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New Album Releases, 2-20-2007: Charlie Louvin, Arab Strap, JJ Grey & Mofro

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I'm only seeing one even vaguely promising new record this week, and I'm skeptical of that. Seventy-nine year old Charlie Louvin has his first album in 10 years. His prime time was the '40s and '50s, with his late brother Ira. The only new song in this batch is a tribute to "Ira." On the other hand, he's got some groovy singing partners here, including Elvis Costello and Tom T. Hall.

This includes a new recording of "The Great Atomic Power." The Amazon reviewer described "bursts of guitar feedback" on this as "absurd." I'd be interested in judging that for myself, however, as this has long been my favorite Louvin Brothers song – and one of the truly scariest country songs ever to me. It's not that it's about nuclear war, but that you can hear the conviction — quite reasonable for a believing Christian — that "God will surely save his children from this awful, awful fate" by calling the rapture and bringing the believers home when the bombs start flying.

Past that, the next most interesting thing for this batch would be to make fun of an Andy Dick standup comedy album, but I'm not going to. They're going to have to come up with more interesting records than this sub-K-Fed talent to even merit the effort of mockery.

Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:

The High Llamas Can Cladders Drag City
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Jesu Conqueror Hydra Head
Doom Metal, Post-Rock/Experimental, Heavy Metal

Trans Am Sex ChangeThrill Jockey
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Aqueduct Or Give Me Death Barsuk
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic

Arab Strap Ten Years of Tears Chemikal Underground
Slowcore, Indie Rock, Sadcore

The Ataris Welcome the Night Sanctuary
Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo

BBC Symphony Chorus Judith Bingham: The Secret Garden; Salt in the Blood; First Light Naxos
Contemporary Choral Music

Will Bernard Party Hats Palmetto
Jazz-Funk, Contemporary Jazz, Soul-Jazz

Bob & Gene If This World Were Mine… Daptone

Toni Braxton Essential Toni Braxton LaFace/Legacy
Adult Contemporary, Urban, Contemporary R&B, Club/Dance

Jaki Byard Sunshine of My Soul: Live at the Keystone Korner Highnote
Post-Bop, Classic Jazz, Stride, Hard Bop, Swing, Bop

Comeback Kid Broadcasting… Victory
Hardcore Punk

Bobby Conn King for a Day Thrill Jockey
Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Singer/Songwriter

Jack Cooke Sittin' on Top of the World Pinecastle
Traditional Bluegrass

Michel Corboz Voices of the Soul Virgin
Sacred Choral Music

Jill Cunniff City Beach The Militia Group
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Indie Pop

Andy Dick Do Your Shows Always Suck? Oglio
Observational Humor, Standup Comedy

Dir en Grey Marrow of a Bone Sony
Power Metal, Japanese Rock, Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Post-Rock/Experimental, Heavy Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal, Hard Rock

Dolorean You Can't Win Yep Roc Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Slowcore

Ducks Deluxe The John Peel Sessions Hux
Pub Rock, Rock & Roll

Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue [30th Anniversary Edition] Epic/Legacy
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Roger Eno/Kate St. John The Familiar Gyroscope
Experimental, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Ambient, Ethnic Fusion, Progressive Electronic, Instrumental Rock, Electronic, Avant-Garde

Erasure On the Road to Nashville Mute
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance

Everlife Everlife Buena Vista
Teen Pop, Pop/Rock

Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone Temporary Residence
Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Rock

Field Music Tones of Town Memphis Industries
Indie Pop

The Frames Cost Anti
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ron Franklin City Lights Memphis International
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Roots Rock

JJ Grey & Mofro Country Ghetto Alligator
Garage Rock Revival, Roots Rock

Peter Himmelman My Green Kite Rounder
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock

Joakim Monsters & Silly Songs !K7
Left-Field House, Indie Electronic, Experimental Techno, Electronica

K Os Atlantis: Hymns for Disco [Bonus Track] Virgin
Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary Reggae

Kittie Funeral for Yesterday [Bonus DVD] Merovingian Music
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Viktor Krauss II EMI/Back Porch
Instrumental Rock, Progressive Country

Little Feat Rocky Mountain Jam Hot Tomato
Jam Bands, Arena Rock, Southern Rock, Blues-Rock

Charlie Louvin Charlie Louvin [Tompkins Square] Tompkins Square
Close Harmony, Traditional Country

Luscious Jackson Greatest Hits Capitol
Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance

Joachim Carlos Martini John Christopher Smith: Tobit – Oratorio after Handel Naxos
Baroque Choral Music

Oh No Not Stereo Oh No Not Stereo Takeover
Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge

Ralph van Raat John Adams: Complete Piano Music Naxos
Contemporary Piano Music

Elvis Perkins Ash Wednesday XL
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk

Reel Big Fish/Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Duet All Night Long Reignition
Third Wave Ska Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop

Southern Culture on the Skids Countrypolitan Favorites Yep Roc
Psychobilly, Indie Rock

Marnie Stern In Advance of the Broken Arm Kill Rock Stars
Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Rock

Johnnie Taylor Live at the Summit Club Stax Soul-Blues, Soul

2XL Neighborhood Rapstar Tommy Boy

Various Artists Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing Smithsonian/Folkways
African Folk, Traditional

The Young Knives Voices of Animals and Men [Bonus DVD] WEA
Indie Rock

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