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April 6, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (April 7th, 2009)

Neil Young's ode to his electric car, Fork in the Road hits store shelves tomorrow. I'm not enamored with this album, but it does whet my appetite for the 8-CD box set coming June 2nd, Neil Young Archives Volume I (1963 - 1972).

I am still in love with the new Micachu release, Jewellery, which sees its U.S. release tomorrow.

Other albums I have already heard and can strongly recommend include Bat for Lashes' Two Suns, Bob Mould's Life and Times, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Vs. Children, Doves' Kingdom of Rust, The Hold Steady's live album A Positive Rage, Richard Swift's The Atlantic Ocean, Superchunk's Leaves In The Gutter EP, The Thermals' Now We Can See, and The Veils' Sun Gangs.

The Score! 20 Years of Merge Records compilation features bands covering their favorite songs from the Merge Records catalog. The star studded list of contributors includes Ryan Adams, Okkervil River, the Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes, and many more talented artists.

The Beastie Boys' remastered Check Your Head (complete with bonus disc) is out tomorrow. Two Siouxsie and the Banshees remastered albums, Hyaena and Tinderbox round out the week's notable reissues.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Alison Brown: The Company You Keep
All The Saints / These Arms Are Snakes: "Host" b/w "Washburn"
Antony And The Johnsons: Epilepsy Is Dancing
Arcade Fire: Miroir Noir (dvd) (2-DVD limited edition)
Balkan Beat Box: Nu-Made: Remixes & Videos (vinyl)
The Band: The Band (remastered)
Bat For Lashes: Daniel (vinyl import)
Bat for Lashes: Two Suns
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (remastered)
Beastie Boys: Check Your Head (remastered with bonus disc) (vinyl)
Bell Orchestre: As Seen Through Windows (vinyl)
Bettye LaVette: Do Your Duty
Black Dice: Repo (vinyl)
Black Sabbath: Paranoid (2-LP remastered and expanded vinyl)
Blue October: Approaching Normal (vinyl)
Bob Mould: Life and Times
Buraka Som Sistema: Black Diamond
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk (vinyl reissue)
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band: Mirror Man (vinyl reissue)
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Vs. Children
Cassandra Wilson: Closer to You: The Pop Side
Cat Stevens: Majikat: Earth Tour 1976 (vinyl)
Chain and the Gang: Down With Liberty... Up With Chains! (vinyl)
Coathangers: Scramble (vinyl)
Comet Gain: Broken Record Prayers (vinyl)
Crystal Antlers: Tentacles (vinyl)
Dananananaykroyd: Hey Everyone
David Wilcox: Open Hand
Depeche Mode: Wrong (vinyl)
Depeche Mode: Wrong Pt. 1 (import)
Depeche Mode: Wrong Pt. 2 (import)
DM Stith: Heavy Ghost (vinyl)
Doves: Kingdom of Rust
Erasure: Total Pop! Deluxe Box (3-CD & DVD)
The Ettes: Danger Is EP
Eulogies: Here Anonymous (vinyl)
The Felice Brothers: Yonder Is The Clock
Fever Ray: Fever Ray (vinyl)
Gavin Castleton: Home
Glenn Tilbrook: Pandemonium Ensues
Gliss: Devotion Implosion (vinyl)
Grails: Acid Rain (dvd)
Grateful Dead: Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings (9-CD box set)
Grateful Dead: To Terrapin: May 28, 1977 Hartford, CT
Halloween, Alaska: Champagne Downtown (vinyl)
Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes
Harry Nilsson: The Best of Harry Nilsson
HEALTH: Die Slow (vinyl)
Hello Saferide: More Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide
The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage
I Was a King: I Was a King (vinyl)
It Hugs Back: Inside Your Guitar
Jadakiss: The Last Kiss
John Coltrane: Giant Steps(2-LP vinyl reissue)
Joker's Daughter: The Last Laugh
Junior Boys: Begone Dull Care
Lady Sovereign: Jigsaw
Lisa Hannigan: Sea Sew (vinyl)
Man Or Astro-Man?: Experiment Zero (vinyl reissue)
Merle Haggard: Best of Merle Haggard
Metallica: Broken, Beat and Scarred (Part 1) (import)
Micachu: Jewellery (vinyl)
Mono: Hymn to the Immortal Wind (vinyl)
Mono: One Step More And You Die / New York Soundtracks (remastered vinyl with bonus disc)
Neil Young: Fork in the Road (with DVD)
Pele: A Scuttled Bender In A Watery Closet
Pontiak: Maker (vinyl)
Porcupine Tree: Arriving Somewhere (dvd)
Prefab Sprout: Original Album Classics (5-CD box set)
Propagandhi: Supporting Caste
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: A Stranger Here
Ray Charles: Genius! - The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection
Richard Shindell : Not Far Now
Richard Swift: The Atlantic Ocean (vinyl)
Sara Watkins: Sara Watkins
Single File: Common Struggles (vinyl)
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Hyaena (remastered with bonus tracks)
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Tinderbox (remastered with bonus tracks)
Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob Squarepants Greatest Hits
Storsveit Nix Noltes: Royal Family - Divorce (vinyl)
Superchunk: Leaves In The Gutter EP
The Sway Machinery: Hidden Melodies Revealed (vinyl)
Telekinesis!: Telekinesis!
The Thermals: Now We Can See (vinyl)
Toubab Krewe: Live at the Orange Peel
The Tragically Hip: We Are the Same
U2: The Lowdown Unauthorized
Various Artists: Crank: High Voltage (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
Various Artists: Sleepytime Tunes: Dave Matthews Band Lullaby Tribute
Various Artists: Speed Dating: A No. 6 Records Compendium
Various Artists: Loving Takes This Course - A Tribute To The Songs Of Kath Bloom
The Veils: Sun Gangs (vinyl)
Velvet Underground: Live at Max's Kansas City (vinyl reissue)
Vienna Teng: Inland Territory
Wetton/Downes: Icon 3
William Fitzsimmons: The Sparrow and the Crow
Young Widows & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: Young Widows Split Series Vol. 1 (vinyl)
Youth Group: The Night Is Ours
Zoe: Reptilectric

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