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March 23, 2009

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

The Decemberists fifth album, The Hazards of Love, is in stores tomorrow, but the self titled debut of Fever Ray (side project of The Knife's Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson) is my favorite new release of the week.

From what I have already heard, I can also strongly recommend Amadou & Mariam's Welcome To Mali, 1990s' Kicks, Harlem Shakes' Technicolor Health, Jeremy Jay's Slow Dance, Mono's Hymn to the Immortal Wind, and Swan Lake's Enemy Mine.

Three Radiohead studio albums have been remastered and are out tomorrow. The Bends, OK Computer, and Pablo Honey all come with a bonus CD of outtakes and rarities, and also are available in deluxe editions that include a DVD.

Aside from the Radiohead remastered editions, the remastered Serge Gainsbourg classic album Histoire de Melody Nelson is wonderfully packaged and lovingly restored (especially the vinyl edition).

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

1990s: Kicks (vinyl)
Amadou & Mariam: Welcome To Mali
Arthur Russell: The Sleeping Bag Sessions (vinyl)
Bacon Brothers: New Year's Day
The Balky Mule: The Length Of The Rail
Beep Beep: Enchanted Islands
Big Country: The Final Fling (dvd)
Charles Spearin: The Happiness Project (vinyl)
Coheed & Cambria: Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition (4-CD & 5-DVD box set)
Condo F**ks: F**kbook
Craig Wedren: Role Models (soundtrack)
Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY/Deja Vu Live (2-LP vinyl)
Dalek: Gutter Tactics (vinyl)
Dan Deacon: Bromst (vinyl)
Dan Hicks: Tangled Tales (vinyl)
Decemberists: The Hazards of Love (vinyl)
Dirty Projectors: Byond Uquafina
Dukes Of Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock
Dukes Of Stratosphear: Psonic Psunspot (remastered)
Enter the Haggis: Gutter Anthems
Eric Lindell: Gulf Coast Highway
Fever Ray: Fever Ray
Fireworks: All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion
Fridge: Early Output 1996-1998
Gramercy Arms: Gramercy Arms
Green Day: 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (2-LP reissue)
Green Day: Kerplunk (vinyl)
Harlem Shakes: Technicolor Health
Husker Du: Candy Apple Grey (vinyl reissue)
I.u.d.: The Proper Sex
Indigo Girls: Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (with bonus CD)
Jeremy Jay: Slow Dance (vinyl)
Jim Jones: Pray IV Reign
John Coltrane: Ascension (remastered)
John Coltrane: Kulu Se Mama (remastered)
Klaus Schulze: La Vie Electronique I
KMFDM: Blitz
Lotus Plaza: The Floodlight Collective
The Lymyc Systym: Carved by Glaciers (vinyl)
M. Ward: End of Amnesia (vinyl reissue)
Mastodon: Crack the Skye (CD & DVD)
Mastodon: Divinations (vinyl picture disc single)
Merzbow: 13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 3
MF Doom: Born Like This
Minus 5: Down with Wilco (reissue)
Mono: Hymn to the Immortal Wind
MSTRKRFT: Fist of God (vinyl)
O+S: O+S (vinyl)
Obits: I Blame You (vinyl)
Papa Roach: Metamorphosis
Pearl Jam: Ten (2-CD & DVD Deluxe Edition) (2-CD edition) (2-LP edition) (2-CD & DVD & 4=LP & cassette edition)
The Peekers: Life In The Air
Peter Doherty: Grace / Wastelands (CD & DVD) (CD & DVD & T-shirt)
Ponytail: Ice Cream Spiritual! (green vinyl)
Radiohead: The Bends (remastered with bonus CD) (2-CDs & DVD)
Radiohead: OK Computer (remastered with bonus CD) (2-CDs & DVD)
Radiohead: Pablo Honey (remastered with bonus CD) (2-CDs & DVD)
Rafter: 10 Songs
Red Red Meat: Bunny Gets Paid (remastered with bonus disc)
Royksopp: Junior (vinyl)
Sarah Borges: The Stars Are Out (vinyl)
Serge Gainsbourg: Histoire de Melody Nelson (remastered with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
Shooter Jennings: Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings & 357's
Stephen Lynch: 3 Balloons
Swan Lake: Enemy Mine (vinyl)
Various Artists: Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
Various Artists: Hushabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Dolly Parton
Various Artists: Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Salsa
Various Artists: Shrek: The Musical
The Vines: Melodia
Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy (vinyl reissue)
Winter Gloves: About a Girl
Wynton Marsalis: He And She

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