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New Album Releases 03/04/08: Black Crowes, Carlene Carter, Gutter Twins, Alan Jackson, Stephen Malkmus, Jackson Browne, Doug Wimbish, Autechre, Plus Reissues by Skynyrd, The Doors, Elvis Costello & More

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This week's batch of new album releases is a mixed bag to be sure. What you've got here is a little bit of just about everything you can imagine. There are the returns of a few faces who have been missing in action for awhile, some interesting new indie-rock releases, as well as your usual obligatory — but perhaps not-so-necessary — reissues.

Oh, and of course my musical co-conspirators Mark Saleski and Tom Johnson live up to their well-earned reputations as connoisseurs of all things obscure with their respective picks this week.

In other words, it's business as usual.

The biggest buzz out there appears to be for The Black Crowes new album Warpaint, thanks in no small part to the controversy generated by a certain review in Maxim — which was written without the writer actually hearing the entire record beforehand.

The word from those who have actually heard Warpaint (and I'll confess here and now that I haven't received my copy yet), is that it finds the Robinson Brothers returning to the sloppy, yet endearing rock and roll form of early releases like Shake Your Money Maker. Personally, I always loved the Crowes take on the whole Faces-Humble Pie-Exile-era Stones thing, so I can't wait to hear this.

Carlene Carter's appropriately titled Stronger is being described as her most personal record to date, coming as it does on the heels of her experiencing the deaths of her famous parents (Johnny and June Carter Cash for those who weren't aware), as well as her longtime lover. The album is also said to be a return to her musical roots in the country tradition. It was recorded in Nashville, with much of it being a collaborative work with her brother John Carter Cash.

Two new releases that should excite fans of alternative or indie-rock are Real Emotional Trash from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, and the latest collaboration between Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli as the Gutter Twins, Saturnalia. Country fans will likewise no doubt be anxious to hear if Alan Jackson has any new patriotic or 9/11-themed songs on his latest album Good Time. Jackson Browne has a second volume of his Grammy nominated live Solo Acoustic series of records.

There are also deluxe reissue editions of seminal albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Street Survivors) and Elvis Costello (This Year's Model) — which in Costello's case at least, makes this something like the 96th time this album has been brought back in a new "definitive version." The Doors vault of live recordings also continues to be scraped bone dry with this week's Live in Pittsburgh 1970.

Saleski's Choice: Doug Wimbish – Trippy Notes for Bass and Remixes

"Big Ears." I've perhaps used this description too many times but, man…it fits! Many of my favorite musicians display this tendency. They draw musical elements from a variety of genres, extract the juice, and then produce a mix that sounds nothing like anything you've ever heard before. Check bassist Doug Wimbish's bio and you'll see the extremes: from playing on Grandmaster Flash's seminal The Message to taking part in the sonic brutality and brilliance of Living Colour. In the middle was Tackhead, another tough to pin down outfit.

I don't know anything about this release save the samples I've listened to. "Trippy" about does it. Sign me up.

Tom Johnson's Pick Of The Week: Autechre – Quaristice

As a long-time fan of the group, I've simply come to expect to be perplexed by what electronic-noise pioneers Autechre put out. And, as it turns out, the more perplexed I am upon immediate inspection of the new material, the longer I tend to be interested. First reaction may simply be "Jesus, what is this?" but something always calls me back. After multiple listens, something starts to jell. Somewhere, under the layers of twisted aural wreckage, there lies uncommon, awkward beauty. Despite giving a listen to the previews on Bleep.com I still don't really know what to expect – except the old cliche of the unexpected.

Here are all of this week's new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide:

Autechre
Quaristice
Warp
IDM, Experimental Techno, Glitch

The Black Crowes
Warpaint
Silver Arrow
American Trad Rock, Southern Rock, Blues-Rock

Carlene Carter
Stronger
Yep Roc
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Roots Rock, Contemporary Country

The Gutter Twins
Saturnalia
Sub Pop
Alternative Pop/Rock

Alan Jackson
Good Time
Arista
Contemporary Country

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Real Emotional Trash
Matador
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Cannonball Adderley
Sextet in New York
Riverside
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz

Eric Alexander
Prime Time: In Concert
Highnote
Modal Music, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

American Horn Quartet
Myths & Legends
MSR Classics
Contemporary Music for 4 Horns

Autistic Daughters
Uneasy Flowers
Kranky
Post-Rock/Experimental

Todd Barry
From Heaven
Comedy Central
Observational Humor, Standup Comedy

Bauhaus
Go Away White
Cooking Vinyl
Post-Punk, Goth Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Black 47
Iraq
United For Opportunity
Celtic Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Born Ruffians
Red Yellow & Blue
Warp
Indie Rock

Martyn Brabbins
Cyril Scott: Symphony No. 1; Cello Concerto
Chandos
Modern Music for Orchestra

Jackson Browne
Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2
Inside Recordings
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

George Cables
Morning Song
Highnote
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Cadence Weapon
Afterparty Babies
Anti
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, Garage Rap/Grime

Johnny Cash
The Definitive Collection
Mercury Nashville
Traditional Country

Chatham County Line
IV
Yep Roc
Alternative Country, Neo-Traditional Folk, Contemporary Bluegrass

Eddy Clearwater
West Side Strut
Alligator
Electric Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Rock & Roll

Elvis Costello
This Year's Model [Deluxe Edition]
Hip-O
British Punk, New Wave, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll, Pop/Rock, Punk

Days of the New
The Definitive Collection
Geffen
Post-Grunge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Doors
Live in Pittsburgh 1970
Rhino
Album Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

