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April 28, 2009

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4/28/09

Here are our editors’ picks for this week’s most noteworthy new releases. For more information, click through on a specific album or just visit the New Releases page on our site.

4/28/09

Featured Albums:
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Crocodiles
Summer of Hate
Fat Possum

Even without “Neon Jesus” — the single that garnered Crocodiles quite a bit of web attention just before this release — Summer of Hate stands strong as a tremendous debut: one that pays heavy tribute to its influences while never seeming overly derivative. Crocodiles’ band name, which references Echo & the Bunnyman’s 1980 album, is a telling clue that Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez are well versed in neo-psychedelia, British post-punk, and noise pop. While many other bands out there have attempted to rehash the scummy sounds of yesteryear (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club comes to mind), rarely does anyone take it to another level so successfully.

Noise Pop, Indie Rock

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Bob Dylan
Together Through Life
Columbia

By all accounts, Together Through Life arrived quickly, cut swiftly by Bob Dylan and his touring band in the fall of 2008, surprising the label upon its delivery a couple months later, then rushed into stores in April 2009, just half a year after the release of the monumental archive project Tell Tale Signs. Given the speed of its creation, it fits that the album has a spontaneous, kinetic kick, feeling so alive that it’s a little messy, teeming with contradictions, crossed signals, and frayed ends. That liveliness turns Together Through Life into a much lighter affair than its weighty predecessor, Modern Times, which was tinged with doom and had thematic unity, two things missing from this comparatively breezy affair.

Album Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll, Folk-Rock

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Mike Jones
The Voice
Asylum

Back with a new phone number but the same old gimmicks, Mike Jones kicks off his sophomore release, The Voice, with a promise of a third album. Maybe it’s a clue that Jones has already moved on and that there’s not much here to get excited about, past some high-powered singles. The Voice actually has three: the fast rocking Mr. Collipark construction “Drop & Gimme 50,” the infectious strip club anthem “Swagg Thru Da Roof,” plus the R. Kelly-like “Cuddy Buddy” featuring T-Pain and Twista, along with Lil Wayne who boasts “I make her holler like when momma brought her into the world.”

Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

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Sweet
Action: The Sweet Anthology
Shout! Factory

Sweet have never gotten the respect they deserve — that’s what happens when your specialty is good times. Ben Edmonds perfectly explains the error of this disrespect in his liner notes to Shout! Factory’s wonderful Action: The Sweet Anthology, but even he dismisses the group’s earliest bubblegum singles, and their inclusion is a big reason why Action stands apart from all previous Sweet compilations. What distinguishes Action is that it traces Sweet’s entire history, opening up with a clutch of sugary singles before deeply exploring the glory years of the mid-’70s and then closing out the saga by running into the ’80s.

Glitter, Bubblegum, Glam Rock, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Interstellar Guru and Zero
Homeopathic

Experimental Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

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Johnny Adams
Essential Recordings: The Great Johnny Adams Jazz Album
Rounder

Southern Soul, Vocal Jazz, New Orleans R&B

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Ape School
Ape School
Counter

Acid Folk, Post-Rock/Experimental

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The Audition
The Audition
Victory

Emo, Punk-Pop

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The Black Crowes
Warpaint Live
Eagle

American Trad Rock, Southern Rock, Blues-Rock

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Essential Recordings: Flippin’ Out
Rounder

Modern Electric Texas Blues, Modern Delta Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Modern Electric Blues

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Ruth Brown
Essential Recordings: Ms. B’s Blues
Rounder

Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Blues, Contemporary Jazz

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Solomon Burke
Essential Recordings: It Don’t Get No Better Than This
Rounder

Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Country-Soul, Soul

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Jason Michael Carroll
Growing Up Is Getting Old
Arista

Contemporary Country

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Johnny Copeland
Essential Recordings: Down on Bended Knee
Rounder

Electric Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

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Don Covay
Super Bad
The Great American

Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Soul, Early R&B

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Diamond Watch Wrists
Ice Capped at Both Ends
Warp

Indie Electronic, Neo-Psychedelia

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Donovan
Live Troubadour
The Great American

British Folk-Rock, Psychedelic Pop

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Tim Easton
Porcupine
New West

Alternative Country, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Americana

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Exodus
The Most Beautiful Dream
Metal Mind

Prog-Rock/Art Rock

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Leon Fleisher
Hindemith: Klaviermusik mit Orchester; Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Ondine

Post-Romantic & Modern Orchestral Music

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Ben Folds
University A Cappella!
Epic

Acappella, Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Rumon Gamba
Vincent d’Indy: Orchestral Works, 2
Chandos

Post-Romantic Orchestral Music

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Elina Garanca
Bel Canto
Deutsche Grammophon

Romantic Opera Arias

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Melody Gardot
My One and Only Thrill
Verve

Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop

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The Green Pajamas
Poison in the Russian Room
Hidden Agenda

Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Paisley Underground, Power Pop

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Ted Hawkins
Essential Recordings: Cold and Bitters Tears
Rounder

Soul-Blues, Contemporary Blues, Acoustic Blues

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Heaven & Hell
The Devil You Know
Rhino

Album Rock, British Metal, Heavy Metal

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Immaculate Machine
High on Jackson Hill
Mint

Indie Rock, Pop Underground

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Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier Plays Bach [The 50th Anniversary Recording]
Telarc

Bop

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John McLaughlin
Five Peace Band Live
Concord

Jazz-Rock, Post-Bop, World Fusion

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Moderat
Moderat
Bpitch Control

Experimental Techno, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance

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Melissa Morgan
Until I Met You
Telarc

Vocal Jazz

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NOFX
Coaster
Fat Wreck Chord

Skatepunk, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

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Tracy Nelson
Essential Recordings: The Soul Sessions
Rounder

Soul-Blues, Soul

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NewFound Road
Same Old Place
Rounder

Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Emo-Pop

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Michala Petri
Michala Petri: 50th Birthday Concert
OUR Recordings

Baroque, Romantic, Modern & Contemporary Music for Recorder

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Antoni Wit
Krzystof Penderecki: Utrenja
Naxos

Contemporary Music for Voices, Chorus & Orchestra

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Paper Route
Absence
UniversalMotown

Indie Rock, Indie Electronic

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Pilot Speed
Wooden Bones
Wind-Up

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

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Quireboys
Homewreckers and Heartbreakers
Jerkin’ Crocus

Hard Rock

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Collin Raye
Never Going Back
Time Life

New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country

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Duke Robillard
Essential Recordings: Rockin’ Guitar Blues
Rounder

Contemporary Blues

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Silver Mountain
Universe
Roadrunner

Heavy Metal

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Los Straitjackets
The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets
Yep Roc

Surf Revival, Garage Rock Revival

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Thee Oh Sees
Help
In The Red

Garage Punk, Lo-Fi

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Tosca
No Hassle
G-Stone/K7

Downtempo, Ambient Dub, Trip-Hop

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Various Artists
Stax: The Soul of Hip-Hop
Stax

Soul, Smooth Soul, Memphis Soul, Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Disco, Funk, Early Pop/Rock, Early R&B

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Sylvie Vartan
Irresistiblement: Sylvie Vartan 1965-1968
RPM

French Pop, Pop/Rock

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The Veronicas
Hook Me Up [Bonus Track]
Sire/London/Rhino

Teen Pop, Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop

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Loudon Wainwright III
Essential Recordings: One Man Guy
Rounder

Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

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Eric Woolfson
Woolfson Sings the Alan Parsons Project that Never Was
Limelight

Album Rock, Soft Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Pop/Rock

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Young Idea
With a Little Help from My Friends
Rev-Ola

AM Pop, Sunshine Pop, British Invasion, Baroque Pop

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Young Love
One of Us
Island/Fontana

Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival

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