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December 7, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (December 8th, 2009)

The Beatles' remastered box set on an apple-shaped USB device may be the year's most interestingly designed music release. The digital device contains 14 albums, 13 mini-documentary films, UK album art, and expanded liner notes.

The most interesting new releases this week are on vinyl, notably The Dexateens' Singlewide and Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Live.

Reissues this week include three UK Pulp albums (Different Class, His 'n' Hers, This Is Hardcore), all remastered with a CD of bonus material. Four John Vanderslice albums are being released on vinyl by Afternoon Records (Cellar Door, Life and Death of an American Fourtracker, Pixel Revolt, Time Travel Is Lonely). The reissue gem of the week is the UK remastered edition og Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' indie pop masterpiece Rattlesnakes, complete with a bonus CD of rarities.

What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? What music are you giving as gifts this year?

This week's interesting CD releases:

30 Seconds to Mars: This Is War
AC/DC: No Bull (dvd)
Arctic Monkeys: Cornerstone (vinyl)
As Tall As Lions: Circles (vinyl)
Ash: E (vinyl)
Avi Buffalo: What's In It For? (vinyl)
The Beatles: The Beatles (USB box set)
Beekeepers: Bee Funk (vinyl)
BG: Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood
Bill Cosby: 200 M.P.H. (reissue)
Bill Cosby: I Started Out as a Child (reissue)
Bill Cosby: Revenge (reissue)
Bill Cosby: To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (reissue)
Bill Frisell: Good Dog, Happy Man (2-LP vinyl & CD)
Blue Roses: Does Anyone Love Me Now? (vinyl)
Bob Newhart: Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (reissue)
Camera Obscura: The Blizard (vinyl)
Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career (2-CD holiday edition)
Chris Brown: Graffiti
Chuck Ragan: Live from Rock Island: The Daytrotter Series (vinyl)
Clipse: Til the Casket Drops
Cloud Cult: They Live on the Sun / Aurora Borealis (remastered)
Depeche Mode: Fragile Tension / Hole To Feed (8-track Mixes EP)
The Dexateens: Singlewide (vinyl)
Dinosaur Jr.: Pieces b/w Houses (vinyl)
Django Reinhardt: Djangologie (20-CD box set)
Dwight Yoakam: Dwight Live (reissue)
George Carlin: A Place for My Stuff! (reissue)
Graham Parker: Live in San Francisco 1979
Gucci Mane: The State vs. Radric Davis
Harmonia: 76 Remixes (vinyl)
Heartsrevolution: Hearts Japan EP
James Pants: Seven Seals
Jawbox: For Your Own Special Sweetheart (remastered with bonus tracks)
John Mayall: Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (2-CD edition)
John Vanderslice: Cellar Door (vinyl reissue)
John Vanderslice: Life and Death of an American Fourtracker (vinyl reissue)
John Vanderslice: Pixel Revolt (vinyl reissue)
John Vanderslice: Time Travel Is Lonely (vinyl reissue)
Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks: It's Not As Bad As It Looks
Keb' Mo': Live and Mo'
King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King
Klaxons: Sweetheart/Speedway/Super Subway Comedian (vinyl)
King Midas Sound: Waiting for You
Kraftwerk: Autobahn (vinyl remastered)
Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine (vinyl remastered)
Kraftwerk: Radio-Activity (vinyl remastered)
Kraftwerk: Tour de France (vinyl remastered)
Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express (vinyl remastered)
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: Rattlesnakes (remastered 2-CD deluxe edition)
Marillion: Less Is More
Mark Matos: Words of the Knife (vinyl)
MF Doom: Gazzillion Ear EP (vinyl)
Mi Ami: Cut Men (vinyl)
Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Pin Points & Gin Joints
Morrissey: 7-Inch Singles 88-91 (10-disc vinyl box set)
Mumford & Sons: Winter Winds (vinyl)
Neil Young: Dreamin' Man Live '92
NOFX: Cokie the Clown (vinyl)
NOFX: My Orphan Year (vinyl)
Notwist: Come in/Boneless (Grizzly Bear Remix) (vinyl)
Nurse with Wound: Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table Machine and An Umbrella (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy (Definitive Edition) (vinyl)
Patrick Watson: Wooden Arms (vinyl)
Patrick Wolf: Damaris (vinyl)
Phil Spector: A Christmas Gift for You (vinyl reissue)
A Place to Bury Strangers: Keep Slipping Away (vinyl)
Puddle of Mudd: Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate
Pulp: Different Class (remastered 2-CD deluxe edition)
Pulp: His 'n' Hers (remastered 2-CD deluxe edition)
Pulp: This Is Hardcore (remastered 2-CD deluxe edition)
Robert Wyatt: Box Set (9-CD box set)
Sea Wolf: Leaves in the River (vinyl)
Sebastien Tellier: L'amour Et La Violence/Fingers of Steel (vinyl)
Sigur Ros: Gobbledigook
Snoop Dogg: Malice N Wonderland
Sun Ra: Interplanetary Melodies (vinyl)
Sun Ra: Rocket Ship Rock (vinyl)
Sun Ra: Second Stop Is Jupiter
Timbaland: Shock Value 2
Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom Live (vinyl)
Tom Waits: Orphans (7-LP vinyl box set)
Trans Am: What Day Is It Tonight? (Trans Am Live 1993-2008) (3-LP vinyl)
Various Artists: Christmas Inspired By Lord of the Rings
Various Artists: Glee: The Music, Volume 2
Various Artists: Hot Women: Women Singers From the Torrid Regions (curated by R. Crumb)
Various Artists: Invictus: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists: New York City Christmas - A Benefit Album for ASTEP
Various Artists: The People Speak (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Tru Thoughts 10th Anniversary (2-LP vinyl)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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