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May 16, 2011

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - May 17th, 2011

A Nod to Bob 2: An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan on his 70th Birthday collects cover songs by Lucy Kaplansky, Pieta Brown, Eliza Gilkyson, and others.

Girls in Trouble's Half You Half Me is one of the year's stellar albums. Alicia Jo Rabins is one of my favorite singer-songwriters, and her storytelling skills continue to amaze me.

Other new releases I can strongly recommend include Amor de Dias's Street of the Love of Days (from Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas), Bachelorette's self-titled album, The Elected's Bury Me in My Rings, Glasvegas's Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\, Let's Wrestle's Nursing Home, Mia Doi Todd's Cosmic Ocean Ship, Miracle Fortress's Was I The Wave?

Reissues are highlighted by the Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set, which contains the remastered editions of the band'sA Day at the Races Queen II, A Night at the Opera Queen II, Queen Queen II, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack albums (all with bonus CDs).

Another worthwhile box set is the 4-CD Mickey Newbury collection, An American Trilogy. The set contains four of Newbury's albums (Better Days, Frisco Mabel Joy, Heaven Help The Child, Looks Like Rain). All have been remastered, and are also newly available on vinyl.

A 30th anniversary remastered edition of the Go Go's Beauty and the Beat comes with a bonus CD of live material.

For audiophiles, four more Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds albums have been remastered (The Boatman's Call, Let Love In, Murder Ballads, No More Shall We Part), and all include an audio surround sound DVD.

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:

Agoria: Fabric 57
Alexander Turnquist: Hallway of Mirrors
Amor de Dias: Street of the Love of Days
Andrew Belle: Ladder
Art Blakey: The Jazz Messengers [vinyl]
Austra: Feel It Break
Bachelorette: Bachelorette
Bahamas: Pink Strat
Bela Fleck: Rocket Science
Ben Harper: Give Till It's Gone
Billie Holiday: The Essential Rare Collection [vinyl]
Black Sabbath: Master of Reality (reissue) [vinyl]
Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (reissue) [vinyl]
Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (reissue) [vinyl]
Brian Eno - 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth [dvd]
Cat's Eyes: Cat's Eyes
Chad VanGaalen: Diaper Island
Colourmusic: My ----- Is Pink
Company of Thieves: Running From a Gamble
Crass: Yes Sir I Will (reissue with bonus CD)
Damon & Naomi: False Beats and True Hearts
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi: Rome
Deftones: Around the Fur [vinyl]
Dog Is Blue: Tortoise
The Elected: Bury Me in My Rings
Emilie Simon: The Big Machine [vinyl]
Face to Face: Laugh Now... Laugh Later
Girls in Trouble: Half You Half Me
Glasvegas: Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\
Glorie: Glorie
The Go Go's: Beauty and the Beat (30th Anniversary Edition) (remastered with bonus CD)
Gold-Bears: Are You Falling In Love?
Hank Williams III: Hillbilly Joker
The Hollies: Lost Recordings and Beat Rarities (10-disc box set) [vinyl]
Humble Pie: Live at Winterland [vinyl]
Iggy Pop: Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 (4-CD box set)
Ilaiyaraajah: Solla Solla
J Rawls: The Hip-Hop Affect
Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara: Sixty Strings
Joan Baez: Play Me Backwards (remastered) [vinyl]
Junior Kimbrough and The Soul Blues Boys: Do The Rump! (reissue) [vinyl]
Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (reissue)
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds: Gorilla Rose
Killer Mike: Pl3dge
Laura Stevenson and the Cans: Sit Resist
LCD Soundsystem: London Sessions [vinyl]
Let's Wrestle: Nursing Home
Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman
The Long Ryders: Native Sons (remastered with bonus tracks)
Louis Armstrong: The Great Chicago Concert 1956 (3-LPs) [vinyl]
Marilyn Monroe: Greatest Moments (reissue) [vinyl]
Matraca Berg: The Dreaming Fields
Matt Baldwin: Night in the Triangle [vinyl]
MC Lars: 21 Concepts (But a Hit Ain't One)
Mia Doi Todd: Cosmic Ocean Ship
Mickey Newbury: An American Trilogy (4-CD box set)
Mickey Newbury: Better Days (remastered) [vinyl]
Mickey Newbury: Frisco Mabel Joy (remastered) [vinyl]
Mickey Newbury: Heaven Help The Child (remastered) [vinyl]
Mickey Newbury: Looks Like Rain (remastered) [vinyl]
Miracle Fortress: Was I The Wave?
Moby: Destroyed
Neek the Exotic and Large Professor: Still On the Hustle
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Boatman's Call (remastered with bonus audio DVD)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Let Love In (remastered with bonus audio DVD)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads (remastered with bonus audio DVD)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part (remastered with bonus audio DVD)
Nodzzz: Innings (reissue)
Queen: A Day at the Races Queen II (remastered with bonus disc)
Queen: A Night at the Opera Queen II (remastered with bonus disc)
Queen: Queen Queen II (remastered with bonus disc)
Queen: Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set (10-CD box set)
Queen: Queen II (remastered with bonus disc)
Queen: Sheer Heart Attack (remastered with bonus disc)
Queens of the Stone Age: Queens of the Stone Age (remastered with bonus tracks)
R.L. Burnside: Sound Machine Groove (reissue) [vinyl]
Ran Blake: Grey December: Live in Rome
The Rentals: Resilience
Replacements: Don't Tell a Soul (reissue) [vinyl]
Romi Mayes: Lucky Tonight
Ryan Garbes: Sweet Hassle
Sarah Jarosz: Follow Me Down
Seether: Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray
A Storm of Light: As The Valley of Death Becomes Us
A Storm of Light: Untitled
Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy
Tom Waits: One Star Shining: The First Decade [dvd]
Turner Cody: Gangbusters!
Various Artists: Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983
Various Artists: It's A Happening! Texas Girls Of The 60's
Various Artists: A Nod to Bob 2: An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan on his 70th Birthday
Venetian Snares: Cubist Reggae [vinyl]
The Waterboys: In A Special Place
Weekend: End Times
Wild Beasts: Smother [vinyl]
The Wilderness of Manitoba: When You Left the Fire [vinyl]
Witches: Forever
Yael Naim: She Was a Boy
Yes - The Revealing Science Of God [dvd]
Zachary Cale: Noise of Welcome

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