Posted in music | new releases on November 5, 2007

editor's note: I noticed David Byrne's "Knee Plays" on the list - a name I recognized as one of the shows David performed at Carnegie Hall in February. Also worth noting: Jay-Z's "American Gangster", White William's "Smoke", and a new Tokyo Police Club EP. Here's Largehearted Boy....

Bright Eyes - Motion Sickness: Live RecordingsAs the year winds down, the release lists get shorter and the discs I am highly anticipating and can truly recommend become fewer and fewer. This week's list of new releases is a great example of both. Team Love reissues the Bright Eyes live album, Motion Sickness (notable for covers of Feist's "Mushaboom" and Elliott Smith's "The Biggest Lie"), a disc I can wholly recommend, along with Hvarf/Heim by Sigur Ros, Richard Youngs' Autumn Response, and Grizzly Bear's Friend EP.

This week's other reissuess hold the true shine for me. Neko Case fans can revel in three reissues: Blacklisted, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (with bonus disc), and Furnace Room Lullaby. Secretly Canadian has remastered two albums by esteemed (yet unfairly obscure) psych-rocker Bobb Trimble: Harvest of Dreams and Iron Curtain Innocence (both with bonus tracks). One of my favorite singer-songwriters, Sarah Douger, is reissuing her 2005 album, Harper's Arrow.

Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week? What should I avoid? What are you picking up?

This week's interesting CD releases:

60 Watt Kid: 60 Watt Kid [cd]
Alexis Gideon: Flight of the Liophant [cd]
Angels & Airwaves: I-Empire [cd]
Antlers: In the Attic of the Universe [cd]
The Black Swans: Change [cd]
Blondie: No Exit (reissue) [cd]
Bobb Trimble: Harvest of Dreams (reissue with bonus tracks) [cd]
Bobb Trimble: Iron Curtain Innocence (reissue with bonus tracks) [cd]
Brad Laner: Neighbor Singing [cd]
The Brother Kite: Moonlight Race [cd]
By the End of Tonight/Tera Melos: Complex Full of Phantoms [cd]
Bright Eyes: Motion Sickness [cd]
Citay: Little Kingdom [cd]
Clipd Beaks: Hoarse Lords [cd]
The Cloud Room: Hey Now Now [cd]
David Byrne: Knee Plays [cd]
Demon Hunter: Storm the Gates of Hell [cd]
Dillinger Escape Plan: Ire Works [cd]
The Drift: Ceiling Sky [cd]
Evaporators: Gassy Jack and Other Tales [cd]
The Frantic: Audio & Murder [cd]
Gram Parsons: Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1 [cd]
Grizzly Bear: Friend EP [cd]
His Name Is Alive: Sweet Earth Flower: A Tribute to Marion Brown [cd]
Imani Coppola: The Black and White Album [cd]
Jay-Z: American Gangster [cd]
Jeremy Jay: Airwalker EP [cd]
John Williams: Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition [cd]
Lisa Gerrard: Best of Lisa Gerrard [cd]
Merle Haggard: Legends of American Music: The Original Outlaw (box set) [cd]
Mike Bones: The Sky Behind the Sea [cd]
Minmae: Ya Te Vas? (reissue) [cd]
Minipop: New Hope [cd]
Monster Magnet: 4-Way Diablo [cd]
Mouse Fire: Wooden Teeth [cd]
Nas: Greatest Hits [cd]
Neko Case: Blacklisted (remastered) [cd]
Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (remastered with bonus tracks) [cd]
Neko Case: Furnace Room Lullaby (remastered) [cd]
Paul McCartney: Memory Almost Full - CD/DVD Deluxe Edition [cd]
The Pine Hill Haints: Ghost Dance [cd]
Richard Youngs: Autumn Response [cd]
Sarah Dougher: Harper's Arrow(reissue) [cd]
Sigur Ros: Hvarf/Heim [cd]
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Solos, Sessions and Encores [cd]
Sun City Girls: Dulce (soundtrack) [cd]
Sun City Girls: Jack's Creek (reissue) [cd]
Swallows: Me With Trees Towering [cd]
Tokyo Police Club: Smith EP [cd]
Van Morrison: Still on Top: The Greatest Hits (remastered) [cd]
Various Artists: American Gangster (soundtrack) [cd]
Various Artists: The Best of the Jammys Volume Two [cd]
Various Artists: Safe Haven, A Benefit for Smyrc [cd]
The Wedding Present: Live 1987 [cd]
White Williams: Smoke [cd]
Zookeeper: Becoming All Things [cd]
Zookeeper: Zookeeper [cd]

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Comments (20)

I don't see how the Grizzly Bear EP is exciting at all. I love them, but covers, remixes and alternate takes aren't going to make me part with my money.

Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2007 7:54 PM

yeah the grizzly bear ep is actually not in fact very exciting at all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 8:01 PM

If you must, stray towards over confidence before some of the more tangy adjectives, but what about smee?

We have a very fancy offering, and even more so, free to all (both physically and digitally.)

Check it out at, http://www.cjspk.com/

or just watch our little video...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nxyDxOFGksM

Cauldrens of bowed saws, rubbery moogs, psychedelic howls and 50's rnb croons, slobbery sweet beat boxing and quite literally the kitchen sink (on mechanical fireflys)

I hope this fills the hole in you stereos soul.


Posted by Casey James | November 5, 2007 8:06 PM

i don't mean to hate, but largehearted boy has to step up his A game on these posts. american gangster, you can't miss that. its a huge release and should be noted. it has to qualify as one of the more interesting releases of the year because of the artist and the concept. every week its just the five most twee and lightweight indie boy releases. diversity please.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 8:40 PM

You forgot Burial. I was under the impression 'Untrue' was supposed to be the album of the year or some such.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 8:48 PM

seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 8:49 PM

Yeah, Paul McCartney, that's a real winning recommendation...

Posted by deb | November 5, 2007 9:03 PM

completely missed Dri - Smoke Rings. its out on range life tomorrow.. really good stuff. shes in that fourth of july band, used to be in the anniversary. saw her at CMJ, definitely worth checking out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 9:03 PM

dudes, have you heard the "alternate" takes. they are almost entirely different. and it's only 8 bucks.

I really like it. And downloaded it and will then buy it when it comes out to support.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 9:11 PM

that was in reference to the "Friend EP " by the way...
plus there is a secret track with beirut, it's really good

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 9:14 PM

i bought the friend ep and the secret track is like, 4 seconds of silence. what am i doings wrong

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 9:42 PM

oh it's on the end of deep blue sea i'm wrong headed

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 9:45 PM

sounds like a weird car chase theme.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 10:08 PM

I saw that Neko Case's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" is being reissued with a bonus disk and I was like, fuck that shit, I bought it when it first came out a year and a half ago and I have to buy it again if I want the bonus material?! But then I read the description on Amazon.com (errors in the source):

To celebrate the ANTI release of two of Neko Case s early masterworks 2000 s Furnace Room Lullaby and 2003 s Blacklisted ANTI is re-releasing Fox Confessor Brings the Flood with a bonus disc that includes tracks from those albums, and a previously unreleased demo of Behind the House. With so many fans discovering Neko s music for the first time through the incredible acclaim for Fox Confessor, here s a chance for new fans to discover Neko s amazing earlier releases.

allmusic shows that the only other releases that include a version of "Behind the House" are the CD and DVD of "Live from Austin, TX." I have the CD version of that and I can live without also having the demo version of the song.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 10:29 PM

...AAAAAAND an mp3 of the demo version is available for free from Neko's site: http://www.nekocase.com/news/

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 10:48 PM

More: the Amazon product pages which are linked to above do not indicate that either "Furnace Room Lullaby" or "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Bonus Disc Version)" have been remastered.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2007 11:00 PM

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!


Have to check out that album. The best ive heard so far this year.

Posted by jon tommorrow | November 6, 2007 3:33 AM

I like Saul Williams and all, but that album title sounds so early to mid 90's. Wasn't that the name of a Goats song???

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2007 8:14 AM

"You forgot Burial. I was under the impression 'Untrue' was supposed to be the album of the year or some such. "

It's a great album, it's definitely top 10 material.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2007 8:49 AM

sure, hey now now is a good song but why, cloud room, are you still pushing it instead of new music?

Posted by bb | November 6, 2007 9:36 AM

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