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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: April 6th, 2011

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    Kicking off what I like to call “Record Store Day Month” are some classic reissues and new releases from the classics. For those who have not yet heard these legendary albums or artists, what better way to get acquainted than a pristine-sounding vinyl record?

    Iggy and the StoogesRaw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans (MVD Audio)

    A top-notch live performance of the band’s influential 1973 album, recorded at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival last September. The set list does not follow the studio album’s track order, but includes all eight original tracks plus the Raw Power outtake “I Got a Right.” 180-gram vinyl.

    MotörheadNo Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (Back on Black)

    Imported 180-gram clear yellow pressing of Motörhead’s first live album and UK chart topper. Primarily recorded at the Leeds and Newcastle shows during Motörhead’s “Short, Sharp Pain in the Neck” five-date tour in 1981, No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith captures the British metal band at its peak.

    Robbie RobertsonHow to Become Clairvoyant (429 Records)

    On his fifth solo album and first record in over a decade, Robbie Robertson reflects on the years preceding and following his run as the guitarist and primary songwriter of the Band, directly addressing his departure on the song  “This Is Where I Get Off.” Features guests Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar), Steve Winwood (organ), Tom Morello (guitar), Robert Randolph (pedal steel), and Trent Reznor (atmospherics), among others. Double 180-gram gatefold package.

    The Cramps Smell of Female (Big Beat UK)

    Recorded at New York’s Peppermint Lounge in 1983, this six-song EP was the first live album from the creators of psychobilly. Long out of print, it is now available as a UK vinyl import.

    The ResidentsMeet the Residents (Cryptic Corp)

    Reissue of the Residents’ classic 1974 debut album, on vinyl for the first time in years. Mixing everything from Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart to Raymond Scott and Sun Ra, this is where the band’s out-there rock started.

    Dropkick MurphysGoing Out in Style (Born and Bred Records)

    On their seventh full-length studio album, the Celtic punk rockers recruit Bruce Springsteen to help sing the tale of Irish immigrant Cornelius Larkin, a fictional character based on the band members’ own family histories. Available on 180-gram vinyl.

    Dead Can DanceSpiritchaser (Mobile Fidelity)

    Double vinyl reissue of the Australian ambient world-fusion duo’s swan song. Originally released by 4AD Records in 1996, Spiritchaser is a percussive album that blends tribal beats with atmospheric soundscapes.

    The Raveonettes Raven in the Grave (Vice)

    The Danish duo trades in its sweet, fuzzy guitar-pop for a darker, more melancholy and synth-filled sound on its fifth studio album. Despite its title, Raven in the Grave is by no means lifeless.

    The KillsBlood Pressures (Domino)

    After swaggering across the world’s stages with Jack White and the Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart returned to the studio to finish work on her original project with British guitarist Jamie Hince. A worthy follow-up to the duo’s critically acclaimed 2008 album Midnight Boom, Blood Pressures is also quite a departure in its fuller sound and addition of heavy instrumentation and complex layers.

    Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade 10th Anniversary Reissue (Equal Vision)

    To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, the New York prog-rock/emo/metal band Coheed and Cambria are releasing their debut science fiction concept album on vinyl for the first time. Three unique editions are available: transparent green, white, and hand-numbered black featuring a variant cover.

    Bill CallahanApocalypse (Drag City)

    Former leader of Smog, singer-songwriter Bill Callahan holds a mirror up to himself then the world around him on his unadorned, Western-influenced 14th studio album.

    Ha Ha TonkaDeath of a Decade (Bloodshot Records)

    Straight out of the Ozarks, the Missouri quartet is back with an uplifting album of spirited American roots rock and four-part harmonies.

    Cold CaveCherish the Light Years (Matador)

    Cold Cave’s sophomore album is a darkly romantic and deeply ’80s ode to New York City. It contrasts the city’s beauty and grime in its chilly synth-driven torrents of post-punk and UK new wave combined with the vocal influence of late-’70s Scott Walker.

    Alela DianeAlela Diane and Wild Divine (Rough Trade)

    Its demos were strong enough to pull producer Scott Litt (Nirvana, R.E.M.) out of a seven-year dormancy, and the brighter, more pop-oriented sound they produce here on Alela Diane’s third album is a departure from her traditionally haunting folk.

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