Posted in music | new releases on June 23, 2008

Alejandro EscovedoAlejandro Escovedo releases his ninth solo album tomorrow, Real Animal, a disc he calls his most rocking solo effort yet.

Other discs I can strongly recommend include Sigur Ros's fifth album, Meo suo i eyrum vio spilum endalaust (With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), Amos Lee's Last Days At the Lodge, Electric President: Sleep Well, Hercules And Love Affair's self-titled debut, and the Watson Twins' Fire Songs.

Among the week's reissues, Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville has been remastered and is repackaged with some unreleased songs and a bonus DVD (and is fresh off a 9.6 review at Pitchfork).

Among vinyl reissues is a red vinyl copy of the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a 180-gram edition of the Drive-By Truckers' Brighter than Creation's Dark, and even a repressing of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

What new releases have you excited this week? Are there any releases worth adding to the list?

this week's interesting CD releases:

Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal
Alejandro Escovedo: Real Animal [vinyl]
Alphabeat: This Is Alphabeat (import)
Amos Lee: Last Days At the Lodge
Amos Lee: Last Days At the Lodge [vinyl]
The Anniversary: The Devil Is On Our Side: B-Sides and Rarities
Atmosphere: Sad Clown Bad Spring No. 12 EP
Babyshambles: Oh What a Lovely Tour (Live DVD and CD)
Be Your Own Pet: Get Damaged EP
Billy Idol: The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself (with bonus DVD)
The Black Kids: Hurricane Jane (import single)
Black Lips: We Did Not Know The Forest Spirit (reissue) [vinyl]
Blondie: Parallel Lines (deluxe edition)
Boris: Rock Dream [vinyl]
Calico Horse: Mirror
Camper Van Beethoven: Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty
Coffins: Buried Death [vinyl]
Crooked Still: Still Crooked
Cute Is What We Aim For: Rotation
Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue (remastered) [vinyl]
Dolly Parton: Collector's Edition
Drive-By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation's Dark [vinyl]
Dwele: Sketches of a Man
Edwin McCain: Nobody's Fault But Mine
Electric President: Sleep Well
Fanatix: This Thing of Ours
Feelies: Only Life (reissue)
Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (limited edition import reissue) [vinyl]
George Jones: Collector's Edition
Goner: Rock 'N' Roll Always Forgets
Hacienda Brothers: Arizona Motel
Hadouken: Music for an Accelerated Culture (import)
Hercules And Love Affair: Hercules And Love Affair
Hercules And Love Affair: Hercules And Love Affair [vinyl]
Immortal Technique: The 3rd World
Jay Reatard: Singles 06-07 (remastered)
Jessie Baylin: Firesight
John Cale: Church of Anthrax (reissue)
Jon Foreman: Spring and Summer
Less Than Jake: GNV FLA
Less Than Jake: GNV FLA [vinyl]
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (remastered with bonus dvd)
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (remastered with bonus dvd) [vinyl]
Los Lonely Boys: Forgiven [vinyl]
Lou Lou & Guitarfish: Lou Lou & Guitarfish
Love as Laughter: Holy
Love as Laughter: Holy [vinyl]
Luke Doucet: Blood's Too Rich
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog: Party Intellectuals
MC5: Anthology 1965-1971 [vinyl]
Motley Crue: Saints of Los Angeles
Mudcrutch: Mudcrutch [vinyl]
N.E.R.D.: Seeing Sounds [vinyl]
Nurse With Wound: Huffin' Rag Blues
Pat Benatar: Ultimate Collection
People in Planes: Beyond the Horizon
Podington Bear: The Box Set (10-disc box set)
Podington Bear: The End
The Presets: This Boy's in Love (import single) [vinyl]
Raconteurs: Salute Your Solution (single) [vinyl]
Reckless Kelly: Bulletproof
Reckless Kelly: Bulletproof [vinyl]
Rocky Votolato: A Brief History EP [vinyl]
Rose Hill Drive: Moon Is the New Earth [vinyl]
Rose Hill Drive: Moon Is the New Earth
Ry Cooder: I, Flathead
RZA: Digi Snax
Sam Sparro: Sam Sparro
The Saturday Knights: Mingle
Scarlett Johnasson: Anywhere I Lay My Head [vinyl]
Seun Kuti & Egypt: 80 Disorient Records
Sigur Ros: Meo suo i eyrum vio spilum endalaust (With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly)
South: You Are Here [vinyl]
Steve Tyrell: Back to Bacharach
Tangerine Dream: The Vintage Years Anthology [vinyl]
Superchick: Rock What You Got
Thea Gilmore: Liejacker (import with bonus track)
Three 6 Mafia: Last 2 Walk
Three 6 Mafia: Last 2 Walk [vinyl]
Tom Tom Club: Dark Sneak Love Action (reissue)
U2: Under a Blood Red Sky (remastered)
Various Artists: Big Blue Ball
Various Artists: Big Blue Ball [vinyl]
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Quebec
Various Artists: The Ultimate Metallica Tribute (import)
Venetian Snares: Detrimentalist
Venetian Snares: Miss Balaton (single) [vinyl]
Warren Haynes: Warren Hayes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 8
Watermelon Slim: No Paid Holidays
Watson Twins: Fire Songs
Watson Twins: Fire Songs [vinyl]
Weezer: Weezer (Red Album) [vinyl]
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (reissue) [vinyl]
Withered: Folie Circulaire
Wombats: A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation

