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January 11, 2010

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (January 12th, 2010)

Vampire Weekend's second album, Contra, is the first highly buzzed release of 2010, which adds Latin American music influences to their mix.

If you saw the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy'sThe Road, you know how effective Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's soundtrack was to the movie. The soundtrack is in stores tomorrow.

Other albums I can strongly recommend this week are Owen Pallett's final album under the Final Fantasy moniker, Heartland, Laura Veirs' July Flames, and Nana Grizol's Ruth.

For the literary music fan, An American Artist's Tale is the first recording of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s libretto that blends music from Stravinsky with the author's text.

Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia is an interesting compilation of popular Cambodian music curated by the indie band.

The week's reissues are slim. Two Elvis Costello live performances are on CD for the first time (appropriately titled The Costello Show and The Costello Show 2) both with bonus material. I'll be picking up the vinyl reissue of Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Adam Green: Minor Love (vinyl)
Alexisonfire: Old Crows/Young Cardinals (vinyl)
All Time Low: MTV Unplugged (with DVD)
Astroid Galaxy Tour: Fruit (vinyl)
Ben Kweller: Sawdust Man & Send Me Down The Road (vinyl)
Blockhead: Music Scene (vinyl)
Buraka Som Sistema: Sound of Kuduro (vinyl)
Capgun Coup: Maudlin (vinyl)
Charley Patton: Electrically Recorded: Moon Going Down (vinyl reissue)
Cute Lepers: Smart Accessories (vinyl)
Dollyrots: California Beach Boy (vinyl)
Doom: Gazzillion Ear EP (vinyl)
Elvis Costello: The Costello Show: Live At Hollywood High (reissue with bonus tracks)
Elvis Costello: The Costello Show 2: Live At Hollywood High (reissue with bonus tracks)
Final Fantasy: Heartland (vinyl)
Freedy Johnston: Rain on the City
Jason Boesel: Hustler's Son
Jukebox the Ghost: Let Live and Let Ghosts (vinyl reissue)
King Crimson: Lizard (remastered with bonus disc)
Kria Brekkan: Uterus Water (vinyl)
Laarks: An Exaltation of Laarks (vinyl)
Lady Gaga: Bad Romance - The Remixes
Laura Veirs: July Flames (vinyl)
Laura Veirs: The Triumphs And Travails Of Orphan Mae
Magda: Fabric 49
Manu Chao: Baionarena (deluxe 2-CD & DVD edition)
Nana Grizol: Ruth (vinyl)
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: The Road (soundtrack)
Norah Jones: Chasing Pirates Remix EP (vinyl)
O.A.R. (Of A Revolution): Rain Or Shine
OK Go: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
Omarion: Ollusion
Polysics: Absolute Polysics
Ray Wylie Hubbard: A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
Red Sparowes: Aphorisms (vinyl)
Ringo Starr: Y Not
Rural Alberta Advantage: Drain the Blood (vinyl)
Russian Circles: Enter (vinyl)
Russian Circles: Geneva (vinyl)
Spoon: Written in Reverse (vinyl)
Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne (vinyl reissue)
Vampire Weekend: Contra (vinyl)
Various Artists: An American Artist's Tale
Various Artists: I'll Be There: Smooth Jazz Trib to Michael Jackson
Various Artists: Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia (vinyl)
Various Artists: Unpiecing the Jigsaw: Velvet Underground (4-CD box set)
Various Artists: We Are the World: Instrumental to Michael Jackson
Ween: The Pod (reissue)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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