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February 22, 2010

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (February 23, 2010)

This week brings two of 2010's most anticipated albums. Joanna Newsom's Have One on Me is a 3-CD tour de force and easily my favorite album of the year so far, and Shearwater's The Golden Archipeligo is yet another strong album by Jonathan Meiburg and company that surprisingly continues to unfold its beauty with repeated listens.

Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox benefits New Zealand musician Chris Knox (of Tall Dwarfs and other bands), and features covers of his songs by the Mountain Goats, Jeff Mangum, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo, and others.

The year's strongest release week yet has much more to offer. From what has already been sent my way, I can definitely also recommend Carrie Newcomer's Before & After, Clem Snide's The Meat of Life, Efterklang's Magic Chairs, Holly Miranda's The Magician's Private Library, Shout Out Louds' Work, and Zeus' Say Us.

The most notable reissue this week is the 14-CD All Miles: The Prestige Albums box set, which collects all the albums Miles David recorded for Prestige Records.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

Alexandre Desplat: The Ghost Writer (soundtrack)
Alexisonfire: Old Crows/Young Cardinals (vinyl)
Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate: Ali & Toumani
Alkaline Trio: This Addiction (deluxe CD & DVD edition) (vinyl)
Andrew W.K: I'm a Vagabond (vinyl)
Balmorhea: Constellations
Bear McCreary: Battlestar Galactica - The Plan / Razor (soundtrack)
Blind Man's Colour: Wooden Blankets (vinyl)
Brian Jonestown Massacre: Who Killed Sgt Pepper (vinyl)
Butch Walker: I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart (vinyl)
Carrie Newcomer: Before & After
Christopher Young: Love Happens (soundtrack)
Clem Snide: The Meat of Life
Daniel Merriweather: Love & War (2-LP vinyl)
Danny Elfman: The Wolfman (soundtrack)
David Broza: Night Dawn: Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt
Deadstring Brothers: Sao Paulo (vinyl)
Editors: You Don't Know Love EP
Efterklang: Magic Chairs (vinyl)
Electric President: Violent Blue (vinyl)
Eluvium: Similies
Fang Island: Fang Island
Fela Kuti: Black Man's Cry (reissue)
George Jones: George Jones: The Great Lost Hits
Georgia Anne Muldrow: SomeOthaShip
Gil Scott-Heron: Me & the Devil (vinyl)
Harold Faltermeyer: Cop Out (soundtrack)
High on Fire: Snakes for the Divine (vinyl)
Holly Miranda: The Magician's Private Library (vinyl)
Hot Chip: One Life Stand (vinyl)
Jack Rose: Luck In the Valley (vinyl)
Jaga Jazzist: One Armed Bandit
James L. Venable: Justice League: Crisis On Two Earth (soundtrack)
Joan Armatrading: Walk Under Ladders (remastered)
Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me (vinyl)
John Zorn: In Search of the Miraculous
Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain't No Grave
Joy Kills Sorrow: Darkness Sure Becomes This City
LoneLady: Nerve Up (vinyl)
Madlib: Medicine Show No. 2: Flight To Brazil
Martyn: Fabric 50
Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets II (vinyl reissue)
Miles Davis: All Miles: The Prestige Albums (14-CD box set)
Nick Thune: Thick Noon (CD & DVD)
Okapi: Love Him
Past Lives: Tapestry of Webs (vinyl)
Pelican: What We All Come to Need (vinyl reissue)
Phantogram: Eyelid Movies (vinyl)
Picastro: Become Secret
Plimsouls: Live Beg Borrow & Steal: October 31, 1981, Whiskey (vinyl)
Quasi: American Gong (vinyl)
Rob Swift: The Architect
Robin Guthrie: Sunflower Stories EP
Rocket Summer: Of Men & Angels
Rocky Votolato: True Devotion
Sambassadeur: European
Serge Gainsbourg: Le Pacha (vinyl reissue)
She & Him: In the Sun B/W I Can Hear Music (vinyl)
Shearwater: The Golden Archipeligo
Shellshag: Rumors in Disguise (vinyl)
Shout Out Louds: Work (vinyl)
Stafraenn Hakon: Sanitas
The Strange Boys: Be Brave (vinyl)
Superions: Superions EP
Tracy Shedd: EP88 (vinyl)
Tune-Yards: Real Live Flesh (vinyl)
Tunng: Hustle (vinyl)
Various Arists: Acoustic Tribute to Death Cab for Cutie
Various Artists: Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas
Various Artists: Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox
Was (Not Was): Pick of the Litter 1980-2010
We Are Wolves: Invisible Violence (vinyl)
Ween: Pod (vinyl reissue)
White Hills: White Hills (vinyl)
Wolf People: Tidings (vinyl)
Wolfmother: White Feather (vinyl)
Xasthur: 2005 Demo
Xiu Xiu: Dear God, I Hate Myself (vinyl)
Zeus: Say Us

also at Largehearted Boy:

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