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February 15, 2010

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (February 16, 2010)

Preservation: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program combines two of my favorite things, great music and a good cause. New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall jazz Band is accompanied on the album by Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Andrew Bird and others. Sales benefit the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, an ongoing program for qualified music students under the age of 18.

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore's Dear Companion is a moving testament against mountaintop removal coal mining from the two talented singer-songwriters.

Local Natives' Gorilla Manor may just be my favorite album of the young year so far.

Other albums out this week that I can strongly recommend include Adam Green's Minor Love, Boy Eats Drum Machine's Hoop + Wire, and Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More.

Comedy fans can pick up Patton Oswalt's 222, which is the unedited version of the performance that yielded his Feelin' Kinda Patton album. Another Patton Oswalt release, the Patton Vs. Alcohol Vs. Zach Vs. Patton EP, collects a 22 minute "drunken insult barrage" between Oswalt and comedian Zach Galifianakis.

Reissues of note include several Fela Kuti albums packaged together (Gentleman / Confusion, Koola Lobitos 1964-1968 / The 69 La Sessions, Open & Close / Afrodisiac, Roforofo Fight + 2 Singles) and a reissue of Over the Rhine's Besides.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Adam Green: Minor Love
Alkaline Trio: This Addiction (vinyl)
Art Museums: Rough Frame (vinyl)
Backyard Tire Fire: Good to Be
Bear Hands: What a Drag/Can't Stick Em (vinyl)
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore: Dear Companion
Bill Withers: + 'Justments (remastered)
Black Crowes: Warpaint Live (vinyl)
Bob Blank: Blank Generation Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985 (vinyl)
Bob Mould Band: Live at ATP 2008
Boy Eats Drum Machine: Hoop + Wire
Brigitte Bardot: Musiques De Films (12-disc vinyl box set)
Carnifex: Hell Choose Me
Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig
Charlie Alex March: Home/Hidden
Chelsea Grin: Desolation of Eden
Close Your Eyes: We Will Overcome
Courteeners: You Overdid It Doll Pt. 1 (vinyl)
Cute Lepers: Smart Accessories (vinyl)
Dan Black: Un
Dan Reeder: This New Century
DJ Shadow: In LA 10/31/09
Drive By Truckers: Vol. 2 - Dangerous Highway (vinyl)
Dum Dum Girls: Jail La La (vinyl)
Ellen Allien: Watergate 5
Everybody Was in the French Resistance Now: Fixin the Charts 1
Ewan MacColl: Ballads - Murder Intrigue Love Discord
Ewan Pearson: We Are Pround of Our Choices
Excepter: Presidence
Fanfarlo: Harold T. Wilkins/Comets
Fela Kuti: Gentleman / Confusion (double album reissue)
Fela Kuti: Koola Lobitos 1964-1968 / The 69 La Sessions (double album reissue)
Fela Kuti: Open & Close / Afrodisiac (double album reissue)
Fela Kuti: Roforofo Fight + 2 Singles (reissue)
Field Music: Measure (vinyl)
Freeway & Jake One: Stimulus Package
Gentle Friendly: Ride Slow (vinyl)
Giant Drag: Swan Song
Gil Scott-Heron: Storm Music: The Best Of
Greg Dulli: Vol. 1 - Dangerous Highway (vinyl)
Heathen: Evolution of Chaos
HIM: Screamworks: Love in Theory & Practice (vinyl with CD)
Ike Reilly: Hard Luck Stories
Jamie Cullum: Devil May Care
Jason Falkner: I'm OK, You're OK (vinyl)
Jason Urick: Husbands
Jedi Mind Tricks: Army of the Pharaohs: The Unholy Terror
Jenny Whiteley: Forgive or Forget
Joe Pug: Messenger
Julian Casablancas: Phrazes For The Young (2-CD & DVD & LP luxury edition box set)
Juliana Hatfield: Peace and Love
Karnivool: Sound Awake
Lightspeed Champion: Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
Lightspeed Champion: Marlene (vinyl)
Lisa Hannigan: Live at Fingerprints
Local Natives: Gorilla Manor (vinyl)
Los Campesinos!: Romance Is Boring (vinyl)
Madonna: Revolver (Mixes)
Mako Sica: Dual Horizon (vinyl)
Marina & The Diamonds: Family Jewels
Mark Matos: Words of the Knife (vinyl)
Matthew Ryan: Dear Lover
MC Chris: Knowing's Half the Hassle (reissue)
Middle Class Rut: 25 Years EP (vinyl)
Moon Duo: Escape (vinyl)
Mott The Hoople: Live at the Hammersmith Apollo 2009 (3-CD box set)
Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More
Nick Curran: Reform School Girl
Over the Rhine: Besides (reissue)
Overnight Lows: City Of Rotten Eyes (vinyl)
Patton Oswalt: 222
Patton Oswalt: Patton Vs. Alcohol Vs. Zach Vs. Patton EP
Pixies: Pixies (vinyl reissue)
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three: Riverboat Soul
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Preservation (vinyl)
Puerto Muerto: Drumming for Pistols
The Real Tuesday Weld: Ruth Roses & Revolvers (vinyl)
Robert Pollard: We All Got Out of the Army (vinyl)
Randy Newman: 12 Songs (reissue)
Sam Weiser: Sam I Am
Santana: Supernatural (Legacy Edition)
Saxon: Innocence Is No Excuse (remastered with bonus tracks)
Seven Fields of Aphelion: Periphery
Scanners: Submarine
Shirley Bassey: EMI/UA Years 1959-1979 (5-CD box set)
Shout Out Louds: Oh Sweetheart
Smoking Popes: It's Been a Long Day (vinyl)
The Soft Pack: The Soft Pack (vinyl)
Solas: Turning Tide
Sole: Vol. 1-Nuclear Winter
Son Lux: Weapons EP
Sonic Youth: Eternal (2-LP vinyl)
Story of the Year: The Constant
Tangerine Dream: Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares (vinyl reissue)
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Kollaps Tradixionales (vinyl with CD)
Tindersticks: Falling Down a Mountain (vinyl with CD)
Various Artists: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
Various Artists: Helping Haiti: Everybody Hurts
Various Artists: More Psychedelic Guitars / Psychedelic Visions
Various Artists: My Name Is Khan (soundtrack)
Will Hoge: Again Somewhere Tomorrow
Wu-Tang Clan: The Return of the Wu & Friends

also at Largehearted Boy:

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