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New Album Releases, Week of 2-7-2006

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Not a hell of a lot of new music of interest. The main big new thing (and #3 at Amazon currently) is Jack Johnson’s soundtrack album for the new Curious George movie. I’m lukewarm on this guy generally, but he does get points here for covering the White Stripes’ “We Are Going to Be Friends.” He loses them again, however, for re-working “3 Is a Magic Number” into three PC “r”s – reduce, reuse, recycle.

As to real music, there’s a huge, intimidating 5 CD box set of Richard Thompson live material, covers, rarities, etc. It’s absolutely not the place for the uninitiated. You probably should start with Shoot Out the Lights or perhaps Rumor and Sigh. However, this should be the motherlode for devoted fans, including commercial releases of some of the cute novelty songs he’s done at live shows in recent years. This set has “Madonna’s Wedding” and the particularly fun “Dear Janet Jackson.” Plus, he’s got several studio rehearsals of Who covers. With a big, fat book thrown in the package, that sounds pretty promising, right there.

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

Belle & Sebastian The Life Pursuit Matador
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

The Corrs Home Rhino
Fusion, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Celtic, Celtic Pop

Remy Ma There’s Something About Remy SRC/Universal
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Beth Orton Comfort of Strangers Astralwerks
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Aceyalone Magnificent City Project Blowed/DeCon
Underground Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap, Hardcore Rap

Ian Bostridge Perspectives EMI
Romantic, Post-Romantic and Modern Vocal Music

Susanne Brokesch Emerald Stars Chicks on Speed
Ambient, Ambient Techno

Chick Corea The Ultimate Adventure Stretch

Jack DeJohnette The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm
Improvisation, Free Improvisation, Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde

Deadboy & the Elephantmen We Are Night Sky Fat Possum
Indie Rock, Punk Blues

Dem Franchize Boyz On Top of Our Game So So Def/Virgin
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

Electric Six Señor Smoke Metropolis
Indie Rock

Far-Less Everyone Is Out to Get Us Tooth & Nail
Post-Hardcore, Punk Metal

The Go-Betweens That Striped Sunlight Sound Yep Roc
Indie Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Hem No Word From Tom Nettwerk/Waveland
Country-Folk, Americana

The Juliana Theory A Small Noise Tooth & Nail
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo

Tamriko Kordzaia Piano Music by Christoph Delz Guild
Contemporary Piano Music

Roderich Kreile Gottfried August Homilius: Musik an der Dresdner Frauenkirche Carus
Baroque Choral Music

The Legendary Shack Shakers Pandelerium Yep Roc
Indie Rock, Psychobilly, Punk Blues, Alternative Country-Rock

Jackie Leven Shining Brother Shining Sister [Bonus DVD] Silverline

Celtic Rock, Celtic Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Mary Lorson & Saint Low Realistic Cooking Vinyl
Chamber Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Mastodon Call of the Mastodon Relapse
Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Shannon McNally North American Ghost Music Back Porch
Americana, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll

The Minus Five The Minus Five Yep Roc
Pop Underground, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Rolando Villazon Opera Recital Virgin
Operatic Highlights

Lars Vogt Mozart: Piano Sonatas & Fantasias EMI
Classical Piano Music

Original Soundtrack Curious George Brushfire
Pop/Rock, Film Music, Soundtracks

Various Artists Elizabethtown, Vol. 2 RCA Contemporary
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Original Soundtrack Rollergirls Koch
TV Soundtracks, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Perez Prado The Best of Perez Prado: The Original Mambo No. 5 RCA
Big Band Latino, Mambo, Tropical

Prefuse 73 Security Screenings Warp
Experimental Techno, Glitch, Underground Rap

Ursula Rucker Ma’at Mama !K7
Poetry, Political Rap, Downtempo

Kelley Stoltz Below the Branches Sub Pop
Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi

String Cheese Incident On the Road: Vegoose 2005 Sci Fidelity
Jam Bands

Marty Stuart Live at the Ryman Superlatone/Universal South
Americana, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Progressive Country

Richard Thompson RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson Free Reed
Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, British Folk, Folk-Rock

Univers Zero Live Cuneiform
Avant-Prog, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Experimental

Various Artists Mews Too: An Asthmatic Kitty Compilation Asthmatic Kitty
Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Progressive Folk

Various Artists Totally Country, Vol. 5 BMG Heritage
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Adult Contemporary, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Whitesnake The Definitive Collection Geffen
Pop-Metal, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Arena Rock
Edited: [GH]

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  • godoggo

    Jack DeJohnette sucks. Just kidding. Jack DeJohnette doesn’t suck.