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March 8, 2010

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (March 9, 2010)

The Pavement greatest hits compilation Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement is in stores tomorrow, along with vinyl reissues of five the band's studio albums (Brighten the Corners, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Slanted & Enchanted, Terror Twilight, Watery Domestic, and Wowee Zowee).

An album of unreleased Jimi Hendrix songs is out this week, Valleys Of Neptune, along with four remastered Hendrix albums (Are You Experienced, Axis Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland, First Rays of the New Rising Sun, and Smash Hits).

There is much more than nostalgia on this week's music release list, one of the strongest of the year so far. The Danger Mouse / James Mercer (The Shins) project Broken Bells releases its self-titled album tomorrow.

Anais Mitchell's Hadestown is an ambitious retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, complete with guest vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco, and others. Titus Andronicus's The Monitor is another concept album, this one built around the Civil War (and one of my favorite records of the young year).

The Knife's Tomorrow, In A Year is finally out on CD after being available digitally for a couple of months.

From what has already crossed my path, I can definitely also recommend Aloha's Home Acres, Emanuel & the Fear's Listen, Frightened Rabbit's The Winter of Mixed Drinks, Liars' Sisterworld, White Hinterland's Kairos, and Beulah frontman Miles Kurosky's The Desert of Shallow Effects.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

1986: Everybody Is Whatever I Think They Are
Acrassicauda: Only the Dead See The End of The War
Alberta Cross: Broken Side of Time (vinyl)
Aloha: Home Acres (2-LP vinyl)
Anais Mitchell: Hadestown
Ben Harper: Live From the Montreal International Jazz Festival (CD & DVD)
The Besnard Lakes: The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night (vinyl)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Beat the Devil's Tattoo (vinyl)
Broken Bells: Broken Bells (2-CD box set) (vinyl)
The Bundles: The Bundles (vinyl)
Burning Star Core: Papercuts Theater (vinyl)
The Chieftains: San Patricio (CD & DVD)
Choir of Young Believers: Claustrophobia
Coconuts: Coconuts (vinyl)
Dark Tranquillity : We Are the Void
Daughters: Daughters
Demon Hunter: World Is a Thorn
Deru: Say Goodbye To Useless
Diamond Rings: Wait & See b/w On Fire
EELS: Line in the Dirt (vinyl)
Eluveitie: Everything Remains: As It Never Was
Emanuel & the Fear: Listen
The Ex & Tom Cora: Scrabbling at the Lock (vinyl)
Fleshtones: It's Super-Rock Time! The IRS Years, 1980-85
Frightened Rabbit: The Winter of Mixed Drinks (vinyl)
Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer (vinyl)
Gorillaz: Plastic Beach (CD & DVD)
Jason & the Scorchers: Halcyon Times
Jason Collett: Rat A Tat Tat (vinyl)
Jatun: Blanket of Ash (vinyl)
Javelin: 2 (vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (remastered with bonus DVD) (vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold As Love (remastered with bonus DVD) (vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (remastered with bonus DVD) (2-LP vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix: First Rays of the New Rising Sun (remastered with bonus DVD) (2-LP vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock (DVD)
Jimi Hendrix: Smash Hits (remastered)
Jimi Hendrix: Valleys Of Neptune (2-LP vinyl)
Joan Jett & Blackhearts: Greatest Hits (remastered)
Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain't No Grave (vinyl)
JJ: No 3 (vinyl)
Josh Rouse: El Turista (vinyl)
Judson Claiborne: Time and Temperature
The Kissaway Trail: Sleep Mountain
The Knife: Tomorrow, In A Year
Kristin Hersh: Murder, Misery and Then Goodnight (reissue)
Kristin Hersh: Strange Angels (reissue)
Koot Hoomi: Koot Hoomi Presents: The Dark Side of Hall and Oates - A Tribute
Liars: Sisterworld (CD & DVD)
Ludacris: Battle Of The Sexes
The Mary Onettes: Islands (vinyl)
Method Actors: This Is Still It
Miles Davis: Live in Berlin 1969 (remastered)
Miles Kurosky: The Desert of Shallow Effects
Mimicking Birds: Mimicking Birds
The Morning Benders: Big Echo (vinyl)
Nervous Curtains: Out of Sync With Time (vinyl)
New Young Pony Club: The Optimist (vinyl)
Ortolan: Time On a String
Os Mutantes: E Seus Cometas No Pais Do Baurets (vinyl)
Patty Larkin: 25
Pavement: Brighten the Corners (vinyl reissue)
Pavement: Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (vinyl reissue)
Pavement: Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement (2-LP vinyl)
Pavement: Slanted & Enchanted (vinyl reissue)
Pavement: Terror Twilight (vinyl reissue)
Pavement: Watery Domestic (vinyl reissue)
Pavement: Wowee Zowee (vinyl reissue)
The Pharmacy: Weekend
Pocket Featuring Danny Seim: Backwards From Ten
Pocket Featuring Mark Burgess: A Force Of Nature
Rotting Christ: Aealo
Serge Gainsbourg: L'eau a La Bouche (reissue)
Serj Tankian: Elect the Dead Symphony (2-LP vinyl)
Shooter Jennings & Hierophant: Black Ribbons
The Splinters: Kick
Tanlines: Settings
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Brutalist Bricks (vinyl)
Throwing Muses: The Real Ramona
Throwing Muses: Red Heaven
Thrushes: Night Falls
Titus Andronicus: The Monitor (vinyl)
Various Artists: Buddha Lounge Renditions of Coldplay
Various Artists: Ceremony - A New Order Tribute
Various Artists: Ethiopiques
Various Artists: Putumayo Kids Presents: Jazz Playground
Via Audio: Animalore (vinyl)
Violent Soho: Violent Soho
White Hinterland: Kairos (vinyl)
The Who: The Kids Are Alright (Blu-ray DVD)
Woodpigeon: Die Stadt Muzikanten
Zola Jesus: Stridulum

also at Largehearted Boy:

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