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New Album Releases July 21, 2009: Howling Bells, Blur, Owl City, Elvis Presley, Kristina DeBarge, Fabolous, Ashley Tisdale

This week's list already looks more interesting to me than did last week's.  That's a good sign.  I still don't see too many "must haves" but there is one album that comes awfully close to it and a few that have piqued my interest to the point I just might have to investigate.  Let's get started:

Howling Bells
Radio Wars

I rarely find opening acts interesting, but there are occasional exceptions and Howling Bells was one of them.  My wife and I saw Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and Howling Bells in Nashville last month.  We're Coldplay fans.  We like Snow Patrol (my wife likes them more than I do, but we enjoy them).  I knew nothing of Howling Bells.  We expected little and were prepared to endure and over the course of their 30-minute set we found ourselves being drawn in.  At the end of their set, I rose to my feet.  I liked what I heard.  I made a mental note to research them.  That's when I learned their sophomore record  Radio Wars has been available in Europe for some time, but until now there had been no U.S. distributor.  Enter Nettwerk.  I'm having one of these.

Before leaving the stage, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin encouraged everyone in the audience to go download "Nightingale," which is on this record.  I generally despise digital music so I resisted, waiting for an opportunity like this.

Owl City
Ocean Eyes

…in which we find our dashing, handsome, sophisticated, erudite hero admitting he had no idea who the hell this band was.  Sorry, we're joining this conversation already in progress.  Owl City made last week's iTunes Chart Watch by getting enough pre-orders of Ocean Eyes to make it to #2 on the iTunes Album Charts.  This might be one of those times when downloading a single track wouldn't be a bad idea.  I'd like to see if there is fire to go with this smoke.

Blur
Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

Blur has reunited with semi-exiled guitarist Graham Coxon and the band is re-introducing themselves to the world — and in particular American audiences — with a new compilation.  Midlife is a two-CD set aimed at giving the unfamiliar or the casual a Cliff's Notes edition of the band's history.  Actually, they already gave the abbreviated version with their single disc The Best of Blur.  This gives a little wider taste and sample.  It even has something for some of the more devoted in the form of a track that went out of print some time ago.

I was always much more of an Oasis guy than a Blur guy, but Blur had some good moments.  I already have Best so I'm not sure I'm going to invest in Midlife, but for those of you who have none this might be a good place to start.

Elvis Presley
From Elvis in Memphis [Legacy Edition]

I'm not a big Elvis guy, myself, but I bring this release up because one of our friends from The Masked Movie Snobs has already reviewed this re-issue for Blogcritics.  Before there was a King of Pop, we had The King.

With that, here is your full list of New Album Releases for the week of July 28, 2009.

Blur
Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur

Kristinia DeBarge
Exposed

Fabolous
Loso's Way

J-Kwon
Hood Hop 2.5

Ashley Tisdale
Guilty Pleasure

Acoustic Ladyland
Skinny Grin

Band of Skulls
Baby Darling Doll Face Honey

Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Senses
Infinito

Bob & Marcia
Pied Piper: The Best of Bob & Marcia

Ray Davies
Other People's Lives [Original]

The Fuzztones
Lysergic Legacy

James Galway
Celebrating 70: A Collection of Personal Favorites

A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Délivrance

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Live at Woburn

Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch Plays Jobim

John Hicks
I Remember You

Howling Bells
Radio Wars

Hundred Reasons
Kill Your Own

It Bites
The Tall Ships

Kieran Kane
Somewhere Beyond the Roses

Bobby Kray
Tales from a Skinny White Boy

Gidon Kremer
Mozart: The Complete Violin Concertos

Lady Saw
Extra Raw: The Best of Lady Saw

Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets

Carl Mann
Rockin' Mann

Joe McBride
Lookin' for a Change

Georgia Anne Muldrow
Umsindo

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

    This “Iggy And Ziggy” thing from 1977 looks kinda interesting. I saw that tour, and the one live document that came from it (TV Eye Live) was pretty decent. I might have to check this one out.

    -Glen

  • http://blogcritics.org/music Josh Hathaway

    Yeah, that was another of the releases that caught my attention. I know those two spent a good amount of time together in the mid-late ’70s but didn’t know about their tour. I might have to research that title a little more closely.