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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: February 16th, 2011

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    Wow, so many great vinyl releases this week! If Valentine's Day didn't live up to your expectations, these should do the trick. (Or at least be good with chocolate.)

    New Releases:

    Bright Eyes - The People's Key (Saddle Creek)
    Rumored to be the last album Conor Oberst will release under his Bright Eyes moniker, The People's Key celebrated the accomplished songwriter's 31st birthday yesterday with what NPR has deemed "a career-defining work of art." Not to mention its out of this world packaging! The 180-gram vinyl record comes inside a six-panel, tri-fold, die-cut Stoughton tip-on LP jacket printed on iridescent foil.

    Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Sub Pop)
    The Glaswegian post-rockers' seventh album is much more upbeat, structured, and subtly nuanced than anything the band has released, and draws from the influence of Krautrockers like Neu! and Can. Young Team producer Paul Savage returns, as does violinist Luke Sutherland. Released as a double LP with digital download.

    Asobi Seksu
    - Fluorescence (Polyvinyl)
    A glowing album that feels spontaneous in its flirtations with prog rock and '60s girl-group pop, but still offers plenty of the Brooklyn shoegazers' reverb-drenched euphoria. The 180-gram vinyl record comes in a double gatefold jacket and features the artwork of revered 4AD Records artist Vaughn Williams.

    Pearl Jam - Live on Ten Legs (Monkeywrench)
    The follow-up to 1998’s Live on Two Legs, this live double LP celebrates Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with 18 songs recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours.

    Cowboy Junkies - Demons (Latent Recordings)
    The second installment of Cowboy Junkies' four-volume "Nomad" series, Demons pays tribute to the late folk musician Vic Chesnutt, a longtime friend of the band, with tasteful covers of overlooked songs from his catalog. 180-gram vinyl with digital download.

    Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop)
    The fifth album from Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers features driving alt-rock, nocturnal ballads, and classic soul, as well as guests Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Joseph Arthur, and Petra Haden. Double LP on white vinyl with digital download.

    The Thermals - "Not Like Any Other Feeling" 7-inch (Kill Rock Stars)
    The third single off the Portland power-punk trio's 2010 LP Personal Life, "Not Like Any Other Feeling" is paired with the unreleased B-side "Everything I Want."

    Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (ATO)
    The ninth studio album from the Athens, Georgia-based rockers is described by the band's own Patterson Hood as a "country, soul, and murder ballad album." It includes two Eddie Hinton covers, and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

    A Hawk and a Hacksaw - Cervantine (L.M. Dupli-cation)
    The fifth album from the Albuquerque, New Mexico band headed by Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost. It sticks to their trademark Eastern European gypsy-folk sound, while also honoring the Mexican and Spanish influence of the American Southwest.

    Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO & Other American Stories (Lost Highway)
    The fourth album from the Austin, Texas troubadour whose music was featured in the recent film Country Song. A reference to a military acronym ("Kiss My Ass Guys, You're on Your Own"), KMAG YOYO is full of wit, honesty, and tunes that would make Hank Williams and Merle Haggard proud.

    The Dears - Degeneration Street (Dangerbird)
    The fifth studio album from the Montreal indie rockers is a highly dramatic and dynamic one full of soaring anthems, heightened emotions, and orchestral pop/rock.

    Reissues:

    Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Lightly (Original Recordings Group)
    Ella Fitzgerald's Grammy-winning 1958 album remastered from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and released on 180-gram audiophile virgin vinyl.

    Thelonious Monk - The Complete Thelonious Monk at the It Club (Mosaic)
    A four LP set pressed on 180-gram audiophile virgin vinyl, it captures this 1964 performance by the Thelonious Monk Quartet and Charlie Rouse just as it happened.

    Grand Funk Railroad - We Are an American Band (Friday Music)
    Grand Funk Railroad's groundbreaking 1973 album remastered from the original Capitol Records tapes and pressed on gold 180-gram audiophile virgin vinyl.

    REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity (Friday Music)
    Special 30th anniversary edition of REO Speedwagon's most successful album, remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

    Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing / Live...In the Heart of the City (Caroline)
    The British rockers' 1980 releases pressed on red 180-gram audiophile virgin vinyl.

    Dio - Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 and 1987 (Niji)
    This live compilation is the first Dio release to be issued on 180-gram vinyl and is an essential retrospective of the band's game-changing career.

    Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising (Org Music Label)
    Sonic Youth's second full-length album remastered from the original analog tapes by John Golden and reissued on 180-gram black and orange vinyl.

    Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies / Pure Phase (Plain Records)
    Spiritualized's first two majestic astral-rock albums pressed on deluxe 180-gram vinyl.

    Spacemen 3 - "Transparent Radiation" / "Take Me to the Other Side" / "Walkin' with Jesus" 12-inch singles (Fire Records)
    Three late-'80s singles from the shoegazing psychedelic punks led by Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember and Spiritualized's Jason Pierce.

    Stanley Turrentine - Up at Minton's (Analogue Productions)
    Live double LP recorded at the legendary New York jazz club on February 23, 1961. It captures one of the saxophonist's finest performances and features guitarist Grant Green.

    Recommended Debuts:

    La Sera - La Sera (Hardly Art)
    Solo debut from Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman.

    Lifeguards - Waving at the Astronauts (Serious Business/Ernest Jenning)
    Prog-pop masterpiece from Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard.

    Yuck - Yuck (Fat Possum)
    Calling all fans of Dinosaur Jr. and Teenage Fanclub! This London-based indie rock buzz band has released a highly ambitious and equally promising debut.

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