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February 14, 2011

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - February 15th, 2011

A bountiful week of music releases is led by the Drive-By Truckers' Go-Go Boots album as well as their documentary, Secret to a Happy Ending.

PJ Harvey's Let England Shake is my favorite album of the week, her strongest effort in years.

Among the week's other albums, I can strongly recommend Asobi Seksu's Fluorescence, Bright Eyes' The People's Key, The Dears' Degeneration Street, A Hawk and a Hacksaw's Cervantine, Mogwai's Hardcore Will Never die But You Will, Telekinesis's 12 Desperate Straight Lines, The Twilight Singers' Dynamite Steps, and Yuck's self-titled album.

Two imports, The Streets' Computers & Blues (allegedly Mike Skinner's final album under that name) and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys's Hotel Shampoo are also worth picking up.

The only reissue I can heartily recommend is the vinyl edition of the Drive-By Truckers' classic double album Southern Rock Opera.

Poetry fans can pick up a recording of Theodore Roethke's Words for the Wind: Poems of Theodore Roethke.

What new releases are you picking up this week? What can you recommend? Have I left anything noteworthy off the list?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Candy Cigarettes Capguns Issue Problems & Such
Arbouretum: The Gathering
Asobi Seksu: Fluorescence
The Babies: The Babies
Bart Davenport: Searching for Bart Davenport
Beans: End It All
Brave Irene: Brave Irene
Bright Eyes: The People's Key
Brown Recluse: Evening Tapestry
Cowboy Junkies: Demons
Dan Melchior: Assemblage Blues [vinyl]
The Dears: Degeneration Street
Deaf Center: Owl Splinters
Death: Sound of Perseverance
Dom: Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (remastered)
Dream Diary: Dream Diary
Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots
Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera (reissue) [vinyl]
Eddie Spaghetti: Sundowner
East River Pipe: We Live in Rented Room
The Forms: Derealization EP
Funeral Party: Golden Age of Knowwhere [vinyl]
Grand Funk Railroad: We're An American Band (reissue) [vinyl]
Gord Downie: The Grand Bounce
Gruff Rhys: Hotel Shampoo
Gwyneth & Monko: Gwyneth & Monko
A Hawk and a Hacksaw: Cervantine
Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
Howlin' Rain: Good Life [vinyl]
J.J. Cale: Silvertone Years
James Blake: James Blake
Jay Crocker: Co-Stars
La Sera: La Sera
Lifeguards: Waving At The Astronauts
The Liptonians: Let's All March Back into the Sea
Malcolm Holcomb: To Drink the Rain
Marianne Faithfull: Horses & High Heels
Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never die But You Will
Moving Units: Tension War EP
Off!: First Four EPs
Paul Westerberg: This Machine/Foolish Hand Shake [vinyl]
PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
Poor But Sexy: Let's Move in Together
Rev Theory: Justice
Rick Rizzo and Tara Key: Double Star [vinyl]
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Live in Japan
She Sir: Yens
The Skull Defekts: Peer Amid
Snowblink: Long Live
Sonic Youth: SYR9: Simon Werner a Disparu soundtrack
Spacemen 3: Take Me to the Other Side (reissue) [vinyl]
Spacemen 3: Transparent Radiation (reissue) [vinyl]
Spacemen 3: Walking With Jesus (reissue) [vinyl]
Stockholm Syndrome: Apollo
The Streets: Computers & Blues
Sugo Tokumaru: Port Entropy
Teena Marie: Icon
Telekinesis: 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Thelonious Monk: The Complete Thelonious Monk at the It Club (4-LP box set) [vinyl]
Theodore Roethke: Words for the Wind: Poems of Theodore Roethke
Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
Tristen: Charlatans At The Garden Gate
The Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps
Various Artists: The Best Of Soul Train (9-DVD box set)
Various Artists: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol 1
Various Artists: Pop Memories Of The '60s (10-CD box set)
Various Artists: Pretty Little Liars - Television Soundtrack
Various Artists: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Weezer
Wake Up Lucid: Sugar
Warm Ghost: Uncut Diamond EP
Win Win: Win Win
Yellow Ostrich: Mistress [vinyl]
Young Galaxy: Shapeshifting
Yuck: Yuck
Zoey Van Goey: Propeller Versus Wings

also at Largehearted Boy:

weekly CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (music from this week's CD releases)
2010 Online "Best Of" Music Lists