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Comments (12)

Speaking of Scarlett Johansson, I heard on Sirius's Left of Center this morning that they will air (live or taped, I dunno) an in-studio performance by her on Wednesday night. Maybe we'll get a chance to really experience her vocals unhindered by Sitek's production.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 5:06 PM

That Escovedo record is great. It's the Lou Reed record he's been dying to make -- even down to the shitty cover art. Seriously.

Guyville re-issue is groovy, too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 5:23 PM

Remastered or not, Guyville's always been great. And while it would have remained as such without such an anniversary release, it's excellent they are celebrating its art impact, and influence properly.

On the other hand, Pitchfork sucks.

Always has, always will.

The worst and ugliest critics in the business, who make DeRog look like a pin-up for Playgirl magazine.

He sure as hell can't write to save his life (but he apparently saved R. Kelly's.)

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 7:39 PM

Sigur Ros!

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:49 PM

we can't wait for the WFUV.Fm show tonite, see you there

http://www.musicnewsnet.com/

Posted by mal | June 24, 2008 8:30 AM

Guyville has some cute songs on it, but um, worthy of a 9.6? It's a novelty record if anything. Her singing is flat, the music average, but the lyrics happen to be fucking hysterical.
Does that put this album on par with a masterpiece like Under the Aeroplane or even Funeral? Apparently on Pitchfork it does, so that shows Pitchfork has been sniffing some serious glue, and now has the musical cred of a walnut.

Pitchfork will rate a record based on how "hip" it is, and reward it accordingly. That album has always been considered cool by the dorks that were all over Matador in their early years. Sadly, Pitchfork has dropped the ball by a mile in this case. It'll be nice to see their self-parady reviews continue down their hopeless path, and when their traffic slows they'll start to scratch their heads and wonder why.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 8:53 AM

"Pitchfork will rate a record based on how "hip" it is, and reward it accordingly...It'll be nice to see their self-parady reviews continue down their hopeless path, and when their traffic slows they'll start to scratch their heads and wonder why. "

it's been like that for four or five years man. their news section is good, but the reviews are terribly written.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:05 AM

I disagree somewhat on the Pitchfork reviews comment Anon 10:05. There ARE certain people that you can count on to give a fair and unbiased review.

Brandon Stusoy, Cosmo Lee, a few others.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:28 AM

"I disagree somewhat on the Pitchfork reviews comment Anon 10:05. There ARE certain people that you can count on to give a fair and unbiased review.

Brandon Stusoy, Cosmo Lee, a few others."

i agree that i generalized, and was more touching upon the gross insolence with which a fair portion of the reviews are written.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:36 AM

Having not listened to Guyville in quite a while I was really blown away with how good it was. I forgot what a crazy atmosphere the album has, and those darker moments are sometimes the most chilling parts of the record. The review is solid.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:37 AM

i agree with pitchfork on this one, and i rarely agree with pitchfork. i think the reissue should have been held up until the album turned 20, and i would also have preferred more b-sides to the pointless doc most of us will watch exactly once, but as an album, it has aged well and the quieter stuff really is the most powerful.

8:53am - the early matador stuff was sometimes brilliant (guyville, crooked rain, i can hear our hearts, series of sneaks, sinister, etc) and did an amazing job of representing the underground rock sensibility of its time. "indie" was never this good again, save perhaps for a brief period of early 2000s sub pop.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2008 11:51 AM

Los Lonely Boys new cd Forgiven is going to be awesome. Don't miss out on your copy, you can also order it here-

http://www.reverbnation.com/c./a4/365313/10175/Artist/37614/Fan/link?posted_by=MissionsAgent_9554

Posted by Debra | June 28, 2008 3:07 AM

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