Kathleen Edwards
Asking for Flowers
Zoe
Alternative Country-Rock

Epicurean
A Consequence of Design
Metal Blade
Power Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, Progressive Metal

The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers
Team Love

Americana

Flogging Molly
Float
Side One Dummy
Punk Revival, Punk-Pop

Sascha Funke
Mango
Bpitch Control
Techno, Ambient Techno, Club/Dance

Helena Noguerra
Fraise Vanille
Universal
French Pop, Film Music

Howlin Rain
Magnificent Fiend
Birdman
Neo-Psychedelia, Acid Rock, Rock & Roll, Indie Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Jean Michel Jarre
The Complete Oxygene
Dreyfus
Progressive Electronic, Electronic

Kelley Polar
I Need You to Hold on While the Sky Is Falling
Environ
Left-Field House, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Blood Brothers
Alligator
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Modern Electric Blues

Ladyhawk
Shots
Jagjaguwar
Indie Rock

Lil' Flip
All Eyez on Us
Real Talk
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Street Survivors [Deluxe Edition]
Geffen
Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Southern Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Michael McDonald
Soul Speak
Universal Motown
Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Miss Kittin
Batbox
Nobody's Bizzne
Techno, Neo-Electro, Electro-Techno, Club/Dance

David Russell
Air on a G String
Telarc
Baroque Music for Guitar

Adam Summerhayes
Gypsy Strings
Chandos
Traditional Melodies Arranged for Two Violins & Orchestra

Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands
Cody's Dream
Bloodshot
Americana

Rakim
The Archive: Live, Lost & Found
Fast Life
East Coast Rap, Hip-Hop

The Ruby Suns
Sea Lion
Sub Pop
Indie Pop

The Raymond Scott Quintette
Ectoplasm
Basta
Swing, Third Stream

Ashton Shepherd
Sounds So Good
MCA Nashville
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Valet
Naked Acid
Kranky
Dream Pop, Indie Rock

Various Artists
Cage: The Number Pieces, Vol. 5
Mode
Contemporary Music for Two Pianos

Various Artists
Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records
Philadelphia International/Le
Smooth Soul, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm, Philly Soul, Urban, Soul, Disco, Funk

Various Artists
Don't Stop: Recording Tap
Numero
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Urban, Old-School Rap

Various Artists
The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits
Philadelphia International/Le
Smooth Soul, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm, Philly Soul, Urban, Soul, Disco, Funk

The Waco Brothers
Waco Express: Live and Kickin' at Schuba's
Bloodshot
Americana, Alternative Country, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock

What Made Milwaukee Famous
What Doesn't Kill Us
Barsuk
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Whiskeytown
Strangers Almanac [Deluxe Edition]
Geffen
Americana, Alternative Country-Rock, Roots Rock

Jim White
Transnormal Skiperoo
Luaka Bop
Americana, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Folk

David Wilcox
Airstream
What Are?
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Mary Lou Williams
A Grand Night for Swinging
Highnote
Standards, Classic Jazz, Stride, Post-Bop, Swing, Bop

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Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at The Rockologist, and at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.
  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Wow. The page actually broke perfectly this week. The writing and the picks are on page 1, and the list is on page 2. Nobody got clipped. How about that?

    So just to be clear, I better not get any complaints about the page breaks this week. Are we clear on that?

    -Glen

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    My copy of Gutter Twins arrived last night from Sub Pop and I’m finally getting a chance to listen this morning. I have a good feeling about this one.

  • http://www.knownjohnson.com Tom Johnson

    The notable thing about “this year’s model” of This Year’s Model is that it has that tempting live album tacked on as disc two. I think Costello may be shooting himself in the foot not releasing these live discs separately – I think they’d sell a lot better by themselves than paired with the albums all of us already own at least once, if not multiple times. Let’s see – on CD, there’s the old Columbia pressing, then the Ryko remasters with a few bonus tracks, then the Rhinos with bonus discs, then last year the Hip-O Select with NO bonuses whatsoever, and now this version. Not to mention vinyl, cassette, etc. What’s extra annoying is that this REALLY is the best version of the album to get – aside from one lone BBC version of “Stranger In The House,” it has everything the Ryko and Rhino issues had PLUS a live album. Which means I’m going to get suckered in to this thing eventually.

  • http://kevineagan.blogspot.com Kevin Eagan

    I’m looking forward to hearing The Gutter Twins and the Stephen Malkmus albums.

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    Kevin, the Gutter Twins record is FANTASTIC, surpassing my expectations.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Tom,

    I’d buy the live EC thing on it’s own (or find a source to download it maybe), but much as I usually like what Hip O does as a label, the Costello reissues are kinda being done to death at this point. I stopped at the Rhino reissues myself, and am perfectly happy with those.

    Kevin and Josh,

    I’ll have to check out the Gutter Twins (cool Stones reference in the name). I always dig Lanegan’s solo stuff, but have always been kinda indifferent about the Afghan Whigs. The album does sound interesting though…

    Thanx as always for the comments (and no bitching about the page breaks, lawd’ be praised!).

    -Glen

  • http://www.marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    i’d love the live content too, but i’m not buying yet another reissue. i think i’ve got the Rhino reissues…those are the ones with the demo? yeah, that’s it.

  • http://kevineagan.blogspot.com Kevin Eagan

    Josh, I just bought my copy of the Gutter Twins’ album and you’re right, it’s excellent!

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    I’m listening to it (still) as we speak. I’ve already posted a bit about it over at Fanboy. I’m working on a review proper.

    Fantastic record.

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