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June 22, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (June 23rd, 2009)

Regina Spektor's new album Far pushes the singer-songwriter even closer to pop superstardom without sacrificing any of the melodic or lyrical wit that is so endearing.

Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood's second solo album, Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs), is in stores tomorrow.

God Help The Girl features songs written by Stuart Murdoch (Belle and Sebastian) for female singers.

Other albums I have heard and can strongly recommend include Foreign Born's Person To Person, A Hawk and a Hacksaw's Delivrance, Tift Merritt's live album Buckingham Solo, and Sunset Rubdown's Dragonslayer.

A remastered edition of R.E.M.s Reckoning (complete with bonus disc) is the reissue highlight of the week, along with a vinyl remaster of the band's Murmur album.

The Pavement Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed. 4-LP box set is tempting (if a little pricey). The CD version was incredibly well put together, so I'm anxious to see what's in the vinyl edition.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Acid Mothers Temple: Dark Side of the Black Moon: What Planet Are We On? (vinyl)
The Aggrolites: IV (vinyl)
Al Green: Greatest Hits (vinyl reissue)
Al Green: I'm Still in Love with You (vinyl reissue)
Al Green: Let's Stay Together (vinyl reissue)
The Albertans: Legends of Sam Marco
Alexisonfire: Old Crows/Young Cardinals
Amazing Baby: Rewild
Astra: The Weirding
Au Revoir Simone: Still Night, Still Light (vinyl)
Bats: The Guilty Office
Bert Jansch: L.A. Turnaround (remastered with bonus tracks)
Bert Jansch: A Rare Conundrum (remastered with bonus tracks)
Bert Jansch: Santa Barbara Honeymoon (remastered with bonus tracks)
Bibio: Ambivalence Avenue (vinyl)
Birds of Avalon: Uncanny Valley
Black Meteoric Star: Dominatron/Anthem (vinyl)
Blind Pilot: 3 Rounds and a Sound (reissue)
Blue Cheer: Rocks Europe (dvd)
Bob Marley: B Is For Bob
Brian Olive: Brian Olive (vinyl)
Busdriver: Jhelli Beam (vinyl)
Cheap Trick: The Latest
The Church: Untitled #23 (vinyl)
The Cliks: Dirty King
Creedence Clearwater Revival: 40th Anniversary Edition Box Set (7-CD box set)
Darkest Hour: Eternal Return
The Dear Hunter: Act III: Life And Death
Death Cab for Cutie: Something About Airplanes (remastered vinyl)
Deer Tick: Born On Flag Day (vinyl)
Deerhunter: Rainwater Cassette Exchange (vinyl)
Dinosaur Jr.: Farm (deluxe edition) (vinyl)
Donny Hue and the Colors: A Letter to New Virginia
Dream Theater: Black Clouds & Silver Linings (3-CD edition) (2-LP vinyl)
Eprhyme: Shomer Salaam b/w My Mouth Is A House Of Prayer (vinyl)
Eugene McGuinness: Eugene McGuinness
Florence & the Machine: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Foreign Born: Person To Person (vinyl)
Future of the Left: Travels With Myself And Another (vinyl)
George Jones: A Good Year For The Roses - The Complete Musicor Recordings 1965-1971 Part 2 (4-CD box set)
God Help The Girl: God Help The Girl (vinyl)
Gossip: Music for Men
Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown (vinyl)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw: Delivrance (vinyl)
Hermit Thrushes: Slight Fountain
The Higher: It's Only Natural
Jay Brannan: In Living Cover
Jedi Mind Tricks: Greatest Features
Jets Overhead: No Nations
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band: Live in Toronto '69 (dvd)
John Mellencamp: Life Death Live & Freedom (2-CD & DVD edition)
Judy Garland: Live at the Palladium (reissue)
Kendel Carson: Alright Dynamite
La Roux: Bulletproof
Landy: Eros and Omissions
Larry Jon Wilson: Larry Jon Wilson (vinyl)
Laura Nyro: Mother's Spiritual (reissue)
Leon Russell: Best Of Hank Wilson
Lemonheads: Varshons
Lissy Trullie: Self-Taught Learner
Loop: A Gilded Eternity (remastered)
Loop: The World in Your Eyes (remastered)
Lord Cut-Glass: Lord Cut-Glass
Love Is All: Last Choice EP
The Mars Volta: Octahedron
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: 3
Merzbow: 13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 6
Miles Davis Quintet: Cookin' (reissue)
Miles Davis Quintet: Relaxin' (reissue)
Mount Eerie: Dawn
Neko Case: Middle Cyclone (vinyl)
Neil Young: Rock At The Beach - Live 1989 (dvd)
Nurse with Wound: Spiral Insana (reissue)
Nurse with Wound: Alice the Goon (reissue with bonus track)
of Montreal: For Our Elegante Caste (vinyl)
Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs)
Pavement: Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed. (remastered 4-LP vinyl box set)
Pete Yorn: Back and Fourth
Phenomenal Handclap Band: Phenomenal Handclap Band
Regina Spektor: Far (CD & DVD)
R.E.M.: Murmur (remastered vinyl)
R.E.M.: Reckoning (remastered with bonus disc) (vinyl)
Royal City: Royal City (vinyl)
Shawn Colvin: Live
Sons of Bill: One Town Away
Spinnerette: Spinnerette (vinyl)
Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer (vinyl)
Therefore I Am: The Sound of Human Lives
Tift Merritt: Buckingham Solo
Tom Brosseau: Posthumous Success
Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (vinyl reissue)
Tortoise: Beacons of Ancestorship (vinyl)
Various Artists: Away We Go (soundtrack)
Various Artists: The Hangover: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists: I Love You, Beth Cooper (soundtrack)
Various Artists: My Sister's Keeper: Music From The Motion Picture
Various Artists: Summer's Kiss: A Tribute to the Afghan Whigs
Various Artists: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen -The Album (soundtrack)
Venetian Snares: Horsey Noises EP (vinyl)
Voivod: Infini
Wolves in the Throne Room: Black Cascade (vinyl)
Wooden Shjips: Contact EP (vinyl)
Ya Ho Wha 13: Magnificence in the Memory (vinyl)
Young Widows / Pelican: Young Widows Split Series Vol. 3 (vinyl)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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