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

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
The BQE

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
Lungs

Lyle Lovett
Natural Forces

Tim McGraw
Southern Voice

Original Soundtrack
New Moon [Soundtrack]

Timothy B. Schmit
Expando

Sufjan Stevens
The BQE

Atlas Sound
Logos

Basshunter
Bass Generation

Bauhaus
In the Flat Field [Omnibus Edition]

Bauhaus
Mask [Omnibus Edition]

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

Bomshel
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
40/40

Cartel
Cycles

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

Converge
Axe to Fall

The Cult
Love [Omnibus Edition]

Dâm-Funk
Toeachizown

Joey DeFrancesco
Snapshot

Do Make Say Think
Other Truths

The Dooleys
The Dooleys/The Chosen Few

Electric Six
Kill

Espers
III

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

Maps
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
NV3

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

Pylon
Chomp [Chomp More]

Rammstein
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
Geneva

SOiL
Picture Perfect

Mort Shuman
My Death

The Slits
Trapped Animal

Snow Patrol
LateNightTales

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
Fits

White Rainbow
New Clouds

Tim Wilson
Mr. Wilson Explains America

Adrian Younge
Black Dynamite [Score]

Richard Youngs
Under Stellar Stream

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