New Releases — August 23, 2011

Zee Avi – Ghostbird CD (Brushfire)
New album from the 25 year-old Malaysian born singer who has been compared to Billie Holiday and Cat Power.

Charles Packy Axton – Late Late Party CD/LP+MP3 (Light In The Attic)
A collection of tracks from the overlooked soul/rock/funk sax player spanning 1965-67. Features Stax and Hi Records legends Steve Cropper, Booker T., and Teenie Hodges.

Black Tide – Post Mortem CD (Geffen)
The Miami quartet has developed and deepened its sound, creating a collection of dangerously hypnotic hard rock.

Blue Highway – Sounds Of Home CD (Rounder)
Blue Highway has developed a robust contemporary take on the bluegrass tradition that makes them among the most influential bands in the genre today.

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Midnight Sun CD (Emarcy)
A collection of love songs from throughout Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist Dee Dee Bridgewater’s critically acclaimed career.

CSS – La Liberación CD/LP (Cooperative Music/Fontana)
On La Liberación the Brazilian crew’s core of party-starting dance pop, reggae, and punk has expanded to include new sonic tricks and a wider range of lyrical themes.

Gabe Dixon – One Spark CD (Fantasy)
Guests include Starsailor frontman James Walsh and Alison Krauss. “Dixon stakes his claim as the next great pop piano man.” — Paste

Ana Egge – Bad Blood CD (Animal)
Fueled by the emotional struggle of coping with family members affected by mental illness, Ana Egge was compelled to write the 12-song album, Bad Blood, produced by Steve Earle. Obvious in this album, her struggles have been channeled into masterful folk music, and Ana has been proclaimed ”the Nina Simone of folk” (by Lucinda Williams).

The Game – The R.E.D. Album CD (Interscope)
New album from the West Coast rapper produced by Dr. Dre and Pharrell.

Trevor Hall – Everything Everytime Everywhere CD (Vanguard)
Eleven tracks that showcase Hall’s rare ability to write universal songs infused with underlying themes of devotion and community in the vein of two of his heroes, Ben Harper and Bob Marley.

Krum Bums – Cut The Noose CD (Century Media)
The Krum Bums’ story is a collection of years, spilt beers, busted guitars, broke-down vans and disgruntled ex-girlfriends. Broken hearts, hangovers, bloodied knuckles, and day jobs; minor obstacles that can’t get in the way of what means the most to them: making music.

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Mirror Traffic CD/2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Produced by Beck, this is Malkmus’ most heartfelt and indelible work in years. Gone are the long guitar workouts and jams that marked the previous Jicks albums, replaced here by incredibly catchy and endearing pop songs.

Stephin Merritt – Obscurities CD/LP (Merge)
A collection of Merritt’s (Magnetic Fields) hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge (1994-1999) and prior. The 14 tracks — including five previously unreleased songs — were recorded prior to the seminal album 69 Love Songs.

Moreland & Arbuckle – Just A Dream CD (Telarc)
Since their beginnings in the Kansas heartland a decade ago, guitarist Aaron Moreland and vocalist/harpist Dustin Arbuckle have captured the visceral spirit of the early 20th century Delta blues and the raw energy of post-World War II urban blues and distilled it all into a hard-driving and powerful garage-rock configuration of guitar, vocals, harp and drums.

MXPX – Triple Shot 3xCD (Tooth & Nail)
57-song, 3xCD set includes all the songs from three albums: Pokinatcha (1994), Teenage Politics (1995), Life In General (1996).

Mickey Newbury – An American Trilogy 4xCD (Drag City)
Four CD box set from the influential American singer/songwriter featuring all three of his original albums (Looks Like Rain, ‘Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help The Child) along with a disc of previously unreleased demos, single tracks, and live radio performances.

Retox – Ugly Animals CD (Ipecac)
A blistering debut album from members of The Locust, All Leather, Rats Eyes and Festival Of Dead Deer.

