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May 11, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (May 12th, 2009)

To my ears, Steve Earle covering Townes Van Zandt is a perfect pairing, and Earle's new album Townes is the rare covers record that captures the songwriting's spirit without ever feeling the need for duplicating the original songs.

There aren't many other discs I have already heard that I can strongly recommend, but the Dexateens' Singlewide was a pleasant surprise. Hanne Hukkelberg's Blood from a Stone, The Josh Reichmann Oracle Band's Crazy Power, Salim Nourallah's Constellation, and The Wooden Birds' Magnolia are also among the week's highlights.

Among the week's reissues, only the two remastered Saint Etienne import albums, Continental and Foxbase Alpha (both with bonus discs) are on my shopping list.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Did I miss any releases?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Acid Mothers Temple: Lord of the Underground: Vishnu and the Magic Elixir (vinyl)
Aiden: Knives
ATB: Future Memories
The Belleville Outfit: Time to Stand
Better Than Ezra: Paper Empire
Big Business: Mind the Drift
The Black Dahlia Murder: Majesty
Bloc Party: Intimacy - Remixed
Book of Love: Book of Love (reissue with bonus tracks)
Book Of Love: Candy Carol (reissue with bonus tracks)
Book Of Love: Lovebubble (reissue with bonus tracks)
Book of Love: Lullaby (reissue with bonus tracks)
Bricolage: Bricolage (vinyl)
Burning Image: Fantasma
Caethua: Village of the Damned
Cage the Elephant: Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (vinyl)
Casey Driessen: Oog
Cause Co-Motion!: Because Because Because (vinyl)
Cecil Taylor: Piano Solo at Town Hall 1971
Children: Hard Times Hanging at the End of the World
The Church: Untitled #23
The Crystal Method: Divided by Night
The Datsuns: Head Stunts
Del McCoury: By Request
The Dexateens: Singlewide
The Durutti Column: Love in the Time of Recession
Eat Skull: Wild and Inside
George Jones: Walk Through This World With Me - The Complete Musicor Recordings, 1965-1971 (Part 1) (5-CD box set)
Goes Cube: Another Day Has Passed
Graham Coxon: Spinning Top
Hanne Hukkelberg: Blood from a Stone
Hans Zimmer: Angels & Demons (soundtrack)
Heaven & Hell: Devil You Know (vinyl)
The Hill Country Revue: Make a Move
The Horse's Ha: Of the Cathmawr Yards (vinyl)
Jeremy Enigk: OK Bear
Jim Dickinson: Dinosaurs Run in Circles
Jim O'Rourke: I'm Happy, And I'm Singing, And a 1, 2, 3, 4 (reissue with bonus tracks)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: I Love Rock N' Roll (vinyl reissue)
John Mayall: Latest Edition (reissue)
John Mayall: Moving On (reissue)
Josh Reichmann Oracle Band: Crazy Power
Juan Maclean: The Future Will Come (vinyl)
Lee Hazelwood: Movin' On (reissue)
Marcio Local: Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don
Mark Kozelek: Lost Verses Live
Maximo Park: Quicken the Heat (vinyl)
Meanderthals: Desire Lines
Meat Puppets: Sewn Together (vinyl)
Melanie Pain: My Name
Mokira: Persona (vinyl)
NOFX: Frisbee (vinyl)
Papercuts: You Can Have What You Want (vinyl)
Peter Tosh: Equal Rights/Legalize It (2-CD reissue)
Phoenix: Kitsune Tabloid
Pulp: This Is Hardcore (vinyl reissue)
Queen: Rock in Rio (dvd)
Rise Against: Rise Against (vinyl)
Roman Candle: Oh Tall Tree in the Ear
Saint Etienne: Continental (remastered with bonus tracks)
Saint Etienne: Foxbase Alpha (remastered with bonus tracks)
Salim Nourallah: Constellation
Sebastien Tellier: Reworked by Strangelets (vinyl)
SND: Atavism
Steve Earle: Townes (2-CD edition) (vinyl)
Steven Wright: I Have a Pony
Sugar Pie DeSanto: Go Go Power - The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966
Susan Tedeschi: Just Won't Burn (vinyl reissue)
Telefon Tel Aviv: Immolate Yourself (vinyl)
Torngat: La Petite Nicole (vinyl)
Trainwreck Riders: The Perch (vinyl)
Trey Anastasio & Don Hart: Time Turns Elastic (vinyl)
Various Artists: The Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 1 1962-1966
Various Artists: Lost: Season 4 (soundtrack)
Various Artists: The Ultimate Depeche Mode Tribute
Warren Haynes: Tales of Ordinary Madness (vinyl reissue)
Ween: Chocolate and Cheese (vinyl reissue)
Weinland: Breaks in the Sun (vinyl)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: The Snake (vinyl)
The Wooden Birds: Magnolia (vinyl)
Wooden Shjips: Contact (vinyl)
Wussy: Wussy

also at Largehearted Boy:

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