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New Album Releases 07/22/08: U2, David Bowie, Miley Cyrus, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Weller, Black Sabbath, CSNY, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Fred Frith & More

Someone at the labels must have been listening to all the pissing and moaning we've been doing here all year about the lack of new releases each week. Because holy crap, there is a lot to write about this time around.

Not all of it is really what you would call "new" however. In fact, reissues and previously unreleased material from what you might call "classic" acts account for a pretty fair sized chunk of what you'll find in stores this week. So we'll get those out of the way first.

First up, we have the new expanded reissues of U2's groundbreaking first three albums for Island, Boy, October, and War. Each of these brand spanking new editions are double discs which, in addition to the remastered versions of the original albums, feature an additional disc crammed with all of the B-sides, remixes, and otherwise rare or hard to find material that you'd expect.

Next, David Bowie's famous Live in Santa Monica '72 concert with the old Spiders from Mars band of Ziggy Stardust fame finally sees the light of official release. Donald Gibson wrote an excellent review of this formerly famous bootleg earlier this week, which we urge you to check out.

The Ronnie James Dio years of Black Sabbath are boxed up on the five-disc set The Rules of Hell. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young offer a preview of their concert film from 2006's Freedom Of Speech tour (in theatres July 25) on Déjà Vu Live. Former Jam and Style Council frontman Paul Weller has an ambitious new double solo CD out called 22 Dreams.

As far as the new stuff that is actually, you know, "new" goes, Trent Reznor's second Nine Inch Nails release this year, The Slip, sees physical release in stores this week following its MP3 download release earlier this year. Unlike the instrumental Ghosts I – IV however, this one is said to be a more traditional NiN record, featuring the sort of harder textures that Reznor fans have come to love and expect.

Lastly, we had originally promised Tom Johnson we would let him write about Miley Cyrus' new Hannah Montana-less CD Breakout, but at the risk of breaking his "Achy Breaky Heart" simply couldn't allow it. Instead, Tom covers Penguin Cafe Orchestra below. But first, here's Mark Saleski to talk about one of those oddball guitar things he enjoys so much…

Saleski's Choice: Fred Frith – To Sail, To Sail

It must be the time of year. It must be the heat. Or the humidity. Whatever the reason, I have a big hankering for some off-kilter music. Now that I think about it, I always have a hankering for that stuff. It's just that sometimes the feeling goes from a vague sense of desire to a raging need. If logic is involved, I'm totally unaware of it.

So here comes oddball guitar man Fred Frith with To Sail, To Sail, a solo acoustic tribute to some of his biggest influences including Robbie Basho, Davy Graham, and Barre Philips. What's really cool about releases like this is the new set of possibilities that is presented. I mean, I don't know who Camel Zekri or Robbie Basho are but if they're big in Frith's mind, it would be silly to not check them out.

Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth fame) gets an honorable mention here for Countless Centuries Fled into the Distance. It almost won the pick of the week but since it's only being released on vinyl LP, it didn't seem quite right for this list. On the other hand, all the cool people are buying turntables these days…

Tom Johnson's Tasters Choice: Penguin Cafe Orchestra – When In Rome

There's never a correct genre to classify this group under – they're not classical, they're not rock, and they're certainly not shitty so they don't qualify for the "new age" label under which they generally get stuck. Chamber-rock? I don't know. I'll quote the All Music Guide because they sum them up perfectly: "The Penguin Cafe Orchestra creates dreamlike music. It is beautiful, yet illogical, unpredictable, and often bizarre." Yep.

Think strings and guitars playing something like folky classical and jazz combined with a touch of Phillip Glass. I only focus here on When In Rome, their live album, but the majority of their catalog is getting re-released today via a strange new "1-bit" remaster treatment that is sure to be very kind to this gorgeous music, packaged in digipaks that replicate the original artwork that has not been well-represented in the CD era. If I hadn't already pre-ordered so damn much other stuff this week (thanks, U2 and NIN) you can be sure I'd have at least a few of these on their way to me. Or maybe all of them. Oh well, that's what crappy release weeks like next week are for, right?

