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New Album Releases 03/18/08: Muse, The Kills, The Bravery, Daniel Lanois, Meredith Monk, Pugwash, Reissues Aplenty & More

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I have to be honest and say that I'm not all that excited about the bulk of this week's offerings.

Last week, in his latest installment of the Friday Morning Listen, my sometime cohort here Mark Saleski (who is back this week with his pick, along with Tom Johnson), talked about certain artists he doesn't particularly like, and why. The resulting comments thread, saw yours truly "outed" as a non-fan of the Grateful Dead.

So, you already know I won't be running out to the record store to buy the Mickey Hart reissues this week for starters.

Of course, there are a few other reissued titles this week. Matador is putting out new "definitive editions" of several Mission Of Burma releases. There's also a hits package from New Found Glory.

We also have a couple of interesting indie-rock releases to consider. London pop-punk duo The Kills has Midnight Boom, on which they continue their edgy, minimalist…well, pop-punk. The Bravery has a new "complete" version of last year's The Sun and the Moon, where the original is expanded to include a second disc with new versions of every song.

So, let's talk about the new releases that I actually will be checking out this week:

I'm curious about Haarp, the new CD/DVD package from Muse, because they have developed a reputation as a great live act over the past few years, with ambitious, elaborate shows. This set features highlights from concerts the band performed last year before 90,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium. With the added bonus of a DVD to check out, this one will help determine if I add Muse to my "watch-list" at Ticketmaster.

But the one I'm really excited about this week is Here Is What Is, the sixth solo release from Daniel Lanois, and the first for his own Red Floor Records. Lanois is of course best known for the often layered, atmospheric soundscapes he has created as a producer — both on his own, and at times with partner Brian Eno — for artists like U2, Bob Dylan, and Peter Gabriel. On this album, he is joined by the Band's Garth Hudson on piano and drummer Brian Blade. Eno also shows up here in spoken word segments.

Now that I've had my turn, let's see what Mark Saleski and Tom Johnson are checking out this week…

Saleski's Choice: Meredith Monk – Impermanence

There are a handful of female voices out there that'll cause me to stop, listen, and be amazed: Bjork, Diamanda Galas, Rickie Lee Jones, The Roches. Those women rule the landscape with oddball cadences, insane textures, and emotional tones ranging from delicate sensuality to raw violence.

But then there's Meredith Monk. Totally fearless with her conceptions and flawless of execution, Monk never fails to deliver what seem like impossible vocal constructions. If you want to hear something totally different, then you owe it to your ears to check her out.

Tom Johnson's Pick Of The Week: Pugwash – Eleven Modern Antiquities

Here I was, all set to talk about the new Daniel Lanois when this band with the goofy name — Pugwash — popped up on my radar. Pugwash being that weird bastard child we music writers like to talk about — you know, the "this meets that," — and Pugwash is latter day XTC meets Jellyfish in more ways than one.

In one album, in addition to Pugwash's own Thomas Walsh, we find friends from the sadly now defunct XTC, Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory, plus ex-Jellyfish Jason Falkner, and even Michael Penn, all in various supporting roles. If you know the names, you can imagine the sound – and it is lovely. This is poised to be one of the finest pop-rock albums of the year.

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

Be Your Own Pet
Get Awkward
Ecstatic Peace
Noise Pop, Indie Rock

Trouble in Dreams
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

A Mad and Faithful Telling
Indie Rock, European Folk, Gypsy, Folk-Rock

Flo Rida
Mail on Sunday
Poe Boy/Atlantic
Southern Rap, Pop-Rap

The Kills
Midnight Boom
Garage Punk, Indie Rock

She & Him
Volume One
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Addison Road
Addison Road
Alternative CCM, CCM

Oren Ambarchi and Z'ev
Spirit Transform Me
Experimental Ambient

Cyro Baptista
Banquet of the Spirits
Carnival, Brazilian Folk, Avant-Garde Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Folk-Jazz, Latin Folk, Post-Bop, Samba, Ethnic Fusion, World Fusion

Big Dipper
Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology
College Rock, American Underground, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Bravery
The Sun and the Moon: Complete
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kenny Burrell Trio
A Night at the Vanguard
Standards, Ballads, Cool

Bury Your Dead
Bury Your Dead
Hardcore Punk, Death Metal/Black Metal

Sera Cahoone
Only as the Day Is Long
Sub Pop
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk

Turning Dragon

Gussie Clarke
Dread at the Controls Dub
Roots Reggae, Ragga, DJ, Dancehall

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
Last Gang
Indie Electronic

Danity Kane
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Bad Boy
Contemporary R&B, Urban, Dance-Pop

Paul Desmond
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Fairport Convention
Cropedy Festival 2002
British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, British Folk, Folk-Rock

The Feelies
Crazy Rhythms
American Underground, College Rock, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Good Riddance
Remain in Memory: The Final Show
Fat Wreck Chord
Punk Revival, Hardcore Punk, Straight-Edge

Adam Green
Sixes & Sevens
Rough Trade
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Anti-Folk

Mickey Hart/Diga Rhythm Band
Diga Rhythm Band
Worldbeat, Ethnic Fusion

Mickey Hart
Planet Drum
Pan-Global, Worldbeat, Ethnic Fusion

The Hush Sound
Goodbye Blues
Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen
Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ernie K-Doe
Here Comes the Girls
Great American Music
New Orleans R&B

King Tubby
King Tubby on the Mix, Vol. 1
Original Music
Dub, Roots Reggae

King Tubby
King Tubby on the Mix, Vol. 2
Original Music
Dub, Roots Reggae

Daniel Lanois
Here Is What Is
Red Floor
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

