Thursday , May 23 2024
A long list and a slow week for new releases...

New Album Releases: Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Colbie Caillat, Matisyahu, Mew

This might be the longest list I've since since I took over this column. Sadly, I don't see a lot of essential buys among them. There are a few interesting tidbits worth discussing, though. Former lead Cranberry Delores O'Riordan has a solo album. Willie Nelson has an American Classic for Blue Note. We begin with a band I like to call Sliced Bread, your Arctic Monkeys.

Arctic Monkeys

My sidekick 11 is a big NASCAR fan and he's taken to calling driver Joey Logano "Sliced Bread" (as in "the greatest thing since") because of all the hype he received on his way into the sport. The Arctic Monkeys were a nu-music sensation before they'd released a record. Their debut set British sales chart records. They were huge until they weren't, just another victim of NME. At least Arctic Monkeys' hype led to substantial sales. The Gossip gets anointed by NME every two weeks and no one – at least in the US – is buying those records.

That said, I liked AM's debut and I liked their follow up. They're not nearly as good as their hype, but they've put down some nice tunes. I'm not sure I'll race out to grab this one, but I'm curious to hear something from it and to see how it does.

Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail To The Thief
(Deluxe Editions)

Earlier this year, EMI released deluxe editions of Radiohead's first three albums with the label. With this trio, EMI has now maxed out all six albums from Radiohead's time with them. There are two packages being sold. Both packages include 2 CDs, the first being the actual album and the second disc being comprised of B-sides and rarities. The second package includes a bonus DVD.

Some hardcore Radiohead fans will have most – if not all – of this material. Still others are boycotting it as this package has been released by the label with no input from the band. 11 and I call this contingent the Fruit Baskets. These are delusional fans who think by "taking a stand" for their heroes, their heroes will one day knock on their door bringing them a fruit basket and other kingly gifts. Springsteen has "virtuous" fans like that. They bring signs to concerts that say "'Mary's Place' Is My Favorite Song" or "Waiting' On A Sunny Day' Was Our First Dance." These people deserve our scorn, not our pity.

For Radiohead fans who never managed to get their hands on the import singles, this is a cheaper way to catch up on some nice non-album tracks. For college freshman, you're going to have a Radiohead period at some point. You will be scoffed at if you don't know the B-sides, so best you start here.

Here's the rest of the list:

Arctic Monkeys

Colbie Caillat
[Deluxe Edition]

Imogen Heap


No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry…

Marin Alsop
Leonard Bernstein: Mass

Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich: The Collection, Vol. 2 – The Concerto Recordings

The Beach Boys
Christmas Harmonies

George Benson
Songs and Stories

Sandra Bernhard
Whatever It Takes

Blitzen Trapper
Black River Killer

Randy Brecker
Nostalgic Journey: Tykocin Jazz Suite

Brian Bromberg
It Is What It Is

Tim Buckley
Live at the Folklore Center, NYC: March 6th, 1967

James Carter/John Medeski
Heaven on Earth

Collective Soul
Collective Soul

Jackie DeShannon
New Arrangement
[Collectors Choice]

Rocío Dúrcal


The Esso Trinidad Steel Band
Van Dyke Parks Presents the Esso Trinidad Steel Band
[Bonus DVD]

Felix da Housecat
He Was King

Béla Fleck/Zakir Hussain/Edgar Meyer
Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio

Clarence Fountain/Sam Butler & the Boys
Stepping Up & Stepping Out

Rory Gallagher
Crest of a Wave: The Best of Rory Gallagher

Robert Glasper
Double Booked

Jeff Golub
Blues for You

David Guetta
One Love

Woody Guthrie
My Dusty Road

Roy Hargrove Big Band

Stefon Harris/Blackout

Jeff Healey
Songs from the Road

Dan Hicks
It Happened One Bite

Peter Himmelman
My Trampoline

Matt Hires
Take Us to the Start

Jack Ingram
Big Dreams & High Hopes

Inner Circle
State of da World

Freddie Jackson
Diamond Collection

Michael Jackson
The Definitive Collection

Neeme Jarvi
Michael Daugherty: Fire and Blood; MotorCity Triptych; Raise the Roof

Shaka Rock

Lady Lov

Love in on the Move

Lil' Ru
21 and Up

Lil Wyte
The Bad Influence

Love and Theft
World Wide Open

Jason Marsalis
Music Update

Ingrid Michaelson

The Monterey Quartet
Live at the 2007 Jazz Festival

Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know

Mind Over Matter

Willie Nelson
American Classic

Dolores O'Riordan
No Baggage

Oh, Sleeper
Son of the Morning

Johannes Somary
Franz Joseph Haydn: The Seasons

Alberto Veronesi
Giacomo Puccini: La rondine

Original Soundtrack
[Lakeshore Soundtrack]

Original Soundtrack
Halloween 2
[2009 Soundtrack]

Original Soundtrack
Taking Woodstock

Patton Oswalt
My Weakness Is Strong

The Postmarks
Memoirs at the End of the World

Queen Latifah

[Bonus Disc]

Hail to the Thief
[Bonus Disc]

Kid A
[Bonus Disc]

Paul Revere & the Raiders
Hungry for Kicks: Singles & Choice Cuts 1965-69

Calvin Richardson
Facts of Life: The Soul of Bobby Womack

Smokey Robinson
Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Sally Shapiro
My Guilty Pleasure

Phil Stacey
Into the Light


Irma Thomas
50th Anniversary Celebration

Samba Toure
Songhai Blues: Homage to Ali Farka Toure

McCoy Tyner
Solo: Live from San Francisco

Various Artists
Island 50 Reggae

Various Artists
Now That's What I Call Country, Vol. 2

Delroy Wilson
Dub Plate Style

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