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February 23, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (February 24th, 2009)

The War Child presents Heroes compilation is out tomorrow. The 16-track covers compilation benefits War Child International, a network of independent organizations that work to provide humanitarian aid to children affected by war. Help yourself to some good music, and help children affected by war in the process.

The tracklist is impressive:

1. Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
2. The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
3. The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
4. Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
5. Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
7. Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
8. Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
9. Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
10. Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
11. Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
12. Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
13. Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
14. Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
15. The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
16. TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")

After last week's deluge of quality music releases, this week's list is a bit thin. From what I have already heard, I can definitely recommend Anavan's Cover Story, Black Lips' 200 Million Thousand, Clem Snide's Hungry Bird, and especially Laura Gibson's Beasts of Seasons.

A bevy of Ben Harper vinyl discs head up the week's reissues.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

A. Armada: Anam Cara EP
Absu: Absu
Air France: No Way Down
The Alternate Routes: A Sucker's Dream
Anavan: Cover Story (vinyl)
B.B. King: Live in Africa (dvd)
Ben Harper: Alone: Live EP (vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Both Sides of the Gun (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Burn to Shine (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Diamonds on the Inside (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Fight for Your Mind (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Lifeline (vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Live from Mars (4-LP vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: There Will Be a Light (vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: Welcome to the Cruel World (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: The Will to Live: Live EP (vinyl reissue)
Ben Harper: The Will to Live: Live EP (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Bill Frisell: The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs
Black Lips: 200 Million Thousand
The Bran Flakes: I Have Hands
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk (remastered)
Caw! Caw!: Wait Outside
Chris Isaak: Mr. Lucky
Clem Snide: Hungry Bird (vinyl)
Company of Thieves: Ordinary Riches
Dexter Romweber Duo: Ruins of Berlin (vinyl)
Django Reinhardt: Postwar Recordings 1944-1953
Gentleman Reg: Jet Black (vinyl)
Grachan Moncur III: Some Other Stuff (remastered)
Here We Go Magic: Here We Go Magic
J.J. Cale: Roll On
Jerry Lee Lewis: Sun Singles Collection (2-LP vinyl)
Joe Bonamassa: The Ballad of John Henry
John Cage & Mikhasoff: Cage Performs Cage: Empty Words
John Zorn: Film Works, Vol. 23: General
K'Naan: Troubadour
Kaiser Chiefs - Live at Elland Road (Blu-ray DVD)
Kinky: Barracuda
Kool Keith: Tashan Dorrsett
Lamb of God: Wrath
Laura Barrett: Victory Garden
Laura Gibson: Beasts of Seasons (vinyl)
The Lovetones: Dimensions
Mark E Smith & Ed Blaney: Smith and Blaney
MC Lars: This Gigantic Robot Kills
Merzbow: 13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 2: Owl
Miles Davis: 'Round About Midnight (import vinyl reissue)
Nosound: Lightdark
Pan-American: White Bird Release
Pink Martini: Sympathique
Ramones: It's Alive (vinyl)
Screaming Blue Messiahs: Live at the BBC (remastered)
Shawn Phillips: At the BBC (remastered)
Steven Wilson: Insurgentes
Tom Rush: What I Know
Tom Waits: Romeo Bleeding: Live From Austin (import)
Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston (vinyl reissue)
U2: Get On Your Boots (import single)
Ultravox: Monument (import reissue)
Ultravox: Quartet (import reissue)
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks Live At the Hollywood Bowl (vinyl)
Various Artists: Krautrock- Music For Your Brain Vol 3 (import 6-CD box set)
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: India
Various Artists: Singing Through the Hard Times: A Utah Phillips Celebration
Various Artists: War Child presents Heroes
Various Artists: The Wrestler (soundtrack)
The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (2-CD import)
The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (dvd)
Yes: Symphonic Live

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