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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: April 27, 2011

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    Wrapping up an especially exciting month of vinyl, this week's releases include the long-awaited vinyl edition of the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, a few imported reissues from the incredible Netherlands-based Music on Vinyl label, and packaging that's as innovative as the music it houses.

    Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Soundtrack (EMI Import)
    Limited-edition 180-gram double vinyl pressing of the 2010 original motion picture soundtrack from the French electronic duo Daft Punk. The traditionally bouncy, techno house legends brings in the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create the somber and dystopian virtual world of Tron, as well as a soundtrack that's been favorably compared to Hans Zimmer's Inception and Vangelis' Blade Runner. Packaged in a gatefold sleeve with special glow-in-the-dark ink.

    Green Day - Awesome as F**k (Adeline)
    Green Day's latest live album is now available as a double 180-gram pink LP. A collection of the best performances from their 2009-2010 21st Century Breakdown World Tour, it not only spans Green Day's 20+ year pop-punk career but nine different countries. Included are Green Day's most popular hits like "When I Come Around," "American Idiot," and "Good Riddance," as well as deeper cuts like "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" from 1992's Kerplunk, "Going to Pasalacqua" from their 1990 debut album, 39/Smooth, and the title track from the unreleased Cigarettes and Valentines album.

    Jefferson Airplane - Worst of Jefferson Airplane (Friday Music)
    Limited-edition 180-gram audiophile reissue of the first greatest hits collection from the legendary Haight-Ashbury acid rockers. Includes late-'60s anthems like "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," and features the original 1970 gatefold cover artwork that has been missing from past reissues.

    T. Rex - Tanx, Zinc Alloy & the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (Fat Possum)
    Following the reissue of T. Rex's 1972 album The Slider last fall, Fat Possum is set to reissue 1973's Tanx and its 1974 follow-up, Zinc Alloy & the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow. These two albums mark frontman Marc Bolan's departure from glam rock in favor of a more soul-oriented sound.

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram reissue of the influential English prog-rock supergroup's 1970 debut. Features the band's first single, "Lucky Man," and is as ambitious as it is technically astounding. This was the first reissue of six ELP albums, so expect more coming stateside in the near future.

    John Mayer - Heavier Things (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram reissue of John Mayer's 2003 sophomore album. Features the hits "Clarity" and the Grammy Award winning "Daughters," and is Mayer's last album to feature his original laidback, acoustic pop-jazz sound before going in a bluesier direction.

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    Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence)
    Austin, Texas instrumental post-rock band Explosions in the Sky pulled out all the stops for Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. This double LP features a 10-panel, quadruple gatefold jacket that actually folds into a house. It also features an engraving on Side D, and (while supplies last) comes in three different colors to correspond with the three different artwork variants.

    Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs - No Help Coming (Transdreamer)
    The fourth full-length release from Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs (a duo featuring the influential London-born garage-rock icon and longtime collaborator/multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave) stays true to Golightly's lo-fi roots while drawing upon blues, country, and rockabilly influences. A fantastic mix of originals and unexpected covers.

    Of Montreal - Thecontrollersphere EP (Polyvinyl)
    "This little EP is a freak-out record." -Kevin Barnes, leader of the Athens, Georgia psych-pop band. A collection of five tracks that were too left-field to fit any of the band's studio albums (imagine that!), this 10-inch EP is full of unpredictable turns and schizophrenic musical statements. Included is the studio version of live favorite "Black Lion Massacre," one of the band's darkest and noisiest songs to date.

    Prefuse 73 - The Only She Chapters (Warp)
    Employing a new recording process and an all-female cast of guest vocalists including Zola Jesus, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast, Guillermo Scott Herren moves away from his typically glitchy experimental hip-hop to create a textured compositional masterpiece.

    Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah (Kill Rock Stars)
    A dream collaboration between the raw and bluesy singer-songwriter/guitarist Thao Nguyen and the more introspective indie-folk honeybee Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn. tUnE-yArDs Merrill Garbus co-produced the album and helped write the unapologetically pop single "Eleven."

    Times New Viking - Dancer Equired (Merge)
    For its Merge Records debut, the lo-fi Ohio trio went into the studio - a first for a band that recorded its last album on VHS tape. While preserving its rough charm, Times New Viking turns down the grating noise and shines a brighter light on songwriting and melody.

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