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New Album Releases Oct. 20, 2009: Sufjan Stevens, Coco Montoya, Lyle Lovett, Tim McGraw, Flight of the Conchords

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Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.  I'm skimming this list and there are a lot of big names with new albums and I have a feeling I'm going to sit this week out.  While that's disappointing for me, it doesn't absolve me of my responsibility to point you lot in the direction of some new music so let's take a look.

Country/roots fans have a couple interesting releases to consider.  Terri Clark has gone indie, leaving behind the inanities of corporate Nashville.  Lost Highway is bringing out records for Lyle Lovett and The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit.  I'm not a big Lovett fan myself, but he has a certain appeal with a segment of listeners out there.  Schmit is an interesting one.  I am a casual Eagles fan, but Schmit's limited opportunities in that band have tended to be lighter weight.  He's surrounded himself with some talent for this disc, though, and might have come with something good.  It will be tuneful, but I'm not sure how much weight it will have.  Eagles' fans and fans of the lighter sound will probably find something to enjoy on this set.  There's also a new set from superstar Tim McGraw.  I'm not a country music fan but if you are, I have to imagine one of those sets is going to have appeal for you.

Sufjan Stevens

I am going to have to break down and get one of this guy's records.  Soon.  I've heard a few songs by him and they've piqued my interest but I've yet to sit and listen to an entire record.  I'm not sure he's going to hook me, but I'm not sure he won't.  I'm going to have to invest in one of these.

Fuck Buttons
Tarot Sport

If you think I'm going to pass up a chance to talk about a band called Fuck Buttons, you've lost your mind.  I heard about these guys last year when one of our readers tried to step to me about my Top 10 of 2008 and namechecked this outfit.  The band name alone is almost enough to make me want to investigate them further.  Almost.

Coco Montoya
The Essential Coco Montoya

Blues fans know Coco Montoya, and you should, too.  Blind Pig releases a compilation this week covering some of the standout tracks from the three solo records he recorded for them.  Montoya's best work comes from those records so if you're looking for a great introduction to what he's all about, this is the disc for you.

Terri Clark
The Long Way Home

Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard
One Fast Move or I'm Gone

Flight of the Conchords
I Told You I Was Freaky

Florence and the Machine

Lyle Lovett
Natural Forces

Tim McGraw
Southern Voice

Original Soundtrack
New Moon [Soundtrack]

Timothy B. Schmit

Sufjan Stevens

Atlas Sound

Bass Generation

In the Flat Field [Omnibus Edition]

Mask [Omnibus Edition]

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine
The Audacity of Hype

Fight Like a Girl

Amy Briggs
David Rakowski: Études, Vol. 3

Sam Bush
Circles Around Me

Henson Cargill
On the Road: The Mega Years Plus

The Carpenters


Leonard Cohen
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 [CD/DVD]

Axe to Fall

The Cult
Love [Omnibus Edition]


Joey DeFrancesco

Do Make Say Think
Other Truths

The Dooleys
The Dooleys/The Chosen Few

Electric Six


Robert Francis
Before Nightfall

Fuck Buttons
Tarot Sport

Get Back Guinozzi!
Carpet Madness

Greg Giraldo
Midlife Vices

Gwen Stacy
A Dialogue

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite

Jethro Tull
Live at Madison Square Garden

Kings of Convenience
Declaration of Dependence

Peter Maag
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Maddox Brothers/Rose Maddox
From Dancefloor to Devotion

Turning the Mind

Denis Matsuev
Denis Matsuev: The Carnegie Hall Concert

Loreena McKennitt
The Olive and the Cedar

Coco Montoya
The Essential Coco Montoya

Nouvelle Vague

Old Canes
Feral Harmonic

Patricia Petibon
Songs from America

Evgeny Svetlanov
Svetlanov Conducts Rachmaninov & Mussorgsky

Elvis Perkins in Dearland
The Doomsday

El Perro del Mar
Love Is Not Pop

Chomp [Chomp More]

Liebe Ist fur Alle Da

Otis Redding
The Best: See & Hear

Alasdair Roberts
The Wyrd Meme

Royce da 5'9"
Street Hop

Jimmy Ruffin
Ruff 'n Ready

Russian Circles

Picture Perfect

Mort Shuman
My Death

The Slits
Trapped Animal

Snow Patrol

Spiral Stairs
The Real Feel

Kristina Train
Spilt Milk

Lissy Trullie
Self-Taught Learner [Bonus Tracks]

Tina Turner
Tina Live [CD/DVD]

Various Artists
Gotta Have Gospel Christmas

Various Artists
Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome

White Denim

White Rainbow
New Clouds

Tim Wilson
Mr. Wilson Explains America

Adrian Younge
Black Dynamite [Score]

Richard Youngs
Under Stellar Stream

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  • Amy

    Timothy B. Schmit’s new album is great–by far his best solo album to date. Casual Eagles fans who only know him from that band will likely be quite surprised by it. Those who are familiar with Schmit from his long pre-Eagles stint with Poco will be less suprised. But this album definitely shows Schmit’s growth as an artist, which seems rather impressive for someone in his position. He doesn’t need to do the solo work at all, but if so inclined, could certainly put out an album of sweet love songs and his fans would buy it. But he wants to keep pushing his boundaries (hence the title) and has done so quite successfully. He is also performing solo for the first time in his career, in support of the album. Schmit has definitely shed the slick production and gone back to his folk-rock roots. This is an album worth checking out.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    I figured this was a good enough thread as any to post some new CDs (possibly,new to me) that I’ve been digging:

    No Made Sense – The Epillanic Choragi
    Pictorial Wand – Face of our Fathers
    Quidam – Alone Together
    Also Eden – It’s Kind of You to Ask
    Morglbl – Jazz for the Deaf

  • Oh, and Josh, you won’t need too much Sufjan Stevens to “get” his schtick. You’ll know quickly if you like it or you don’t. Personally, I really like Seven Swans the most. His “states” albums wear on me pretty quickly now, but have some really great moments on them (“John Wayne Gacy Jr” from Illinois(e) is absolutely hauntingly, harrowingly beautiful.) I don’t know that BQE is where you should start – it’s more along the lines of more recent stuff from Philip Glass from what little I’ve heard.

  • The Cult’s Love Omnibus Edition is fantastic, El B. Got it weeks ago from the UK Amazon. Remastered album, disc of b-sides/outtakes, disc of demos, and a live disc (not to mention a big thick book) for about $20. Incredible deal.

  • i want the Farrar/Gibbard thing, since it has a Kerouac connection. also, the Lyle Lovette, because he appears to not be able to make a bad record.

  • I am curious about these new Omnibus Editions from Beggars Banquet