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January 19, 2009

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (January 20th, 2009)

The first big music release date of the year offers a bonanza of indie rock albums. The CD release of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion has been garnering most of the press, but A.C. Newman's Get Guilty, Antony and the Johnsons' The Crying Light, Andrew Bird's Noble Beast, and Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP have all been greatly anticipated and have mostly lived up to their hype.

Other releases I have heard and can recommend include Anya Marina's Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II, Ben Nichols' The Last Pale Light In The West, Matt & Kim's Grand, MV & EE's Drone Trailer, Six Organs of Admittance's RTZ, and Will Sheff & Charles Bissell's split 7" Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff.

Vinyl reissues of the Breeders' Pod and Last Splash albums, along with Public Image Limited's Public Image are on my shopping list.

What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?

This week's interesting CD releases:

The 1900s: Medium High EP
A.C. Newman: Get Guilty (vinyl)
Adam Payne: Organ EP
Andrew Bird: Noble Beast
Andrew Bird: Noble Beast / Useless Creatures (deluxe edition with bonus tracks)
Angelo Spencer: My Music Is My Sweat (feat. L'Orchidee D'Hawaii) (vinyl)
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Antony and the Johnsons: The Crying Light
Anya Marina: Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II
Atmosphere: God Loves Ugly (with DVD)
Bat for Lashes: Fur and Gold (vinyl)
Beausoleil: Alligator Purse
Ben Nichols: The Last Pale Light In The West
Black Moth Super Rainbow: Don't You Want to Be in a Cult (vinyl)
Blackout Beach: Skin of Evil
Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP (vinyl)
The Breeders: Last Splash (vinyl reissue)
The Breeders: Pod (vinyl reissue)
Calexico: Live from Austin, TX (dvd)
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk (import reissue)
Cattle Decapitation: The Harvest Floor
Clue to Kalo: Lily Perdida
Combichrist: Today We Are All Demons
Cut Off Your Hands: You & I (vinyl)
Dakota Suite: The End of Trying
Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (vinyl)
Dirty Little Rabbits: Simon
Donna Ulisse: Walk This Mountain Down
Elegi: Varde
Emerson Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery (vinyl reissue)
Fiction Family: Fiction Family
Foals: Olympic Airways: Supermayer and Ewan Pearson Mixes (vinyl import)
Franz Ferdinand: Ulysses (import single)
Gin Wigmore: Extended Play EP
Graham Lindsey: We Are All Alone In This Together
Group Bombino: Music from Niger: Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 2
Husker Du: Candy Apple Grey (vinyl reissue)
Jane Monheit: The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me
Jackie-O Motherfu**ker: The Blood of Life (vinyl)
Jeremy Jay: Love Everlasting (vinyl single)
John Coltrane: The Impulse! Albums, Vol. 3 (5-CD remastered box set)
John Frusciante: The Empyrean (vinyl)
The Little Ones: Morning Tide (vinyl)
Mariah Carey: The Ballads
Markus Schulz: Progression Progressed: The Remixes
Matt & Kim: Grand (vinyl)
Michael Cavanaugh: In Color
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition) (2-CD reissue with bonus tracks)
Modern Skirts: All of Us in Our Night
Music Go Music: Warm In The Shadows (vinyl)
MV & EE: Drone Trailer (vinyl)
New Model Army: F**k Texas Sing for Us
North Mississippi Allstars: Do It Like We Used To Do
Odds: Cheerleader
Or the Whale: Light Poles and Pines
Otis Gibbs: Grandpa Walked a Picketline
Pattern Is Movement: All Together (vinyl)
Psychic Ills: Mirror Eye (vinyl)
Public Image Limited: Public Image (vinyl reissue)
Razorlight: Slipway Fires (Deluxe Edition)
Reel Big Fish: Fame, Fortune, Fornication
The Republic Tigers: Keep Color (vinyl)
Robert Pollard: The Crawling Distance (vinyl)
Royal Trux: Royal Trux (vinyl reissue)
Royal Trux: Twin Infinitives (vinyl reissue)
Sigur Ros: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (vinyl)
Six Organs of Admittance: RTZ (vinyl)
Stephen O'Malley: Keep An Eye Out (vinyl)
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band: The Mountain (vinyl)
Swervedriver: Mezcal Head (remastered)
Swervedriver: Raise (remastered)
The Telescopes: # Untitled Second
Titus Andronicus: Airing of Grievances (reissue) (vinyl)
Thom Yorke: The Eraser Remixes
Tito Puente: Vol. 3 - Complete 78's
Umphrey's McGee: Mantis (vinyl)
Various Artists: Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992 (4-CD import box set)
Various Artists: Menage A Trois - The L Word Seasons One, Two & Three (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Mindrocker: Anthology of 60 US Punk Garage Psych (import 13-CD box set)
Various Artists: Transporter 3 - Original Soundtrack
Welcome Wagon: Welcome To The Welcome Wagon (vinyl)
White Lies: White Lies
Will Sheff / Charles Bissell: Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff (vinyl)

also at Largehearted Boy:

2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
previous CD & DVD release lists
Try It Before You Buy It (music from this week's CD releases)

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