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If It's Tuesday, It Must Be New Releases (vol. 1)

Side A
Artist Song Buy
Yeasayer  Sunrise  buy on itunes
Le Loup  Outside of This Car at the End of the World  buy on itunes
Portico Quartet  Steps in the Wrong Direction  buy on itunes
Mohawk Lodge  Timber  buy on itunes
Dave Gleason's Wasted Days featuring Albert Lee  Just Fall To Pieces  buy on itunes
Cerys Matthews  = Aeroplane  buy on itunes
Burial  Archangel  buy on itunes
I-Wayne  The Book of Life  buy on itunes
Tony Allen  Progress  buy on itunes
Imani Coppola  I Woke Up White  buy on itunes
Electric Six  Down at McDonnelzz  buy on itunes
Jill Scott  The Real Thing  buy on itunes
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals  Apologies  buy on itunes
Side B
The Long Ryders  Final Wild Son [live]  buy on itunes
Arctic Monkeys  Love Machine (Girls Aloud cover) [live radio one]  buy on itunes
Greg Brown  Cold + Dark + Wet [live]  buy on itunes
Gene Clark & Carla Olson  Your Fire Burning [live]  buy on itunes
Sam Baker  Boxes  buy on itunes
Ann Magnuson  Old Enuf 2 B Yer Mom  buy on itunes
The Weakerthans  Virtue the Cat Explains Her Departure  buy on itunes
Black Mountain  Tyrants  buy on itunes
Innocence Mission  Brotherhood of Men  buy on itunes
Ryan Bingham  Bread & Water  buy on itunes
Bishop Allen  Rain  buy on itunes
Blue Magic  Sideshow  buy on itunes
Cat Power  Ramblin' Woman  buy on itunes


In my younger days, I worked in record stores and also for a music distributor. The most important day of the week was always Tuesday, when the new releases would hit the shops. To this day, I still haunt my favorite independent record stores on Tuesdays and usually come away with three or four just-out albums to pop in the car stereo. This will be an ongoing series - at least as long as I've got money to spend - of a month's worth of new music.

Side (or disc) two starts with four live tracks in a row and has a cut from Blue Magic's reissue as its next-to-last track. But those count since their release dates were this past month. If you were to consider buying any of these albums, I'd heartily recommend Cat Power, Greg Brown and Grace Potter. No need to hype Black Mountain as everyone's hopped on that bandwagon.

Quiz #2-Win a free copy of this mix by answering this question: Which band represented here started its career as a barbershop quartet?

Notes on the artists and tracks
1 Brooklyn band Yeasayer has more than a little Fleetwood Mac influence (the Buckingham-Nicks version). All Hour Cymbals is their current release.
2 With an album title like The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nation's Millenium General Assembly who knew what to think? This album of home recordings inhabits a similar realm as Sufjan Stevens' material. 3 Two of the Portico Quartet play an instrument called "The Hang," which is kind of like a steel drum played with the fingers. Very intriguing music on Knee-Deep in the North Sea 4 This Vancouver band released a second album called Wildfires. They seem to have discovered their inner Crazy Horse. 5 Sounds like Gram Parsons fronting The Blasters on Gleason's Just Fall To Pieces release. 6 The former Catatonia singer recorded this partially Welsh language album (Awyren=Aeroplane) in Nashville. 7 The anonymous (no name, no press, no info) Burial released his/her/its second album - Untrue - and it's the anti-club, club music of its predecessor, only better.
8 One-drop reggae has lately had a growing focus on songcraft, and I-Wayne is a fine example with his Book of Life album.
9 When Fela Kuti refused to cut Allen in on a royalty deal, he went out on his own with Afrika 70. Afro-Disco Beat should be a classic for this genre.
10 Part of Mike Patton's Peeping Tom band, Coppola is a failed pop star whose Black and White album recalls Gwen Stefani with ghetto chic.
11 Another entry in the Fiona Apple longest album title contest, I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master is the latest offering from Electric Six. There's plenty of sting here for targets like McDonald's, drug addicts, women and Lenny Kravitz.
12 Turn the bedroom lights down low on this one from Philly soul queen Jill Scott (The Real Thing).
13 Grace and her gang of Vermonters express their love for Neil Young with an album title like This Is Somewhere. This is a very good record and catch them live if you have the chance. You will not be disappointed.
On disc two
1 This album came from a recent reunion tour for Sid Griffin (on hiatus from The Coal Porters) and the fringe-jacketed boys.
2 An unplugged album in the series from Radio 1's Live Lounge. Arctic Monkeys sound like they're having a barrel of laughs.
3 Hardly anyone makes dry pithy observations to acoustic guitar like Greg Brown, and Yellow Dog is a fine example of his live act. 4 Raise your hand if you thought Gene Clark was dead and gone. In Concert comprises a couple of shows from the late `80s with Carla Olson backing vocals.
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avocado rabbit
Date: 3/29/2008
continuation of the notes on disc two5 Baker was involved in a terrorist attack in Peru and lost most of his hearing. It gives him quite a worldview as on Pretty World 6The former Bongwater singer offers a bunch of wordy, confrontational songs on (Pretty Songs and Ugly Stories). It's very good. 7 Another Reunion Tour for The Weakerthans. It's a wild but extremely interesting album, containing an elegy to hockey goalie Gump Worlsey and a first-person narrative from a cat.
8 Black Mountain is turning into this year's in band. In The Future is good enough to withstand the hype.
9 Karen Peris leads The Innocence Mission through two decades of miniaturist recordings like We Walked In Song. It's quite forlorn since Peris wrote most of the songs immediately after her father's death.
10 The Stones-like slide power of "Bread & Water" is typical of Bingham's West Texas Band. Mescalite, produced by Marc Ford of The Black Crowes, is their first album. The songs evoke novelist Cormac McCarthy's characters, and that's a good thing.<br
11 A couple of Harvard boys front Bishop Allen when they're not acting in indie movies. The Broken String shows off their erudition as well as their rock chops.
12 Okay, this is not a new release but a reissue from Blue Magic, but one can never hear enough Philly soul.
13 Cat (Chan Marshall) Power is a model turned singer with a case of stage fright. Her choice of covers (like Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man) on Jukebox is impeccable. You will not be disappointed with this one either.

Date: 3/29/2008
of course I know very little of this . . . and of course I am going to have to investigate . . .I seem to remember that Tuesday lunch time was when the new charts were issued when I was a lad . . . .
Date: 3/29/2008
almost an album a day. i thought i was spending too much. wonderful notes. you've got me wanting to pick some of these up which is exactly what i try to do with my mixes. thanks!
Date: 3/30/2008
Yep, I'm always at a record store in town on Tuesday. Its been part of my routine for the last few years. Loads of great tunes here.
Date: 3/30/2008
I love that mix opener - lots here to love, even more to discover. Great, great stuff..
Date: 3/30/2008
I'm enjoying Bishop Allen. I don't know why people like Grace Kelly (reponse to my mix). But it is around. In other news, I might love your user name. Good mix, very nice to see things I am not familiar with.
Date: 3/31/2008
i dig the innocence mission. thanks for the heads-up on distro-day!
Mark Petruccelli
Date: 3/31/2008
Wow, thought I was on top of the new releases this year but I only have the Black Mountain and Cat Power (love the former, like the latter.) Thanks for the tips.

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