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February 28, 2011

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - March 1st, 2011

Three albums have me especially excited this week. Two of the releases are by veteran singer-songwriters, Lucinda Williams' Blessed and Ron Sexsmith's Long Player Late Bloomer, but the release of the week is the The Rural Alberta Advantage's stellar sophomore effort Departing

The Baseball Project's Vol 2: High & Inside is a worthy successor to the band's debut, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, and will be loved by indie rockers and baseball fans alike. These are the two best albums about baseball, ever.

I can also strongly recommend Acrylics' Lives and Treasure, Devotchka's 100 Lovers, Dum Dum Girls' He Gets Me High EP, and Middle Brother's self-titled debut (featuring members of Deer Tick, Dawes, and Delta Spirit).

Reissues are highlighted by three Portugal. The Man vinyl editions, American Ghetto, Censored Colors, and Satanic Satanist.

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:

Acrylics: Lives and Treasure
Alex Ebert: Alexander
Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi
The Baseball Project: Vol 2: High & Inside
Be Good Tanyas: Blue Horse (reissue)
Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson
The Black Keys: The Big Come Up (reissue) [vinyl]
Blood Ceremony: Living With the Ancients
Britney Spears: Hold It Against Me
Buddy Miller: Majestic Silver Strings
Columboid: We Were One
Davila 666: Tan Bajo
Devotchka: 100 Lovers
Dropkick Murphys: Going Out in Style
Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High EP
Easter Island: Better Things
Eisley: The Valley
Evil Madness: Super Great Love [vinyl]
Forever the Sickest Kids: Forever the Sickest Kids
The Go! Team: Rolling Blackouts [vinyl]
James Brown: Singles Volume Ten: 1975-1979
Lumerians: Transmalinnia
Lucinda Williams: Blessed
Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes
Middle Brother: Middle Brother
Mike Watt: Hyphenated-Man
Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2-LP & mp3 with bonus tracks) [vinyl]
Papercuts: Fading Parade
PJ Harvey: Let England Shake [vinyl]
Portugal. The Man: American Ghetto (reissue) [vinyl]
Portugal. The Man: Censored Colors (reissue) [vinyl]
Portugal. The Man: Satanic Satanist (reissue) [vinyl]
Rainbow Arabia: Boys and Diamonds
Ron Sexsmith: Long Player Late Bloomer
The Rural Alberta Advantage: Departing
Siriusmo: Mosaik
Sonic Youth: Simon Werner a Disparu (soundtrack) [vinyl]
The Strokes: Under Cover of Darkness [vinyl]
This Mortal Coil: It'll End in Tears (reissue) [vinyl]
Various Artists: Biutiful & Almost Biutiful (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Cartagena
Various Artists: Le Pop 6
Withered Hand: Good News

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