The National The BoxerTwo of the year's most anticipated indie rock albums are released tomorrow, the National's Boxer and Voxtrot's self-titled debut full-length. Of this week's releases, I can also especially recommend Battles' Mirrored, Hot Chip's edition of DJ Kicks, Meg Baird's Dear Companion, Parts & Labor's Mapmaker, Shapes And Sizes' Split Lips, Winnings Hips, A Shiner, Stars' Do You Trust Your Friends?, and Wheat's Everyday I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square.

For people (like me) who like their rock with a literary bent, check out the Bloodshot Records compilation Just One More: A Musical Tribute To Larry Brown, A Great American Author. What new releases can you recommend this week?

This week's interesting CD releases:

Astrid Swan: Poverina [cd]
Battles: Mirrored [cd]
Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun [cd]
Ben + Vesper: All This Could Kill You [cd]
Benni Hemm Hemm: Kajak [cd]
Black Moth Super Rainbow: Dandelion Gum [cd]
The Bravery: The Sun And The Moon [cd]
Charles Mingus: Charles Mingus in Paris Complete America Session [cd]
Chick Corea and Bela Fleck: The Enchantment [cd]
Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer [cd]
Erasure: Light At The End Of The World [cd]
Handsome Furs: Plague Park [cd]
Hayseed Dixie: Weapons of Grass Destruction [cd]
HIM: Uneasy Listening: Vol. 2 [cd]
Hot Chip: DJ Kicks [cd]
Jeff Buckley: So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley [cd]
Joan Osborne: Breakfast in Bed [cd]
Killing Joke: Bootleg Vinyl Archive, Vol. 1 (remastered) [cd]
Killing Joke: Bootleg Vinyl Archive, Vol. 2 (remastered) [cd]
Lateef & Z-Trip: Ahead Of The Curve [cd]
Loudon Wainwright III: Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up [cd]
Maccabees: Colour It In [cd]
Meg Baird: Dear Companion [cd]
Miracle Fortress: Five Roses [cd]
Motor Unhuman [cd]
My Teenage Stride: Ears Like Golden Bats [cd]
The National: Boxer [cd]
Ozzy Osbourne: Black Rain [cd]
Parts & Labor: Mapmaker [cd]
The Queers: Don't Back Down [cd]
Richmond Fontaine: Thirteen Cities [cd]
Shapes And Sizes: Split Lips, Winnings Hips, A Shiner [cd]
Stars: Do You Trust Your Friends? [cd]
Tim Armstrong: A Poet's Life [cd]
Ulrich Schnauss: Quicksand Memory EP [cd]
The Used: Lies For The Liars [cd]
Various Artists: Crucial Acoustic Blues [cd]
Various Artists: Crucial Rockin' Blues [cd]
Various Artists: Just One More: A Musical Tribute To Larry Brown, A Great American Author [cd]
Various Artists: Kyle Xy (soundtrack) [cd]
Various Artists: More Crucial Guitar Blues [cd]
Various Artists: Motown Remixed, Vol. 2 [cd]
Various Artists: Once (soundtrack) [cd]
Various Artists: Zealous Records Presents Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers [cd]
Voxtrot: Voxtrot [cd]
Wheat: Everyday I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square [cd]
White Rabbits: Fort Nightly [cd]


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