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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: April 13th, 2011

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    Get a jump on Record Store Day with these awesome new releases and reissues – out now!

    Foo FightersWasting Light (RCA)
    The Foo Fighters’ seventh studio album was recorded entirely on analog tape in Dave Grohl’s garage by Butch Vig, the man behind Nirvana’s Nevermind (among many other seminal albums) and the band Garbage. Wasting Light marks the official return of guitarist Pat Smear, and features guests Bob Mould and Grohl’s former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic. Foo Fighters will also release an album of covers titled Medium Rare as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day.

    Meat PuppetsLollipop (Megaforce)
    The new album from the reunited psychedelic cow-punk alt-rockers opens with a song guitarist Curt Kirkwood wrote in 1983 and envisioned as “something that…would be good for Elvis or Engelbert Humperdink in the ’60s.” Shandon Sahm returns on drums.

    TV on the RadioNine Types of Light (Interscope)
    The latest from Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio is being described as an intimate, lush, and beautiful love album, and being released as a 180-gram gatefold LP.

    The FeeliesHere Before (Bar/None)
    After a 19-year break, the New Jersey indie post-punk/new wave band that made its mark on the late-’70s New York music scene returns with its fifth album and its trademark sound still intact.

    Panda BearTomboy (Paw Tracks)
    The fourth solo album from Animal Collective’s frontman Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) swaps the sample-based parameters of his previous record, Person Pitch, for a more trance-inducing mix of heavily processed guitars and synths. Mixed by Peter Kember (aka Sonic Boom) of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum.

    LowC’mon (Sub Pop)
    With the help of producer Matt Beckley (Katy Perry, Ke$ha), the Duluth, Minnesota slowcore pioneers craft a warmer, more intimate and accessible follow-up to 2007’s politically charged Drums and Guns. Recorded in the same converted Catholic church where they recorded 2002’s Trust, the vocal harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker and the organ chords of new bassist Steve Garrington sound incredible.

    Vivian GirlsShare the Joy (Polyvinyl)
    Equal parts Ramones and ’50s girl group, NYC’s Vivian Girls expand their sound (and song lengths) here on their third full-length album. Introducing a sunnier feel, Share the Joy is filled with jangle guitars and Beach Boys harmonies. Available on 180-gram black vinyl and limited 180-gram teal vinyl.


    Miles DavisKind of Blue (Legacy Recordings)
    The cornerstone of any jazz collection – and record collection, for that matter – is now available on 180-gram vinyl. Davis and his sextet (John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley) revolutionized jazz with this 1959 album, based entirely on modality instead of their former hard bop style.

    Jimi HendrixSouth Saturn Delta (Sony Legacy)
    Originally released in 1997, this posthumous compilation of demos, outtakes, and alternate mixes spanning Jimi Hendrix’s career is being reissued on double 180-gram vinyl with a booklet of rare photos.

    Pearl JamVs. and Vitalogy 20th Anniversary Reissue (Epic/Legacy)
    In celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary (and just in time for Record Store Day), Epic/Legacy Records are releasing commemorative vinyl editions of 1993’s Vs. and 1994’s Vitalogy. Both albums topped the charts at the time of their release, continuing the success of the Seattle grunge band’s breakthrough debut, Ten.

    Booker T. and the M.G.’s The Best of Booker T. and the M.G.’s (Friday Music)
    This 1968 compilation from the Stax Records wrecking crew is now available on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. Features chart-topping soul rockers like “Green Onions,” “Red Beans and Rice,” and “Hip Hug-Her.”

    JourneyInfinity (Friday Music)
    180-gram limited-edition gatefold vinyl reissue of Journey’s 1978 breakthrough album. The first record to feature Steve Perry, Infinity completely redefined the Bay Area band’s sound. Features FM staples “Wheel in the Sky,” “Lights,” “Anytime,” and “Feeling that Way.”

    Nick LoweLabour of Lust (Columbia)
    180-gram revamped reissue of the landmark 1979 album from the British musician who pioneered pub rock and played a pivotal role in ushering in punk and new wave as the in-house producer for Stiff Records, home of the Damned and Elvis Costello.

    Jeff BuckleyGrace (Columbia/Legacy)
    180-gram reissue of the late Jeff Buckley’s 1994 debut and sole studio LP. A true masterpiece, the album features Buckley’s famous cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

    Willie Nelson and Ray PriceRun That By Me One More Time (Lost Highway)
    As part of its 10-year anniversary series, Lost Highway is reissuing this 2003 Texas honky-tonk album from country legends Willie Nelson and Ray Price on limited-edition clear vinyl.

    WhiskeytownPneumonia (Lost Highway)
    The final album from Ryan Adam’s alt-country band Whiskeytown is also being reissued on limited-edition clear vinyl. Originally released in 2001, the album features the Replacements’ Tommy Stinson and the Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha.

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