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August 24, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (August 25th, 2009)

Imogen Heap's new album, Ellipse is out this week and is also available in a 2-CD edition that includes a bonus CD filled with instrumental tracks from the album.

Rounder Records' 4-CD Woody Guthrie box set My Dusty Road may be the week's most interesting release, packaged in an old-fashioned suitcase. The discs aim to be a definitive collection of Guthrie's mid-1940s recordings and were pulled from newly discovered masters.

Other albums I have heard and can strongly recommend this week include Blitzen Trapper's Black River Killer EP, Mew's No More Stories…, The Postmarks' Memoirs at the End of the World, and Still Life Still's Girls Come Too.

Comedian Patton Oswalt's new album My Weakness Is Strong is not only hilarious, but a work of art (cartoonist Ivan Brunetti drew the cover illustrations).

Several classic indie rock albums are being reissued this week, including four remastered Smiths albums on vinyl (Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths, and Strangeways, Here We Come), two Wilco vinyl 2-LP reissues (Being There and Summerteeth, both with accompanying CD), and three Radiohead limited edition reissues with bonus CD & DVD (Amnesiac, Hail To the Thief, and Kid A).

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

16 Horsepower: Secret South (reissue with bonus DVD) (vinyl)
Alan Singley & Pants Machine: Feelin' Citrus
Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (vinyl)
Asobi Seksu: Transparance (vinyl)
Beach Boys: Christmas Harmonies
Bela Fleck: Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto and Music for Trio
Biffy Clyro: That Golden Rule
Blitzen Trapper: Black River Killer
The Bloody Beetroots: Romborama (vinyl)
Bob Dylan: The Best of Bob Dylan (Limited Edition Collector's Crate) (CD & t-shirt)
Bob Dylan: The Essential Bob Dylan (3-CD set)
Cheap Trick: Sgt. Pepper Live (dvd)
Collective Soul: Collective Soul
Datarock: Red (vinyl)
David Mead: Almost and Always
Dolores O'Riordan: No Baggage
The Fall: Last Night at the Palais (CD & PAL DVD)
Felix Da Housecat: He Was King
Fun.: Aim and Ignite (vinyl)
Gospel Gossip: Dreamland (vinyl)
Hank Williams: Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings (vinyl)
Imogean Heap: Ellipse (limited edition with bonus CD)
Jeff Healey: Songs from the Road
Jet: Shaka Rock
Kitty Daisy & Lewis: Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Matisyahu: Light (vinyl)
Ingrid Michaelson: Everybody
Merrimack: Grey Rigorism
Merzbow: 13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 8
Mew: No More Stories…
Michael Jackson: The Definitive Collection (reissue)
Michael Jackson: Forever, Michael (reissue)
Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song (remastered)
Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong
The Postmarks: Memoirs at the End of the World (vinyl)
Radiohead: Amnesiac (2-CD & 1-DVD reissue) (2-CD edition)
Radiohead: Hail To the Thief (2-CD & 1-DVD reissue) (2-CD edition)
Radiohead: Kid A (2-CD & 1-DVD reissue) (2-CD edition)
Reigning Sound: Love and Curses (vinyl)
Sally Shapiro: My Guilty Pleasure
Sandra Bernhard: Whatever It Takes
Science Fiction Corporation: Science Fiction Dance Party: Dance with Action (vinyl)
Sic Alps: L Mansion
The Smiths: Meat Is Murder (remastered vinyl)
The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (remastered vinyl)
The Smiths: The Smiths (remastered vinyl)
The Smiths: Strangeways, Here We Come (remastered vinyl)
Soulsavers: Broken
The Spider Bags: Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World (vinyl)
Still Life Still: Girls Come Too (vinyl)
Sun Ra: The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 (vinyl reissue)
Tim Buckley: Live at the Folklore Center, NYC - March 6th 1967
Van der Graaf Generator: Live at the Paradiso 14:04:07 (dvd)
Vandaveer: Divide and Conquer
Various Artists: Halloween 2 (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Karaoke: Kings of Leon
Various Artists: Live at KEXP Volume Five
Various Artists: Live at KEXP Volume Four
Various Artists: Live at KEXP Volume One
Various Artists: Live at KEXP Volume Three
Various Artists: Megadeth String Tribute
Various Artists: Taking Woodstock (soundtrack)
Various Artists Wayfaring Strangers: Lonesome Heroes
Wilco: Being There (2-LP vinyl reissue with bonus CD)
Wilco: Summerteeth (2-LP vinyl reissue with bonus CD)
Will Hoge: The Wreckage (vinyl)
Willie Nelson: American Classic (vinyl)
Willie Nelson: The Essential Willie Nelson (3-CD set)
Woody Guthrie: My Dusty Road (4-CD box set)
Woody Guthrie: Woody, Cisco and Son (vinyl)
Woody Guthrie: Woody's Greatest Hits (vinyl)
Woody Guthrie: Woody's Roots (vinyl)
Woody Guthrie: Woody the Agitator (vinyl)
YACHT: See Mystery Lights (vinyl)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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