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

Black Kids
Partie Traumatic
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock

David Bowie
Live in Santa Monica '72
Pop/Rock, Glam Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Experimental Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Proto-Punk

Sub Pop
Indie Electronic, Indie Rock

Miley Cyrus
Teen Pop, Dance-Pop

Nine Inch Nails
The Slip
Null Corporation
Industrial Metal, Alternative Metal, Industrial, Alternative Pop/Rock

Boy [Deluxe Edition]
College Rock, Album Rock, Post-Punk, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Paul Weller
22 Dreams
British Trad Rock, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

The Avett Brothers
The Gleam II
Progressive Folk, Alternative Folk, Progressive Country, Alternative Country

Black Sabbath
The Rules of Hell
Rhino/Warner Bros.
Album Rock, Heavy Metal

Bodies of Water
A Certain Feeling
Secretly Canadian
Indie Pop

Buffalo Killers
Let It Ride
Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Burning Spear
The Best of Burning Spear [VCT]
Political Reggae, Roots Reggae

Into the Sun
Silent Majority
Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge

Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning
Something for All of Us…
Arts & Crafts
Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Eliza Carthy
Dreams of Breathing Underwater
Contemporary Folk, British Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Gloria Cheng
Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky & Lutoslawski
Modern and Contemporary Piano Music

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Déjà Vu Live
Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Chris Difford
The Last Temptation of Chris
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Dr. Dog
Park the Van
Pop Underground, Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Gustavo Dudamel
Deutsche Grammophon
Modern and Contemporary Orchestral Music

Trevor Dunn
Four Films
Experimental Rock, Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Helena Espvall/Masaki Batoh
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh
Drag City
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock

Faun Fables
A Table Forgotten
Drag City
Acid Folk, Neo-Traditional Folk, Indie Rock, Folk-Rock, Goth Rock

¡Forward, Russia!
Life Processes
Cooking Vinyl
Indie Rock

Noel Gourdin
After My Time
Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul

Antony Gray
Brahms: Late Piano Works
ABC Classics
Romantic Piano Music

Buddy Guy
Skin Deep
Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues

Hell Rell
Black Mask Black Gloves
East Coast Rap

High Places
03/07 – 09/07
Thrill Jockey
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Benji Hughes
A Love Extreme
New West
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

Janis Ian
Best of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection
Cooking Vinyl
Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Fields/Aqua Marine
Power Pop, New Wave, Jangle Pop

Syleena Johnson
I Am Your Woman: The Best of Syleena Johnson
Sony Legacy
Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Urban

Angelika Kirchlager
My Heart Alone: Favorite Opera Arias and Duets
Sony Classical
Romantic, Post-Romantic and Modern Opera Arias

Shannon Lee
Introducing Shannon Lee
Baroque, Romantic, Post-Romantic and Modern Violin Music

Jon Peter Lewis
Break the Silence
Pop Idol, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Low vs Diamond
Low vs Diamond
Indie Rock

Mars LP
No More
No Wave

Maria Muldaur
Yes We Can!
Folk-Blues, Acoustic Blues, Jazz Blues

One Day as a Lion
One Day as a Lion
Rap-Metal, Alternative Metal, Post-Hardcore

Original Soundtrack
The Rocker
Film Music, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Hair Metal, Soundtracks, Heavy Metal

Indie Electronic, Swedish Pop/Rock, Indie Pop

Stephen Pearcy
Under My Skin
Hard Rock

Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations
Alternative Pop/Rock, Third Wave Ska Revival, Contemporary Reggae, Punk-Pop

The Rumble Strips
Girls and Weather
Indie Rock

Bon Scott
Early Years 1967-1972
See for Miles
Hard Rock, Acid Rock, Pub Rock, Psychedelic

The Best of Shaggy
Ragga, Club/Dance, Dancehall, Contemporary Reggae, Reggae-Pop

Christopher Titus
Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding
Comedy Central
Standup Comedy, Observational Humor

Peter Tosh
Best of Peter Tosh [VCT]
Political Reggae, Roots Reggae

Ike Turner
Classic Early Sides 1952-1957
R&B, Jump Blues, Electric Blues

October [Deluxe Edition]
College Rock, Album Rock, Post-Punk, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

War [Deluxe Edition]
College Rock, Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Punk

Various Artists
Bluegrass: Independent Label Sides 1951-1954
Bluegrass, String Bands

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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