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May 30, 2011

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - May 31st, 2011

Alina Simone's third album Make Your Own Danger features the year's most stunning album cover, and showcases one of my favorite artists' continual growth as both songwriter and performer. Simone's book of essays, You Must Go and Win, is in stores on June 7th, and she will read and perform at Largehearted Lit on June 8th at WORD bookstore in Brooklyn.

Kate Bush's Director's Cut revisits eleven of her old songs, re-recording three from scratch and replacing elements of others.

Death Cab for Cutie releases its latest album Codes and Keys this week, as does My Morning Jacket with Circuital.

The other new albums I have already heard and can strongly recommend this week are The Black Swans' Don't Blame the Stars, Mando Diao's Give Me Fire, Robert Pollard's Lord of the Birdcage, Seapony's Go With Me, Son Lux's We Are Rising, and U.S. Christmas's Valley Path.

The week's reissue highlights are two remastered Ozzy Osbourne albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, both packaged with a bonus CD of live material.

Four concert DVDs are released this week: David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar, Death Cab for Cutie: Live at the Mt. Baker Theatre, Eddie Vedder: Water on the Road, and MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young.

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 music releases:

Alex Turner: Submarine
Alina Simone: Make Your Own Danger
B-52's: Wild Planet (reissue) [vinyl]
Black Stone Cherry: Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
The Black Swans: Don't Blame the Stars
Blouse: Shadow
Cheer-Accident: No Ifs Ands Or Dogs
Cola Freaks: Cola Freaks
Colourmusic: My ----- Is Pink
Curren$y: This Ain't No Mixtape (reissue)
Dave Matthews Band: Live at Wrigley Field
David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar [dvd]
David Sylvian: Died in the Wool
Death Cab for Cutie: Codes and Keys
Death Cab for Cutie: Live at the Mt. Baker Theatre [dvd]
Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs
Eddie Vedder: Water on the Road [dvd]
Elvis Costello: Get Happy (reissue) [vinyl]
Farewell Continental: Hey Hey Pioneers
Fleetwood Mac: Black Magic: Best of the Early Years
Flogging Molly: Speed of Darkness
J.D. Souther: Natural History
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine: Enhanced Methods of Questioning
Kate Bush: Director's Cut
Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (reissue)
Kids on a Crime Spree: We Love You So Bad
Klaus Schulze: La Vie Electronique Vol. 9
Mando Diao: Give Me Fire
Matthew Good: Lights of Endangered Species
The Melvins: Sugar Daddy Live
Miles Davis: Tutu (remastered with bonus live CD)
Miwa Gemini: Fantastic Lies of Grizzly Rose
My Morning Jacket: Circuital
Ocote Soul Sounds: Taurus
Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz (remastered with bonus CD)
Ozzy Osbourne: Diary of a Madman (remastered with bonus CD)
Peter Hook & The Light: Unknown Pleasures: Live in Oz
Reatards: Teenage Hate/F**k Elvis Heres the Reatards (reissue)
Richard Pinhas & Merzbow: Rhizome
Rick Danko, Richard Manuel & Paul Butterfield: Live at the Lone Star 1984
Robert Pollard: Lord of the Birdcage
Seapony: Go With Me
SebastiAn: Total
Son Lux: We Are Rising
U.S. Christmas: Valley Path
The Vaccines: What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?
Various Artists: Ministry of Sound: Anthems Indie
Various Artists: MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young [dvd]
Various Artists: PFC 2: Songs Around The World
Vast Aire: Ox 2010: A Street Odyssey
Warren Haynes: Man in Motion [vinyl]

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