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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: February 23rd, 2011

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    I want to make a mixtape of this week’s vinyl releases. Such an interesting sampling of the last 30 years of music here, from Adele to Nirvana and the Cure to Talib Kweli. Not to mention Roxette’s surprise comeback album.

    NirvanaIncesticide (Original Recordings)

    This 1992 compilation of rarities, outtakes, and live BBC sessions provides a more accurate glimpse into Nirvana’s character than any of the band’s official albums. Available on 180-gram black or limited-edition clear vinyl.

    The Cure Entreat Plus (Elektra Records)

    An expanded version of the 1990 live album Entreat, Entreat Plus replicates a full live performance of the Cure’s career-defining album Disintegration. Now available as a 180-gram double LP.

    Adele21 (XL/Columbia)

    The follow-up to Adele’s Grammy-winning debut 19, 21 trades jazz and folk for country, gospel, and blues, and reflects the British soul singer’s personal growth during these last two critical years.

    Esperanza SpaldingChamber Music Society (Heads Up)

    Known as the girl who stole the Best New Artist Grammy from Bieber, Esperanza Spalding has earned her place in music history with this critically acclaimed album that integrates jazz and classical chamber music. Now available as a 180-gram double LP with exclusive bonus content including audio commentary by Esperanza, outtakes, and a preview track from her forthcoming album, Radio Music Society.

    BeyoncĂ©I Am… World Tour: Instrumentals (Music World)

    This double vinyl LP features live instrumentals from BeyoncĂ©’s worldwide tour in support of her I Am… Sasha Fierce album. The actual performance versions are used here as opposed to the mixes used in the live I Am… World Tour DVD.

    Scissor SistersNight Work (Downtown Records)

    Scissor Sisters’ 2010 dance album finally sees a release on vinyl. Inspired by the dance floors of Berlin, Night Work was recorded in London, the Bahamas, and New York City, and features the production of Stuart Price (the Killers, Madonna) and the cover photography of Robert Mapplethorpe.

    Talib KweliGutter Rainbows (Javotti Media)

    Originally intended for a digital-only release, Talib Kweli’s fiercely independent fourth solo album is now available as a double LP. Pressed on randomly mixed, multi-color swirl vinyl, no two records are alike!

    RoxetteCharm School (EMI)

    The Swedish pop duo that ushered in the ’90s with hits like “The Look,” “Listen to Your Heart,” and “It Must Have Been Love” returns with its first album in a decade.

    G. LoveFixin’ to Die (Brushfire Records)

    G. Love joined forces with the Avett Brothers to produce his new solo album (sans Special Sauce), Fixin’ to Die. Taking its name from a Bukka White song, the album is much more introspective and country-influenced than anything G. Love has previously released.

    Blues MagoosPsychedelic Lollipop (Sundazed)

    Reissue of the New York garage-psych quintet’s 1966 debut album, sourced from the original Mercury-label stereo masters and featuring the original cover art.

    Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972 (Kranky)

    Montreal soundscape artist Tim Hecker explores the concept of sonic decay and destruction on his sixth full-length album, Ravedeath, 1972. The foundations of the songs were recorded on pipe organ in a vast church in Iceland, then digitally augmented in the studio. Available as a double vinyl LP.

    The BooksThe Lemon of Pink (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

    Mixing folk instrumentation with found sound samples, New York duo the Books cemented themselves as the masters of experimental sonic collage with this 2003 catalog highlight. Lovingly remastered and repackaged with new artwork and lyrics for every song – including the samples.

    The Low AnthemSmart Flesh (Nonesuch)

    Recorded in a vacant Rhode Island pasta sauce factory during the dead of winter, the Low Anthem’s new album employs an unusual array of instruments (jaw harp, singing saw, pump organ) in its mix of rustic Americana and reverb-drenched hymnals. Letterpress-printed, 180-gram vinyl.

    Six Organs of AdmittanceAsleep on the Floodplain (Drag City)

    The new album from Ben Chasny’s psych-folk outlet Six Organs of Admittance is primarily acoustic and draws on imagery from Chasny’s childhood in Elk River. Recorded in Chasny’s living room, it has an intimate feel, and features an appearance from Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers).

    Cave SingersNo Witch (Jagjaguwar)

    Considered the Cave Singers’ rock record, No Witch was recorded with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Boris), and is much darker and nervier than any of the Seattle blues-folk trio’s previous work.

    The Builders and the ButchersDead Reckoning (Badman Recording)

    Portland’s the Builders and the Butchers take a more stripped-down approach on their fourth album in order to capture the raucous, Pentecostal energy of their live show. Combining eloquent narratives with dark, Southern Americana and Delta blues, Dead Reckoning builds a bridge between 1930s America and the present.

    Loch LomondLittle Me Will Start a Storm (Tender Loving Empire)

    The sophomore album from Portland chamber-folk sextet Loch Lomond features harmonic vocals, strings, mandolin, theremin, bass clarinet, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, but is impressively hushed.

    Dustin O’HalloranLumiere (FatCat)

    A departure from the acclaimed pianist’s solo work in its more densely textured symphonies, Lumiere features strings from New York’s ACME ensemble (Grizzly Bear, Matmos), electronics, guitar, and violin from Peter Broderick.

    Toro Y Moi Underneath the Pine (Carpark)

    The live instrumental counterpart to Chaz Bundick’s “chillwave” laptop-based debut, Underneath the Pine features some soul-disco and funk in its gauzy glow.

    The LuyasToo Beautiful to Work (Dead Oceans)

    The debut album from this Montreal indie quartet is a retro-futuristic waking dream that demands to be heard on vinyl. Highly recommended.

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