Rockpile – Live At Montreux 1980 CD (Eagle)
Rockpile was formed in the mid-seventies by Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. They had enjoyed a string of hit singles, most of which are included here. This CD enhances their reputation as one of the best live bands of their era.

Connie Smith – Long Line Of Heart Aches CD (Sugarhill)
This new album from country music artist Connie Smith offers the pleasures of the very best that saw release during her remarkable run during the 1960s and 1970s.

Patti Smith – Outside Society CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Patti Smith’s first career-spanning singles collection includes 18 signature songs. The chronologically arranged tracks move from her 1975 debut album, Horses (“Gloria”, “Free Money”), through her last release in 2007, Twelve (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”).

Sonic Youth – Hits Are For Squares CD (Geffen)
A collection of songs from Sonic Youth’s career curated by a diverse group of artists, actors, directors and musicians, including: Catherine Keener, Beck, Mike D, Radiohead, Portia De Rossi, Diablo Cody, Allison Anders, Dave Eggers and Mike Watt, Eddie Vedder, Michelle Williams, Flea, Gus Van Sant, David Cross, Chloe Sevigny, and The Flaming Lips.

Soundtrack – O Brother Where Art Thou [Deluxe Edition] 2xCD (Lost Highway)
Tenth Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack to the 2001 Cohen Brothers film features 12 previously unreleased recordings.

Dave Stewart – The Blackbird Diaries CD (Surfdog)
Blackbird Diaries is Dave Stewart’s (Eurythmics) first solo album of new material in over a decade. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, the album is in the vein of recent releases by Neil Young masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics. Material features co-writes with Bob Dylan and with Stevie Nicks as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and several tracks featuring The Secret Sisters.

Barbara Streisand – What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan And Marilyn Bergman CD/2xCD (Columbia)
Streisand releases an album of music with lyrics exclusively written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Deluxe edition includes a second CD featuring ten previously released performances of Barbra singing the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman including “The Way We Were,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Papa Can You Hear Me?” and “Pieces Of Dreams.”

Various Artists (Goldie) – FabricLive.58 CD (Fabric)
A household name for any number of the numerous strands of a massively broad career, it’s for the genius music he has brought to the world, including his own masterpiece Timeless and helping to launch the careers of Photek, J Majik, and Commix over the years on his Metalheadz label. Still a bad boy DJ too.

Various Artists – Muppets: The Green Album CD (Walt Disney)
Twelve covers of favorite classic Muppets songs as performed by OK-GO, Weezer, My Morning Jacket and others.

DVDs + Blu-ray:

The Jesus Lizard – Club DVD (MVD)
Underground heavyweights The Jesus Lizard return to the stage for their first American date in over a decade. Recorded live on July 14, 2009. 80 minutes.


Leonard Cohen – Death Of A Ladies Man [Reissue/1977] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions [Reissue/1985] LP (4 Men With Beards)
HQ-180 vinyl reissues now available. Death Of A Ladies Man (Cohen’s fifth album) was produced and co-written by Phil Spector. Various Positions is an eclectic set ranging from the Gainsbourg-esque pop ballad of “Dance Me To The End Of Love” to the classic “Hallelujah.”

Low – Long Division [Reissue/1995] LP (Plain)
Limited HQ-180 vinyl reissue of the 1995 sophomore album from the Duluth, Minnesota trio. With Long Division Low moved further away from being a Galaxie 500 tribute band by embracing English post-punk influences such as Joy Division and the Young Marble Giants.

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – Savage Kings LP (Shake It Records)
The core Savages lineup of Barrence Whitfield / Peter Greenberg / Phil Lenker have reunited for a full-bore rhythm & blues fueled, rock n’ roll stomp.  Barrence delivers in his patented Big Al Downing-meets-Little Richard-meets-Don & Dewey stylings consistently through a solid selection of a dozen rave-up covers & originals.  Real, raw R&B, available only on very-limited-edition vinyl!  Includes a digital download.