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July 6, 2009

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

Just a week after fellow Uncle Tupelo member Jeff Tweedy released the self-titled Wilco album, Jay Farrar drops Son Volt's strongest effort in years, American Central Dust.

This week's music release list may be relatively short, but several of these discs are already among my favorites of the year, including Bowerbirds' Upper Air, Those Darlins' self-titled debut album, and Tiny Vipers' Life On Earth.

The Drive-By Truckers' Live from Austin Texas captures the band's latest Austin City Limits performance, complete with audio and video cut from the broadcast.

Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt collects covers from Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and Willie Nelson.

Scott McCaughey marks a rare double this week with new albums out from both of his bands, The Minus 5's Killingsworth and Young Fresh Fellows' I Think This Is.

Other albums sent my way that I can definitely recommend include Cass McCombs' Catacombs, Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, Oneida's Rated O, and The Rural Alberta Advantage's Hometowns.

The week's reissue highlights are Matador Records' vinyl releases of two Yo La Tengo albums (Electr-O-Pura and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, New Pornographers' Electric Version, as well as Cat Power's The Covers Record.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Have I left any interesting releases off the list?

This week's interesting CD releases:

900x: Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Lubbock, 1980
Against Me!: The Original Cowboy (vinyl)
The Alchemist: Chemical Warfare
All Time Low: Nothing Personal
Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi (2-LP vinyl with CD)
Animal Collective: Summertime Clothes (vinyl)
Barry Goldberg: Barry Goldberg (reissue)
Barzin: Notes To An Absent Lover
Berlin: All the Way In
biLLy bOy on poiSon: Drama Junkie Queen (vinyl)
Bjork: Voltaic (3-LP, 2-CD & 2-DVD box set) (1-LP vinyl)
Black Keys: The Big Come Up (vinyl)
Bob Marley: Catch a Fire (vinyl reissue)
Bob Marley: Exodus (vinyl reissue)
Bob Marley: Legend (vinyl reissue)
Bombadil: Tarpits/Canyonlands
Bowerbirds: Upper Air (vinyl)
Broken Records: Until the Earth Begins to Part (vinyl)
Cage: Depart from Me (vinyl)
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk (reissue)
Casey Foubert: Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Drums (vinyl)
Cass McCombs: Catacombs (vinyl)
Cat Power: The Covers Record (vinyl reissue)
Ceu: Vagarosa
Chris Garneau: El Radio
Cobra Starship: Kiss My Sass (vinyl)
Donnas: Greatest Hits Volume 16 (vinyl)
Dr. Dog and Floating Action: Don't Stop (Loving Me Now) (vinyl)
Drive-By Truckers: Live from Austin Texas (CD & DVD)
Duckworth Lewis Method: Duckworth Lewis Method
Ellen Allien: Ondu Caress EP (vinyl)
The Fools: Sold Out / Heavy Mental
Genesis: Live in Poland
Gentlemen: Candid History of Faith Hope Love
Hatcham Social: You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil
High Places / Soft Circle: High Places / Soft Circle Split 7" (vinyl)
Holly Throsby: A Loud Call
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 [Blu-ray]
Jackie-O Motherf**ker: Ballads of the Revolution (vinyl)
The Jayhawks: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (3-disc deluxe edition)
Jorge Ben: Tudo Ben
Junior Boys: Begone Dull Care (vinyl)
Junior Boys: Hazel (vinyl)
Kiss Kiss: The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left
Kris Kristofferson: Border Lord/Jesus Was a Capricorn (reissues)
Kris Kristofferson: Spooky Lady's Sideshow/Shake Hands with the Devil (reissues)
Kris Kristofferson: Surreal Thing/Easter Island (reissues)
Kris Kristofferson: Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame/To the Bone (reissues)
La Roux: La Roux
Law of the Least Effort: Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Measurements )vinyl)
LMFAO: Party Rock
The Lovell Sisters: Time To Grow
The Low Anthem: Oh My God Charlie Darwin (vinyl)
Mannequin Men: Lose Your Illusion, Too (vinyl)
Marcy Playground: Leaving Wonderland...In a Fit of Rage
Marillion: Live From Loreley (remastered)
Marillion: Recital of the Script (remastered)
Marillion: The Thieving Magpie (remastered)
Maxwell: BLACKsummers'night
The Minus 5: Killingsworth
Motel Motel: New Denver
Nebula: Heavy Psych (vinyl)
New Pornographers: Electric Version (vinyl reissue)
Night Horse / Dirty Sweet: Night Horse / Dirty Sweet Split 7" (vinyl)
Nurse with Wound: Surveillance Lounge
Oneida: Rated O (vinyl)
Owen: The Seaside EP
Pat Metheny: Day Trip/Tokyo Day Trip (3-LP, 2-CD box set)
Paul Oakenfold: Perfecto: Vegas
The Pine Hill Haints: To Win or To Lose
Rock Plaza Central: At the Moment of Our Most Needing (vinyl)
The Rumble Strips: Not the Only Person
The Rural Alberta Advantage: Hometowns
Screaming Blue Messiahs: Bikini Red (reissue)
Screaming Blue Messiahs: Gun Shy (reissue)
Sleepy Sun: Embrace (vinyl)
Son Volt: American Central Dust
Stellastarr*: Civilized
Swell Maps: Sweep the Desert (vinyl reissue)
Those Darlins: Those Darlins
Tiny Vipers: Life On Earth
UuVvWwZ: UuVvWwZ
Various Artists: Dillanthology, Vol. 2
Various Artists: Dirty French Psychedelic
Various Artists: The Present (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
We Were Promised Jetpacks: These Four Walls
Yo La Tengo: Electr-O-Pura (vinyl reissue)
Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (vinyl reissue)
Young Fresh Fellows: I Think This Is
Zs: Music of the Modern White (vinyl)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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