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October 5, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases October 6th, 2009)

The new Mountain Goats album, Life of the World to Come is in stores tomorrow. I often state that John Darnielle is my favorite songwriter working today, but what continues to amaze me is the continual growth in his songwriting. This may be his finest work yet.

This week's release list is filled with noteworthy albums, many of which will find their way on end of year best albums lists. A few of the week's outstanding releases I can strongly recommend are Alela Diane's Alela and Alina, Built To Spill's There Is No Enemy, Daniel Johnston's Is and Always Was, Mission of Burma's The Sound The Speed The Light, The Raveonettes' In and Out of Control, and especially The Xx's Xx.

Reisuues of note this week include three remastered Black Sabbath albums (Black Sabbath, Vol. 4, Never Say Die!, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath), four remastered Kraftwerk albums (Autobahn, The Man-Machine, Radio-Activity, Trans Europa Express), and five remastered Jesus Lizard albums, each with bonus tracks (Down, Goat, Head, Liar, Pure).

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

A Place to Bury Strangers: Exploding Head (vinyl)
Air: Love 2
Alela Diane: Alela and Alina
The Aliens: Luna
Ancestors: Of Sound Mind (vinyl)
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Fruit
Asylum Street Spankers: God's Favorite Band
Bellini: Precious Prize of Gravity
Betty Davis: Is This Love or Desire (remastered)
Betty Davis: Nasty Gal (remastered)
The Big Pink: A Brief History Of Love (vinyl)
Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Complete Columbia Golden Years (10-CD box set)
Black Heart Procession: Six
Black Hollies: Softly Towards the Light
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 (remastered)
Black Sabbath: Never Say Die! (remastered)
Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (remastered)
Blitzen Trapper: Black River Killer EP (vinyl)
Boston Spaceships: Zero to 99
Brandi Carlile: Give Up the Ghost
Built To Spill: There Is No Enemy (2-LP vinyl & CD)
Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
Calvin Harris: Ready for the Weekend
Christmas Island: Blackout Summer
The Cinematics: Love and Terror
The Clientele: Bonfires on the Heath (vinyl)
Daniel Johnston: Is and Always Was
Dappled Cities: Zounds (vinyl)
Dead Man's Bones: Dead Man's Bones
Dean Martin: My Kind Of Christmas
Duran Duran: Live at Hammersmith 82
Duran Duran: Rio (remastered with bonus disc)
The Dutchess & the Duke: Sunset/ Sunrise (vinyl)
Elliott Brood: Mountain Meadows
Emily Rodgers: Bright Day
Eugene Mirman: God is a 12 Year Old Boy…
Evangelista: Prince of Truth
Exene Cervenka: Somewhere Gone
Frank Sinatra: Christmas with Sinatra and Friends
Glorytellers: Atone
Gogol Bordello: Live From Axis Mundi (CD & DVD)
Gossip: Music for Men
Grant Hart: Hot Wax
Harmonia: Tracks & Traces
Headlights: Wildlife (vinyl)
Heart: Baby Guitars
Hockey: Mind Chaos (vinyl)
HORSE the Band: Desperate Living
Hush Arbors: Yankee Reality
Jamie T.: Kings & Queens
Jemina Pearl: Break It Up
The Jesus Lizard: Down (remastered with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
The Jesus Lizard: Goat (remastered with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
The Jesus Lizard: Head (remastered with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
The Jesus Lizard: Liar (remastered with bonus tracks)
The Jesus Lizard: Pure (remastered with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
Joe Cocker: Live at Woodstock
John Coltrane: Side Steps (5-CD box set)
John Vanderslice: Too Much Time b/w Moon Rocks 7" (vinyl)
Karl Blau: Zebra (vinyl)
Kraftwerk: Autobahn (remastered)
Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine (remastered)
Kraftwerk: Radio-Activity (remastered)
Kraftwerk: Trans Europa Express (remastered)
Kurt Vile: Childish Prodigy (vinyl)
La Roux: La Roux (vinyl)
Ladytron: Light & Magic (reissue)
Ladytron: Live At The London Astoria 16.07.08
Lake: Let's Build a Roof (vinyl)
Langhorne Slim: Be Set Free (vinyl)
Lights, Lights: The Listening
Lita Ford: Wicked Wonderland
Lou Barlow: Goodnight Unknown (vinyl)
Lucero: 1372 Overton Park (vinyl)
Madonna: Celebration
Madonna: Celebration (Single Remixes) (vinyl)
Mark Knopfler: Get Lucky (CD & DVD)
Me'Shell NdegeOcello: Devil's Halo (vinyl)
Micah P. Hinson: All Dressed Up & Smelling of Strangers
Michael Jackson: In Memory Of Michael Jackson: 1958-2009
Mike Doughty: Sad Man Happy Man
Mission of Burma: The Sound The Speed The Light
The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come (vinyl)
Music Go Music: Expressions (vinyl)
New Order: Brotherhood (vinyl reissue)
New Order: Low-Life (vinyl reissue)
New Order: Movement (vinyl reissue)
New Order: Power, Corruption & Lies (vinyl reissue)
New Order: Technique (vinyl reissue)
Nick Oliveri: Death Acoustic
No Age: Losing Feeling EP (vinyl)
Noah and the Whale: The First Days of Spring
Orenda Fink: Ask The Night (vinyl)
Phish: Joy (vinyl)
Port O'Brien: Threadbare (vinyl)
The Raveonettes: In and Out of Control (vinyl)
Relient K: Forget and Not Slow Down
Rosanne Cash: The List
Santana: Marathon (remastered)
Shudder To Think: Live From Home (vinyl)
Vic Chesnutt: Skitter on Take Off
Slade: Live at the BBC
The Spinto Band: Slim & Slender EP (vinyl)
Sufjan Stevens & Osso: Run Rabbit Run (vinyl)
Supercluster: Waves
Three Mile Pilot: Planets / Grey Clouds (vinyl)
Toro y Moi: Blessa b/w 109 7" (vinyl)
Various Artists: Christmas on the Range: Cowboy Classics from Capitol Records
Various Artists: Def Jam 25th Anniversary Box Set (5-CD box set)
Various Artists: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Various Artists: Halloween's Gravest Hits
Various Artists: NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas
The Very Best: Warm Heart of Africa
Ween: The Pod (reissue)
Willie Nelson: Souvenirs
The Xx: Xx (vinyl)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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