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May 3, 2010

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - May 4, 2010

Heaven Is Whenever, the Hold Steady's fifth album, is in stores tomorrow.

The Hold Steady's Heaven Is Whenever isn't the only standout release this week. New albums by the New Pornographers (Together) and Josh Ritter (So Runs the World Away) are as musically wonderful as they are hotly anticipated.

The Shondes' My Dear One once again mixes the band's political message with hook-filled anthemic indie rock to amazing results.

Other new releases I can definitely recommend include The Fall's Your Future Our Clutter, The Joy Formidable's Balloon Called Moaning, and Whitsundays' Saul.

Among the week's reissues, I am most tempted by the three Kinks import double-LP vinyl offerings, Something Else, Arthur, and Village Green Preservation Society.

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

This week's interesting CD releases:

65daysofstatic: Crash Tactics (vinyl)
a-ha: The Singles 1984-2004 (remastered)
The Big Pink: Tonight (vinyl)
Billie Holiday: Rough Guide: Billie Holiday
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Uni-5: The World's Enemy
Booka Shade: More!
Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record
Chuck Prophet: Dreaming Waylon's Dreams (reissue)
Court Yard Hounds: Court Yard Hounds
Daniel Johnston: Beam Me Up (vinyl)
Deftones: Diamond Eyes
The Dillinger Escape Plan: Option Paralysis (vinyl)
Dokken: Greatest Hits
Dolly Parton: Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith & Inspiration
Doug Sahm: He's About a Groover: An Essential Collection
Extreme: Take Us Alive: Boston 2009
The Fall: Your Future Our Clutter
The Flaming Lips: Stardeath and White Dwarfs The Dark Side of the Moon
Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (vinyl)
Foals: This Orient Pt. 1 (vinyl)
Foals: This Orient Pt. 2 (vinyl)
Free Energy: Stuck On Nothing (vinyl)
Future Islands: In Evening Air (vinyl)
Gil Scott-Heron: Winter In America (remastered)
Godsmack: The Oracle
Goldfrapp: Head First (vinyl)
Greg Laswell: Take a Bow (vinyl)
The Hold Steady: Heaven Is Whenever (vinyl)
Hot Chip: I Feel Better (vinyl)
Iggy & The Stooges: Jesus Loves the Stooges (vinyl reissue)
Infantree: Food For Thought
Jackyl: When Moonshine & Dynamite Collide
Jeremy Messersmith: The Reluctant Graveyard
The Joy Formidable: Balloon Called Moaning (vinyl)
Josh Ritter: So Runs the World Away (vinyl)
Kinks: Something Else (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Kinks: Arthur (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society (2-LP vinyl reissue)
Lazer Crystal: Mcmlxxx (vinyl)
The Letter Black: Hanging on By a Thread
Lisa Papineau: Red Trees
Marina & the Diamonds: I Am Not a Robot
Mike Patton: Mondo Cane
Minus the Bear: Omni (2-LP vinyl)
Nathaniel Rateliff: In Memory of Loss
The National: Bloodbuzz Ohio (vinyl)
New Pornographers: Together (vinyl)
New Young Pony Club: Optimist
Robert Cray: Authorized Bootleg: Austin Texas 5/25/87
Seasick Steve: Man from Another Time
The Shondes: My Dear One
Slowdive: The Shining Breeze: The Slowdive Anthology (2-CDs)
Snowglobe: Little More Lived in
Stereo Total: Baby Ouh!
Steve Howe: Homebrew 4
Steve Mason: Boys Outside
Steve Poltz: Dreamhouse
Stone Roses: The Lowdown
Tarantel: You Cant Hide Your Love Forever (vinyl)
Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt: I Love You! I Love You & I Am in Love With You
Tonic: Tonic
Various Artists: Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour: The Best Of The Third Series
Whitsundays: Saul
Woods: At Echo Lake (vinyl)
Zac Brown Band: Pass The Jar - Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta

also at Largehearted Boy:

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