The Matches
A Band in Hope

Denis Matsuev
Unknown Rachmaninoff
RCA Red Seal
Post-Romantic Piano Music

Mission of Burma
The Horrible Truth About Burma: Definitive Edition
American Punk, Post-Punk, Indie Rock

Mission of Burma
Signals, Calls and Marches: Definitive Edition
American Punk, Post-Punk, Indie Rock

Mission of Burma
Vs.: Definitive Edition
American Punk, Post-Punk, Indie Rock

Mogwai [EP+6]
Chemikal Underground
Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Gil Morgenstern
20th Century Duos for Violin and Cello
Engine Company
Modern and Contemporary Chamber Music

Haarp [CD/DVD]
Warner Bros.
Alternative Pop/Rock

Oliver Nelson
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Modern Big Band, Modern Creative

Neon Neon
Stainless Style
Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance

New Found Glory
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Emo

Murray Perahia
Bach: Partitas Nos. 2-4
Baroque Keyboard Music

John Schneider
Lou Harrison: Por Gitaro – Suites for Tuned Guitars
Contemporary Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack
Alternative Dance, Indie Rock, Soundtracks, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic

Original Soundtrack
Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo
Jam Bands, Soundtracks, Blues-Rock

Original Soundtrack
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Contemporary R&B, Soundtracks, Neo-Soul, Urban

Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Dirty South, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

Sheek Louch
Silverback Gorilla
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Lay Down the Law
Indie Rock

Tall Firs
Too Old to Die Young
Ecstatic Peace!
Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Rock

The Teenagers
Reality Check
Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival

These New Puritans
Beat Pyramid
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop

John Zorn
The Dreamers
Modern Composition, Anime Music, Cartoon Music, Television Music, Film Music, Surf

Bar Kokhba Sextet
Lucifer: The Book of Angels, Vol. 10
Jewish Music, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Composition, Chamber Jazz, World Fusion, Modern Creative

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  • JP

    I’ve seen Muse a couple of times in Atlanta at the Tabernacle..they really are meant to be a stadium band.

  • simple

    Actually, I’d rather just listen to the album.

  • Some people just don’t get the Dead. Most probably associate them with these grand rock concerts full of wasted dancing hippies. They just don’t get it. But there’s so much to “it” that it takes a special person to be able to get it. I guess they’d rather go to a concert and hear tunes exactly like they are on the album? Beats me.

  • Percussion fans ought to check out the Ramiro Musotto record; Brazilian electronic and drum-based music. Very cool stuff.

    I’m definitely checking out the Lanois.

  • All I can say is that I’ve been around enough Dead stuff to say that I don’t particularly dig any of it. It’s just a band-feel thing – nothing grabs me, and I’ve heard enough that it covers the spectrum and that spectrum is decidedly “blechy” colored. I won’t say “never,” as Mark pointed out surprising a hater with something unexpected and he liked it, but it would take something extraordinary.

  • well, to go way back, you can’t go wrong the self-titled, Robert Fripp-produced record.
    Nerds is also good.

    Speak is really good too, but that might be out of print.

  • Oh, I know how to switch the subject. Mark, give me some The Roches suggestions. I’ve just started listening to them and am really digging what I have (especially the Suzzy/Maggie disk Why the Long Face

    What are your favorite albums?

  • I don’t really care if either of you like the Dead or not, but it is fun talking about them.

    If I wanted to be smart I’d ask which sound you didn’t like, Tom. Depending on when you listen, the Dead created all sorts of sounds. From 65 to 69 they were straight up psychedelic craziness. In the 70s they focused on songwriting as well as long jams. In the 80s they found midi and the sound went a totally different direction and the 90s. Well the 90s weren’t their best period.

    Solo projects though, that’s another story all together.

    Ok, I think the dead have successfully hijacked enough threads for now.

  • i always knew there was a reason to distrust you Porcupine Tree fanatics.

  • Remind me to buy you a beer next time I see ya Mr. Johnson.


  • Aw, man, I missed all the fun the other day with Mark’s post. That’s what I get for actually working. I might not have been up for the grilling, however – I’m not a Dead fan, either. Just don’t dig their sound, plain and simple.

  • I don’t like opera either ya know…


  • I’m pretty much open to anything Mark. But everytime I’ve tried out anything associated with these guys, it’s just never worked for me. And I’m not a real big fan of those world music type drum records to begin with. They are fun to watch every year at our Bumbershoot festival here in Seattle, but on a purely emotional level, the music itself doesn’t move me a whole lot.


  • my point was not to convince you that you “should” like the Dead…just that Diga is really a percussion record.

  • I’ll make ya a deal. You can keep your Dead/Hart, I’ll keep my Tunnel Of Love and Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, and we’ll call it even…


  • I’m sure I’ve heard Diga at some point, but for whatever reason never actually bought it. I guess that’s what reissues are for.

    Man, this makes me want to pull out some of my 80s Dead shows just for the drums section. Man those guys could make some spectacular noise.

  • i like Diga a lot more…but heck, i like anything if you add tablas on top of it. 😉

  • Hart really knows his stuff, percussion wise. The man is all about the World beat. I don’t have Diga Rhythm but as I recall the Planet Drum thing is pretty cool.

  • I won’t be running out to the record store to buy the Mickey Hart reissues

    big mistake! this is mostly percussion and, more important, Hart worked with Zakir Hussain on it. it’s really cool.