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February 16, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (February 17th, 2009)

Morrissey's Years of Refusal album is out tomorrow in an incredibly strong music release week.

Along with the Moz, the week's music release list is filled with other quality offerings from singer-songwriters. Benjy Ferree's Come Back to the Five & Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee is one of the most pleasantly surprising albums of the year so far for me. I have been a huge fan of Ana Egge for years, and her new album, Road to My Love, is filled with her most personal and intimate songwriting yet. Alela Diane's To Be Still is simply one of my favorite albums of 2009. M. Ward's Hold Time is also in stores tomorrow.

Other albums I have heard and can strongly recommend include Asobi Seksu's Hush, Bloodkin's Baby They Told Us We Would Rise Again, Eleni Mandell's Artificial Fire, Robyn Hitchcock's Goodnight Oslo, and Tommy Keene's In the Late Bright.

Among the week's reissues are four vinyl Murder City Devils discs from Sub Pop: Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts, In Name and Blood, Murder City Devils, and Thelema.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Abe Vigoda: Reviver (vinyl)
The Acorn: Heron Act
Aidan Moffat & the Best Of's: How To Get From Heaven To Scotland (CD/LP box set)
Air featuring Henry Threadgill: Air Song (reissue)
Alela Diane: To Be Still (vinyl)
Ana Egge: Road to My Love
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (vinyl reissue)
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: The Century of Self
Annie Lennox: The Annie Lennox Collection (w/DVD)
The Appleseed Cast: Sagarmatha
Architecture in Helsinki: That Beep (single) (vinyl)
Asobi Seksu: Hush (vinyl)
Audrye Sessions: Audrye Sessions EP
Azita: How Will You? (vinyl)
Bang Camaro: Bang Camaro
Beirut: March of the Zapotec EP (vinyl)
Beirut: March of The Zapotec and Realpeople Holland
Benjy Ferree: Come Back to the Five & Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
Between the Pine: Friends, Foes, Mith and Kin
Bloodkin: Baby They Told Us We Would Rise Again
Boy Eats Drum Machine: Two Ghosts
Brigitte DeMeyer: Red River Flower
Broken Spindles: Kiss/Kick
Charles Mingus: Night at Cafe Bohemia/Pithecanthropus Erectus Session (remastered)
Circlesquare: Songs About Dancing and Drugs
Clutch (As The Bakerton Group): El Rojo
Cranes: Cranes
Dakota Suite: The End of Trying (vinyl)
Darla Farmer: Rewiring Electric Forest
Death: For the Whole World to See (vinyl)
The Deep Dark Woods: Winter Hours
Eleni Mandell: Artificial Fire
Fake Problems: It's Great to Be Alive
Faunts: Feel. Love. Thinking. Of.
Fol Chen: Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made
Get Up Kids: Something to Write Home About (vinyl reissue)
Gun Outfit: Dim Light (vinyl)
The Hunches: Exit Dreams (vinyl)
Iran: Dissolver
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (vinyl)
Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat: Tijuana Bible
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Smash Hits (remastered)
Joe Jackson: Live at the BBC
John Lee Hooker: 50 Years: John Lee Hooker Anthology
Katie Herzig: Apple Tree
Lal Meri: Lal Meri
Lidstrom: Where You Go I Go Too EP (special edition with bonus disc)
Living Things: Habeas Corpus (vinyl)
M. Ward: Hold Time (vinyl)
Mi Ami: Watersports (vinyl)
Miniature Tigers: Tell It to the Volcano
Minus the Bear: Acoustics (vinyl)
Mishka: Above the Bones
Morrissey: Years of Refusal (deluxe edition w/DVD) (vinyl)
Mountains: Choral (vinyl)
Murder City Devils: Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts (vinyl reissue)
Murder City Devils: In Name and Blood (vinyl reissue)
Murder City Devils: Murder City Devils (vinyl reissue)
Murder City Devils: Thelema (vinyl reissue)
N.A.S.A.: Spirit of Apollo
Neal Casal: Roots and Wings
Obscura: Cosmogenesis
Odawas: The Blue Depths (vinyl)
Odd Nosdam: T.I.M.E Soundtrack (vinyl)
Plushgun: Pins & Panzers
Psapp: The Camel's Back
Psyopus: Odd Senses
Red Box: The Circle & The Square (reissue with bonus tracks)
Robyn Hitchcock: Goodnight Oslo
Sabotage Soundsystem: The Boto Machine Gun
Sam Roberts: Love at the End of the World
Serge Gainsbourg: Aux Armes et Caetera (vinyl reissue)
Serge Gainsbourg: L' Homme a Tete De Chou (vinyl reissue)
Sholi: Sholi (vinyl)
Sin Fang Bous: Clangour (vinyl)
Sleeper: Behind Every Mask
The Sleeping: What It Takes
Sole & the Skyrider Band: The Remix Album
Southeast Engine: From the Forest to the Sea (vinyl)
Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band: The Mountain (vinyl reissue)
Steve Kilbey: Painkiller
Sylvain Chauveau: The Black Book of Capitalism (remastered)
These Are Powers: All Aboard Future (vinyl)
Throw Me the Statue: Purpleface
Thursday: Common Existence
Tombs: Winterhours (vinyl)
Tommy Keene: In the Late Bright
Various Artists: Confessions of a Shopaholic (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Dark Was the Night (vinyl)
Various Artists: Glitter & Gold: Words & Music By Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Various Artists: Protected: Massive Samples
Various Artists: Transporter 3 - Original Soundtrack
Vetiver: Tight Knit (vinyl)
Vibrarians: Red Light (vinyl single)
The Waitresses: Live at Hurrah (dvd)
Weird Owl: Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed (vinyl)
William Elliott Whitmore: Animals In The Dark (vinyl)
Zu: Carboniferous

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (music from this week's CD releases)
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists