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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: March 16th, 2011

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    For those of you at SXSW in Austin this week, be sure to check out the Vinyl Records 3.0 Panel on Saturday (3/19) at the Convention Center. For the rest of us, there might not be secret Foo Fighters shows and Texas BBQ, but there are plenty of exciting vinyl reissues and new releases to make staying home not that bad.

    First, the reissues:

    Wilson Pickett - The Best of Wilson Pickett (Friday Music)
    This 1967 collection of Southern soul classics - "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," "Funky Broadway," "Land of 1000 Dances" - has been reissued on mono 180-gram audiophile vinyl with the original artwork and liner notes.

    Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom (Friday Music)
    Eric Johnson's platinum-selling 1990 album gets the 180-gram audiophile vinyl treatment. Features his Grammy-winning instrumental rock masterpiece "Cliffs of Dover," as well as "Desert Rose."

    The Clash - Give Em Enough Rope (Drastic Plastic)
    Limited edition 180-gram reissue of this 1978 punk classic.

    Heart - Dreamboat Annie (Friday Music)
    The multi-platinum 1975 debut that earned sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson the tag "the female Led Zeppelin" has been reissued on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Features the classic rock staples "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," as well as the more folksy title track and ballad "How Deep It Goes."

    Modern Lovers - 96 Tears (Vinyl Lovers)
    180-gram reissue of the earliest surviving recording from the proto-punk band featuring Jonathan Richman, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), and David Robinson (The Cars). Recorded live at Harvard University in the summer of 1971 with original second guitarist John Felice.

    Rilo Kiley - Take Offs and Landings (Barsuk)
    Rilo Kiley's indie debut is now available for the first time on vinyl! This 180-gram double LP includes the original "secret" track, "Spectacular Views," and a special etching on the fourth side.

    And now, the new releases:
    Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Scandalous (Lost Highway)
    It's fitting that Black Joe Lewis' new album is being released the same day as The Best of Wilson Pickett is being reissued. This sophomore release from the Austin, Texas soul rockers serves up a gritty helping of country blues, raw funk, and gritty gospel that would make Pickett proud, and be right at home on Stax Records.

    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers - Rare Bird Alert (Rounder Records)
    Steve Martin's second bluegrass effort establishes that this veteran actor/comedian/novelist/playwright is just as serious about the music - and a damn good banjo player. Features the Dixie Chicks and Paul McCartney, as well as Martin's live comedy sketch "King Tut."

    J. Mascis - Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop)
    Revealing a surprisingly delicate, acoustic side to the shamelessly loud Dinosaur Jr. frontman, Several Shades of Why was created with the help of friends Kurt Vile, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), and Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), among many others.

    The Fleshtones - Brooklyn Sound Solution (Yep Roc)
    35 years after their CBGB debut, these garage rockers kick out a buzzing mix of fuzzed-out instrumentals and covers that celebrates their love of '60s rock, blues, and soul, and features legendary Patti Smith guitarist/original Nuggets comp curator Lenny Kaye. Available on 180-gram vinyl.

    The Dodos - No Color (Frenchkiss)
    Back down to a duo, San Francisco's percussive indie folkers release a fiery new album featuring backing vocals from Neko Case and more excitement than ever from guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber.

    Screeching Weasel - First World Manifesto (Fat Wreck Chords)
    The first album in 11 years from these snotty, pop-punk stalwarts is already being called their best since their early '90s heyday. Features production from All-American Rejects' Mike Kennerty.

    Rise Against - Endgame (DGC/Interscope)
    The Chicago punk band's sixth LP is a dynamic and politically-charged melodic hardcore album, produced by Bill Stevenson of the Descendents. Available on 180-gram vinyl.

    North Mississippi All Stars - Keys to the Kingdom (Songs of the South)
    The new album from the Southern roots rockers is a tribute to the late father of singer-guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson, the legendary Memphis keyboardist and producer Jim Dickinson. It gathers Jim's old friends - including Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, and one of his favorite keyboard players, Spooner Oldham - and also fulfills Jim's last request in its one-chord blues cover of Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile (With the Memphis Blues Again)."

    Brown Recluse - Evening Tapestry (Slumberland Records)
    After releasing a string of EPs and expanding from a duo to a six piece, Brown Recluse has finally released a proper debut long-player, full of horns, harmonies, sunny '60s pop psychedelia, and pastoral folk daydreams. RIYL: The Zombies, Belle and Sebastian.

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