Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New-Release Tuesday

Lots of good stuff came out today (too many to mention, in fact), but I have already written about many of them in previous posts over the past couple of weeks, including Bjork, Dinosaur Jr., God Help the Girl and my very first post, Those Darlins. I like that record so much I'll give you another song:

Those Darlins - Red Light Love (mp3)

Evan Dando returns with a Lemonheads cover album called 'Varshons'. He chose songs that were mostly sent to him as mix tapes over the years by the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes. Haynes also produced the record featuring songs by Leonard Cohen, Gram Parsons and, yes, Christina Aguilera. Guest vocalists include Kate Moss and Liv Tyler. Wild stuff. Here's the Aguilera tune.

The Lemonheads - Beautiful (mp3)

In reissue news, R.E.M. gets its second deluxe edition with 1984's 'Reckoning'. Disc one is the remastered album, and disc two is 16 songs of odds and sods that includes b-sides, a cover of 'Femme Fatale' and several live songs from a show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. I'm not much for their work after the jump from IRS to the majors, but I will put their first two records up against anybody and am happy these have received the star treatment.

In other release news, Modest Mouse have released the single "Autumn Beds" with "The Whale Song" as the flip side. The song is heavy on the banjo and quite good. I heard it was only going to be limited edition 7", but I see today it is available for download.

Modest Mouse - Autumn Beds (mp3)

Wrapping up for this week, Rhino released a Factory Records complication called 'Communications 1978-1992' earlier this year, and now you can get it as a digital download. I mention this because most of the best New Order 12" singles are on it, and you can pick the ones you want for 99 cents each on iTunes instead of paying $30 for the set. Without the set however, you do miss a few nuggets by Joy Division and Electronic too. Bernard Sumner has quite a family tree, eh?

New Order - Temptation 12" (mp3)

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