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New music from Matthew Ryan and a retread from Santana top this week's releases...

New Album Releases 2/15/09: Matthew Ryan, Dan Black, Nick Curran, Tindersticks, Santana

Wow. I'm getting to this a day later than I wanted to and I'm having a tough time making the case this was somehow worth the wait.  I can think of a lot of exciting records we're going to see issued at the end of an ass-biting cold winter 2009, but they aren't being released this week.  What is being released this week?  It's not all bleak.  There are a couple things worth noting.

For example, we've got new music from indie singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan.  Dear Lover is getting some great writeups in USA Today, American Songwriter, Blurt, and The Tennessean.  

Okay, now we're to the bleak part.  There's a Legacy Edition of Santana's Supernatural album.  I love Carlos Santana's guitar work and the man has a legacy… I just like to pretend Supernatural wasn't part of it.  Look, that tune with Rob Thomas was a decent FM tune the first four times I heard it.  Listens 5-10,000 revealed it to be an agent of torture and thus subject to arrest and trial before a U.N. tribunal.  "My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa" embarrassed me the first time I heard it and I still wince just thinking about it.  Rob Thomas will run laps for that line until the end of time.  Yeah, Rob, we get it.  Santana has Hispanic heritage.  You, sir, are a moron.  

Supernatural sold a metric buttload of copies.  It's the type of release that has the commercial bona fides to get re-released in expanded format.  The problem is many of the buyers aren't hardcore Santana fans.  The people who bought that record liked the Rob Thomas tune, maybe a couple of the other guest spots.  Those people aren't coming back for a second helping, no matter what you put on that second CD.  

Okay, I feel better.  We're a day late but getting to mock Rob Thomas makes an otherwise bleak week all worthwhile.  We'll reconvene next week and hope for the best…

Nick Curran & the Lowlifes
Reform School Girl

Field Music
Field Music (Measure)

Lightspeed Champion
Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You

Falling Down a Mountain

Ellen Allien
Watergate 05

Kasey Anderson
Nowhere Nights

The Art Museums
Rough Frame

Dan Black

Bomb the Bass
Back to Light

Jamie Cullum
Devil May Care!

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
The Treasury Shows, Vol. 14

Alton Ellis
Soul Train Is Coming

Everybody Was in the French Resistance…Now!
Fixin' the Charts, Vol. 1

Gentle Friendly
Ride Slow

Adam Green
Minor Love

The Herbaliser Band
Session 1

Henry "Junjo" Lawes
Volcano Eruption: Reggae Anthology

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
The Man and His Music

Mako Sica
Dual Horizon

Jon Manasse
Mozart, Spohr: Clarinet Concertos

Denis Matsuev
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Joey McIntyre
Here We Go Again

Moon Duo

Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More

Schoenberg Quartett
Garden of Eros: String Quartets by Louis Andriessen

Kai Schumacher
Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Vocal Concert Dresden
Abschied vom Walde

Overnight Lows
City of Rotten Eyes

Ewan Pearson
We Are Proud of Our Choices

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall

Matthew Ryan
Dear Lover


Seven Fields of Aphelion

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Kollaps Tradixionales

Ben Sollee/Daniel Martin Moore
Dear Companion

The Souljazz Orchestra
Rising Sun

Story of the Year
The Constant

Various Artists
Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria

Return of the Wu & Friends

About Josh Hathaway

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