyl)
Tracy Chapman: Our Bright Future
Vanilla Ice: Vanilla Ice Is Back: Hip Hop Classics
Various Artists: This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1
Various Artists: Rachel Getting Married (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement
Various Artists: Zack and Miri Make a Porno: Music from the Motion Picture
Vetiver: More of the Past EP
Warren Zevon: Learning to Flinch (reissue)
Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon (remastered with bonus disc)
Wintersleep: Welcome to the Night Sky
Wow & Flutter: Golden Touch
Yes: Close to the Edge (vinyl reissue)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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