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October 10, 2011

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - October 11th, 2011

Ryan Adams' Ashes & Fire and Bjork's Biophilia are the week's big music releases, and both are worthwhile additions to your music collection.

I can also strongly recommend Andrew Bird's soundtrack for the film Norman (which also contains contributions by Wolf Parade, Chad VanGaalen, and others), Future Islands' On the Water, Jeffrey Lewis's A Turn in the Dream-Songs, and John Wesley Harding's The Sound of His Own Voice.

Radiohead's remix release TKOL RMX 1234567 and William Shatner's collection of cover songs about space, Seeking Major Tom are also in stores tomorrow.

With the winter holidays sneaking up, box sets are becoming more frequent in the new releases, and this week's offerings include Ben Folds' The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective (3-CDs), John Fahey's Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958: 1965) (5-CD box set), and the massive The Smiths' Complete: Super Deluxe Collector's Box (25-discs of mixed CDs and vinyl).

The Jesus and Mary Chain remasters continue to appear, this week's albums are Munki and Stoned & Dethroned (both with bonus CDs and DVDs).

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:

Absu: Abzu
Alejandro Escovedo: True Believer: Best of Alejandro Escovedo
Andrew Bird: Norman (soundtrack)
B-52s: With the Wild Crowd: Live in Athens, Ga
Ben Folds: The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective (3-CD box set)
Ben Lee: Deeper Into Dream
Big Deal: Lights Out [vinyl]
Bjork: Biophilia
Britney Spears: B In The Mix, The Remixes Vol. 2
Caged Animals: Eat Their Own [vinyl]
Carry On: A Life Less Plagued (reissue) [vinyl]
Casey Shea: In Your Head
Casiokids: Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
Cheap Trick: Live From Toyko 1978 [dvd]
Crooked Fingers: Breaks in the Armor
Crosby-Nash: In Concert [dvd]
Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity (reissue) [vinyl]
Deerhoof / Racoonists: Split: Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness
Electric Six: Heartbeats & Brainwaves
Erasure: Tomorrow's World
Evanescence: Evanescence
Extra Arms: In Parallel
Fennesz: Seven Stars
Field: Looping State of Mind
Five Finger Death Punch: American Capitalist
Future Islands: On the Water
Gill Landry: Piety & Desire
Graffiti6: Free
Grateful Dead: Europe '72 (3-LP box set) [vinyl]
Gross Magic: Teen Jamz
High Places: Original Colors
Icebird: The Abandoned Lullaby
The Is Hell: Black Mass
James Blake: Enough Thunder
James Brown: Singles 11: 1979-1981
James Morrison: Awakening
Jayhawks: Mockingbird Time [vinyl]
Jeffrey Lewis: A Turn in the Dream-Songs
Jesu: Jesu [vinyl]
Jesus and Mary Chain: Munki (remastered with bonus CD & DVD)
Jesus and Mary Chain: Stoned & Dethroned (remastered with bonus CD & DVD)
Joe Henry: Reverie
John Fahey: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958: 1965) (5-CD box set)
John Wesley Harding: The Sound of His Own Voice
John Zorn: Dreamers Christmas
Johnny Cash: Bootleg Volume 3: Live Around the World
Jovontaes: Things Are Different Here
Judas Priest: The Chosen Few
Julian Lennon: Everything Changes
Library Voices: Summer of Lust
LIGHTS: Siberia [vinyl]
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter IV [vinyl]
Look Mexico: Real Americans Spear It
Lou Reed: The Broadcast Archives [dvd]
Mark Hollis: Mark Hollis (reissue) [vinyl]
Marketa Irglova: Anar
Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do
Modeselektor: Monkeytown [vinyl]
The Moth & The Mirror: Honestly, This World
Murs: Love & Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation
Neil Young: Live On Air: Lost Tapes Vol. 2
The Parlor Mob: Dogs
Peter Gabriel: New Blood
Philip Glass: Philip Glass: The Concerto Project, Vol. IV
Polyps: Ants On The Golden Cone
Pulp: Different Class (reissue) [vinyl]
Purity Ring / Braids: Split [vinyl]
Rachael Yamagata: Chesapeake
Radio Moscow: Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz
Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567
Ray Charles: Blues Before Sunrise
The Renderers: A Rocket Into Nothing
The Rifles: Freedom Run
Rocket from the Tombs: Barfly
Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire
Savaging Spires: Savaging Spires
Scott H. Biram: Bad Ingredients
The Smiths: Complete: Super Deluxe Collector's Box (25-disc CD & vinyl box set)
Sophie B. Hawkins: The Crossing
Spectrals: Get A Grip
Starf***ker / Champagne Champagne: Split
Still Corners: Creatures of an Hour
Sun Hotel: Gifts
T.W. Walsh: Songs of Pain and Leisure
Talk Talk: Laughing Stock (reissue) [vinyl]
Teenage Fanclub: Deep Fried Fanclub (reissue)
Terry Malts: Something About You
Thee Cormans: Halloween Record w/ Sound Effects
Tori Amos: Night of Hunters [vinyl]
Trash Talk: Awake
Two Things In One: Together Forever: The Music City Sessions
Various Artists: Bob Dylan's Greenwich Village
Various Artists: Bollywood Bloodbath
Various Artists: Soma Records: 20 Years (3-CD box set)
Various Artists: ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends
William Shatner: Seeking Major Tom
Xeno & Oaklander: Sets & Lights
Young Magic: Night in the Ocean b/w Slip Time
Youth Lagoon: The Year of Hibernation [vinyl]
Yuck: Yuck (reissue with bonus tracks)

also at Largehearted Boy:

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